“Ghostbusters” at the Science Museum? Get Slimed One More Time!

For immediate release ‐ October 19, 2017

Contact: Jon Pishney, 919.707.8083. Images available upon request

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(RALEIGH, N.C.) — New York City is headed for a disaster. Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes! The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together … mass hysteria! So, who would you call? You got it! The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is showing “Ghostbusters” on the big screen, Friday, October 27 at 7 p.m.

“Ghostbusters” (1984, PG) features Columbia University scientists Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis). When their grant expires, the guys are fired and they go into business as a ghost-extermination company called Ghostbusters. Their first customer is orchestra cello player Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver), who was scared out of her apartment on the 22nd floor of a high-rise apartment building on Central Park West. It seems that Dana’s neighbor, Louis Tully (Rick Moranis), is also being affected by the strange happenings in the apartment building. Armed with proton guns the Ghostbusters come to the rescue when New York City is put under siege by an ancient Sumerian God named Gozer the Gozerian, who is channeled through the apartment building that Dana and Louis live in.

You could make a great comedy movie night out of other films these cast members have starred in: “The Blues Brothers” with Aykroyd, “Space Balls” with Moranis, “Scrooged” with Murray, “Stripes” with Ramis (and Murray), and “Alien” with Weaver. (That scene with the thing coming out of the guy’s chest? Cracks me up every time.)

Just before, beginning at 5:30, check out movie-themed science stations, including the Slimer Spot, where you can learn to create your own ectoplasm to play with and take home, and Sons of Zuul, where you can meet some of the unusual fauna that surround us, including creatures that look like they’re from another dimension. After the movie, hear from a guest speaker to find out what the movie got right or wrong, scientifically speaking.

This event features the A/V Geeks’ Skip Elsheimer guiding a fun night of trivia and tongue-in-cheek commentary on popular science-themed movies as well as samples from his vault of 24,000+ short films. Movies are also complemented by experts and hands-on science stations related to each night’s theme. Dinner (such as sliders or tacos), drinks (including NC beer and wine) and popcorn will be available for purchase before the show. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., movies and presentations begin at 7 p.m. Tickets: $5/person, available onsite at the Box Office or online at naturalsciences.org.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh (11 and 121 W. Jones St.) is an active research institution that engages visitors of every age and stage of learning in the wonders of science and the natural world. Hours: Mon.–Sat., 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sun., noon–5 p.m. General admission is free. Emlyn Koster, PhD, Museum Director. For more information, visit naturalsciences.org.

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