Adler Planetarium Unveils World's Most Advanced Theater

The Grainger Sky Theater enables viewers to experience the universe as if traveling on the observation deck of a starship.

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    Media got an early look at the revamped theater in the Adler Planetarium.

    Visitors of the Adler Planetarium will soon experience outer space like the astronauts do.

    The museum Friday will debut its brand new Deep Space Adventure exhibit featuring the most technologically advanced theater experience in the world.

    The centerpiece of the Deep Space Adventure is the Grainger Sky Theater, which enables viewers to experience the universe as if traveling on the observation deck of a starship. Occupying the planetarium’s 70-foot iconic dome, the theater encompasses 20 state-of-the-art projectors that create an 8,000 by 8,000 pixel resolution- more than twice that of most cinema screens.   
     
    “The Deep Space Adventure is a revolutionary way to explore the universe,” said Paul Knappenberger Jr., president of Adler Planetarium.  “It provides you with a personal journey of space exploration.”

    Visitors begin their Deep Space Adventure in multimedia interactive gallery with greetings from today’s astronauts.  During the space journey, visitors will witness black holes, exploding stars and colliding galaxies. 

    With video presentations and futuristic architecture, the entire gallery exhibit lacks right angles to stimulate the reality of outer space.

    “We want to get people thinking about outer space and to free their minds from daily activities,” said Knappenberger Jr. “Whether you are a novice or veteran space explorer, the Adler’s goal is to stimulate your curiosity.”

    The Deep Space Adventure opens to the public on Friday, July 8.  Adult tickets are $28 and children’s tickets are $22.  A $2 discount on adult tickets and $1 discount on children’s tickets is offered for Chicago residents.