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Dino film favorites headed back to Clay Center ; ElectricSky Theater plans to bring back movies about dinosaurs and sea monsters [Charleston Daily Mail (WV)]

November 7, 2013

YellowBrix

If you go What: Fan favorite films When: Saturday through Jan. 3 Where: Clay Center ElectricSky Theater

In 10 years worth of large-format films at the Clay Center's ElectricSky Theater, some become fan favorites.

If they become available, the theater sometimes will reprise a favorite film, but only for a short time.

Starting this weekend, the theater will offer a Fan Favorite Film Fest, offering two popular movies that will remain here through January.

Theater manager Bill Rouse said "Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia" and "Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure" both were available for longer-term use and fit perfectly with a dinosaur-themed exhibit currently going on in the science hall.

The dinosaur film will run at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on days the theater is open and the sea monster film will run at noon and 3 p.m. the same days. Both films will be offered in a members-only double feature presentation at 6 p.m. Nov. 14. Screen saver members are admitted for free and all other museum members are admitted for $5.

"It's really hard to get films that do synergistic programming with other programs you have in the building," Rouse said. "They can be tricky to get. But we want a total immersion."

The dinosaur film follows paleontologist Rodolfo Coria as he explores sites of major discoveries in an area near South America's Andes Mountains. The sea monster film takes a look at the world of underwater dinosaurs.

Both are appropriate for most children up through adults.

Rouse said the film festival is just one new idea he and his staff have worked on for the theater and planetarium.

"For the Clay Center's 10th anniversary, we're looking for lots of new things," he said.

One idea is to offer after-hours events, such as the Halloween night airing of Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds." Rouse said the event drew 50 people, impressive because it was promoted only briefly beforehand.

His team also is working on tweaks to planetarium shows, working on a software program that will outline constellations to help visitors better visualize them.

"We're also working on an update that can be used for presentations for businesses," Rouse said. He hopes the theater will get some upgrades he believes it needs so that it can continue to offer the best technology.

"I enjoy seeing the kid who comes back as a teen and remembers coming here in grade school," he said.

Contact writer Monica Orosz at monica@dailymail.com or 304-348- 4830.

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