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Wild Center hosts drive-in ‘Jurassic Park’

TUPPER LAKE — “Life, uh, finds a way.”

These famous words, spoken by Ian Malcolm — played by Jeff Goldblum — in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 classic dinosaur movie, “Jurassic Park,” will be heard at the Wild Center tonight, at the first of the nature museum’s drive-in film screenings.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tri-Lakes have found a way to keep watching classic films, and the Wild Center is making it a staple of the rest of its summer calendar, starting with “Jurassic Park.”

“Jurassic Park” is a story about science, an outbreak of a deadly force of nature, the recklessness of ego and people getting chewed in half. At least a few of these themes are timely.

The museum has turned its overflow parking lot into a movie-watching area with a 30-foot screen. Attendees are told they can sit in their cars or bring up to two lawn chairs per car. Masks and social distancing will be required when outside of the vehicle.

However, Empire State Development Spokesperson Kristin Devoe said the state does not approve of out-of-car seating at drive-in events.

Viewers will listen in over their car radios.

Tickets cost $20 per car without museum admission and $15 per car for Wild Center members. The price will also be $15 per car if someone has proof of with Wild Center admission between July 20 and 26, where they can see the otters, birds and fish at the museum, which unlike the dinosaurs of “Jurassic Park” remain in their pens.

The movie starts at 9 p.m., and gates open at 7:30 p.m.

Parking is on a first-come, first-served, basis and tickets should be purchased online in advance. Attendees can bring their own food and are encouraged to buy popcorn from the State Theater, which will be holding a sale that night at its Park Street location.

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