BBVA Compass Foundation Awards IMAS for 3D Cinema Theater

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MCALLEN - The BBVA Compass Bank Foundation has awarded the International Museum of Art & Science a grant for $2,500 towards its 3D cinema project.

The only dedicated museum cinema in the Rio Grande Valley, the 3D cinema will enable museum visitors the opportunity to view science, natural history and cultural films in both an educational and entertaining way. 

The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a Smithsonian Affiliated Museum. The mission of the International Museum of Art & Science is to create an environment that inspires, educates and entertains the public through the arts and sciences.

“The museum is very grateful to receive this generous grant from the BBVA Compass Foundation. The 3D cinema will raise our museum experience to an unprecedented level of fun and enrich our ‘edutainment’ mission component, which seeks to engage people of all ages to have fun while learning,” said Serena Pandos, IMAS Interim President.

Presently there are no dedicated museum cinemas in south Texas, other than the military-focused USS Lexington Theater in Corpus Christi. Some of the most recognizable names in the museum and immersive cinema business are involved in producing the types of movies that will be shown in the 3D cinema: BBC Earth, Giant Screen Films, K2 Communications, National Geographic, and SK Films.

The project will give the community access to a library of award-winning educational films, covering a wide range of STEM and natural history curricula: space, oceans, weather, prehistoric life, ancient culture, engineering as well as world cultures.

For more information contact Serena Pandos, Interim President, International Museum of Art & Science at (956) 681-2810.

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