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Friday, August 19, 2011

'Jaws' at Playhouse Square: What a night

As my wife and I drove to Playhouse Square to watch a screening of the 1975 classic "Jaws," I told her I thought maybe 100 would be at the venue that holds over 2,500.

Was I wrong, and this movie-going night could have not been more right.

A special thank you to Playhouse Square, which showed "Jaws" on Thursday night as part of its 14th annual Cinema at the Square! series.

At least 1,000 were there to watch the movie about a killer shark that terrorizes a small beach town. The crowd, myself included, wasn't simply into the film. We were all really, really into the film.

When it was time to laugh, scream and clap, the crowd did so with energy. It felt like opening night for "Jaws" in 1975. A huge reaction occurred when actor Roy Scheider uttered his famous line, "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

When the film's credits began to roll, it was time for the final ovation of the night. Plenty in attendance were of the older variety, but many were teen-agers, some even younger, proving why "Jaws" has and will always stand the test of time.

Isn't that what any great film does?

- Mark Podolski

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