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Two new films on IMAX at Fernbank

‘Penguins,’ ‘Hidden Universe’ open Sept. 6

POSTED: September 5, 2013 1:30 a.m.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History will debut two new films, "Penguins" and "Hidden Universe," on Sept. 6 on the five-story, 72-foot-wide IMAX screen, featuring stadium seating and surround digital audio.

"Penguins" is a live-action film celebrating the destiny of a very special King penguin, who returns to his birthplace in the sub-Antarctic. Known as Penguin City, the island is home to hundreds of albatrosses, fur seals and brawling elephant seals — as well as 6 million penguins.

Somehow the hero must earn his place among the island inhabitants and fulfill his destiny by finding a mate and raising a family. What follows is the story of the most challenging time in a King Penguin’s life, when he is driven to nurture and defend his offspring against harsh weather and fierce predators. This heartwarming drama plays out in one of Earth’s last great wildernesses, amid steep mountain ranges and windblown plains half buried beneath snow and ice. "Penguins" is an unforgettable tale of one King penguin’s journey through his species’ central rite of passage.

"Hidden Universe" is a documentary adventure which takes the audience on a journey deep into space. With the full power of IMAX cinematography, the deepest reaches of the universe are brought to life with unprecedented clarity through real images captured by the world’s most powerful telescopes.

Stunning, high-resolution images of space allow moviegoers to explore the earliest galaxies, watch stars being born in vivid clouds of gas and dust, tour the surface of Mars and witness images of distant celestial structures, including stunning views of the Sun. These dramatic new images offer fresh insight into the origins and evolution of the universe.

"Penguins" will show daily from Sept. 6 to Jan. 2 on the following:

10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday

Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday

8 and 10 p.m. Fridays through November only.

"Hidden Universe" will show daily from Sept. 6 to Jan. 2 on the following days and times:

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday

1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday

7 and 9 p.m. Fridays through November only

IMAX tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for students/seniors, $11 for children, and $8 for museum members. Double-Feature IMAX tickets are $21 for adults, $19 for students/seniors, $17 children and $13 for museum members.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Information and tickets are available by phone at 404-929-6300 and online at fernbankmuseum.org.


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