Tonight’s museum movie rescheduled
"The Lost Continent" will be screened at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. March 8

For immediate release March 1, 2007


Contact: Jeff Morgan,, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – Due to inclement weather, the State Historical Museum has rescheduled the screening of tonight’s film “Lost Continent” for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8. The screening scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Saturday remains unchanged.

Tickets for both dates are $5 and are available at or at the door. Tickets purchased online for tonight’s screening will be honored March 8. The State Historical Museum is at 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines’ Historic East Village. Call 515-281-5111 or visit for more information.

“Lost Continent” is part of the “Movies at the Museum” series and is being screened in conjunction with the museum’s most recent exhibit, “Hatching the Past: the Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt.” Starring Cesar Romero, the movie follows an atomic-powered rocket fired from White Sands Missile Base that is lost in an unexplored region of the South Pacific. When a military expedition is dispatched to find it, their plane loses control and crash-lands on a strange uncharted island – a lost world of prehistoric dinosaurs and vast radioactive uranium fields.

Next Movie March 31

“Movies at the Museum” will continue March 31 with the screening of “Jurassic Park” at 4 p.m., also in conjunction with “Hatching the Past.” World-renown paleontologist Jack Horner will be at the Museum March 30-31 for public lectures and book signings, and will offer introductory comments prior to the movie. Horner served as technical advisor on all the “Jurassic Park” films and was the inspiration for the movie’s lead character, Dr. Alan Grant, played by actor Sam Neill.

Within the paleontology community, Horner is known for his work on the cutting edge of dinosaur growth research. In Montana during the 1970s, Horner and his partner, Bob Makela, discovered a colonial nesting site of a new dinosaur species. It contained the first dinosaur eggs in the Western Hemisphere and settled questions of whether some dinosaurs were sociable, built nests and cared for their young.

“Hatching the Past” is open through May 6 and offers a rare and “egg”-citing look at the life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and embryos. It includes hands-on activities and an astounding array of authentic dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all over the globe – including those of each of the major plant- and meat-eating dinosaur groups.

Admission to “Hatching the Past” is $5, and free for children 12 and younger thanks to the generous support of Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Members of the State Historical Society also receive free admission.

The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit or call 515-281-5111 for more information.


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