As the sun set on what was another beautiful Wednesday in Austin, Austinites came out with their blankets, chairs and eagerness. And as the city lights started playing against the sky, Austin Sound and Cinema’s screening of Jurassic Park, presented by Aquasana, began at the Long Center.
Even before the event officially kicked off, moviegoers started setting up and claiming their spots on the lawn overlooking Auditorium Shores. Alamo Drafthouse had their huge, outdoor screen setup and ready to go.
On the City Terrace, some of Austin’s best set up food trailers. These included Franks, The Peached Tortilla and Yeti Frozen Custard, just to name a few. Car2go had a parallel parking challenge for a chance to score 45 minutes of Car2go use.
For this Sound and Cinema, the movie played first, and then Chali 2na rocked the stage. During the movie, Chali 2na spray painted a beautiful, event-themed mural that was auctioned off on Do512. The proceeds from the auction will go to Austin’s Groundwork Music Project, which provides free and low-cost music lessons to children with limited means.
As with any Drafthouse special event, there was a lot of audience interaction. While during regular movies, talking is shunned, the screening was filled with participation. Clapping as we entered Jurassic Park, cat-calling Dr. Ian Malcolm (Ian Goldblum), cheering on Ray Arnold (Samuel L. Jackson) and of course, cheering when the hero saved the day.
Aquasana kept everyone hydrated with their infused, filtered water. They sold reusable water bottles and water flats, while educating thirst quenchers about the product.
Wednesday, August 28 will be the last Sound and Cinema of the season. The team will present Back to the Future, kicking-off with a concert from Hello Wheels. The show will feature hits from both the 1950s and 1980s.
Especially because this is the last one of the season, you will want to get there early to get a good spot. The food trailers open at 7 p.m., but the lawn starts filling up between 6 and 6:30 p.m.