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Science & Cinema — The Creature from the Black Lagoon

November 15, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Join The Field Museum at the Music Box Theatre for a special series of film screenings dedicated to diving into the science behind some of Hollywood’s greatest blockbusters. These educational and entertaining events combine science and cinema to delve into the reality and science behind the silver screen. For each of these screenings The Field Museum will bring science professionals and lecturers to the Music Box Theatre to introduce the films and provide a forum for discussion following the film. So grab your notebook for this amazing series that partners two great Chicago Institutions!


Gattaca – Sunday, September 20th at 1:30pm
WALL-E – Wednesday, October 28th at 7:00pm
Creature From The Black Lagoon – Sunday, November 15th at 12 noon

Creature From The Black Lagoon – Sunday, November 15th at Noon
Presented with Paul Mayer, Collections Manager of Fossil Invertebrates

With a prehistoric mystery afoot, Paul Mayer will lead the discussion in unearthing the science behind this creature feature. Paul received his Bachelor of Science at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and his Masters of Science at Oregon State University – Corvallis. He worked for ten years at the Milwaukee Public Museum, two seasons at the Grand Canyon National Park, and has now been at the Field Museum for nearly eight years. During his career he has split his time between researching Devonian and Silurian brachiopod fossils, educating the public about Midwest paleontology, and digitizing collections. As a kid he loved to go fishing and watch monster movies. His favorites were King KongGodzilla, anything with dinosaurs in it, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Paul says, “I got the idea that I wanted to be a paleontologist at a museum while watching theses movies. I remember in Creature from the Black Lagoon that the fossilized hand they find is from the Devonian Period and as it turns out Devonian fossils are what I study, a strange coincidence.”

Tickets are $10 available here.

Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954)

Directed by Jack Arnold; starring Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning

Remnants of a mysterious animal have come to light in a remote jungle, and a group of scientists intends to determine if the find is an anomaly or evidence of an undiscovered beast. To accomplish their goal, the scientists must brave the most perilous pieces of land South America has to offer. But the terrain is nothing compared to the danger posed by an otherworldly being that endangers their work and their lives.

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November 15, 2015
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Field Museum
(312) 922-9410


Music Box Theatre
3733 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613 United States