The BBVA Compass Foundation awarded the International Museum of Art & Science a grant for $2,500 toward its 3-D cinema. The only dedicated museum cinema in the Rio Grande Valley, the 3-D cinema will enable museum visitors to view science, natural history and cultural films in both an educational and entertaining way.
“The museum is very grateful to receive this generous grant from the BBVA Compass Foundation. The 3-D cinema will raise our museum experience to an unprecedented level of fun and enrich our ‘edutainment’ mission, 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, which is 2 hours away from the Rio Grande Valley. 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 3-D 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.