The Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon
The Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon is a new 200-seat multi-media theater that significantly broadens Griffith Observatory's programming and educational capabilities. In conjunction with the adjacent classroom, the 2,700-square-foot theater will enhance the Observatory's ability to sponsor robust educational activities, from live transmissions of space events to scientific training for teachers.
Located in the new Gunther Depths of Space exhibit gallery, the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon realizes an unfulfilled intention of the Observatory's original architects to have a second theater to complement the planetarium. Though not constructed with the original building, the idea for a presentation theater was not lost, and the need became especially evident as the number of Observatory visitors and programs increased over the years. The Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon provides a modern venue for lectures, demonstrations, films, museum guide talks, and a variety of other activities. The Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon will also be an important venue for the Observatory's school programs.
The theater employs a 'stadium-style' seating configuration to enable each member of the audience to feel close to the presenter. It is equipped with state-of-the-art projection and sound equipment to enable a wide range of programming.
|The Once and Future Griffith Observatory provides an exciting and compelling introduction to the history and unique public offerings of the Observatory. This 24-minute film, entertainingly narrated by Leonard Nimoy, reveals how the vision of one man led to the creation of an architectural, cultural, and astronomical icon for southern California. The film offers an overview of the Observatory's programs and exhibits and discusses how the building was renewed during the 2002-2006 renovation and expansion project.
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The naming of the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater recognizes the generous contribution by actors Leonard and Susan Bay-Nimoy to Griffith Observatory's renovation and expansion.
Leonard Nimoy is a highly regarded actor, director, photographer, and poet. He is perhaps best known for his Emmy-nominated role as Mr. Spock in the television and film versions of Star Trek. His wife, Susan Bay-Nimoy, has had a career as an actress, director, producer, and community activist. She currently serves as a Board member for the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Together, they have made significant contributions to institutions in Los Angeles, New York, and other cities, each with a focus on giving people a chance to broaden perspective.
Both Nimoys share a commitment to public astronomy and education. "By observing the sky and pondering our place in the universe, people gain a new perspective on their daily lives," said Leonard Nimoy. "Griffith Observatory gives its visitors that opportunity. It is a Los Angeles icon, one which we need to ensure will be here for generations to come."
"Like so many people in this area, we recognize what a powerful resource the Observatory is for the community," added Susan Bay-Nimoy. "When we learned of the plans for renovation and expansion, Leonard and I agreed that we wanted to make a substantial commitment, both personally and financially, to the project. I hope that our participation will encourage others to become involved."