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MSU’s Star Theater to Host Reopening Event Oct. 16

Oct 8, 2021

Credit Morehead State University

Morehead State’s Star Theater will have a grand reopening Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

The event will include planetarium feature shows, video displays on space exploration topics including Lunar IceCube, live local music, art, community activity displays, and refreshments. There will be a star party after sunset in observance of International Observe the Moon Night.  

The theater has been closed for upgrades, including the installation of an Evans and Sutherland Digistar 7 computer graphics-based planetarium projection and content system. The new equipment and software offer vastly improved resolution and color intensity in viewing, more available planetarium features and a greater ability for the Star Theater to create original content.   

The upgrades cost more than $308,000 and were funded by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC.)  

“The Star Theater is a facility on the MSU campus not only open to the faculty, staff, and students for educational use, but to the public, including school and community groups, for educational outreach,” said Star Theater Director Dr. Pamela Clark.  

Admission to the event is $5 for adults, free to children under 5, senior citizens and MSU faculty, staff and students. 

Once it reopens, the Star Theater will offer public shows on selected Saturdays from October to June. Planetarium shows, offered as matinees, include a special feature from the theater’s extensive program library, as well as a tour of the night sky.

The theater will also offer laser shows on selected Saturday evenings from October to June, and once a month will offer screenings of public domain science fiction movies or outdoor viewing of the night sky with telescopes, known as “star parties.” 

For more information about the Star Theater, visit http://www.moreheadstate.edu/startheater or email startheater@moreheadstate.edu or call 606-783-9593. 

To explore MSU’s Department of Physics, Earth Systems Science and Space Systems Engineering programs, visit http://www.moreheadstate.edu/phes or email phes@moreheadstate.edu or call 606-783-2381.