April 5, 2024

Science on Screen

From 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Prepare to be captivated as Discovery Theatre transforms into a haven for intellect and entertainment, where experts ignite discussions and popular films take center stage, fostering a unique blend of education and amusement.

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  • | 3 hours
  • Discovery Theatre, Level 1
  • Ages 18+

Science on Screen: Where Film Sparks Intellectual Conversations

Using film to inspire thought-provoking conversations that educate and entertain adult audiences, Science on Screen returns to Discovery Place Science in 2024.

The setting is an intimate gathering in Discovery Theatre* where experts take the stage to lead a 20-minute discussion followed by a popular film screening.

April 5 – Apollo 13
Nominated for nine Academy Awards, 1995’s critically acclaimed film directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks tells the story of the astronauts aboard Apollo 13 for America’s fifth crewed mission to the Moon.

During filming, Howard employed NASA’s assistance for astronaut and flight-controller training for the cast to create realistic depictions of the weightlessness experienced by astronauts in space.

In 2023, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” 

*Science on Screen occurs in Discovery Theatre, not the Accenture IMAX Dome Theatre. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Future Dates & Themes*

*Topics will vary based on the guest speaker and film presentation.

May 10 – The Breakfast Club
This classic indie teen coming-of-age film, written and directed by John Hughes, will bring the awesome 80s back to Discovery Theatre following an in-depth conversation exploring relationship longevity and connection.

June 1 – Short Circuit
Before AI, there was Number 5. Short Circuit, released in 1986, tells the story of a military robot that is struck by lightning and gains human-like intelligence. Watch the film again and decide if technology is imitating life or life is imitating technology after an illuminating talk centered around all things AI.

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