SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Liberty Science Center to Convert IMAX Theater into Nation’s Largest Planetarium

By Andrew Sheldon for NJBIZ

The Liberty Science Center received a $5 million donation — it’s largest from a single donor — to convert its IMAX theater into the largest planetarium in the western hemisphere.

The upgrade to the theater, the largest domed IMAX theater in North America, will also convert the projector from film to digital.

“This is a system that went into Liberty Science Center when we opened in 1993, and it’s terrific, but the world has gone digital and fewer new science films are being released in film format because it’s too expensive to do,” said Paul Hoffman, CEO and president of the center. “At the same time, we’re going to make it a dual use space, to it’ll also be the largest planetarium in the western hemisphere.”

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