Stop Natural History Museum IMAX Demolition
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The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History plans to demolish the Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater – the only immersive film experience in DC dedicated to bringing the wonders of the natural world to the giant screen. What will they put in its place? An expanded cafeteria.
You read that correctly: An expanded cafeteria is more important than educational documentary films about nature.
The demise of such a theater would be an enormous loss to the hundreds of thousands of annual visitors who delight in, are inspired by, and learn from such a unique film experience.
We are a group of concerned filmmakers and other supporters of educational film who wish to bring public awareness to this issue. We are asking the museum to delay or stop this demolition.
Sign our petition to bring this issue to the attention of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and help save an invaluable educational opportunity.
- Save Our IMAX
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Dear Dr. Johnson,
I am writing this letter asking the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History to delay the demolition of the Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater.
The Johnson IMAX Theater is the premier venue in the United States dedicated to running the most successful and impactful educational documentary films about the natural world. In a world where nature is slipping farther from our grasp, IMAX educational films have the proven power to educate, engage and inspire a new generation of scientists, environmentalists and defenders of our planet. We need to serve our children ideas at the Natural History Museum more than we need to sell them more food.
I fully understand the desire to find new ways to best serve those who visit the museum. Before such a permanent decision is made by the current museum leadership, I simply ask three things:
First, that the leadership at the museum delay the planned demolition in order to engage in a transparent, public dialogue that solicits feedback from educators, tourism officials, the IMAX film industry and other stakeholders, including, of course the public visitors.
Second, that the museum obtain from the Smithsonian’s business unit, and share, as a public institution, a full financial report of all IMAX theaters owned by the Smithsonian, as well as the rationale for, and expected revenues from, an expanded cafeteria.
Third, I would like to understand why the option of both keeping the IMAX theater and expanding food service was not acted upon.
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