August 12, 13, 14 and 16 at 7pm
Secaucus, NJ – A century before audiences went “Walking with Dinosaurs”, Gertie the Brontosaurus took a famous stroll across movie screens from coast to coast. And long before Jeff Goldblum took on the velociraptors at Jurassic Park, King Kong was battling a T-Rex on Skull Island.
Field Station: Dinosaurs is celebrating 100 years of Mesozoic Movies with the first-ever family film festival devoted entirely to the legendary stars of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous eras.
The free festival runs for four nights only, Tuesday August 12, – Thursday August 14, with a special showing of Steven Spielberg’s “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” on Saturday, August 15. All show times are at 7pm.
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“We’ll have fun watching these great old movies,” says Guy Gsell, Executive Producer at Field Station: Dinosaurs. “But at the same time kids will be learning about the history of paleontology.”
Dinosaurs made their motion picture debut in 1914 – the same year as Charlie Chaplin – and they’re still going strong a century later. From the stop-action clay dinosaurs of the silent classic “The Lost World” to the brilliant computer generated monsters of today, dinosaurs have been capturing the imagination of young audiences for a hundred years and counting.
“We’re scientists,” continues Gsell. “So we’ll be looking at these films from the paleontologist’s point of view. It’s amazing how much we’ve learned about dinosaurs since 1914.”
The festival kicks off on Tuesday night with a silent double feature – William McKay’s cartoon classic “Gertie the Dinosaur” (1914) and Harry O. Hoyt’s groundbreaking “Lost World” (1925). Considered state-of-the-art in their day, both films have been deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress.
Everyone’s favorite giant gorilla, King Kong swings into action on Wednesday night. One of the most iconic movies in the history of cinema, this 1933 masterpiece features stegosaurus, apatosaurus, pteranodon and, of course, T-Rex. Merian C. Cooper directs Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong and the Empire State Building in this science fiction classic.
Science meets camp and Jurassic Park meets Gumby in 1966’s “One Million Years B.C.” on Thursday night. Director Don Chaffey gets just about everything wrong, (except Raquel Welch’s costume), but Ray Harryhausen’s award-winning stop action animation brings the dinosaurs to life in magnificent technocolor.
The festival closes on Saturday with “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” (1997) presented by The Town of Secaucus. Steven Spielberg’s second visit to La Isla Sorna is a virtual dinosaur safari with herbivores and carnivores sharing screen time and scream time. Famed paleontologist Jack Horner consulted on this record-breaking summer blockbuster so the science is solid and kids will see just how far we’ve come since 1914.
Mesozoic Movies are free and show time is 7pm. The Field Station’s gates will open at 6:45pm.
Guests wishing to visit Field Station: Dinosaurs’ exhibits prior to the movie can buy special “Twilight Tickets” for $12. Twilight Tickets are good for entrance to the park after 5:00 pm and can be purchased at the Field Station’s Box Office at One Dinosaur Way in Secaucus. Seating for the movies is extremely limited.
Saturday’s showing of “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” is presented by the Town of Secaucus as part of its free summer movie series.
Tuesday, August 12 Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) and Lost World (1925)
Wednesday, August 13 King Kong (1933)
Thursday, August 14 One Million Years B.C. (1966)
Saturday, August 16 The Lost World: Jurassic Park II (1997)
For more information about Field Station: Dinosaurs, or to purchase tickets to the park, visit www.fieldstationdinosaurs.com or call 855-999-9010.