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Evans & Sutherland Explores Ancient Astronomy and Myths in New Fulldome Digital Theater Show

Salt Lake City, UT, USA — To add some scientific perspective to the 2012 doomsday conversation, E&S Digital Theater Productions has produced a brand new fulldome show called 2012: Ancient Skies Ancient Mysteries. And for a limited time, E&S is offering discounted pricing for customers who license their new 2012 show, along with Houston Museum of Natural Science’s show, 2012: Mayan Prophecies.

2012: Ancient Skies Ancient Mysteries. Centered around the legends and mysteries ancient cultures saw in the night sky, 2012: Ancient Skies Ancient Mysteries is a 25 minute show that explores the knowledge these people discovered and the importance of their connection with the stars. Audiences will see common threads to these observations across cultures and see just how close the ancient Greeks came to our current astronomical understanding, and ask whether or not the Maya actually predicted the end of the world on December 21st, 2012.


In Houston Museum of Natural Science’s 20 minute show, 2012: Mayan Prophecies, Viewers see the ancient Mayan pyramids and cities Palenque, Chichen Itzaand Uxmal, each a mysterious site where astronomers watched the skies for signs of the future. Putting together intricate, interlocking calendars that showed the year 2012 as the end of time, the Mayans may have foretold our destiny.
For theaters wanting a longer experience for their audiences, these shows complement each other since Ancient Skies Ancient Mysteries traces the history of our understanding of the universe and how we applied this knowledge to the construction of detailed structures around the Earth, the creation of calendars (including the Mayan calendar), and the growth of Greek astronomical science.  Mayan Prophecies explores the world and mindset of the Maya in much more detail, taking audiences to various historic locations in Central America, and immersing them in the Mayan culture and society.  Playing Ancient Skies Ancient Mysteries followed by Mayan Prophecies will immerse audiences in the multifaceted story of the Mayan “prediction” of the end of the world.
For orders placed between now and December 21, 2012 Evans & Sutherland will offer both shows for less than the price of one of their typical new release fulldome features.  Both shows will have an updated soundtrack to allow them to be used after December 21st, and will refer to the Mayan prophecies in past tense.
For more information or to license a copy of Experience the Aurora for your fulldome theater, please contact Michael Daut ([email protected]) at Evans & Sutherland.


Evans & Sutherland in conjunction with its wholly owned subsidiary, Spitz Inc., creates innovative digital planetarium systems and cutting-edge, fulldome show content. E&S has developed Digistar 4, the world’s leading digital planetarium with fulldome video playback, real-time computer graphics, and a complete 3D digital astronomy package fully integrated into a single theater system. This technology allows audiences to be immersed in full-color, 3D computer-generated worlds and to interact with these worlds. As a full-service system provider, E&S also offers Spitz domes, SciDome, hybrid planetarium systems including Goto optical mechanical projectors integrated with Digistar 4 and a full range of theater systems from audio and lighting to theater automation. E&S markets include planetariums, science centers, themed attraction venues, and premium large-format theaters. E&S products have been installed in over 1,300 theaters worldwide.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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