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January 26, 2017—The Adler Planetarium, America's first planetarium, opened its doors in 1930 and has been a Chicago cultural icon ever since. The Adler Planetarium operates two domes, all day, 363 days a year—presenting nearly 5000 planetarium presentations each year. For this demanding schedule, the Adler is refurbishing both of their dome theaters with 8K resolution Digistar 6 systems from Evans & Sutherland.
January 24, 2017—Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges lends his voice to narrate Dream Big: Engineering Our World, a new MacGillivray Freeman 3D film for IMAX and giant screen theaters opening globally beginning February 17, 2017. Directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray, and produced in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers and presented by Bechtel Corporation, Dream Big is a first of its kind film that will transform how we think about engineering.
January 18, 2017—We regret to report that IMAX Technical Services legend Russell “Russ” Cardinell died January 2, 2017, at the age of 75. Russ was instrumental in training and coaching IMAX projectionists from around the world and was deeply respected for his passion and dedication to the film business. He was born into a family of film projectionists and technicians and dedicated his whole life to ensuring that theater patrons experienced the highest quality presentations possible. Russ was also a proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces.
January 10, 2017—IMAX has opened a virtual reality (VR) center at the Grove in Los Angeles. The center is the first of half a dozen facilities to test VR experiences and explore the potential of VR as a business for IMAX. Read the full article about IMAX VR at NASDAQ.com.
January 6, 2017—D3D Cinema is pleased to announce that the Fernbank Museum of Natural History (FMNH) has selected D3D to provide FMNH with two new digital cinema systems in early 2017. Located in central Atlanta, Georgia, FMNH is undertaking significant upgrades to their existing Giant Screen theater as well as a second auditorium space. Work will begin this month, with both new theaters launching in early February after undergoing comprehensive technology upgrades to provide significantly enhanced viewer experiences, as well as dramatic improvements to functionality.
January 3, 2017—D3D Cinema, in partnership with Christie®, is proud to announce that the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) has selected D3D to install its laser-illuminated, ultra-high resolution projection system into MSI’s five-story domed theater. The new technology will premiere to MSI’s visitors in summer 2017 and subsequently will be featured during the Giant Screen Cinema Association conference in September.