Ackerley Family Helps Bring New Life to Eames IMAX Theater
In 1962, guests to the U.S. Science Pavilion of the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair) began their experience by watching The House of Science, a film by famed designers Ray and Charles Eames. In 2010, Pacific Science Center, including the interior of the PACCAR IMAX Theater, was designated a City of Seattle historic landmark.
Now, thanks in part to generous support from the Ginger & Barry Ackerley Foundation, the historic theater is undergoing a major renovation that will honor its architectural heritage while bringing state-of-the-art technology into the space. The design by renowned firm NBBJ features a new IMAX 3-D projection system, new digital sound and a completely refurbished interior. The original architectural elements will be highlighted and the new seats will feature fabric designed by Ray Eames, supporting the mid-century modern aesthetic.
The theater will reopen in December 2011 in time for Pacific Science Center's 50th anniversary programs in 2012. We are grateful to the Ackerley family for their longtime leadership and support of the Science Center, and to NBBJ for their in-kind and creative support of this project.
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