Gateway Film Center Celebrates Cosmos Finale with Planetarium Tour
After almost three months of free screenings of the documentary series, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey“, The Gateway Film Center is celebrating the finale of the season today in a way that has never been done before: a tour to Ohio State’s Planetarium.
“We have a pretty loyal crowd to come in and watch ‘Cosmo’, week in and week out,” said Johnny DiLoretto, the director of communications of Gateway Film Center. “And as we come close to the finale, we decided to do something special, something different.”
Cosmos is a scientific documentary, a continuation of Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage” that aired in 1980, and is hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, who tells the story of the laws of nature in space and time.
The finale party comes with a tour to Ohio State University’s Planetarium at 5:30pm, led by GFC’s vice president John Umland, space-themed food like “Stardusted Popcorn”, “Onion Rings of Saturn”, and complimentary snacks. Ticket to the tour are $15, which includes $5 going toward the planetarium as a donation. However, just seeing the screening by itself at 9pm is free, as part of GFC’s “TV on the Big Screen” series.
The renovated planetarium is a 63-seat 30-foot dome theater with a state-of-the-art Spitz SriDome XD digital projection system that takes visitors to on digital journeys to the planets, stars, and distant galaxies, according to its website.
GFC has shown many popular TV shows through its “TV on the Big Screen” program, which is again free to pubic. Recent shows have included Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Mad Men. The next TV series is Halt and Catch Fire which began last Sunday, June 1st.
DiLoretto said that the purpose of hosting an event around the Cosmos finale is to create a dialogue with the audience.
“We want to cultivate our audience who are curious to want to participate and engage,” said DiLoretto. “I can’t think of a better way to do it than to take them to the planetarium before showing them the finale of the show.”