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May 4, 2021—The giant screen world owes much to Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, who oversaw the construction and was the first director of the National Air and Space Museum, and who suggested to
co-founder Graeme Ferguson that they should fly their camera in space. Joe Kleiman profiles this visionary and humble hero in
May 3, 2021—Promising news for the giant screen industry? As vaccines roll out, restrictions lift, and
theaters reopen, audiences have been willing to pay more for an enhanced
experience because—after a year stuck at home—"why do the
ordinary?" The expanding appetite for an enhanced theatrical experience has given
the film and exhibition business a shot of confidence and a weapon
against streamers amid devastation caused by the pandemic. Read the full article from The Hollywood Reporter here.
April 20, 2021—Kids will discover the wonders of the Mesozoic era, as Dino Dana, star of Dino Dana The Movie
, presented by Safari Ltd.®, and her friends roar into the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS)! Guests can visit the new Dino Dana
exhibit, see the coolest dino augmented reality (AR) experience and catch Dino Dana The Movie
on the GIANT screen as part of the MODS Discovery Pass. The film will
be released on May 22 with official red carpet premieres at MODS on
Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6.
April 19, 2021—The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) Event Planning Committee and Board of Directors have made a unanimous decision to hold the GSCA 2021 International Conference virtually later this year. Dates are yet to be determined but likely the virtual conference will be held in September, when the conference is traditionally held in person. While we are all eager to get together in person, it is prudent to make this decision now to allow planning to begin.
April 15, 2021—The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) is pleased to
announce Evans & Sutherland, a Cosm Company, as the exclusive
Partner Sponsor for Virtual Film Expo 2021, April 19–23. Evans
& Sutherland (E&S) is a committed supporter of GSCA, and
believes their major contribution to the Virtual Film Expo is an
important step in helping the Association grow and advance the industry.
As GSCA theaters adapt to the challenges of Coronavirus worldwide,
E&S is investing in the future success of Giant Screen theaters and
innovative technologies that will impact long-term success.
April 8, 2021—The US Small Business Administration will start accepting applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program at 12:00 pm EDT today, April 8. Eligible entities include museum operators, zoos, aquariums, motion picture theater operators, and more. You'll find program information, requirements, video tutorials, checklists, forms, and the application portal here.
March 30, 2021–IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced that
Bradley Wechsler has notified the Company he will step down as Chairman
of the Board of IMAX at the Company's annual shareholders meeting (AGM)
on June 9, 2021, after nearly 30 years of service to the Company. IMAX's
Board of Directors will select a new Chairman to be announced shortly
after the Company's AGM. Mr. Wechsler has been Chairman or Co-Chairman
of IMAX's board since 1994 when he and Richard L. Gelfond acquired the
Company. Mr. Wechsler and Mr. Gelfond served as Co-Chief Executive
Officers from 1996 to 2009 when Mr. Gelfond took on the role of sole
March 29, 2021—Our sincerest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of filmmaker and IMAX pioneer Phyllis Ferguson, who passed away on March 12. Phyllis was the beloved wife and creative partner of IMAX co-founder Graeme Ferguson. Graeme, Phyllis and Toni Myers led the IMAX Space Team in its pioneering achievement in chronicling the space shuttle era. Her IMAX credits include Hail Columbia!
, The Dream is Alive
, Blue Planet
and Destiny in Space
. "To me she was the glue that held the IMAX Space Team and the NASA 'extended family' together," says Bill Readdy, former astronaut and associate administrator of NASA's Space Flight office. Read more about her remarkable life and brilliant career here: https://legcy.co/2PFLRf3
March 24, 2021—The US Small Business Administration Office of
Disaster Assistance is administering the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
(SVOG) Program. Eligible entities include relevant museum operators,
zoos, aquariums, and motion picture theater operators who meet specific
criteria. The SVOG application is slated to open April 8, 2021. Read more