Sharks were in the Harbor

Outdoor Summer Movie Series kicked off with a showing of Jaws

Hundreds of enthusiastic guests turned out to Ventura Harbor Village on Saturday, June 24, for an unforgettable evening as the Outdoor Summer Movie Series kicked off with a special showing of the iconic film Jaws (1975) at sunset. The event was a true celebration of cinematic history.

A highlight of the pre-show activities featured Susan Jane Backlinie, former actress and renowned stuntwoman, known for her unforgettable portrayal of Chrissie Watkins, the first shark victim in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster JAWS. As a resident of Ventura Harbor, Susan was present to personally welcome and interact with guests, signing autographs and posing for photos with devoted JAWS fans.

The festivities featured an information station hosted by The Shark Lab of Cal State University Long Beach, providing fascinating insights into these awe-inspiring creatures. Attendees also had the chance to win thrilling prizes, including tickets to experience the original JAWS ride at Universal Studios. To add to the entertainment, KRUZ 103.3 FM was on-site, facilitating a captivating Q&A session with the talented actress Susan Backlinie.

Moreover, the event embraced the spirit of fun and creativity with a Costume Contest. Participants took the opportunity to showcase their love for sharks, with a delightful array of outfits. The crown for Best Shark costume went to an adorable canine dressed as a fearsome great white, while others joined in the movie-themed fun with shark onesies and personalized shark t-shirts. Another standout was the Best JAWS character, won by an impressive portrayal of a ship’s captain.

Ventura Harbor Village Outdoor Movie Nights continues on Saturday, July 29, when “Goonies” will take center stage, followed by the enchanting adventure of “Moana” on August 26. For more information about these upcoming events, be sure to visit Get ready to be captivated by the magic of cinema under the stars!

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