CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) were winners at the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) International Conference and Trade Show in Toronto Tuesday night. CMC won the award for Best Film Launch by a Theater for its launch of National Parks Adventure.
As part of the national premiere of National Parks Adventure , CMC kicked off the opening of the film with a spectacle of skill and courage. Rachel Pohl, a 23-year-old climber and artist featured in the film, stood atop Union Terminal’s half dome in the middle of a cold winter breeze and swirling snow. Over 120 feet below her stood a crowd of fans and cameras who braved the chill to watch as she rappelled down the face of the national historic landmark. Without gloves, Rachel bounced her way down the front of Union Terminal before touching down to the cheers of onlookers.
“The international community of OMNIMAX® and IMAX theaters has always paid attention to how we are marketing and promoting films at Cincinnati Museum Center,” says Dave Duszynski, vice president of featured experiences at Cincinnati Museum Center. “Bringing Rachel to town and having her rappel down the face of Union Terminal was certainly one of our most ambitious and exciting events for a film launch, so it’s a great honor to be awarded for our achievement with the National Parks Adventure launch.”
The Cincinnati premiere also included a launch party complete with prairie dog selfies, s’mores, a campsite setup provided by REI and presentations by rangers from Cincinnati’s National Park Service site, the William Howard Taft National Historic Site. And after showing off her climbing skills, Rachel got to show off her artistic skills while leading an art program in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum.
It was a big night for National Parks Adventure and, by extension, CMC. As a member of the Giant Dome Theater Consortium (GDTC), CMC helped fund the production of the film, which took home seven awards, including Best Film – Short Subject, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design and Best Original Score.
“National Parks Adventure has been the most successful film in five years across all continents, and the production and involvement of the Giant Dome Theater Consortium, of which CMC is a founding member, speaks positively to the objectives of the Consortium,” added Duszynski, who also serves as the treasurer of the Giant Dome Theater Consortium.
National Parks Adventure was the final film to be shown in the OMNIMAX® Theater before it temporarily closed for the restoration of Union Terminal. For those who may have missed the film at CMC, you can still see it at COSI’s National Geographic Giant Screen Theater and Kentucky Science Center’s 4-Story Digital Theater. CMC Members receive discounted film tickets at both COSI in Columbus and the Kentucky Science Center in Louisville.
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