NEW OMNIMAX® FILM, THE LAST REEF, OPENS AT
THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY, CHICAGO
Take a deep dive into an exotic, unknown world where the more you look, the more you see in the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago’s (MSI) new Omnimax® film, The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea.
Opening Saturday, June 1, at Chicago’s only five-story, domed Omnimax Theater, the film, narrated by comedian Jamie Lee, explores the beauty and mysteries of the world’s reef ecosystems.
New underwater 3D technology takes audiences into the heart of the reef, revealing a habitat more diverse and more colorful than can be imagined. We think of reefs as exotic, distant places with little connection to our everyday world. Yet there are many kinds of reef, each of them a living city beneath the sea, where plants and animals congregate in mutual benefit. They have a parallel existence to ours, distant yet undoubtedly connected.
Each of them is a hotspot of biodiversity as vital to life on Earth as the rainforests. Just as the Amazon has its secrets, so too do the reefs. Reefs have been molding and shaping our shorelines, literally forming islands and mountains, for millions of years. Yet in our lifetime, they have come under threat: human activity is altering the chemistry of the oceans. As the sea becomes more acidic, coral, shell and bone begin to crumble. NOTE: This film joins Space Junk in MSI’s Omnimax line-up and replaces
Opens Saturday, June 1, 2013. Daily show times: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. There will be 5 p.m. showings on extended-hour days, which run now through September 2. Check msichicago.org for details.
Omnimax films are not included in Museum Entry and require a separate, timed-entry ticket: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors; $6 for children (ages 3-11).
Entry to the Museum is $18 for adults, $17 for seniors and $11 for children 3-11. City of Chicago residents receive a discount.
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI); 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive.
Journalists interested in screening the film, please contact Beth Boston at (773) 947-6003 or beth.boston(at)msichicago.org.
About the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI)
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), one of the largest science museums in the world, offers world-class and uniquely interactive science experiences that inspire inventive genius and foster curiosity. Through groundbreaking and award-winning exhibits that can’t be found anywhere else, to Live Science Experiences that make you the scientist—a visit to MSI is where fun and learning mix. Through its Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE), MSI offers a variety of student, teacher and family programs that make a difference in communities and contribute to the Museum’s larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering. Come visit and find your inspiration! MSI is open 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Extended hours, until 5:30 p.m., are offered during peak periods. The Museum is supported in part through the generosity of the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, find MSI online at msichicago.org or call (773) 684-1414 or (800) GO-TO-MSI outside of the Chicago area.
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