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July 29, 2022—After 41 years of service, giant screen industry veteran Glenn Shaver has retired, effective July 1 of this year. Glenn’s career includes positions at Ontario Place Corporation and Ontario Science Centre, where the theaters under his direction won multiple industry awards. His leadership positions with GSCA included the Board of Directors and co-chair of two committees. Glenn was also the first recipient of the GSCA Big Shoe Award, which recognizes exemplary volunteers. Though Glenn is retiring from his full-time work, he will continue to do some work for Ontario Place as Senior Advisor and in his part-time business of over 40 years—Shaver and Co. Ltd.—specialising in the design and installation of commercial sound and video systems. Luckily for us, he plans to stay involved with GSCA and hopes to attend the conference in Chattanooga in September. We wish him the very best in his retirement and thank him for everything he has done for GSCA and the industry.
July 28 , 2022—Officials from Denver-based Dorsey Pictures, Chicago-based Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, and the Portland-based Native Fish Society have announced the production of Upstream: The Journey Home, a global giant screen and IMAX film event. The film will be narrated by rock music legend, avid angler, and conservationist Huey Lewis. The film will showcase the stunning environments salmon and steelhead occupy along with myriad other species including bears and whales that also depend on these ecosystems. Along the way, viewers will learn about these keystone species and what they’re telling us about the health of our planet.
July 28, 2022—Paul Wild, former theater director of IMAX Victoria, has joined the K2 Studios distribution team taking over responsibility for most of recently retired Ed Capelle’s theaters in the U.S. and Canada, as well as other select theaters. Paul is contracting part-time with K2 while he continues to represent Destination Cinema on a part-time basis.
July 13, 2022—Christie® is pleased to share that its RGB pure laser projectors are lighting up the recently refurbished Infinity Dome theatre at TELUS Spark Science Centre in Calgary, Alberta. The dome stands three stories high and 21 meters (69 feet) across, making it one of the largest dome theatres in western Canada, and one of the brightest in North America with eight Christie Griffyn™ 4K32-RGB pure laser projectors delivering 272,000 lumens. RSA Cosmos–Konica Minolta, global leader in digital planetariums, in partnership with Solotech, global leader in audiovisual and entertainment technology, specified and installed the new digital system.
July 8, 2022—We shared news in May that the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, would be closing on September 6 of this year as the province invested in building a new facility that was to open in 2030. After strong backlash to the costly and controversial plan, Premier John Horgan has pledged to consult with the public to determine how to proceed. In the meantime, the Royal BC Museum will remain open indefinitely. Read the full article about the Royal BC Museum plan in The Globe and Mail.