The Byrd Theatre participates in National Science on Screen Night with other grantee theaters across the country
The Byrd Theatre, our region’s premier motion picture palace is proud to be a recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Cooledge Corner Theatre Science on Screen Grant.
The Byrd Theatre is participating in 9th National evening of Science on Screen, coming to Science on Screen® grantee theaters across the nation on March 22, 2022. Participating organizations will use one of the nation’s favorite pastimes—going to the movies—to promote public understanding of science.
The Byrd Theatre will host 3 Science on Screen events this spring pairing a short lecture with a screening of a feature film.
The first film event is March 22nd at 7:00pm, during National Evening of Science on Screen.
March 22, 7:00pm
Star Trek: Today’s Technology From Yesterday’s Science Fiction
A discussion about tricorders, phasers and warp speed and how science fiction has influenced our real-world technology with at pre-film talk by Dr. Robin Ashworth, Media, Art, and Text, VCU.
April 19th, 7:00pm
Don’t Look Up: How Don’t Look Up Has Scientists Saying “Do Listen In”
A trio of Science Museum of Virginia scientists debate the real-life threats affecting the world. Speakers include, Dr. Catherine Franssen, Life Scientist, Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, David and Jane Cohn Scientist, and Justin Bartel, Immersive Experience Manager.
May 17th, 7:00pm
Hidden Figures: When the Computer Wore A Skirt – Women in Computing and Space
Learn about the role women played in the development of computing at NASA during the Cold War, their contributions to supersonic and space research and how studying this history adds to our understanding of technology and opportunities in STEM today with the pre-film talk by Dr. Sarah McLennan, Assistant Professor of U.S. history at Virginia State University.
Science on Screen grantee theaters run three or more Science on Screen events per year, creatively pairing screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology. Each film serves as a jumping-off point for the speaker to introduce current research or technological advances in a way that engages general audiences. The grant is funded by the Sloan Foundation’s Program for Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics and administered by the Coolidge Corner Theatre, the Massachusetts art-house cinema that launched the Science on Screen format in 2005.
The Byrd Theatre is committed to bringing fun and educational film centered events to the Richmond community. Tickets are $8, and can be purchased at Byrdtheatre.org