It’s a blast from the past! LASERIUM®, the original cosmic laser show, returns to The Saint Louis Science Center for a limited engagement celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. “It’s the one thing that I have been asked consistently since I first arrived in Saint Louis over a year ago.” said Bert Vescolani, President and CEO of the Saint Louis Science Center. “Can you bring back the laser shows? Well, you asked for it: Lights! Music! Planetarium! They’re back!“
LASERIUM first premiered at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in the summer of 1975 and became an instant hit, captivating audiences with a collage of vibrant colors and laser illusions set to an eclectic mix of music. “When you show that on the Planetarium’s 80-foot dome, you’re just blown away,” said John Lakey, Director of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. “LASERIUM was a huge sensation. Shows sold out all the time.”
One of the first to see LASERIUM at the Planetarium was Brian Wirthlin who became not only a fan but also a student of the art and technology. “I am a ‘laserist’ which means I’m an artist who uses laser technology, “said Wirthlin, who has revived LASERIUM, even digitizing the original analog tapes. The music selection is a mix of classic and rock, from Holst’s Neptune to Pink Floyd’s Echoes.
LASERIUM opened to the general public on April 5, 2013 with two shows at 8:30 PM and 10:00 PM. Admission is $8 for members, $10 for non-members. The laser shows will continue on selected dates through April.
Saint Louis Science Center
The Saint Louis Science Center complex includes a four-story OMNIMAX® Theater, a state-
of-the-art Boeing Hall and James S. McDonnell Planetarium, celebrating its 50 th anniversary in 2013.