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May 7 , 2001
IMAX's Fastest Grossing Giant Screen Film Returns to Commemorate the Anniversary
of the Mt. Everest Tragedy of 1996
 
Audiences will scale the highest peak in the world when the breathtaking film, EVEREST, re-opens at the California Science Center on May 11, 2001
 
Los Angeles, CA- EVEREST, playing at the California Science Center's IMAX Theater from May 11 through June 21, 2001, features the first large-format images ever brought back from Mt. Everest. It tells the dramatic true story of a team of climbers who journey to the summit, just days after the infamous 1996 tragedy in which eight climbers lost their lives in a deadly storm. IMAX audiences will be moved with emotion every step of the way as these climbers journey over creaking ice falls, across quaking chasms, up towering cliffs and into the mystical danger zone of oxygen-thin altitude.
 
The EVEREST team consisted of director and producer David Breashears, Ed Viesturs, America's leading Himalayan mountaineer, Jamling Tenzing Norgay, an experienced Himalayan climber and Araceli Segarra, a physiotherapist who became the first woman from Spain to ascend Mt. Everest during the production of EVEREST.
 
Every day of the EVEREST climb draws audiences into the often joyful and sometimes tragic world of the climbers. This is made particularly poignant when from out of nowhere, one of Mt. Everest's massive storm systems moved in, trapping climbers high on the mountain.
 
Since they were not caught in the storm, the EVEREST team made every attempt to rescue the trapped climbers, however, the climbers were losing strength and the night was growing more savage. In the end, eight climbers died -- and, like all climbers who lose their lives too high on EVEREST for rescue, their bodies remained where they fell in the snow, both a tribute to and a stark reminder of the power of the mountain.
 
"Despite the emotional heartache they all felt after losing several close friends, they drew strength from the support of their team and the good wishes from people who followed the events on the mountain from all over the world," recalls Greg MacGillivray, producer and co-director of the film.
 
On May 23 at 10:55 a.m., David Breashears and Ed Viesturs reached the very top of the world, followed shortly after by Jamling Tenzing Norgay, Araceli Segarra and cinematographer Robert Schauer.

Note to Editors
 
Everest will show daily at 6 p.m., May 11 through June 21.
IMAX Theatre at the California Science Center is located at 700 State Drive in Exposition Park. Admission Prices range from $3.75 and $7.50. For recorded information on IMAX show times, phone (213) 744-7400. For advance ticket purchases, group rates, or to make free reservations for any visiting group of 15 or more (required), call (213) 744-2019. Parking is available in the guest lot at Figueroa and 39th Street for $6 per car. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible. For general information, phone (323) SCIENCE.
 
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