The Deep End

The first screening of Jaws took place at a Dallas shopping center. From these humble beginnings the film surpassed $100 million at the box office, a high-water mark never accomplished before that time. The film also went on to make a generation of kids (and probably a few adults) afraid of the deep end of the pool. Maybe it still does. While we'd like to recommend the NRH2O Family Water Park's Dive-In Movies screening of Jaws, we can't be sure if this is a family event or even one for people with active imaginations. The Spielberg feature was shot largely by hand-held camera on boats rocking on the sea, so showing this to an audience rolling in a wave pool definitely tops smell-o-vision for a visceral, immersive experience. It's the imagination that gets most people, just as intended. Sure, the water at NRH2O is chlorinated and clear, but how many people will take a quick look down when Roy Scheider's Chief Brody asks Richard Dreyfuss' Hooper, "Is it true that most shark attacks take place in 3 feet of water?" Jaws begins at dusk Friday. NRH2O Family Water Park is located at 9001 Boulevard 26 (SH-26) in North Richland Hills. Admission is $15.99 to $18.99. Call 817-427-6500 or visit nrh2o.com.
Fri., July 7
KEEP THE DALLAS OBSERVER FREE... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Mark Hughes