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Forces of Nature
Newest IMAX® film adventure
from National Geographic
Now Showing at
Blockbuster® IMAX® Theater
2004, Fort Lauderdale -- The Museum of Discovery and Science and
Blockbuster® IMAX® Theater have partnered with Florida Power &
Light to be the exclusive local sponsor of the newest IMAX® film
adventure from National Geographic Forces of Nature, now
showing through May 2005. A fearsome forces themed weekend is
planned for January 15-17, 2005 featuring special speakers and
demonstrations on South Florida’s Wild Weather.
It’s one thing to contemplate the immense power of nature;
another to experience these forces first-hand. Forces of
Nature is spectacular, engrossing, and at times almost
overwhelming in its larger-than-life images of molten lava and
clouds of ash, shattered cities and whirling storms. The film
showcases the awesome spectacle of earthquakes, volcanoes and
tornadoes—from volcanic eruptions on the island of Montserrat
and trembling fault lines in Turkey, to storms ripping through
the notorious “Tornado Alley” of America’s Midwest.
“This large format film has a smashing, seat rumbling intro.
This great teaser of volcanoes, earthquakes and tornadoes is a
good indication of the science to come, while its visuals and
sound effects go directly for the visceral,” wrote Ross Anthony,
Ross Anthony’s Hollywood Report Card.
Audiences will learn what is being done to predict and prepare
for these events by following scientists to the very brink of
erupting volcanoes into the paths of deadly pyroclastic flows,
along massive fault lines, and aboard vehicles barreling toward
severe and tornadic storms. Narrated by Kevin Bacon; Forces of
Nature is a National Geographic film, produced by Graphic Films,
made possible by Amica Insurance and funded in part by National
The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide
experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for
children and adults through exhibits, programs, and films.
Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility
serves approximately 400,000 visitors each year. Major
operational support for the Museum is provided through generous
support by Leadership Guild members including: American Express,
City Furniture, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Sun-Sentinel and
FORCES OF NATURE
WEEKEND January 15-17, 2005
January 15 & Sunday, January 16, 2005
demonstrations on extreme weather and electricity shows
scheduled throughout the day at the Museum’s Science Café.
Storm Chasers! Monday, January 17, 2005
Theiss* and Jim Leonard* co-owners of Cyclone Tours will conduct
a Q&A session after the Forces of Nature film. Learn about their
experiences as storm chasers in Tornado Alley and see their
eyewitness video of 2004 Florida Hurricanes that has been
featured on Good Morning America, CNN, Weather Channel and
National Geographic. *Speaker
availability subject to current weather conditions.
Nature Show times
Saturday, January 15, 2005
10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 16, 2005
12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Monday, January 17, 2005
10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m.
companion exhibit Fearsome Forces
exhibit that focuses on the awesome forces of nature such as
hurricanes, tornados, volcanoes and earthquakes. Have you ever
wanted to be on television? You will be able to role play as a
weather forecaster while your friends and family watch you on a
monitor. See actual ash from the Mount Saint Helen’s eruption.
See fulgurites and a rocket used by the University of Central
Florida to attract lightning. View igneous rocks created by
volcanoes compliments of the Florida Gold Coast Gem and Mineral
Society. Examine a collection of hurricane windows and shutters
made to protect Florida homes, and see how the windows perform
in the strength and durability testing process. Hurricane
windows and shudders provided by Quality Glass Exteriors and
Innovative Window Concepts.
ABOUT THE BLOCKBUSTER®
owned and operated by the Museum of Discovery and Science,
opened in 1992. The 300-seat theater is a showcase of
state-of-the-art motion picture technology. The Blockbuster®
features a 60 ft. x 80 ft. screen and a 15,000 watt
digital sound system that delivers six discrete channels of
clear sound through 42 speakers. The IMAX®
projector’s 15,000 watt Xenon bulb projects images of
unsurpassed brilliance and clarity onto the five-story-high
screen. Both 2D and 3D films are shown in the theater. 3D films
are viewed using electronic headsets. The IMAX®
experience is an unparalleled fusion of sight and sound. For
show times, visitors should call 954-463-IMAX (4629).
ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY
The Museum is open seven days per
week (including Thanksgiving and Christmas); Monday through
Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from noon to
6:00 p.m. with extended IMAX® hours on Friday and Saturday
evenings. General admission prices are $14.00 for adults;
$13.00 for seniors; $12.00 for children 3 to 12. Children under
3 are free. A General Admission Ticket includes admission to
the Museum exhibits and one IMAX®
film. The Museum of Discovery and Science is located downtown
at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For
more information about the Museum, visitors should call (954)
467-MODS (6637) or visit our web site at
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