Smithsonian Shouldn’t Destroy Natural History’s IMAX! (LF Examiner)

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, DC, is planning to close its 18-year-old Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater on Sept. 30, nominally to “create new space for public programming and accommodate a more spacious and sustainable restaurant,” according to a statement from the museum’s director, Dr. Kirk Johnson. The plan had not been announced publicly and only came to light in mid-July, when a group of distinguished giant-screen film producers, led by Jonathan Barker of SK Films and Taran Davies of Cosmic Picture, published an open letter calling for the decision to be delayed or reversed. (Click the links to see that letter and the statement to LFX from NMNH.)

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