Join us April 5 for the next installment in our Space on Screen series, featuring the classic film, “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Tickets are $8 for the public and $5 for members. There is limited seating for these events, so get your tickets today.
“Open the pod bay doors, HAL.”
Take a mind-bending journey across space and time with this pop-culture sci-fi thriller, adapted from the novel written by Arthur C. Clarke.
“2001: A Space Odyssey” follows Dr. Dave Bowman and other astronauts on a mysterious, secretive mission. But when their ship’s computer, HAL, starts acting odd, survival comes down to an epic battle between man and machine.
Starring Keir Dullea as Bowman, Gary Lockwood as Dr. Frank Poole and William Sylvester as Dr. Heywood R. Floyd, the movie was released in 1968.
Helmed by legendary director Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey won an Oscar for Best Special Effects and was nominated for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Set Direction. It was Kubrick’s eighth feature film and followed classics Spartacus (1960), Dr. Strangelove (1964) and Lolita (1962). After 2001, Kubrick made A Clockwork Orange (1971), The Shining (1980) and Full Metal Jacket (1987). He was nominated for the Best Director Academy Award four times.
“Just what do you think you’re doing, Dave?”
After being made for an estimated $12 million ($87 million in today’s money), the movie earned $190.7 million worldwide. That’s nearly $1.4 billion in today’s money once adjusted for inflation. Only eight movies all-time have made more than that inflation-adjusted total.
It was the top-grossing movie of 1968, beating The Odd Couple, Bullitt and Planet of the Apes. The classic sci-fi film has been re-released three times, in 2001, 2013 and for its 50th anniversary in 2018. The last time, it was remastered and released in IMAX theaters, earning $3 million and being shown on 13 screens.
It has also been parodied in media since, including Mel Brooks’ The History of the World Part I and The Simpsons episodes “Lisa’s Pony” and “Deep Space Homer.” The film also inspired David Bowie’s first charted song, Space Oddity.