Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Arabia Opens in the Chrysler IMAX® Dome Theatre, Black Holes Opens in the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium Feb. 13, 2010

Travel to some of the most fascinating destinations on Earth and beyond with two new shows debuting in the twin domes of the Detroit Science Center on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 – MacGillivray Freeman’s Arabia in the Chrysler IMAX® Dome Theatre and Black Holes in the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium.

From the Academy Award®-nominated producers of Everest and Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk comes an all-new IMAX® Dome Theatre experience – Arabia -- about the
extraordinary culture, history and religion of Arabia.

Steeped in ancient history and unique customs not found anywhere else in the world, Arabia mystifies us, shimmering like a desert mirage. For more than 2,000 years, its people have flourished in one of the harshest environments on the planet. Yet little is known about its fascinating culture which has remained hidden from the West for far too long.

Now, with the full force of IMAX® cinematography, Arabia takes viewers deep into the heart of this exotic land where they’ll experience firsthand the mystique of Arabia both past and present. Like visitors on a magic carpet ride, audiences will discover the lost city of Madain Saleh and explore its ancient tombs; they will travel with a camel caravan along the early frankincense trade route; they will share in the lamplit warmth of a Bedouin family tent and travel back in time to the Islamic Golden Age where Arabian science and scholarship flourished; and they will survive a desert sandstorm and dive the coral reefs and ancient shipwrecks of the dazzling Red Sea.

Viewers also will join in the extraordinary pilgrimage known as the hajj where every year two million Muslims arrive in the holy city of Meccah to reaffirm their faith, creating the largest single human gathering on Earth. In a series of stunning time-lapse images, Arabia takes viewers deep inside this holiest of cities for a climactic scene of spiritual renewal.

A powerful and surprising giant screen tour de force -- and the first major film production to be granted access to more than 20 locations across Arabia – Arabia offers a deeper understanding of this most fascinating culture and way of life that has been largely hidden from our view.

The allure of black holes is more than just gravitational. These mysterious voids of extinct stars have fascinated generations. Explore the history, physics and mystery of black holes in the Detroit Science Center’s new Dassault Systèmes Planetarium show Black Holes.

Narrated by actor John de Lancie (“Q” in the Star Trek TV series), this Digital Dome experience features rich, expansive renderings and incorporates several of the latest scientific theories regarding black holes. Witness first-hand the bending of light and the skewing of perception as the show incorporates some of the most visually stunning three-dimensional effects ever created for the dome. Add to that a sound effects track and 5.1 surround sound mix by George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound Studios and you have an unprecedented sensory experience found in no conventional theater in the world.

Watch the Black Holes trailer:

For additional information including trailers, show times and online ticketing, please visit www.detroitsciencecenter.org.

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