The April 24th Farmers Night Market planned will feature a special movie on the St. Augustine Amphitheater’s Front Porch. Join us from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The St. Augustine Historical Society, in partnership with the Marineland Dolphin Adventure, the St. Johns County Public Library, and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre is screening Revenge of the Creature at the April 24th Night Market.
This is the second of an ongoing series featuring films that were made in and around St. Augustine. Revenge of the Creature was the second of three movies about an ancient Amazonian “Gill-man,” and was filmed primarily at Marine Studios. The St. Johns River served as the mighty Amazon, and several scenes were filmed along what is present day Friendship Park in Jacksonville. Pay special attention to a scene about a laboratory rat, or you will miss Clint Eastwood’s very first and uncredited moment in cinema history.
Many residents and visitors don’t know that Marine Studios was first built specifically as the world’s first underwater film studio. The vision of W. Douglas Burden, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, and Ilya Tolstoy – three gentlemen with ties to Hollywood—Marine Studios was a big hit when they opened their doors in 1938.
Two oceanarium buildings, each three stories high and connected by a flume, rose from a stretch of land along the coastal highway. Containing almost a million gallons of ocean water and over 200 porthole windows, these oceanariums would provide a home for fish, sharks, sea turtles, and bottlenose dolphins. Meant to “bring the sea ashore”, the world’s first oceanarium was unique because the marine animals lived together rather than being segregated by species. The windows, strategically placed on multiple levels around the perimeter of the circular and rectangular tanks, allowed for perfect filming no matter what the light, the shadows, or the animals were doing. This ideal combination of mixed species exhibits, continuously circulating sea water, and window placement, positioned Marine Studios to lead the industry in underwater filming.
When 30,000 people tried to make it through the doors to see the exotic sea creatures, the founders realized that there might be more of a demand for a public aquarium dedicated to education and research, than a film studio. Marine Studios became Marineland.
By introducing people to animals in person and on the big screen, Marineland helped to guide the love affair that people have with the oceans and its wildlife. This year marks their 80th anniversary!
Revenge of the Creature
St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Thursday, April 24, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Admission is free and open to the public