Hollywood Special Effects Show
Hollywood Special Effects Show

Byham Theater
February 5
7:30 p.m.

Fire-breathing dragons in the hit TV show “Game of Thrones.” A one-ton chandelier shimmering with six thousand gold beads in the musical film “Phantom of the Opera.” Batman jumping off Chicago’s Sears Tower in the superhero epic “The Dark Knight Rises.”

It’s exhilarating to sit on the edge of your seat in a darkened movie theater while watching Hollywood movies, but what if you could discover firsthand how all of the fantastical special effects are actually made? Thanks to The Hollywood Special Effects Show, you can.

Get closer to the action than ever before during this interactive family show that shares the science and secrets of movie making. Go behind the scenes with special effects masterminds from top feature-length action, drama and science fiction Hollywood film productions.

Feel the heat of an onstage inferno, encounter fierce monsters, be blown away by apocalyptic weather and sit tight during wild explosions. Witness a giant animatronic dinosaur made in Japan, and see a towering air cannon that can fire projectiles more than 1,500 feet.

Please note: the show uses many pyrotechnic effects, including strobe lighting, smoke and haze, airbursts and gun flashes.

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Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.