From Godzilla terrorizing Tokyo to King Kong’s trouncing of a Tyrannosaurus Rex that had set its cap for Fay Wray, movie audiences have long thrilled to the presence of dinosaurs on the silver screen.
And it’s this fascination with these celluloid super stars that will be the focus of “Cine-Saurus: Dinosaurs in the Movies,” a new exhibit opening Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Fullerton Museum, Center.
A preview reception for the exhibit will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and will include lunch, a tour of the exhibit, and a curator’s talk.
“Cine-Saurus: Dinosaurs in the Movies” will offer a comprehensive overview of how dinosaurs have been depicted in the movies based on artistic portrayals, and on the scientific knowledge available at the time.
Perhaps surprising to “dino” film connoisseurs, dinosaurs actually made their silver screen debut in the silent era when a T-Rex, a Brontosaurus and a Triceratops appeared in the 1919 movie, “The Ghost of Slumber Mountain.” Through the years since then, dinosaurs have proven their staying power as top box office attractions, as demonstrated by the blockbuster “Jurassic Park” and its two sequels.
“Cine-Saurus: Dinosaurs in the Movies” will feature original movie memorabilia, posters and models from the renowned Czerkas Collection. A special highlight is the actual animation model used in the filming of 1933’s “King Kong” and “Son of Kong.”
“Cine-Saurus: Dinosaurs in the Movies: is a traveling exhibit produced in association with the Dinosaur Museum in Blanding, Utah.
The exhibit will run through April 4. A variety of special programs and activities carrying a dinosaur theme will be offered throughout the exhibit.
Admission to the preview reception is $10 per person for the general public and free to members of the Fullerton Museum Center.
The Fullerton Museum Center is located at 301 N. Pomona Ave., east of Harbor Blvd., in downtown Fullerton. Hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday, and noon – 8 p.m. Thursday.
Museum admission is $4 for adults, $3 for students with student identification and senior citizens 65 and older, $1 for children 6 to 12, and free to children under 5 and to members of the Fullerton Museum Center. Admission is $2 for all visitors from 4-8 p.m. the first Thursday of each month.
Further information about exhibit may be obtained by calling the Fullerton Museum Center at (714) 738-6545.
Persons requiring special accommodations to view the exhibit or attend the reception are asked to notify the center staff prior to coming to the Fullerton Museum Center.