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Fan-favorite films flashback at the Clay Center

WANT TO GO?

Fan-favorite film fest

Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia

WHEN: 1 and 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday through Jan. 3.

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure

WHEN: noon and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 3.

WHERE: Clay Center ElectricSky Theater

TICKETS: Film only: adults $7.50, children $6.50; with gallery and plantarium: $14.50 and $12

INFO: Call 304-561-3562 or visit www.theclaycenter.org _____

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Fans of the Clay Center's ElectricSky Theater giant screen films are in for a treat. The arts and science center is bringing back some of its older educational film for a limited time.

Starting Saturday, patrons can watch or re-watch "Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia," a film about the study of dinosaurs in South America, and "Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure," which discusses aquatic paleontology.

Will Rouse, projectionist for the Clay Center, said, "We're bringing back films and pairing them with exhibits we're showing in the Explor-atory right now."

That means dinosaurs. Through the end of December, the Mylan Explor-atory has "Be the Dinosaur," an interactive dinosaur exhibit.

Rouse said, "We'll run 'Sea Monsters' at noon and 3 p.m. and 'Dinosaurs' at 1 and 4 p.m. The advantage to all of that is you could come on a Saturday for one our planetarium shows at 11 and stay for two different giant-screen films with just a little time in between."

Both films, he said, will end their run Jan. 3, just after "Be the Dinosaur" closes.

Rouse said future films likely will tie in with exhibits and content at the Clay Center, although some returning films, like "Everest" and "The Alps," just have more of a local appeal.

"It's the mountains, I think," Rouse said. "We can kind of relate to those films because we live in the mountains."

The projectionist added that bringing the films back makes sense for the Clay Center. When the Clay Center leases one of these giant-screen films, the contract is for years, not just a couple of months, and it remain in the center's library.

It's a better value to re-show films, particularly if a specific production was popular. Rouse said the hope is if it's a hit once, it might be again.

"'Shackelton's Antarctic Adventure' did so well for us, we want to bring that one back in January and showcase it again," he said, adding, "Personally, I could watch that thing 100 more times. It's just that interesting."

He added that it also is a great chance to catch films you might have missed the first time around or to bring someone out to see something you liked. Reach Bill Lynch at lynch@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.


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