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Top Speed Races Into The Tech Museum's IMAX Dome Theater

Press Release Date 
Tuesday, June 24, 2003
On June 26, 2003, the latest IMAX film from award winning large format film producer/director Greg MacGillivray, Top Speed, will zoom into its west coast premier at The Tech Museum of Innovation's Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater, northern California's only domed large screen theater. To celebrate the opening of Top Speed, The Tech will host a full day (Saturday, June 28) of Porsches, courtesy of James Ohl, president of the Golden Gate Region Porsche Club. Porsches on display include two 356s, two early 911 race cars, a 914, three late 1980's 911s, three Boxsters and a 2003 911 GT-3. In addition, free Cliff Bars will be given out to all movie-goers. Narrated by and staring television and film star, Tim Allen, Top Speed uses the world's largest film format and breathtakingly immersive IMAX® theatre technology to explore what goes into the making of speed – and what drives certain individuals to go to new extremes in their pursuit of human excellence. By capturing some of the world's fastest men and women on film, Top Speed surrounds the audience with the adrenaline-inducing sensations of speed. From the drama of competitors pushing through pain to attain victory, to the fascinating facts of how friction and acceleration help lead to awe-inspiring world records, Top Speed reveals everything it takes to achieve speeds that once seemed impossible. Top Speed enters the lives of four uncommonly fast individuals who take daring risks, go to new extremes, and push the science of speed in the never-ending pursuit of human excellence and ultimate velocity -- people like Marion Jones, the fastest woman in the world; Californian Marla Streb, one of the top downhill mountain-bikers in the world; Lucas Luhr, a racing driver in the American LeMans series; and Stephen Murkett, designer of the Porsche Cayenne. Innovative large format cinematography, special effects, and computer-animated imagery combine to create a dynamic montage of these awe-inspiring individual performances and new technologies that graphically illustrate the science of speed. Principles such as gravity, resistance, acceleration, and velocity come alive through stories and images of people pursuing ever-greater degrees of speed. Top Speed producer/director, Greg MacGillivray, is a pioneer in the giant screen industry, Greg MacGillivray has shot more than four million feet of 70mm film during his career and has been instrumental in the development of three new IMAX® cameras. MacGillivray has produced 27 large-format documentary films, including many of the most successful of all time including To Fly!, The Living Sea and Everest and most recently Dolphins, Journey Into Amazing Caves, and Coral Reef Adventure. Beginning June 26, Top Speed will show daily at The Tech at 12:15 and 5:15, with additional evening shows Friday and Saturday at 7:45. In addition, The Tech will be showing Lost Worlds, daily at 2:45 and Coral Reef Adventure, daily at 11, 1:30 and 4. Unlike traditional flat-screen IMAX theaters, the state-of-the-art Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater features an eight-story, giant domed screen and six-channel, digital wrap-around sound with 12,000 watts of power from 44 speakers. It seats 295 people in special reclining chairs that accentuate the feeling of actually being in the movie. A $16 combination ticket is available for one IMAX film and admission to The Tech's exhibit galleries or two IMAX films. A general admission ticket for one IMAX film is $9. Discounted rates are available for seniors, 65 and older, and children, 3-12. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Visitors are encouraged to arrive 20 minutes prior to showtime. Showtimes are subject to change. For tickets, visit The Tech's ticket office at 201 S. Market St. in downtown San Jose, call (408) 294-TECH (8324) or go to The Tech's Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater is sponsored locally by the San Jose Mercury News. Promotional partners for Top Speed include Specialized Bikes, Lemans Indoor Karting, Speedring Indoor Kart Racing and Frey Racing. Located in downtown San Jose, CA, The Tech Museum of Innovation, a non-profit organization, engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the young to become innovators in the technologies of the future. With over 250 hands-on exhibits, an IMAX Dome Theater, weekend workshops, summer camps, community outreach programs, Tech Challenge and Tech Awards, The Tech has inspired more than 5 million visitors since opening the doors to its first facility in 1990. For more information, visit or call (408) 294-TECH. -30-