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Home National & State Parks Grand Canyon Work to Begin on $2.35 Million Movie Theater at Grand Canyon Visitor Center

Work to Begin on $2.35 Million Movie Theater at Grand Canyon Visitor Center

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The Grand Canyon Visitor Center will soon have its own $2.35 million movie theater, but don't expect to see Hollywood's latest releases there.

Work is expected to begin before the end of June 2010 on a 3,400 square foot theater with seating for more than 200 visitors. The theater is being built to show a new Grand Canyon interpretive orientation film which currently is in production.

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Once completed around March 2011, visitors will enter the theater through the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, the National Park Service's primary visitor contact station on the South Rim, where new interpretive exhibits also are planned for the future.

According to park Chief of Interpretation and Education Judy Hellmich-Bryan, the film and future exhibits will "greatly improve the experience of the park's millions of visitors by providing a better understanding of Grand Canyon's natural and cultural resources and the mission of the National Park Service."

The theater will include an array of photovoltaic panels on the roof that will offset the cost of electrical services for the building, and a water catchment system that will allow the use of rain water for the watering of plants in the visitor center plaza.

During construction, it will be necessary to fence off a portion of the walkway in the immediate vicinity of the Visitor Center in order to provide a safe and secure work area. Pedestrian detours will be appropriately signed as needed; and the Visitor Center will remain open throughout the project.

This $2.35 million construction project is being paid for with funds generated by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act which authorizes national park sites to reinvest a majority of the entrance and use fees they collect in projects that will enhance on-site visitor services. Loven Contracting, Inc. of Flagstaff, Arizona is handling the construction.

For more information on the Visitor Center theater project, contact Greg MacGregor, park Chief of Project Management at (928) 638-7360.

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