WRAL3D Theater Opens at Museum of Natural Sciences with “Tornado Alley”

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Tornado AlleyThis Saturday, October 29, 2011, meet “Storm Chasers” star Sean Casey, get an up close look at the Tornado Intercept Vehicle and experience “Tornado Alley” on the big screen when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences opens its new WRAL 3D Theater.

The museum has installed a 3D projector, converting its auditorium into the WRAL 3D Theater, with support from WRAL and Capitol Broadcasting Company. The “Tornado Alley” opening event will kick-off the premiere of the new theater.

“Tornado Alley” documents two missions to witness the birth of a tornado – filmmaker Sean Casey’s own quest to capture the event on camera and  a team of VORTEX2 scientists who surround tornadoes to gather the most comprehensive severe weather data ever collected. “This science adventure reveals the beauty and the power of some of our planet’s most extreme — and least understood — weather phenomena,” according to a release about the film.

Greg Fishel & David Crabtree
WRAL-TV Anchor David Crabtree (right) gets to try out the Stormchaser during WRAL’s evening newscast with WRAL-TV Chief Meterologist Greg Fishel to promote “Tornado Alley.”

The theater’s opening includes visits from Casey and VORTEX2 scientist Karen Kosiba, along with up close looks at the Tornado Intercept Vehicle and the Doppler on Wheels, which are featured in the movie.

Tickets for “Tornado Alley” can be purchased on site (same day only) at the Museum Box Office: $4 for Adults, $3.50 for Senior (65+) / Student / Military, $3 for Children (2 to 11), $2 for Friends of the Museum members.  

The movie is shown Monday-Saturday at 10 and 11am, 12, 2, 3 and 4 pm, and Sunday at 1, 2, 3 and 4 pm. General admission to the Museum is free. “Tornado Alley” will be running through early 2012 with other features to follow.

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Thanks to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences & WRAL.com/Go Ask Mom’s Sarah Lindenfeld Hall for contributions to this capcom story. Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Clarence Williams for this capcom photo.

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