Mugar Omni Theater Celebrates 25th Anniversary: March Free Film Fridays, N.E. Time Capsule

March 1, 2012

March signals the 25th anniversary of a beloved icon -- the Museum of Science's Mugar Omni Theater, New England's first large-format screen to feature the IMAX® projection system and the region's only 180-degree dome. Since its March 21, 1987, opening as one of only 12 domes in the country, the theater has immersed more than 17 million visitors in some of most awe-inspiring experiences via its five-story-high screen.

Back by popular demand for a limited time!

Celebrate this momentous occasion in March with Free Film Fridays, made possible by MathWorks, and a revival of New England Time Capsule, the popular pre-show film produced for the theater's 1987 opening.

In the third annual Free Film Fridays, visitors can experience the giant dome magic -- for free -- every Friday throughout the month: March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. Swim alongside some of the Earth's most graceful creatures in Dolphins, go on a heart-pounding science adventure exploring the evolution of tornadoes in Tornado Alley, or journey with more than 1.5 million animals over 500 miles across the Serengeti plains in Africa: The Serengeti.

In New England Time Capsule, visitors can travel back to 1980s Boston -- fly over the skyline, stare down a Roger Clemens curveball, and take a pulse-pounding ride down Storrow Drive. Shown exclusively at the Museum, this short travelogue about history and life in New England is narrated by Leonard Nimoy and features a soundtrack by John Williams called, "A Hymn To New England." New England Time Capsule will only be shown in conjunction with select films. Check the daily schedule for showtimes: www.mos.org/omni

In 1987, the Museum premiered the Space shuttle Challenger film, The Dream is Alive, to 400,000 visitors, later screening signature films such as Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa and Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure, "the greatest survival story of all time." In 1998, the blockbuster film EVEREST took visitors to the highest point on the planet with a world-class expedition team, breaking IMAX box office records and attracting over 880,000 people to the Museum.

Please celebrate with us throughout the month of March by sharing your favorite Mugar Omni Theater memories -- past and present -- on the Museum's Facebook page and Twitter. On March 21, 2012, we will give away passes to the theater and share fun facts and photos. Join the conversation on Twitter with #Omni25.