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‘Jaws’ on a big screen in Bay Shore

A scene from the classic

A scene from the classic "Jaws" (1975) directed by Steven Spielberg. It will be playing on Wednesday, June 18, at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts in Bay Shore. Credit: Universal Studios

Although the facts are probably not necessary to use in order to directly entice locals into viewing the classic movie "Jaws," the 1975 killer great white shark thriller does happen to have direct connections to Long Island.

For example, it is a widely-held belief that author Peter Benchley was inspired by the late Montauk shark hunter Frank Mundus when penning his "Jaws" novel that Steven Spielberg eventually helped adapt into the famed film version -- potentially basing the story’s “Quint” character on the personality and adventures of the real-life East End fisherman. Benchley also set his story in “Amity,” a fictional Long Island town. However, in reality great whites are rarely seen near LI, although one was spotted east of Montauk back last year.

Then again, you might be able to see another in Bay Shore on Wednesday, June 18 -- a really large one .?.?. on a big screen, that is.

As it turns out, June 18 is when The Cortland pub (27 West Main St., Bay Shore) will be hosting its latest film showing at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts. The two venues share an alley and last year started a joint event that allows Cortland customers to view a flick on the Boulton’s big screen while enjoying various craft beers, and since the partnership began the cinematic gatherings have been a hit. For the "Jaws" presentation, patrons will be able to purchase suds created by fellow Bay Shore business Great South Bay Brewery, such as the brand’s Blood Orange Pale Ale, Hopsy Dazy IPA and seasonal Blonde Ambition ale. In addition, all in attendance can then after-party next door at The Cortland, where local musician J-Haus will be performing.

The movie starts at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are available for $8 online ( or in person at The Cortland (no cover for the after-party). For more information, visit and

YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts: 37 W Main St., Bay Shore, 631-969-1101.

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