You Can See Interstellar at the Omnimax Theater


Thursday evening, the sci-fi action film Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan, opened at the Omnimax Theater at the Great Lakes Science Center.

The Omnimax hardly ever screens major commercial release — they did show the third, fourth and fifth installments of the Harry Potter series, as well as Superman Returns —  but Interstellar, with its scientific bent, is a natural fit. 

And it looks like there could be more in the future: 

“The future digitization of our Omnimax Theater will make it easier to show more mainstream, commercial movies like Interstellar,” said Kirsten Ellenbogen, president and chief executive officer at GLSC. “This is an exciting example of how we are working toward offering new experiences for our rapidly growing downtown community.”

To spice things up, every Thursday screening will feature an introduction and a Q&A session after the film from a local scientist with interstellar leanings.

Yesterday, the chief of the "propulsion division" at NASA Glenn kicked things off to a crowd of 80-plus. Next Thursday, they've got a physics professor from Case on the schedule. The following Thursday, the founder and president of Tau Zero will be introducing the film. (Tau Zero is a non-profit devoted to "accelerating progress toward practical interstellar flight." Its domain name extension is .aero.) 

It's almost as if the Omnimax folks have been talking to the programmers over at the Happy Dog, who've been doing a monthly science talk — "Life, the Universe and Hot Dogs" — since 2012. 

Interstellar will play Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings through February 14. Tickets are $11.  (And do be aware that the film is nearly three hours long). 

And ICYMI, Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning. Though Interstellar won't contend for the top prize, or for acting or directing awards, it will compete for technical awards — production design, visual effects, sound design, sound mixing — and for Hans Zimmer's score. 

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