Exploreum Science Center’s IMAX Dome Theater to Undergo Major Transformation
MOBILE, AL.– The Exploreum Science Center is proud to announce a groundbreaking new partnership with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in the digital upgrade of its Dome Theater. Working with D3D, a nationally recognized company based in Evanston, Illinois, the Exploreum will make a huge leap from its current state as a film-based theater into a digital laser-based Giant Screen Dome theater.
“We are thrilled to partner with PCI and D3D on this massive upgrade”, said Don Comeaux, Executive Director of the Exploreum. “PCI’s investment will enable the Exploreum to show, for the first time, the latest digital giant screen films. And, in the very near future, we will be able to show commercial, full-length feature films. We’ll be putting the viewers’ experience in overdrive with greater contrast, clarity, and visually stunning images that are superior to any previous technology. The theater will be an immersive experience unique to the Gulf Coast Region and beyond, and we’re looking forward to this cutting-edge conversion.”
In addition to a drastically upgraded visual experience, the theater will be getting a near top to bottom overhaul in other areas as well. A state-of-the-art sound system will be installed during the conversion process delivering enhanced audio equal to that of the new visuals. Upgraded seating and new flooring will be installed as well as an all new lighting system, resulting in a nearly brand new theater.
This cutting edge technology will enable the Exploreum to greatly expand its various educational and professional programs. Live video conferencing, dynamic and interactive presentations, and streaming broadcasts from entities such as NASA as well as TED Talks will all be possible with the new configuration.
PCI Chief Government Relations Officer Robbie McGhee remarked, “The Tribe is deeply committed to furthering innovative educational opportunities for the entire community, and we are proud to be part of this noble endeavor that helps make the wonders of science accessible to everyone.”
D3D Cinema, working in concert with Christie Digital Systems, will be replacing the existing film projection system with a laser-illuminated system. It will feature ultra-high 6K resolution via a trio of advanced Christie laser projectors, high frame rate capability (up to 120 fps), and outstanding contrast ratios. The state-of-the-art laser system is capable of delivering up to 150,000 lumens on the dome producing incredibly vivid images with a brilliant expanded dynamic range and color gamut far beyond the capabilities of film-based and xenon-illuminated projection systems. D3D will also upgrade the audio system with a dome-optimized surround-sound speaker array delivering 25,000 watts of power for an incredibly lifelike and immersive aural experience, capable of reproducing the clap of a sonic boom or the whisper of an evening breeze with equal fidelity.
“The Exploreum Science Center has always enjoyed such great success with their Giant Dome Theater, and we’re honored to have been selected to help them usher in the exciting new digital era in Mobile,” said Don Kempf, President of D3D Cinema. “The product that Christie Dome solution and our team will be deploying there is undoubtedly the highest quality solution on the market, and one that will be able to evolve as future new technologies emerge, allowing the Exploreum to do what science museums do best – showcasing the most advanced technology in the world.”
About the Poarch Band of Creek Indians
The Poarch Creek Indians are descendants of a segment of the original Creek Nation, which once covered almost all of Alabama and Georgia. Unlike many eastern Indian tribes, the Poarch Creeks were not removed from their tribal lands and have lived together for almost 200 years in and around the reservation in Poarch, Alabama. The reservation is located eight miles northwest of Atmore, Alabama in rural Escambia County, and 57 miles east of Mobile.
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is the only federally recognized Indian Tribe in the state of Alabama, operating as a sovereign nation with its own system of government and bylaws. The Tribe operates a variety of economic enterprises, which employ hundreds of area residents. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is an active partner in the state of Alabama, contributing to economic, educational, social and cultural projects benefiting both Tribal Members and residents of these local communities and neighboring towns.
The Tribe’s Planned Giving Campaign includes significant donations to local schools, education scholarships, senior centers, youth athletics, and charitable organizations.
The first featured movie planned for the new theater is Hidden Pacific. Opening date to be announced.
Directed by award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and conservationist Ian Shive, Hidden Pacific is a pioneering film profiling the Pacific Ocean’s protected and remote national wildlife refuge islands and marine national monuments.
Hidden Pacific features Palmyra Atoll, within the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, Midway Atoll, part of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, recently expanded by President Barack Obama in 2016, and Rose Atoll Marine National Monument, in America Samoa.
The film’s breathtaking footage of these faraway islands will leave audiences with a deep-felt appreciation for these extraordinary places and the beauty of nature left untouched by civilization. The storied histories of these atolls — from the WWII Pacific Theater to their present environmental recovery and ecological research initiatives — provide the platform from which the film explores a diversity of science and human-interest stories.
Hidden Pacific was produced in cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and affiliated organizations, which provided the filmmakers with unprecedented access to the bio-secure zones of the marine national monuments. Premiering in 2019, Hidden Pacific will be distributed to museum, zoo, aquarium, giant screen, and IMAX® cinemas, in all theatrical formats, around the world.
Hidden Pacific seeks to educate the public about the critical role these marine monuments play in the face of environmental threats such as climate change, global warming, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, overfishing, and plastics pollution. Political forces aim to dismantle marine national monument protection and could forever alter the delicate balance of these pristine marine ecosystems and the overall health of the planet.
Partnering with some of the leading environmental advocacy groups in the United States, Hidden Pacific will play a major role in educating the public, supporting conservation efforts, and providing exclusive visual content for media coverage. The places featured in Hidden Pacific won’t be protected until the public sees the beauty, understands the significance, and gets motivated by this remarkable story.
View trailer here.