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Copywrite 2001-2004, California Science Center
Media Contact: Isela Castillo
June 22, 2001
"Ocean Oasis" Explores Two Worlds,
One Paradise
Experience the living drama created by the forces of time and nature at the California Science Center IMAX Theater, beginning June 22, 2001.

Los Angeles, CA - Ocean Oasis is a new giant-screen film that takes audiences on a fascinating journey into the bountiful seas and pristine deserts of two remarkably different but inextricably linked worlds - Mexico's Sea of Cortés and the Baja California desert. What powerful geologic forces collided to carve out this unique region? What drives the strong currents that make this ocean so unusually rich in nutrients? How does life thrive in a seemingly barren landscape? Ocean Oasis mesmerizes us with revealing and memorable scenes that explore these mysteries.

Glide side-by-side with a graceful giant manta ray as it arches and swoops through water sparkling under the hot Baja California sun. Witness the pageant of migrating whales, the elaborate tango of courting terns, the battles of lumbering elephant seals. Fly over sweeping vistas of snow-capped mountains, vast deserts, palm oases, and mangrove swamps - then plunge into astonishing underwater sequences of rarely seen marine life.

Ocean Oasis is both visually stunning and provocative, compelling in its message that this little-known region is a treasure worth preserving. The landmark film was produced by the California film company, Summerhays Films, in collaboration with the San Diego Museum of Natural History and Mexico's oldest conservation organization, PRONATURA, with proceeds to be donated towards conservation, education and research in the Baja California peninsula and the Sea of Cortés.

Ocean Oasis begins a six-month run at the California Science Center IMAX Theater, located in Exposition Park near downtown Los Angeles, on Friday, June 22, 2001, when it will open to the public with daily showings. The Washington Post used words such as "ravishing," "submarine poetry," and "visual elegance" to describe Ocean Oasis. The Orlando Sentinel called Ocean Oasis "the quintessential IMAX film."

A unique feature of the film's run at the California Science Center IMAX Theater is the ability of audiences to enjoy the film in either English or Spanish. Headsets will be available at the box office, for each showing to those who want to hear the narration in Spanish.

California Science Center IMAX Theater is located at 700 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles. Enter visitor parking lot at 39th & Figueroa Street; parking is $6. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible.

Ticket prices for IMAX films range from $4.25 to $7.00. Call 213.744-7400 for information. For advance ticket purchase and group rates, phone 213.744-2019.

Proceeds from the IMAX Theater support Science Center exhibits and programming. Guests should call 213.744-7400 to confirm film schedule prior to their visit. For more information, visit the Ocean Oasis page on our website.

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