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July 24, 2023—Keith Sanford, Tennessee Aquarium president and CEO, announced several promotions and organizational changes as the nonprofit organization plans for the future. “We have begun a new strategic planning process to carry the Aquarium 10 or more years into the future. Succession planning is one of our priorities within this roadmap to the future,” Sanford says. “These promotions and organizational changes will help ensure our continued growth and success."
November 16, 2022—Since the first frame of Into the Deep was projected on its six-story screen, countless visitors have embarked on cinematic voyages into space, below the Earth’s surface, back in time, and into the deepest depths of the ocean at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater. Well…formerly countless. Today, the theater celebrated the arrival of its 9 millionth guest since opening its doors on May 1, 1996.
September 19, 2022—The Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater was closed September 15-16 for a monumental undertaking: the replacement of its six-story tall, 89- foot-wide screen. In preparation for hosting the Giant Screen Cinema Association’s (GSCA) annual international conference at the end of September, the Aquarium partnered with the IMAX Corporation to replace the existing six-year-old screen so the theater would look its best for the international event, which draws giant-screen filmmakers, distributors, theaters, suppliers, manufacturers, and students from around the world.
March 4, 2022—The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) is pleased to
announce that the Association’s 2022 International Conference will be
hosted by the Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX 3D Theater in Chattanooga,
Tennessee, on September 28–30, with the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Chattanooga Downtown serving as the official conference hotel. On
October 1, the McWane Science Center in Birmingham, Alabama, will host
GSCA’s Dome Day, with screenings in the IMAX Laser Dome Theater.
May 20, 2020—Thom Benson has been named vice president and chief communications and marketing officer at the Tennessee Aquarium
. Benson, formerly communications manager at the aquarium, had been selected to fill the role on an interim basis in January when Cindy Todd announced her decision to leave the Aquarium to pursue a
role as a marketing consultant for regional nonprofits. Benson's position was made
permanent this week.