‘Jaws’ and Dinosaurs on the Giant Screen: Pink Palace Museum Theater and Planetarium to Reopen July 21

Limited seating and COVID-19 protocols part of reopening

The Pink Palace Museum announces the reopening of the CTI Giant Screen Theater and AutoZone Dome Planetarium July 21st.  Seating for the theater will be limited to 50 guests per movie (theater seating capacity 400) and 20 guests per show for the planetarium (seating capacity 145).

“We are limiting seating capacities to 15% to ensure safe social distancing and are requiring guests to wear masks at all times and places,” said Bill Walsh, Museum marketing manager.

Guests are highly encouraged to arrive 20 minutes prior to movie/show times to purchase tickets as there are entry protocols (temperature checks, entry questions, etc.) that require additional time.

Guests are required to wear masks at all times. Concession items will not be available at the theater entrance. However, candy and drinks can be purchased at the Museum Store.

“We’re going to have an exciting line-up of movies and shows including daily showings of Dinosaurs of Antarctica and weekend showings of the original 1975 version of JAWS on the giant screen. In the planetarium, we’ll feature daily showings of the popular Black Holes show,” said Walsh.

Theater information and movie schedules are available at https://www.memphismuseums.org/cti-giant-theater/programs/

Planetarium information and show schedules are available at https://www.memphismuseums.org/planetarium/programs/

For additional information, please contact Bill Walsh, Pink Palace Museum Marketing Manager, at bill.walsh@memphistn.gov 

JAWS (in 2D)

Saturdays and Sundays, July 25 through August 30, 4pm

“We’re gonna need a bigger boat.” A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down.

Dinosaurs Of Antarctica 3D 

Dinosaurs of Antarctica tells the story of a changing environment at the bottom of the world. In ancient times, dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures roamed freely in a lush landscape. Over millions of years, geologic forces caused massive changes, completely altering the terrain. Today, the continent of Antarctica holds the evidence of that ancient world, frozen beneath its ice and snow. As the climate changes again, melting Antarctic ice is allowing scientists to discover the remains of the past—including the fossils of those distinctive dinosaurs like Cryolophosaurus and Glacialisaurus.

Viewers of all ages will enjoy meeting the newest dinosaurs and other creatures in the film. Beyond presenting the reassembled skeletal structures on the giant screen, the film uses computer graphics to recreate the spectacular appearance and movement of the newly-discovered species.

The backdrop of the story, however, goes beyond the dinosaurs to showcase the powerful forces of geologic change over time. Concepts like plate tectonics and continental drift come vividly to life as dynamic animations reveal the breakup of Pangaea into pieces including the southern landmass of Gondwana from which the continent known today as Antarctica will later emerge.

The film also offers a glimpse into the world of scientific field research. A diverse team of archaeologists and paleobotanists travels to Antarctica in search of new evidence of the past. Their journey has many legs—first to New Zealand, then to McMurdo Station on the Antarctic icefield, and finally to Shackleton Glacier camp, their home for the season. From there, they venture even further by helicopter to remote sites for short stays of exploration. It’s rough and risky work, but their methods are careful and deliberate, designed to increase their odds of success.

In the end, while memories of the film’s fascinating creatures will linger, it is perhaps the images of the continent itself, with its magnificent and breathtaking vistas, and its powerful story of transformation over time, that will leave the deepest impression.

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