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KATHRYN EARNHART | The Butlers Showcasing Olympics in high-definition TV



Published: Sun, February 10, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Beginning Tuesday, the Butler Institute of American Art will present high-definition theater viewing of selected events of the 2002 Winter Olympics from Salt Lake City.

This program is made possible through a first-time cooperative effort of the Butler and the CineMuse Network.

The Butler Institute of American Art is one of only two entities in the United States authorized to present to the public, in a theater setting, highlights of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in high-definition television.

According to Butler Director Dr. Louis Zona, "What a wonderful honor for the Butler and for our community that we are one of only two sites nationwide to present the Olympics in high definition in a theater setting. We invite the entire community to visit our new Beecher Center auditorium space for this most extraordinary experience."

Auditorium: The Olympic programs will be in the museum's state-of-the-art Zona Auditorium, a 122-seat theater equipped with a 7-by-12-foot high-definition screen and Dolby 7.1 digital sound.

The Butler's theater is on the main level of the museum's newly constructed high-tech south wing, the Beecher Center. Seating will be on a first-come basis, with Butler members given priority access.

The Olympic viewing will be available free to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through February 24, with additional evening hours Wednesday and Feb. 20 until 8 p.m. The additional hours are part of the Butler's yearlong Wednesday-evening programs, made possible by National City Bank.

For a full schedule of events to be screened, contact the Butler or view the museum's Web site at www.butlerart.com.

Family day: On Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Butler will hold "Family Hi-Def Day."

Children and their parents are encouraged to visit the museum to view the Winter Olympics, tour the museum's Donnell Gallery of American Sports Art, and participate in art activities led by Butler docents and art instructors.

The CineMuse company produces, distributes and exhibits extraordinary programs in motion-picture format. CineMuse helps museums, broadcasters, commercial cinemas and other companies build their audiences by captivating viewers who appreciate exceptional cultural programs.

Working with Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Film Center, Crossroads Communications and James L. Nederlander, the CineMuse team brings unparalleled capability to projects ranging from establishing hi-def cinemas to producing hi-def programs.

On Feb. 17 at 1:30 p.m., the Butler will interrupt its Olympic broadcast to show the previously scheduled children's CineMuse film "Anansi." This film will be followed by a hands-on activity led by Butler docents. Call (330) 743-1711, Ext. 114, for family day information.

XButler hours in Youngstown are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Butler hours at the Trumbull branch are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Butler Salem hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to all three facilities is free.




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