Though the Lumière brothers and Thomas Edison are often credited with groundbreaking discoveries that paved the way for modern cinema, history sometimes leaves out a key player: photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Commissioned to find out whether horses lifted all four legs off the ground while galloping, Muybridge invented a device called the zoopraxiscope to display his photographed findings. His first zoopraxiscope screening was held in Palo Alto in 1879, making the city the birthplace of film.
To honor Muybridge’s work, as well as the technological innovations bubbling throughout Silicon Valley, the Palo Alto International Film Festival was born in 2011. It focuses not only on new technology, but on breakthroughs in artistic expression, screening a collection of films from around the world. They range from major Hollywood releases, such as 2012’s Looper, to independent works, such as George Lucas’s home videos of himself practicing light-saber moves in his garage. Outside the theater, visitors can mingle at an array of talks, film workshops, and parties.
The silver screens at BlueLight Cinemas showcase second-run films every day in theaters with high-back chairs and DTS and Dolby surround sound. In the concession area, attendants provide a cornucopia of goods, including Dippin' Dots, Peet's Coffee, and Orville Redenbacher?s popcorn topped with real butter from actual tombs inside the food pyramid. The locally owned theater keeps in tune with the community by staging events throughout the year, offering theater rentals for parties, and allowing moviegoers to influence upcoming features by requesting a movie.
Its name may contain the word "museum," but The Tech Museum of Innovation prefers not to wallow in the past. Since its earliest days in 1978, it has exhibited the timeless principles of science while also celebrating the latest in technological achievement. In doing so, the institution inspires visitors to apply that same spirit of creative problem-solving to all aspects of life.
Size: the mango-and-azure domed building fills 132,000 square feet with hundreds of interactive exhibits and six labs
Hands-On Experiments: ride in a jet-pack chair worthy of NASA, feel what it's like to experience an earthquake, or grow jellyfish DNA in a lab
Eye-Catchers: the creations inside Social Robots,
where visitors design and build robots before dressing them up in hats that a human could never pull off
Permanent Mainstay: The Tech Awards Gallery, a showcase of past inventions and inventors from the museum's annual Tech Awards
Visiting Exhibit: REBOOT:music lets you create modern music with high-tech devices; try the L?HA! Laser Harp, which substitutes laser light for strings
Don't Miss: The Tech Studio, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the prototypes and fabrication of upcoming exhibits?and lets visitors be among the first to test them
Almaden Cinema is located at 2306 Almaden Road in San Jose, California and offers movie-goers an amazing lineup of the top motion pictures each week. The theater has nine screens showing the latest big hits, so the whole family can see whatever film their heart desires. The spacious theaters offer comfortable seating. By joining the Almaden Cinema newsletter, fans can get special offers each week right in their inbox, such as free popcorn. The theater is also available to book for any type of special event such as a graduation party or corporate event. Screen advertising is available to local businesses who would like to reach a larger audience with their products and services.
Camera 12 Cinemas in San Jose has so much more to offer than just your typical movie viewing. In addition to Hollywood blockbusters, Camera 12 features a host of documentary movies and indie productions for more serious movie lovers. Lovers of the live arts can go to the numerous ballet and opera events hosted at these cinemas. Camera 12 Cinemas also host a cinema club that’s currently on its 19th season. Meeting monthly on preannounced dates at 10.30 AM, the cinema club works to foster local cinematic talent, and gives members a chance to meet prolific filmmakers and actors. Paying moviegoers get free parking for up to three and a half hours at six different city garages.
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