Jurassic Period-themed double feature coming to Northfield Drive-In

  • Families can get their picture taken in front of a “Jurassic Park” Jeep replica on Friday and Saturday at the Northfield Drive-In. Courtesy photo/Northfield Drive-In

Staff Writer
Published: 8/4/2021 6:36:27 PM

NORTHFIELD — Franklin County families can take a trip back in time to the Jurassic Period this weekend with a double feature screening at the Northfield Drive-In.

The drive-in will play Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” and the 1993 blockbuster “Jurassic Park” on Friday and Saturday, with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $13 for adults, $7 for children ages 7 to 14, and free for kids ages 6 and under.

Families can get their picture taken with dinosaurs and in front of a “Jurassic Park” Jeep replica owned by Bernardston resident Nate Pratt. The Jeep Wrangler YJ Sahara replica of the vehicle featured in the movie, known for the skeletal tyrannosaurus logo emblazoned on the door. Pratt will park the “Jeep 18” in front of the Northfield Drive-In marquee this week ahead of the weekend’s screenings.

“The idea for the night originally started after we posed a question on Facebook asking voters to help decide what to play with ‘Jungle Cruise,’” Lead Projectionist Tyler Bourbeau said. “Pratt happened to comment that he would bring his Jeep if we played ‘Jurassic Park,’ and it snowballed from there.”

The base of Pratt’s Raptor Wrangler is a 1994 Jeep Wrangler Sahara, a YJ model that was sold between 1987 and 1995. Pratt bought the Jeep from a friend who had painstakingly put the time and effort into replicating the famous vehicle. Pratt is also a member of the Jurassic Park Motor Pool, a club for Jeep enthusiasts.

Northfield Drive-In co-owner Julia Wiggin and Bourbeau said they are excited to host the “Jungle Cruise” and “Jurassic Park” double feature with some extra activities for families.

“We’ve been talking about the ways we’d like to make the drive-in about more than just going to the movies,” Bourbeau said. “We’d like to find more opportunities where, by the time you arrive, something is happening to make it a whole experience.”

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-930-4579.

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