Penarth’s first-ever outdoor cinema presentation – a showing of the Steven Speilberg classic “Jaws” – attracted an enthusiastic audience to the roof of the Fig Tree restaurant on Penarth Esplanade last night.
Although the movie wasn’t due to begin until darkness fell at 20.45, many people in the audience arrived early on a warm, calm, evening to enjoy the build-up and the atmosphere.
As everybody knows “Jaws” relates the tale of a small seaside community – Amity – whose civic leaders are determined to make the best of the summer season, despite the taste developed for its townspeople by a voracious great white shark.
Despite the audience scanning the surface of the sea , no fins were to be seen ; just the Balmoral anchored out in the channel off Penarth Pier, where the “No Fishing” notices took on an extra resonance.
Fig Tree restaurant owner Mike Caplan-Hill said the outdoor cinema had proved to be a “win-win” for his business. The cinema space had been rented out to Lost Lands Cinema (formally known as Motley Movies) and whilst Lost Lands mixed the cocktails, the Fig Tree was providing traditional cinema fare – pop-corn, hot-dogs and burgers.
….It seems nobody asked for a fish supper.