Wednesday, September 27, 2023

LASERIUM® Returns to the Saint Louis Science Center’s James S. McDonnell Planetarium

Laserium new pic 1It’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.”

Brian Wirthlin
Brian Wirthlin

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.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She reports on design and technical design, production and project management, industry trends and company culture. From 2005-2020 she ran communications and publications for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA and publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association, and has contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a BFA from Pratt Institute. She has lived in Detroit, New York, Oakland, and now Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts community.

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