Watch Jurassic Park Circle of Trust Sunrise Square

You have probably seen Jurassic Park, maybe even numerous times. But have you ever watched it outside, under the stars? The outdoor viewings this weekend at the Sunrise Square will intensify the thrill and suspense of the 1993 classic.

Last weekend, the Sunrise Theater brought movies back to Moore County with several screenings of JAWS on the Sunrise Square. With the area enclosed with tents, guests brought chairs and blankets to make their assigned seating area a cozy space which one guest referred to as his “circle of trust.” (2000 Meet the Parents) Each 10-foot circle can seat a group of up to four people who may remove their masks when seated.  Circles are spaced six feet apart to follow social distancing guidelines. Two concession stands are available with a special new addition from the Southern Pines Brewing Company – the TOGETHER WE ARE MOORE Czech Pilsner beer.

Weather-permitting, Jurassic Park will hit the big inflatable screen at 8:15 this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. In this adventure classic, a wealthy entrepreneur and a team of genetic scientists clone several species of dinosaurs and attempt to create a wildlife park. A disgruntled park employee’s sabotage leads to a park-wide power failure leaving them all in a struggle for survival. 


The film was based on the novel by Michael Crichton and directed by Steven Spielberg. The dinosaurs were created with groundbreaking computer-generated imagery by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs.

Jurassic Park opened on Friday, June 11, 1993 and broke box office records its first weekend with $47 million. It eventually grossed $402 million in the U.S., and just over $1 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1993 and the highest-grossing film ever at the time. Steven Spielberg received $250 million, the largest sum any individual has made from a movie. Universal Pictures paid Michael Crichton $2 million for the rights to his novel before it was even published.

The film won more than 42 awards, including three Academy Awards for its technical achievements in visual effects and sound design.

The Tyrannosaurus’ roars were a combination of dog, penguin, tiger, alligator, and elephant sounds. The sound of the T. Rex’s footsteps was created by cut sequoias crashing to the ground. The sounds made by the Brachiosaurs were a combination of whale and donkey sounds. The cute Dilophosaurus sound was made by chirps of a swan.

The most difficult effect to pull off was the vibrating rings of water in the car scene. The crew didn’t know how to create them but told Spielberg they could. The night before the shoot, a member of the special effects team discovered that plucking guitar strings with a glass of water on the guitar could create the effect. The next day they fed guitar strings under the car’s dashboard and had a man on the floor pluck the strings to create the rings.

In the control room scene when Nedry and Hammond are arguing, JAWS is playing in a small video window on one of the computer screens.

In 2005, paleontologist Dr. Mary Schweitzer discovered red blood cells and soft tissue in the fossilized bones of a T. Rex, meaning dinosaur cloning may someday become a reality.

Summer classics will continue at the Sunrise with MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL opening August 21.  Tickets to all outdoor movies are $10 per person. For more details and guidelines, visit the Sunrise Theater website or contact the Sunrise at [email protected].

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