Garden movie showing sets stage for new release

KALAHEO — The dinosaurs will be back at the National Tropical Botanical Garden during “Movie Night in McBryde Garden.” On June 5, the public is invited to a showing of the original blockbuster film “Jurassic Park” and the famous locations in Allerton Garden that were featured in it.

The movie will be viewed under the stars in the adjacent McBryde Garden.

Kamaaina and visitors will recognize key shooting locations, including one of the most famous — the “Jurassic Trees” in the Allerton Garden — which movie-goers will see in person during a pre-show guided walk, as well as other places in Allerton that Steven Spielberg used when he filmed there in 1992.

In addition to the walk, pre-show activities include DJ music, face painting and kids activities in the McBryde Garden Piko.

Guests will be shuttled into the gardens from the South Shore Visitors Center across from Spouting Horn, from 5-6:30 p.m. The film will begin at sundown, about 7:30 p.m., with shuttles back to the Visitors Center at 9:30 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or compact beach/camping chairs. Paradise Grinds will be on hand to sell food, shave ice and popcorn.

The event, to be held the weekend before the new release “Jurassic World” hits theaters, will bring back fun memories for those who cheered the scrolling credit “Filmed on Kauai” when they first saw the movie.

“We are so excited to invite the Kauai community and visitors into the gardens for this event,” said Andy Jasper, director of the South Shore Gardens. “Helping life find a way is a central theme in the original Jurassic Park plot and fundamental to NTBG’s mission as well. Showing the movie in the Garden is an exciting way for us to engage with the community and invite them into our world.”

A free bag of popcorn will be given to those presenting their Garden membership card or anyone who wears a “Jurassic Park — Filmed on Kauai” T-shirt that were available when the film premiered on the island. The original 1993 movie sets the stage for the June 12 release.

Entry is a suggested donation of $10.

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