December 14, 2009
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IMAX Film Festival Returns to Maryland Science Center in January
9 weeks, 7 adventure films, 5 stories tall
What better way to plow through the blahs of winter than with a series of big screen adventures and exotic expeditions? From the depths of the Grand Canyon and the frozen tundra of Antarctica to the cockpit of an Indy Race Car, the Maryland Science Center’s IMAX Film Festival gives audiences a larger-than-life look at some of the world’s most thrilling locales. The Festival returns to the Maryland Science Center January 5 through March 4, 2010 with some of the most popular films ever to hit the St. John Properties Theater’s five-story screen, as well as special admission pricing.
The Maryland Science Center’s IMAX Film Festival includes:
Grand Canyon: Discovery & Adventure
An exploration of man's fragile kinship with the canyon, from the mysterious Anasazi people who inhabited it more than 4000 years ago to John Wesley Powell's famous 1869 expedition on the raging Colorado River.
Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure
The story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's now-legendary expedition is a larger-than-life testament to heroism and human endurance. Featuring footage from two expeditions to the Antarctic, audiences retrace the journey of Shackleton and his crew who were trapped on the continent for almost two years after their ship was destroyed.
Ring of Fire
Featuring spectacular volcanic eruptions including Mount St. Helens, Navidad in Chile, Sakurajima in Japan, and Mount Merapi in Indonesia, “Ring of Fire” uses extensive aerial photography and computer animation to explore the immense natural force of the great circle of volcanoes that rings the Pacific Ocean.
The story of the 400 million-year evolution of tropical rain forests, the film includes close-up scenes of both small and large creatures high in the forest canopy to give viewers a better appreciation of the importance of tropical rain forests and the threats facing their existence.
The true tale of child yogi Neeklanth's 8000 mile, 7-year journey through 18th century India, his survival in the face of roaring rivers, ferocious animals and the Himalayan winter and the importance faith, friendship, and fearlessness.
Follow Michael Andretti and the Newman/Haas racing team as they test a newly fabricated race car and drive it in hot pursuit of the championship in the PPG CART World Series.
Roar: Lions of Kalahari
When a young lion tries to dethrone the lion king, the elder lion wages the battle of his life to defend his home and offspring in this documentary set in a watering hole teeming with wildlife in Botswana.
For the IMAX Film Festival, visitors can purchase IMAX tickets for $8 per film. These IMAX tickets are separate from regular Maryland Science Center admission. A Film Festival discount package of 5 tickets is available for $25. All films will be shown every day on a rotating basis.
The Maryland Science Center is located at 601 Light Street at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. For information and tickets, visit www.marylandsciencecenter.org or call the 24-Hour Information Line at 410-685-5225.
About the Maryland Science Center:
The Maryland Science Center in Baltimore is visited by more than 500,000 people each year. Popular exhibits include: Dinosaur Mysteries with full-size dinosaurs and interactive paleontology activities; a day in the life of the human body in Your Body: The Inside Story; and dozens of interactive experiments in Newton’s Alley. February 20, is the premier of the traveling exhibition GPS Adventures, a life-sized maze, introducing visitors to cutting-edge Global Positioning Systems (GPS) through Geocaching–a family friendly treasure hunting game Other attractions include the Kids Room, the five-story St. John Properties IMAX Theater, and the world-famous Davis Planetarium.