Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Jaws (1975)

The original summer blockbuster.  It made everyone think twice before stepping foot in the water.  Jaws was filmed on the beautiful island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.  There is Up-Island (Aquinnah, Chillmark, Tisbury) which is the more rural part, and Down-Island (Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven) which has the more touristy sections.  Jaws was filmed mostly Down-Island.  The bus system is very user-friendly (if I can figure it out, you can figure it out) and most locations are not far from where it drops you off.  The one exception was the Brody House, which was about a mile bike ride (there are bike rentals aplenty across the island though).  A good two days should get you to all the locations plus some from Jaws 2 (1978) and, yes, Jaws: The Revenge (1987)

Jaws was filmed on Martha's Vineyard in Edgartown, South Beach, Aquinnah, Oak Bluffs, Chilmark, MA

Location: The Bonfire 
Address: South Beach, Edgartown, MA

Judging by Chrissy and her crew's wardrobe, Amity is experiencing the coldest summer on record. Sweaters and blankets in late June?

Location: Chrissie's Last Swim
Address: Cow Bay, Edgartown, MA

Location: The Brody House
Address: 265 East Chop Drive, Oak Bluffs, MA

Sadly it's practically unrecognizable since it was remodeled...

Location: Amity Police Department Exterior
Address: Water St & David Lane, Edgartown, MA

The swanky Christopher hotel can be seen in the background...

Location: Amity Police Department Interior
Address: 33 N Summer Street, Edgartown, MA

This was also believed to be one of the production offices for the film.

Location: The Amity Gazette
Address: Water St, Edgartown, MA

Just a few buildings away from the police station...

Location: Keisel's Bicycle Rental
Address: Water St, Edgartown, MA

A hop, skip and jump from The Amity Gazette...

Location: Vaughn Reality
Address: 1 Water St, Edgartown, MA

Right next door to Keisel's Bicycle Rental...

This was also The Amity Drug Store in Jaws: The Revenge (1987) 

Location: Amity Hardware Store
Address: Main St & Water St, Edgartown, MA

In Jaws 2 (1978), this is the same spot where Brody starts chasing the ambulance, which turns south onto Main Street...

The interior was filmed at 55 Main Street...

Location: Car Ferry
Address: 53 Dock St, Edgartown, MA  Chappy Ferry

Location: Amity Town Hall
Address: 70 Main Street, Edgartown, MA

The clock still remains but the desk has been moved to the other side of the room...

Location: The Billboard
Address: 35 Aquinnah Circle, Aquinnah, MA

Location: Alex Kintner Dies
Address: Joseph Sylvia State Beach, Edgartown, MA

Location: Mrs. Kintner Bitch Slaps Brody
Address: 1 Morse Street, Edgartown, MA

This is also where Hooper arrives and the fisherman load their boats...

Location: The Bridge and Pond
Address: American Legions Memorial Bridge, Edgartown, MA

Here's where the really bad under-five actress saw a Sh-sh-shaaark!

Location: Quint's Shack
Address: Menemsha Port, Chilmark, MA

Location: Brody Blows Up Shark
Address: Katama Bay, South Beach, MA

Locations Visited: August 2014, August 2016

The Universal Studios Backlot Tour, March 2016:

From The Jaws Ride at Universal Orlando, March 1994

Related Locations:

Jaws 2 (1978)Jaws 3 (1983)Jaws: The Revenge (1987)


  1. I was 'allowed' to see JAWS when it was a 'hit' when it was released & I turned ten.

    To this day I can't put my foot into a creek w/out thinking of a tiny snake..

    I've watched the movie no less than twice a year since the mid 90's..



    1. Thanks, Kevin! Jaws is a classic. I first saw on tv when I was about nine. I'm still terrified to get into the ocean.

    2. "Almost" ditto your ocean comment ! ! LOL

      I've been going to VA & N.C. beaches every summer for decades and ~honestly~ have never put my foot into the 2-inch splashing water w/out looking left & right for 'something' swimming.

      I'm not afraid to say that the movie has brainwashed me ! !
      **A fan forever..

  2. Thank you for posting these, I was born and raised in Massachusetts and I've been a fan of jaws for a long time.