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AutoNation, Inc. Commits $3 Million to the Museum of Discovery and Science to Name IMAX® Theater

Museum Also Announces $20 Million Capital Campaign to Fund World-Class Expansion of Museum

August 15, 2007 Fort Lauderdale – The Museum of Discovery and Science announced today that AutoNation, Inc. has committed $3 million to name the Museum's IMAX® Theater the AutoNation IMAX® Theater. The Museum also announced today that it has embarked on a three-year, $20 million capital campaign to fund an expansion of the Museum that will effectively double the Museum's public space. The expansion plan includes a new 27,000 square foot EcoDiscovery Center wing with exhibits that will be dedicated primarily to the environment of Florida, including interpretation of its unique ecology, the Everglades, and the impact of hurricanes and climate change.

Kim L. Cavendish, President / CEO of the Museum of Discovery and Science, said, "We are extremely pleased that AutoNation will be taking a leadership position in supporting the Museum and our expansion project. To date, we have raised over $10 million in support of the project, which will result in a greatly expanded world-class science museum."

"AutoNation is excited to support the Museum of Discovery and Science and to do our part to ensure a successful expansion of this important institution in our community," said Mike Jackson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AutoNation.

Since the 'new' Museum of Discovery and Science opened in 1992, nearly seven million people have been entertained and educated with interactive and immersive exhibits, engaging educational programs, larger-than-life films in the IMAX® Theater, and a live animal collection. The new EcoDiscovery Center wing will feature interactive exhibits with a special focus on the Everglades' rich and fragile ecosystem and how global environmental change is affecting Florida, as well as an iconic indoor/outdoor fresh water otter habitat. Other highlights include a simulated airboat ride through the Everglades and a high wire gravity bicycle. The expansion will also include laboratory / classrooms that will increase the Museum's capacity for classes, camps, and school programs.

Construction of a new Visitor Pavilion will begin this fall, opening up the existing lobby area for programming. The popular Discovery Center children's area will be expanded to make room for new interactive water play exhibits.

The Museum's campaign, called Building New Pathways to Discovery is being jointly chaired by the following community leaders: Tom Angelo, Esq. of Angelo and Banta, P.A.; Keith Koenig, President of City Furniture; Terry Stiles, Chairman/CEO of Stiles Corporation; and Jon Ferrando, Executive Vice President of AutoNation and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Discovery and Science.


AutoNation, Inc., headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is America's largest automotive retailer and has been named America's Most Admired Automotive Retailer by FORTUNE magazine in five of the last six years. A component of the Standard and Poor's 500 Index, AutoNation owns and operates 321 new vehicle franchises in 16 states. For additional information, please visit  or,  where more than 80,000 vehicles are available for sale along with AutoNation's E-Vehicle program.


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 annually. Major operational support for the Museum is provided through generous support by Leadership Guild members including: City Furniture, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Sun-Sentinel and Wachovia.

The Museum is open seven days a week, 365 days a year; Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. with extended IMAX® hours most evenings. General Admission prices are $15 for adults; $14 for seniors; $12 for children 2 to 12. Children under 2 are free. A General Admission Ticket includes admission to the Museum exhibits and one classic 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).


The IMAX®Theater-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 IMAX®Theater 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 new lightweight XR 3D glasses. The IMAX® experience is an unparalleled fusion of sight and sound. For show times, visitors should call 954.463.IMAX (4629).




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