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3D Theater

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Opwns NHM 3D Theater on October 1

Oceans blue  film preview


Los Angeles, September 27, 2018 - On October 1, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) will open its first ever large screen 3D theater, the first theater experience at NHM in more than a decade. The 100-seat “NHM 3D Theater” will provide visitors with the opportunity to immerse themselves into a sensory experience and explore new worlds through cinema.

“We’re thrilled to add the new 3D theater to the range of visitor experiences for our guests at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park,” shared Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga, President and Director of NHM. “Showing powerful and entertaining films, to complement our rich range of exhibitions and programs, delivers on our mission to “inspire wonder, discovery and responsibility for the natural and cultural worlds. We think this BBC film Oceans, and future films in this new theater, will appeal to the broadest audience of Los Angeles— school children, families and adults of all ages."

For the inaugural show, NHM will present the Los Angeles debut of Oceans 3D: Our Blue Planet, a coproduction by BBC Earth and OceanX Media, narrated by Kate Winslet. Oceans 3D tells the untold stories of the sea's most astonishing creatures and takes the audience on a global odyssey to discover the largest and least explored habitat on Earth, with the help of new ocean science and technology. Viewers will swim alongside leaping dolphins, sharks, whales, and sea turtles, dive around coral reef ecosystems and journey to the depths of the ocean floor and encounter some of the most extreme and exotic animals ever discovered.

Featuring OceanX’s research vessel, the Alucia, the film is directed by Mark Brownlow (Planet Earth: Blue Planet II, Tiny Giants) and Rachel Butler (Great Barrier Reef) and is distributed worldwide to museum cinemas by BBC Earth and Chicago-based Giant Screen Films & D3D Cinema. Microsoft, a sponsor of the film, is providing educational resources tailored around the messages and themes portrayed in Oceans 3D: Our Blue Planet.

Once visitors emerge from the theater and enter the Museum’s exhibition halls, they will marvel at the skeletons of ancient marine creatures swimming overhead in Age of Mammals and the 63-foot fin whale specimen diving in the shimmering Otis Booth Pavilion.

The price of admission to the NHM 3D Theater is $5, when booked online in advance, or $6 when purchased onsite, and free for museum members. For more information and to view the Oceans 3D: Our Blue Planet trailer, visit NHM.ORG/3DTheater.

Oceans 3D: Our Blue Planet
October 1. 2018 – January 31, 2019
Daily showings begin at 10 a.m. and start every half hour until 4 p.m.

Incredible Predators
December 15, 2018 – June 2019

Tiny Creatures
During NHM Bug Fair, May 2019

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Tickets for NHM 3D Theater are separate from general admission and cost $5, when booked online in advance, or $6 when purchased onsite. The showings are free to members. Visit nhm.org to purchase tickets.

Groups of 10 or more people receive discounted rates on Museum admission. Group tickets available now by calling 213.763.3218 or by emailing groupsales@nhm.org for reservations and more information.

Visitor Information
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County  
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007

Tickets to the exhibition are free for NHM members.

About the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County The
Natural History Family of Museums includes NHM, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum (Hancock Park/Mid-Wilshire), and the William S. Hart Museum (Newhall, California). The Family of Museums serves more than 1.2 million visitors annually, and it is a national leader in research, exhibitions, and education.  NHM was the first dedicated museum building in Los Angeles, opening its doors in 1913, and has since amassed one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history—more than 35 million objects. NHM is the only natural history museum in the world today that incorporates on- and offsite nature exploration, local wildlife inventories, a slate of community science programs, and active research into a museum paradigm that once focused on the past, but increasingly addresses the present and the future.

About BBC Earth
BBC Earth is a global portfolio brand that invites audiences everywhere to engage with the wonders of our universe.  We bring amazing premium content, television and experiences to the world, across multiple platforms including branded channels, live events, digital & social media, AR/VR, theatrical releases for cinema & giant screen films, and consumer products. We believe that celebrating and connecting with our world is more important than ever, across nature, science, space and the human race. Along with our partners we are continually innovating to find new stories and experiences to bring insight, enlightenment and fresh perspectives to inspire us to think and feel differently about our world.  From the epic to the everyday, BBC Earth brings you face to face with heart-pounding action, mind-blowing ideas and the sheer wonder of being part of this amazing planet we call home. BBC Earth is a commercial and global consumer brand managed by BBC Worldwide outside of the UK.

About OceanX Media
OceanX Media is a nonprofit media company whose aim is to create groundbreaking media rooted in cutting-edge science that inspires global awareness about the beauty, complexity and fragility of the ocean and its inhabitants. Founded by Creative Director Mark Dalio, OceanX Media partners with leading broadcasters, research institutions, conservation organizations and other production companies to chronicle open expeditions aboard the Alucia research vessel. As an innovative media platform leveraging scientific research and ocean exploration, OceanX Media creates content spanning short-form, broadcast, IMAX and 360-degree virtual reality to galvanize the global audience toward greater stewardship of the world’s oceans. OceanX Media is the media arm of OceanX, an initiative of the Dalio Foundation. For more information, visit www.OceanX.org.

About Giant Screen Films
For over twenty years, GSF has established itself as a pioneer in the large-format industry, producing and distributing films that push the boundaries of the medium. Through the magic of immersive sight and sound technologies, GSF’s productions challenge the imaginations of children and adults, offering an inspiring perspective on the world and an unforgettable theater experience. Meaningful educational collaboration and partnerships extend each film’s impact far beyond the theater. The company is recognized as one of the world’s leading and most active large-format producers and is based in Evanston, Illinois. For additional information, visit www.gsfilms.com.