PACCAR IMAX Theater
Pacific Science Center's Eames IMAX Theater has a new look, new features and a new name. Thanks to the generous support from the PACCAR Foundation, the theater is now known as the PACCAR IMAX Theater. PACCAR is a multinational technology company headquartered in Bellevue, Wash.
"We are proud to showcase PACCAR as a naming sponsor for this magnificent asset. It is fitting that an iconic Northwest-based company that is a global technology leader has enabled us to be able to provide films as well as to create and present programs that explore wide ranging topics of science. It is a pleasure to have PACCAR and other patrons make this wonderful new theater possible" said Bryce Seidl, President and CEO of Pacific Science Center.
PACCAR's gift directly supports Pacific Science Center's 50th anniversary campaign. A key component of the campaign is the major renovation of the theater which was launched with a lead gift by the Ginger and Barry Ackerley Foundation to fund the new projection and sound equipment. When it reopens December 21, the newly updated PACCAR IMAX Theater will have the capacity to screen both 2D and 3D films, including compelling documentaries and exciting new feature films. The theater will also become a premier venue for hosting lectures, debates, multi-media presentations and other engaging programs that reflect Pacific Science Center's mission of inspiring its community about science.
"PACCAR was one of the leading proponents of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Our company, named Pacific Car & Foundry at the time, was instrumental in the design and construction of the Space Needle," said Mark Pigott, PACCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We are pleased to be a major supporter of the renovation of Pacific Science Center and look forward to another fifty years of community outreach in science education."
The theater, designed by Ray and Charles Eames, opened in 1962 as part of the Seattle World's Fair, screening the famed designers' House of Science film for millions of World's Fair guests. At the time the theater boasted a 360 degree screen known as the Cyclorama. The innovative theater space was later transformed in 1979 with the introduction of the first IMAX projection system in Washington state. In 2010, the theater was designated a City of Seattle Landmark. In the summer of 2011, the theater began another renovation that honors its architectural heritage while bringing state-of-the- art technology into the theater. The renovation by design firm NBBJ captures and highlights the historic origins of the space while incorporating 3D IMAX projection. In addition to the current 2D film capability, there will be new audio-visual equipment, state-of-the-art acoustical treatments, theatrical stage lighting, robust Wi-Fi, upgraded HVAC plus new seating, carpeting, lighting and paint.
The PACCAR IMAX Theater officially re-opens December 21 with the films Tornado Alley 3D and The Adventures of Tintin: An IMAX 3D Experience. The theater renovation is part of an overall plan to refresh and enhance the Science Center campus for its 50th anniversary year.
About PACCAR Inc
PACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light- medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines and provides financial services, information technology and distributes truck parts related to its principal business. Its homepage is www.paccar.com.
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