Friday, May 29, 2015

Reel Science Film Series Begins June 3rd

[Press release from Cleveland Cinemas.]
Hollywood is known as the dream factory – the place where the best and brightest creative minds produce films that entertain, inspire and yes – educate. But what happens when movie magic is made at the expense of scientific fact? You’re about to find out in the new film series, REEL SCIENCE, presented by Cleveland Cinemas and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
We’ll present films that do their best to tackle natural science on the silver screen – from stoically serious blockbusters to outrageously campy cult classics – and hear from Cleveland Museum of Natural History experts as they put these movies under the microscope to determine what the filmmakers got right and what would best be classified as “creative license.”
We invite you to join us on this sometimes shocking, often hilarious and always illuminating journey into REEL SCIENCE as we present the following films.
Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:00 PM
Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland)
Cowboys versus dinosaurs! In this campy classic from 1969 featuring special effects by the legendary Ray Harryhausen, a band of cowboys capture an Allosaurus from a valley in Mexico where dinosaurs still roam. 
Introduction and post-film discussion with Dr. Michael Ryan, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology. 
Wednesday, August 12th at 7:00 PM
Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland)
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in this awesome sci-fi flick by Paul Verhoeven about a man who has had his memories wiped. He thinks he’s just a mild-mannered husband until his wife (Sharon Stone) tries to kill him. He ventures to Mars to solve the mystery of who he is and finds himself quickly allied with the mutant rebels on the red planet.
Introduction and post-film discussion with by Jason Davis, Museum Astronomer and Educator. 
Wednesday, September 30th at 7:00 PM
Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts.)
Alfred Hitchcock’s chilling film about a small town that is being attacked by our fine feathered friends. Nothing is safe from their deadly beaks… not the school, not the children and certainly not Tippi Hedren.
Introduction and post-film discussion with Dr. Andy Jones, Curator and William A. and Nancy R. Klamm Endowed Chair of Ornithology. 
Wednesday, December 2nd at 7:00 PM
Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland)
Harrison Ford stars as the screen’s most famous adventuring archeologist as he tries to stop the Nazis from exploiting the Ark of the Covenant. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Introduction and post-film discussion with Dr. Brian Redmond, Curator and John Otis Hower Endowed Chair of Archaeology.
“After our first successful partnership with CMNH in April with a screening of the film Backcountry, we wanted to continue to entertain and educate our audience with other films and discussions,” says Jonathan Forman, President of Cleveland Cinemas. “We are excited to present these films on the big screen and look forward to many more in the future.”
“The Museum is very excited to be a part of this new partnership with Cleveland Cinemas,” says Mary Rouse, Manager of Public Programs at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. “This is a unique opportunity for the Museum to bring its mission of science education and research out into the community and connect new audiences to science in an innovative and entertaining way.”
Tickets for REEL SCIENCE screenings are $7.50. Cleveland Museum of Natural History Members and Cleveland Cinemas Marquee Rewards Members can purchase discount tickets for $5 at the box office. Regular admission tickets can be purchased at the theatre box office or online at
A portion of each admission from each screening will be donated to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
About The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, incorporated in 1920, is one of the finest institutions of its kind in North America. It is noted for its collections, research, educational programs and exhibits. The Museum’s collections encompass more than 5 million artifacts and specimens, and research of global significance focuses on 11 natural science disciplines. The Museum actively conserves biological diversity through the protection of more than 6,600 acres of natural areas. It promotes health education with local programs and distance learning that extends across the globe. Its GreenCityBlueLake Institute is a center of thought and practice for the design of green and sustainable cities.

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