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The DynaTheater at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science will reopen to the public Thursday, 16 months after the pandemic forced it to close.
According to museum officials, the theater will have a limited schedule and reduced seating.
The two films to be shown will be “Hidden Pacific,” screening at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily, and “In Saturn’s Rings,” which will screen at noon and 2 p.m. daily.
“Hidden Pacific” is directed by conservationist Ian Shive and profiles the Pacific Ocean’s protected and remote national wildlife refuge islands and marine national monuments.
The film features Palmyra Atoll, within the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument; Midway Atoll, part of PapahÃ£naumokuÃ£kea Marine National Monument; and Rose Atoll Marine National Monument in America Samoa.
Shive says audiences will be treated to breathtaking footage that will leave them with a deep appreciation for these extraordinary places and the beauty of nature left untouched by civilization.
” ‘Hidden Pacific’ seeks to educate the public about the critical role these marine monuments play in the face of environmental threats, such as climate change, global warming, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, overfishing and plastics pollution,” Shive says. “Political forces aim to dismantle marine national monument protection and could forever alter the delicate balance of these pristine marine ecosystems and the overall health of the planet.”
Narrated by LeVar Burton, “In Saturn’s Rings” takes audiences on a journey from the Big Bang to the rings of Saturn.
In the film, images from the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn, Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Hubble Telescope Milky Way time lapses and more are brought to life in an immersive journey across space and time, according to the film’s website.
The DynaTheater is operated and supported by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation.
Before the pandemic, the theater screened four films a day.
Museum officials encourage purchasing tickets online at naturalhistoryfoundation.org. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors 60 and older, $5 for children ages 3-17, and free for those 2 and younger.
Museum admission and DynaTheater combination tickets are also available.