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JAWS attacks Galveston beach

Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees will once again transform Stewart Beach into a drive-in movie theater Saturday, Oct. 29. The event will feature "JAWS," the premiere of "Miles to Surf," a documentary film directed by Galveston local James Fulbright, and live performances by local musicians. This is the second time the Park Board of Trustees has brought a drive-in movie to Stewart Beach. The first one, held Labor Day weekend, was such a success that the Park Board decided to hold a second one. "We wanted to offer the opportunity again this fall for our beach visitors," said Cathy Veniegas, special events coordinator for the Galveston Park Board. "This is the first time we have featured live performances." The parking lots will open at 3 p.m. and the event will begin at 5 p.m. with the performance of local band Shark Attack. At 6 p.m. Mustang Lightning will perform. "Miles to Surf" premieres at 7 p.m., and Galveston local music legend Bert Wills will perform at 8 p.m. All musicians performing at this evening's event are featured on the "Miles to Surf" soundtrack. "JAWS" will begin at 8:30 p.m. The films will be presented on a 30 x 50 inflatable screen structure on the beach. Moviegoers can enjoy the films from their vehicles via FM station broadcast, or beach chairs with loudspeakers are available for rental. Concessions will also be available, offering such favorites as: popcorn, candy, hotdogs and more. "The Park Board of Trustees is trying to bring back the classic drive-in movie idea while drawing people to our beaches," Veniegas said. "We are featuring "JAWS" because it ties in with the beach theme, as well as Halloween." Veniegas also noted that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the famous shark attack movie, and that moviegoers should get a thrill out of watching the movie right on Galveston's beach. James Fulbright has surfed for the past 36 years. His entire life has revolved around the sport of surfing, from constantly searching for a ride to the beach when he was a small child to owning and operating the Galveston surf shop Surf Specialties for the past 20 years. "Miles to Surf" takes a historical journey into the world of wave riding, linking the infatuation of surfing to the development of alternative surfing sports such as "tanker surfing," "wake surfing," and the creation of artificial waves and surfing venues. "Surfing is all about the ride," Fulbright said. "And we will do anything to surf, anything! As this documentary will show, history has and will continue to prove that." Fulbright's mission is to introduce different surfing ideas to people in hopes that they will either continue the sport of surfing or at least give it a try. "My goal is to open people's minds, surfers and non-surfers alike, to the unlimited possibilities that are out there [and] allow one to continue to experience the surfing buzz, regardless of your proximity to the ocean," Fulbright said. The price of listening to live music and viewing the featured films on Stewart Beach is $10 per vehicle. Parking attendants will direct moviegoers to the movie screen, which will be on the west side of the pavilion. Stewart Beach is located at Sixth Street and Seawall Boulevard. "Whether you are a drive-in movie veteran or a new drive-in enthusiast, we think the experience will be memorable for all who attend," Veniegas said. "We hope to do this regularly in the upcoming year." For additional information, contact Veniegas, at (409) 797-5157, or visit For more information on "Miles to Surf," visit and click on the "Miles to Surf" banner.


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