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August 2, 2022—Virginia Air & Space Science Center has announced that Executive Director and CEO Robert Griesmer will retire at the end of September. "My wife and I have been discussing retirement for some time now,” says Griesmer, “but there were things that needed to be completed." The Virginia Air & Space Science Center has recently completed its multi-million-dollar capital campaign. "We are looking forward to continued growth and having an increased economic and educational impact on the communities we serve, and finally, now, I can retire with the feeling of success and pride in the institution I led, the community I served, and the staff that will take this institution to only greater heights of excellence," he said. Greismer has long been involved with GSCA, and GSTA before that, as a committee member and was a familiar face at the conferences.
July 29, 2022—After 41 years of service, giant screen industry veteran Glenn Shaver has retired, effective July 1 of this year. Glenn’s career includes positions at Ontario Place Corporation and Ontario Science Centre, where the theaters under his direction won multiple industry awards. His leadership positions with GSCA included the Board of Directors and co-chair of two committees. Glenn was also the first recipient of the GSCA Big Shoe Award, which recognizes exemplary volunteers. Though Glenn is retiring from his full-time work, he will continue to do some work for Ontario Place as Senior Advisor and in his part-time business of over 40 years—Shaver and Co. Ltd.—specialising in the design and installation of commercial sound and video systems. Luckily for us, he plans to stay involved with GSCA and hopes to attend the conference in Chattanooga in September. We wish him the very best in his retirement and thank him for everything he has done for GSCA and the industry.
July 28 , 2022—Officials from Denver-based Dorsey Pictures, Chicago-based Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, and the Portland-based Native Fish Society have announced the production of Upstream: The Journey Home, a global giant screen and IMAX film event. The film will be narrated by rock music legend, avid angler, and conservationist Huey Lewis. The film will showcase the stunning environments salmon and steelhead occupy along with myriad other species including bears and whales that also depend on these ecosystems. Along the way, viewers will learn about these keystone species and what they’re telling us about the health of our planet.
July 28, 2022—Paul Wild, former theater director of IMAX Victoria, has joined the K2 Studios distribution team taking over responsibility for most of recently retired Ed Capelle’s theaters in the U.S. and Canada, as well as other select theaters. Paul is contracting part-time with K2 while he continues to represent Destination Cinema on a part-time basis.
July 13, 2022—Christie® is pleased to share that its RGB pure laser projectors are lighting up the recently refurbished Infinity Dome theatre at TELUS Spark Science Centre in Calgary, Alberta. The dome stands three stories high and 21 meters (69 feet) across, making it one of the largest dome theatres in western Canada, and one of the brightest in North America with eight Christie Griffyn™ 4K32-RGB pure laser projectors delivering 272,000 lumens. RSA Cosmos–Konica Minolta, global leader in digital planetariums, in partnership with Solotech, global leader in audiovisual and entertainment technology, specified and installed the new digital system.
July 8, 2022—We shared news in May that the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, would be closing on September 6 of this year as the province invested in building a new facility that was to open in 2030. After strong backlash to the costly and controversial plan, Premier John Horgan has pledged to consult with the public to determine how to proceed. In the meantime, the Royal BC Museum will remain open indefinitely. Read the full article about the Royal BC Museum plan in The Globe and Mail.
June 3, 2022—Harold “Howard” Baker, projectionist for 40 years at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington, passed away on May 3 at the age of 94. The Facebook group Pacific Science Center Staff and Alumni Community recently posted, “His 40 years as the projectionist at the science center was only part of his story. He was a mentor, confidant, and cheerleader for all of us in the time we were with him.” Some of Howard's colleagues have shared their memories of him with us.
May 25, 2022—Two years after the Pyramid Place entertainment centre was demolished on an adjacent lot, the Niagara Falls IMAX Theatre was torn down by cranes last week, leaving only a pile of rubble after the long weekend. The two buildings in the entertainment district of the city were being cleared out to make way for a 12-story, 230-room hotel to be spread over the two sites. While the theatre’s website says a new location is to be announced soon, the now-demolished theatre was a mainstay in Niagara Falls for over 35 years, being built in the 1980s. Read the full article and see a video tour through the abandoned theater at Niagara.com
May 23, 2022—MacGillivray Freeman Films today announced that actress Joelle Carter will narrate the company’s latest giant screen film release, Secrets of the Sea, a co-production from Howard Hall Productions and Oceanic Research Group, slated for release to IMAX® and giant-screen theaters starting June 8 on World Oceans Day.
May 19, 2022—IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) and Dolphin Entertainment (NASDAQ:DLPN) have entered into a multi-year agreement to jointly finance the development and production of a slate of feature-length documentaries for the global market. The first project greenlit by the partners is The Blue Angels, developed and co-produced by Bad Robot Productions and Zipper Bros Films. The Blue Angels is in production and is expected to hit IMAX theaters in 2023.