SPRING LINEUP AT THE RANGOS GIANT CINEMA COVERS HORROR CLASSICS, ROCK DOCS, CAT VIDEOS, MUPPET SCI-FI
A certified giant screen lends itself well to beautifully displaying a variety of quality film content: explosive action scenes, otherworldly special effects, stunning documentary footage, and…cats! Yes, this season, The Rangos Giant Cinema at Carnegie Science Center is taking full advantage of its technological capabilities with a colorful mix of Special Screenings, including an adorable tribute to man's best friend. (Sorry, dog lovers – the truth hurts).
Here’s what’s coming up at The Rangos:
Fri.–Sun., April 19–21
It’s the video compilation you never knew you needed. CatVideoFest features more than an hour of quality cat content, pulled from unique submissions, sourced animations, music videos, and classic internet powerhouses. Why pay to watch such cuteness in a theater when you can watch it on your laptop at home for free? Not only will you see these fabulous felines on Pittsburgh’s largest screen, but a portion of your ticket purchase will benefit Humane Animal Rescue! Get your paws on some tickets right meow.
The Dark Crystal – 4K Restoration
Fri.–Sun., April 26–28
Let the magical world of The Dark Crystal mesmerize you all over again, this time in stunning 4K resolution. This 1982 cult classic directed by puppeteering legends Jim Henson and Frank Oz is a visually spectacular tale of a young hero determined to find a legendary relic to bring harmony back to the universe. Let The Rangos Giant Cinema transport you into the world of this mystical fantasy, in another time, in the age of wonder.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Sat., April 27
Rated R – Must be 18+ to attend
Sweethearts Brad and Janet are back! Join Pittsburgh’s official Rocky Horror Picture Showshadowcast, the Junior Chamber of Commerce Players, for a fun performance and screening of this cult classic film. Official prop bags will be available for purchase for $3 from the JCCP. No outside props permitted.
Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Church
Fri.–Sat., May 3–4
Experience the fiery star-power of one of the most influential guitar geniuses of the 20th century. Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Church will take you on an unforgettable trip to the 1970s Atlanta Pop Festival, where Hendrix delivered a face-melting performance to the largest U.S. audience of his career.
Featuring interviews with Hendrix bassist Billy Cox, Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer, concert promoter Larry Vaughan, artists Paul McCartney, Metallica’s Kirk Hammit, Steve Winwood, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Mountain’s Leslie West and Bruce Hampton, publicist Bob Merlis, journalist Anthony DeCurtis, filmmaker Steve Rash and many more, Electric Church is a can’t-miss musical event for any fan of the ‘60s and ‘70s rock catalog.
Road House – 30th Anniversary Screening
Fri., May 17 at 7:30 pm
Rated R – Must be 18+ to attend
Pain don’t hurt. Indulge in the best of the “Good Bad” movie genre as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of the best action thrillers of the 1980s– the rough and rowdy Road House. The Rangos Giant Cinema’s top-notch projector and superb surround sound will elevate the blood-pumping action and all-star soundtrack of this cult classic to a whole new level of cinematic adventure.
Science on Screen®:
The Blair Witch Project – 20th Anniversary Screening
The End of the World as We Know It: The Science of Fear & Horror Movies
Sat., June 1 at 7 pm
Get lost in a horror classic, accompanied by a deep-dive into the science behind it! From Y2K fears to the explosion of reality television, science-of-fear researcher Margee Kerr will discuss the sociocultural factors that gave rise to the best horror movies of the late ‘90s, including how and why The Blair Witch Project became a box office hit.
In the film, found video footage tells the tale of three film students who travel to a small town to collect documentary footage about the Blair Witch, a legendary local murderer. Over the course of several days, the students interview townspeople and gather clues to support the tale’s veracity, but the project takes a frightening turn when the students lose their way in the woods and begin hearing horrific noises.
Purple Rain – A Birthday Party for the Purple One
Fri., June 7 at 7:30 pm
Rated R – Must be 18+ to attend
Let’s go crazy in honor of the artist formerly known as Prince! Party like it’s 1999 on what would have been the Purple One’s 61st birthday at The Rangos Giant Cinema with purple cake, party favors, and, of course, a showing of Purple Rain on Pittsburgh’s largest screen.
Soundtrack favorites like, “Take Me With U,” “The Beautiful Ones,” and “Baby I’m a Star,” will sound more powerful than ever through our 45 top-notch speakers. Plus, Prince on a GIANT screen? If any artist’s performance is worthy of Pittsburgh’s largest screen, it’s him.
Science on Screen®:
The Age of Digital Anxiety: The Decline of Journey–Thinking in the Technology Era
Sat., June 8 at 7 pm
Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, Computer Chess transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future.
Ashley Lynn Priore, founder and CEO of The Queen’s Gambit Chess Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to chess programming and outreach in the Pittsburgh region, will serve as our Science on Screen guest speaker. She’ll discuss how technology has made us view games like chess and fields of science as “finding the right result,” rather than the journey and process through which we find solutions.
In addition to an eclectic mix of feature films and documentaries, The Rangos Giant Cinema is currently showing two award-winning educational films:
Backyard Wilderness 3D
Wi-Fi isn’t the only connection that matters. Backyard Wilderness 3D will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses – in our own backyards. Spanning a seasonal year around a suburban home, the film displays a stunning array of unique wildlife images and behavior – all captured by cameras mounted inside dens and nests, and moving along the forest floor and pond bottom, to reveal its inhabitants in rare and breathtaking intimacy. Appropriate for children 8 years and older due to life-cycle imagery.
Wild Friday with Backyard Wilderness – Fri., April 19, 10:30 am–2 pm
Get up close and personal with the fascinating creatures from our H2Oh! Field Station during Wild Friday, a celebration of the animals featured in Backyard Wilderness 3D, now playing at The Rangos Giant Cinema.
During Wild Friday, visitors will have the chance to meet many of the animals you can see on our giant screen in Backyard Wilderness. Head to our main lobby to meet turtles, amphibians, and bugs, and learn about the local animals that populate our backyards. Our Animals & Habitats team will offer fun-filled, informative live animal encounters and related activities, all included with general admission!
America’s Musical Journey 3D
From New York to New Orleans, America’s Musical Journey 3D takes audiences on a cultural journey through the cities that influenced America’s music. Follow Grammy Nominated singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc as he traces the roots of American music and explores the great musical cities—places like Nashville, Miami, New York City, and more—where such electrifying art forms as jazz, the blues, country, soul and rock and roll were born.
For more information, contact Manager of Marketing, Public Relations, and Social Media Nicole Chynoweth at 412.237.1537 or ChynowethN@CarnegieScienceCenter.org.###
About Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs.
Accessibility: Features for All
Carnegie Science Center welcomes all visitors. We work to assist visitors with disabilities in obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, and in supporting equal access to services, programs, and activities. We welcome visitors in wheelchairs on the deck of our USS Requin (SS 481) submarine. Below-deck visits require full mobility. Hearing assistance devices are available for The Rangos Giant Cinema. Please ask when you buy your ticket.
Please note that requests for accommodations should be made at least two weeks prior to your visit. For specific questions about wheelchairs, strollers, or other programmatic or equipment needs, see the ticket counter located on the first floor of the main building or contact the Operations Department at 412.237.1641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Established in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. In 2017, the museums reached more than 1.4 million people through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.