~CLEVELAND (August 30, 2016) – The iconic giant dome movie theater at Great Lakes Science Center is about to get a makeover including a serious projection upgrade!

The Science Center’s Cleveland Clinic Foundation OMNIMAX Theater will shut down after the last movie of the day on Monday, September 5 and remain closed until mid-October when it will reopen as the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Dome Theater -- featuring the world’s first giant dome cinema laser system. All new comfortable seats and new carpeting will complete the renovations. The new features will enhance the viewing experience for guests of all ages and solidify the theater’s position as one of the most unique venues for moviegoers.

The new three-projector, laser-illuminated projection system will replace the current 15/70mm film xenon-illuminated projector that has been in place since the Science Center opened in 1996. The sophisticated digital system was made possible by the collaboration between D3D Cinema and Christie Digital Systems, and will feature ultra-high 6K resolution. The state-of-the-art laser system is capable of supporting new high dynamic range (HDR) imagery that will be released in the near future and will illuminate the dome in brilliant expanded color that far exceeds the original projection system.

“The documentary films we show immerse you in breathtaking new perspectives on our world and our future. We are especially proud of the strong impact our documentary films have in inspiring an interest in science and technology related careers,” said Science Center CEO Dr. Kirsten Ellenbogen. “Each year we have fewer films available to us in the traditional film projection format. The rarity and complexity of projecting in giant dome theaters has kept most institutions like us from converting, but we’re not deterred by the challenge of becoming the first laser-illuminated giant dome theater.”

The Science Center recently completed a $1.8 million capital campaign to finance the digital conversion and theater remodel. The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, The Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust, The Lubrizol Foundation, The Cliffs Foundation, PNC Foundation and other corporations, foundations and private citizens supported the campaign.

“We’re very grateful to our generous donors and corporate partners for their contributions. The new projection system will not only broaden our access to new films but it will lower our theater operating costs as well,” Ellenbogen said.

The name of the theater is changing to reflect the end of the usage of the film-based OMNIMAX system and the start of the partnership with D3D and Christie. The naming rights to the theater
however, are being retained by The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, one of the Science Center’s most important community partners, in honor of the original support the Clinic provided to make the Science Center a reality.

The new projection system is expected to reduce theater operating costs through energy efficiencies, and by eliminating the high cost of purchasing and shipping large, heavy film prints.
The Science Center is open seven days a week through Labor Day weekend -- Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Fall operating schedule resumes once again after Labor Day weekend. The Science Center will be closed for cleaning and maintenance from September 6-16.

About Great Lakes Science Center

Great Lakes Science Center, home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, makes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) come alive for more than 300,000 visitors a year through hundreds of hands-on exhibits, traveling exhibitions, the Cleveland Clinic Dome Theater, Steamship William G. Mather, daily science demonstrations, seasonal camps, family workshops and more. The Science Center is funded in part by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Visit GreatScience.com for more information.