Plan a movie date with family and friends for specific Friday evenings in November and December to view “Movies at the Museum” for free at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.
“Movies at the Museum” are presented by the AMSE Foundation and are sponsored by Costco Wholesale, Enrichment Federal Credit Union, Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau, Premier Locations an Authorized Agent of U.S. Cellular, and Z11 Communications. For “Movies at the Museum” AMSE opens at 5:30 pm for free admission and the featured movie starts at 7:00 pm in the AMSE auditorium. For links to the six movie descriptions, reviews and ratings, click on www.amse.org for guidance in age or family appropriate content.
On November 9, “The Beginning or The End,” a 1947 docudrama on the Manhattan Project and creation of the atomic bomb and subsequent bombing of Japan, is the featured movie to kick-off “Movies at the Museum.” Many of the individuals depicted in the film were well-known government figures and scientists who were directly or indirectly involved in the production of the atomic bomb during world War II. Among those portrayed were Harry S. Truman, president of the United States, General Leslie R. Groves, head of the atomic bomb project and J. Robert Oppenheimer, head if the team of scientists, who developed the bomb. Technical advisors for this film, produced before the gates to Oak Ridge opened in 1949, were Dr. H. T. Wensel, Dr. Edward R. Tompkins, Dr. David Hawkins, and W. Bradford Shank. Other military technical advisors included Col. William A Considine and Lt. Col. Charles W. Sweeney, pilot of the Bock’s Car, the plane that delivered the Nagasaki bomb.
On November 16, “Jurassic Park,” produced in 1993, focuses on an age-old fantasy that becomes a reality as dinosuars are genetically re-created for the ultimate theme park in this adaptation of Michael Crichton’s best selling novel, Jurassic Park.
On November 30, “King Kong vs.Godzilla” (1962) a pharmaceutical company captures King Kong and brings him to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles a recently released Godzilla.
For three Fridays in December, these “Movies at the Museum” include Dec. 7 “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms” (1953) as a result of an arctic nuclear test, a carnivorous dinosaur thaws out and starts making its way down the east coast of North America; Dec. 14 “Godzilla” (1998) a enormous, radioactively mutated lizard runs rampant on the island of Manhattan; and Dec. 28 “Dinosaur” (2000) where an orphaned dinosaur raised by lemurs joins an arduous trek to a sanctuary after a meterorite shower destroys his family home.
The American Museum of Science and Energy, located at 300 South Tulane Avenue in Oak Ridge, is open Monday – Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday 1 – 5 pm. This holiday season get fund down to a science with an AMSE membership. Consider purchasing an AMSE membership, good for 12 months from purchase date, and get unlimited AMSE visits and free admission to 250 museums that participate in the ASTC Passport Program. AMSE memberships are Family $40, Grandparents $35, Individuals $25 and Family & Friends $75. AMSE members also receive discounts on Discovery Shop merchandise, discounts on classes, workshops, camps and birthday parties. AMSE admission is Adults $5, Seniors (65+) $4, Students (6-17) $3 and Children (5 and under) no charge. Group rates are available for 20 or more with advance reservations. For more information on AMSE memberships, exhibits, programs and events, go to www.amse.org To schedule a group visit, call AMSE at (865) 576-3200.