See the art of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel in Putnam’s National Geographic GIANT Screen Theater, enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages, and register to win free membership!

DAVENPORT, Iowa (November 26, 2014) – For the very first time in Ultra HD 4K/3D film cameras have been allowed inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.

Experience these treasured pieces of art up close and personal in stunning 3D in a limited opportunity engagement, to be shown at 7 p.m. on Wednesday December 10th and Thursday December 11th on the BIGGEST screen in Iowa at the Putnam. Seating is extremely limited, please reserve tickets in advance by calling (563) 324-1933.

Tickets are $15 for adults and children and go on sale Monday December 1st. The ticket price includes:

-        A complimentary beverage and light snacks beginning at 6:15 pm, with cinema seating beginning at 6:30 pm!

-        A raffle ticket for a membership gift basket at each show, including a Putnam family membership and items from our gift store-- a wonderful holiday gift! 

-        Admittance into the museum and Science Center!

-        The opportunity to holiday shop at the museum store!

More about The Vatican Museums 3D

Thanks to a combination of the cutting-edge 3D techniques used for cinema by James Cameron and Tim Burton, audiences can now fully immerse themselves in the timeless masterpieces of art history. Admire the paintings of Caravaggio, touch Laocoön and the Belvedere Torso, and feel swathed by the figures in the Sistine Chapel.

From the outstanding artistry of classic statues to the Cast of Michelangelo’s Pietà, right up to Fontana’s modern sculptures; from paintings by Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh, Chagall and Dalì; from the extraordinary frescos in the Rooms of Raphael to the spectacular work by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, theater audiences will experience the journey under the artful guidance of the Director of the Vatican Museums, Professor Antonio Paolucci, who expertly leads us through the past, present and future.

Paolucci observes, “The Vatican Museums are always spoken of in the plural because the popes wanted them to contain and preserve the whole of human artistry. The fascinating thing about the Vatican Museums is that you have to go through them at a leisurely pace; it’s fine to use guides and books, but let yourself be carried away to wherever your footsteps take you and you will have the impression of entering into something truly marvelous and intriguing: the story and destiny of mankind ...this is what the Vatican Museums are all about”.       

A Sky Production’s film distributed by Specticast, The Vatican 3D includes 15 minutes of insightful "behind the scenes" extra features, exclusive to theatrical audiences, as The Vatican Museums' Director, Professor Paolucci, the film's director Marco Pianigiani, and the director of photography recall both the challenges and the triumphs involved in the making of this masterpiece.

The Vatican 3D Trailer can be found at the following link: http://www.specticast.com/titles/the-vatican-museums-3d . For further marketing information including pieces featured in the film and photography please contact Anna Renkosiak at arenkosiak@putnam.org. For further information on this special opportunity for our theater, please contact Nichole Myles at nmyles@putnam.org.