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August 22, 2017—From the Washington Post: "At the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, visitors can go on an adventure through the Amazon. They can walk the purple mountain majesties of America’s national parks, and they can even travel back to the Cretaceous period and see dinosaurs come to life. That’s all thanks to the museum’s Samuel C. Johnson Imax Theater. On Oct. 1, after 18 years, it will all shut down...In short, it seems the Museum of Natural History just isn’t that interested in Imax. And that’s a shame." Read the full Washington Post editorial here.
August 21, 2017—Filmmaker Taran Davies (Journey to Mecca, Jerusalem) has written an op-ed about the decision to tear down the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History Johnson IMAX Theater and replace it with cafeteria space: "The Johnson IMAX Theater is a national gem that fulfills the Smithsonian’s educational mission about our rare and beautiful world, and the irony now is that it, too, needs saving. Without it, there will be no other theater of any kind–let alone one with the impact of IMAX–in our nation’s capital dedicated to connecting people, and especially youth, to history, culture and nature. With 25 million visitors to Washington, D.C., every year, is the best we can offer them a tray of fast food? Do our children really need less education and more calories?" Read the full article here.
July 24, 2017—The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History wants to replace the Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater with an expanded cafeteria. A group of prominent giant screen industry veterans has started a petition to save this iconic theater: http://www.saveourimax.org/
May 25, 2017—Aircraft Carrier, directed by veteran IMAX-format filmmaker Stephen Low (Rocky Mountain Express, Fighter Pilot) and produced and distributed by K2 Communications and Giant Screen Films, held its world premiere at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington DC, on May 24. A public launch follows at the Smithsonian and in a number of other markets on May 26. Aircraft Carrier is a giant screen, immersive film packed with adrenaline-laced visuals and human stories that pay stirring tribute to the crucial role modern aircraft carriers play in maintaining the freedom of the seas, and keeping the sea lanes open for commerce.
January 11, 2016—Director of Smithsonian Theaters Zarth Bertsch discusses the Air & Space Museum Lockheed Martin Theater's conversion from 70mm to IMAX with laser digital in this interview with dcist.com. Read the full interview with Zarth Bertsch here.
May 1, 2015—IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced it is launching its new laser projection system in the Airbus IMAX Theater at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., and in the Boeing IMAX Theater at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington on May 1—just in time for the release of Marvel's highly anticipated film, Avengers: Age of Ultron. The ground-breaking technology will provide audiences at the theatres with unparalleled brightness, contrast, color and sound.
April 29, 2015—Smithsonian Theaters is launching IMAX’s new laser projection system in the Airbus IMAX Theater at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., May 1—just in time for the release of Marvel’s latest film, Avengers: Age of Ultron
. The new system represents a quantum leap forward in cinema technology—providing audiences with the sharpest, brightest, clearest and most vivid digital images ever, combined with a new level of immersive audio.
December 18, 2014—K2 Films, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of K2 Communications, and Giant Screen Films have teamed up to tell the exciting story of what the next chapter of space exploration will bring both near-term and long-term. Through visually stunning imagery, and in collaboration with leading space experts, Journey To Space
showcases the exciting plans NASA and the space community are working on and the challenges they must overcome to carry out missions, once considered science fiction, and now science fact, such as landing astronauts on Mars. The film calls attention to the reality that the space program did not die with the end of the Shuttle Program in 2011. It is instead, vibrantly alive.