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August 22, 2017—From the Washington Post: "At the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, visitors can go on an adventure through the Amazon. They can walk the purple mountain majesties of America’s national parks, and they can even travel back to the Cretaceous period and see dinosaurs come to life. That’s all thanks to the museum’s Samuel C. Johnson Imax Theater. On Oct. 1, after 18 years, it will all shut down...In short, it seems the Museum of Natural History just isn’t that interested in Imax. And that’s a shame." Read the full Washington Post editorial here.
August 21, 2017—Filmmaker Taran Davies (Journey to Mecca, Jerusalem) has written an op-ed about the decision to tear down the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History Johnson IMAX Theater and replace it with cafeteria space: "The Johnson IMAX Theater is a national gem that fulfills the Smithsonian’s educational mission about our rare and beautiful world, and the irony now is that it, too, needs saving. Without it, there will be no other theater of any kind–let alone one with the impact of IMAX–in our nation’s capital dedicated to connecting people, and especially youth, to history, culture and nature. With 25 million visitors to Washington, D.C., every year, is the best we can offer them a tray of fast food? Do our children really need less education and more calories?" Read the full article here.