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Movie Night – How Blockbusters Changed Hollywood

November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In 1975, a relatively unknown filmmaker, Steven Spielberg, shifted the film industry with a sleeper hit about a quiet summer vacation town and a deadly great white shark. With the financial success of Jaws, and Star Wars just two years later, Hollywood began to focus on intentionally producing big budget “event” movies in the hopes of creating even larger box office profits.

In collaboration with the UNC General Alumni Association and the Chelsea Theatre, join Dr. Rachel Schaevitz, associate director for state outreach and strategic partnerships, as she discusses the history and influence of the blockbuster film. This presentation will feature clips from some of the highest grossing films of all time including Jaws, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Black Panther and more. We’ll discuss opening weekends, special effects, merchandising and licensing and what influence they have all had on the global film market.

Price: $15; GAA and Chelsea members: $10.

Pre-registration required. Register via the UNC GAA.

*Please note that refunds cannot be given for this event*


November 1
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Chelsea Theatre
1129 Weaver Dairy Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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