[DAVENPORT – June 29, 2012]— The Putnam Museum has announced its brand partnership with National Geographic as the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater was unveiled on Friday. The branding partnership provides exclusive marketing of the Giant Screen Theater to all National Geographic magazine and on-line subscribers in a 75-mile radius. The Putnam will also be connected to all classrooms in the region that utilize National Geographic Kids magazine. Additionally, the Putnam will gain special access to one of the world’s largest Giant-Screen film libraries that includes award-winning films in 2D and 3D digital formats.
“The Putnam is proud to partner with a world-renown organization such as National Geographic. The relationship makes tremendous sense as the Putnam actively brings science, history and cultures to life for people of all ages in the Quad Cities region . . . and National Geographic does the same on a global scale,” said Putnam President/CEO, Kim Findlay. “Reaching out through National Geographic to their subscribers who we already know have strong interest in the topics the Putnam features, provides a great probability of bringing more people to the Putnam who will likely dine, shop and visit other Quad City venues.”
As a National Geographic Cinema partner, the Putnam will be among the first to show National Geographic films produced for Giant Screens. National Geographic has pledged to produce two new titles annually,
“We are excited to have the Putnam Museum onboard as a partner,” said Mark Katz, president of distribution for National Geographic Cinema Ventures. “In addition to bringing our engaging films to Davenport, its commitment to screen our films will allow us to create even more content for audiences here and around the world.”
The Putnam Museum is currently showing “Flying Monsters 3D,” an award-winning National Geographic film playing on the Giant Screen through Labor Day. Flying Monsters 3D stars Sir David Attenborough, the world’s leading naturalist who sets out to uncover the truth about the enigmatic pterosaurs. Coming to the Giant Screen this fall is a documentary called “Meerkats 3D.” This animal documentary takes audiences on a journey with a family of meerkats as they cope with the twists and turns of life in the Kalahari Desert. Upcoming National Geographic documentaries that the Putnam Museum plans to bring to the Giant Screen Theater are “Wildest Weather: The Conquest of Everest”; James Cameron’s “DEEPSEA CHALLENGE,” “Invisible Worlds” and “Robots 3D.”
Other outstanding films available from the National Geographic library include “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure,” “Forces of Nature” and traditional feature-length documentaries including “U2 3D,” “The Wildest Dream,” “The Last Lions” and “Life in a Day.”
The Putnam Museum’s National Geographic Giant Screen Theater is located in the Putnam’s Grand Lobby. Tickets for documentaries are $8.50/adults; $7.50/seniors/student/military; and $6.50/youth ages 3-12. Tickets for 2D feature movies are $11/adults; $10/senior/student/military; $8/Youth (ages 3-12). Tickets for 3D feature movies are $12.50/adults; $11/ senior/student/military; $9/Youth (ages 3-12). Movie times vary, for more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.putnam.org or stop in the Museum.
About the Putnam Museum
The Putnam Museum is a 501(c)(3) educational corporation, providing the greater Quad Cities region with quality-of-life experiences since 1867. The Museum is the primary repository for the area’s unique treasures — over 170,000 artifacts and specimens that tell the stories of the region, the people who live here and their connections to the world. The Giant Screen Theater is equipped with 264 stadium-style seats; a screen six stories high and seven stories wide; a eight-speaker, 10,000 watt digital sound system; THX® Certified sound by QSC Audio Products, LLC; and a new 4k Dolby digital projection system. The Theater is Giant Screen Certified by the Giant Screen Association. Visit the Putnam Museum at www.putnam.org for more information.
About National Geographic Cinema Ventures
National Geographic Cinema Ventures is responsible for production and distribution of giant-screen, 3D and specialty films. Over the last decade, NGCV has produced or released a number of successful films, including Academy Award-nominated documentary “Restrepo”; giant-screen award-winning films “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure,” “U2 3D,” “Mysteries of Egypt” and “Forces of Nature”; and feature-length films “The Last Lions” and “Life in a Day.” Lisa Truitt is president of NGCV, and Mark Katz is president of NGCV distribution. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/movies.