Jaws Movie Poster

The City of Kilgore will host a free dive-in screening of "Jaws" at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Kilgore City Pool. A free swim begins at 7:30 p.m.

The water of Kilgore City Pool will glow red Thursday as “Jaws” pays a visit to the City of Kilgore.

Granted, the ominous effect will be thanks to the color-adjustable LED porthole lights illuminating the local amenity for City Hall’s second, free dive-in movie at the recently-revitalized venue July 18.

“They’ll start off white and then we’ll turn them red,” said Kilgore Community Relations Manager Sonya Waters. “The pool opens at 7:30 p.m. for a free swim. We’re going to start showing the movie at 8:30 p.m.”

Notably, the free feature is targeted for teenagers and adults – “Jaws” has a PG rating but it’s no “Shark Tale.” The film features gore and other elements suitable for older audiences as a giant shark menaces the New England tourist town of Amity.

“It’s up to the parents to decide if it’s appropriate for their child to watch it there,” Waters said. “Unfortunately, in the ’70s the movie ratings weren’t as detailed as they are today. Sometimes the PG rating isn’t always recommended for younger audiences.

“It was originally going to be rated R. That was it, either R or PG. They ended up having to remove some of its violence so it wouldn’t get the R-rating.”

For more information about the film’s elements, log on to the Parents Guide at the Internet Movie Database via tinyurl.com/JawsDetails.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, “Jaws” is reportedly the 7th highest grossing film of all time in the United States.

With the film license sponsored by the city, Thursday’s inflatable screen is courtesy of Charlie’s Sno-Balls and Seasonal Tanning, the sound system is being provided by Kilgore Mercantile & Music and Reel East Texas Film Festival is loaning a projector.

“It’s great to have community partners,” Waters said, “so we can provide this free event for the citizens of Kilgore.”


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