Go to the moon at Great Lakes Science Center with ‘Apollo 11’ in DOME Theater

Even as commercial spaceflight inches toward becoming slightly more attainable for more people, let’s face facts: You probably are never going to the moon.

Yeah, it’s a bummer to hear. I’m sorry to break it to you.

However, you may be able to trick yourself into feeling you’re actually pretty close to earth’s natural satellite during a visit at Cleveland’s Great Lakes Science Center.

The downtown attraction’s Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater is playing host to “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition.”

Says GLSC:

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing this July, the Science Center will kick off its summer-long celebration with this stunning new giant-screen formatted edition of Todd Douglas Miller’s critically acclaimed Apollo 11 documentary. The DOME Theater’s six-story-high screen and 11,600 watts of digital sound fully capture the thrilling cinematic experience that showcases the real-life moments of humankind’s first steps on the moon.

Apollo 04 Aldrin walks on moon
Buzz Aldrin walks on the moon.

More about the film, courtesy of a release from the science center.

With a newly discovered trove of never-before-seen 70mm footage and audio recordings, the filmmakers show the exhilarating final moments of preparation, liftoff, landing and return of this historic mission. ‘Apollo 11: First Steps Edition’ joins astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, the Mission Control team and millions of spellbound spectators around the world during those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

“Apollo 11: First Steps Edition” has a runtime of 49 minutes and will play at 3 p.m. daily in June, twice daily at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in July, and daily at 3 p.m. in August, the release states.

For more information about the movie, visit apollo11firststeps.com. For more information on the Science Center’s 50th anniversary of the moon landing celebration, or the DOME Theater, visit GreatScience.com.

Also be aware GLSC has returned to its seven-day-per-week summer operating hours. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

In theory, by the time you read this, I’ll have seen the film, so keep your eyes peeled to News-Herald.com or MorningJournal.com for a review.


Mark Meszoros is expecting something even more visceral from this than what we got with last year’s “First Man,” although he wonders if that’s truly possible. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros. Images courtesy of Great Lakes Science Center.

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