The Best Way to Watch Jaws Is While Floating in a Lake

Courtesy of the Alamo Drafthouse
Courtesy of the Alamo Drafthouse

More than 40 years after Jaws terrified global audiences, fans of Steven Spielberg's classic shark movie likely assumed it was safe to go back in the water. But in Austin, Texas, the Alamo Drafthouse cinema keeps patrons on their toes during the summer with outdoor screenings of the 1975 thriller. Instead of reclining in a cushioned seat, moviegoers float on inner tubes in the middle of a local lake, dangling their feet in the water as they watch the killer shark attack beach-goers on a giant lakeside screen.

As Condé Nast Traveler reports, the Alamo’s annual “Jaws on the Water” series will return on June 30 and runs until July 23. The Austin-based movie chain will host the evening screenings at the Volente Beach Water Park on Lake Travis, which is located 45 minutes from the city’s downtown.

Tickets are $55, and are available for purchase online. They cover the cost of keepsake, shark-themed inner tubes, full access to water park attractions (including water slides), and a fireworks display. And naturally, the evening’s most entertaining element—sheer terror—is free.

Love the idea, but seen the original Jaws film one too many times? This year, “Jaws on the Water” will show Jaws 2, Jaws 3 in 3D, and Jaws: The Revenge. Each of these screenings is limited to one evening only, so book accordingly.

The Alamo Drafthouse has locations nationwide, but “Jaws on the Water” is only available to Austin cinema patrons. However, fans in other cities can celebrate the classic summer blockbuster by attending special, interactive Jaws screenings at their local Alamo from June 30 through July 6.

[h/t Condé Nast Traveler]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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The World’s Last Blockbuster Has Been Transformed Into an Airbnb—and It Costs Just $4 Per Night

The Last Blockbuster on Earth is located in Bend, Oregon.
The Last Blockbuster on Earth is located in Bend, Oregon.

In March 2019, a Blockbuster store in Bend, Oregon, became the last remaining Blockbuster on Earth. If you aren't satisfied just browsing the shelves and the candy selection of the rare '90s relic, soon you'll be able to book it for a night for the cost of a movie rental.

As CNN Travel reports, the last Blockbuster location will be available to rent on Airbnb for $4 a night beginning August 17. Sandi Harding, the manager of the video rental store since 2004, has set up the space to recreate the experience of renting a VHS tape and having an old-school movie night at home.

Settle in for an old-school movie night at The Last Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon.Airbnb

A sofa in the makeshift living room features a pull-out mattress complete with retro Memphis pattern sheets. After getting cozy in bed, guests can enjoy their choice of movie from the store's robust VHS collection on a big, boxy TV. And naturally, popcorn and other movie theater snacks are available onsite.

Be Kind. Rewind.Airbnb

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Bend Blockbuster's opening. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, having a big celebration was impossible, so Harding found a way to mark the occasion with a more intimate event. "With everybody being stuck at home and re-experiencing family time together, we thought it would be fun to enjoy some family time in a throwback '90s environment," she told CNN.

When the bookings open on Airbnb on August 17, guests will be able to reserve their one-night stay for September 18, 19, or 20. The space is limited to four people, with guests from the same household preferred.

[h/t CNN Travel]