Museum’s Completely Renovated Grandstand Theater Reopens with New Generations of Game Film
Visitors Will Get First Look at State-of-the-Art Theater and film experience May 25 on Eve of Hall of Fame Classic
The power of moving pictures has filled the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Grandstand Theater for decades, with fans cherishing every minute of The Baseball Experience film as the introduction to their visit.
Now, with the reopening of a completely renovated Grandstand Theater, a new film titled Generations of the Game brings home the passion and love carried by fans and players across generations.
The 189-seat Grandstand Theater will reopen May 25 as the start to Hall of Fame Classic Weekend. Made possible by grants from The Scriven Foundation and The Clark Foundation, the Hall’s newest showpiece was created by design firm Populous.
“Baseball fans come to the Hall of Fame looking for that ‘wow’ moment, and the new Generations of the Game introductory film, shown in the beautifully renovated and state-of-the-art Grandstand Theater, sets the stage and delivers an emotional foundation for a memorable Museum experience,” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “We are thankful for the generosity of Board Member Thomas Tull, who produced an emotional and compelling film, as well as to Dolby Laboratories and Christie® projectors, both of which also made significant contributions, allowing stories of our National Pastime to be shared in a compelling and dynamic environment.”
Featuring cutting-edge technology and the latest in fan-friendly amenities, the new Grandstand Theater will provide an immersive experience to viewers with a Dolby Atmos sound system donated by Dolby Laboratories, state-of-the-art projectors donated by Christie® projectors and 16-foot high vertical videoboards along the theater’s side walls. Wooden ballpark seating has been replaced by spacious, cushioned seats.
Supported through the generosity of Museum Board member Thomas Tull, Generations of the Game was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Jonathan Hock.
“Some of my most cherished childhood memories are the trips I took to Cooperstown to see the Hall of Fame,” said Tull, who served as the new film’s executive producer. “Having the chance to showcase via film an organization that means so much to me is a privilege. I’m excited for baseball fans from all around the world to have a new way to experience the Museum through this film, and I hope it creates lasting memories for them as it has for me.”
“We’re honored to partner with the Baseball Hall of Fame on the new Grandstand Theater,” said Kevin Yeaman, President and CEO of Dolby Laboratories. “Together we’re creating an immersive experience that will connect generations of fans and families to their favorite baseball moments. The crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd will make you feel like you’re in the ballpark.”
“Christie is proud to contribute to the ongoing story which is baseball, America’s pre-eminent pastime, with the donation of a top-of-the-line digital projector to energize the Grandstand Theater for years to come,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, Global Corporate Marketing at Christie. “Our Christie CP4220 provides the world’s most brilliant standard and 3D images in a lamp-based solution that is known for its ease of operation and simple maintenance. It will delight fans of the game for years to come.”
Generations of the Game will feature 19 Hall of Fame narrators along with voices such as Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board Jane Forbes Clark, Ford C. Frick Award winner Bob Costas, recently retired heroes Derek Jeter, David Ortiz and Mariano Rivera, and current stars Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw.
“Our film is the set up for the viewers’ Museum experience to follow, so we tried to create the most magnificent ‘pre-game show’ we could imagine,” Hock said. “We wanted to take the viewers – many of whom have traveled far to get to Cooperstown and have looked forward to it for months or years – and prime them emotionally for what’s in the Museum.”
The film, written by award-winning author Joe Posnanski, features insights from legends across the baseball landscape as they recount what the game – and the Hall of Fame – means to them, and what drove them to be the best.
“It’s those type of moments that you realize the impact you had on people’s lives,” said Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, who appears in the film. “Where you can create memories – memories that last a lifetime. It’s what makes this game so great.”
Touching on themes ranging from amateur baseball to pop culture and the game’s timeless moments, the grandeur of Generations of the Game is matched only by the Grandstand Theater itself, an ADA-compliant facility which will play host to the movie as part of a breathtaking experience for Museum visitors.
A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place during Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, July 27-30.
Admission to the Grandstand Theater and showings of Generations of the Game are included with regular Museum admission.
Tickets to the Hall of Fame Classic are $12.50 for infield seats and $11 for general admission outfield seats and are available by calling 1-877-726-9028 through Wednesday, May 23, or online. Tickets will be available for purchase at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ticket Booth on Friday, May 25, and again at the Doubleday Field Will Call tent beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 26.
The Museum begins summer hours of operation Memorial Day Weekend. The Museum will remain open until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26, with full summer hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. taking effect starting Sunday, May 27 and running through the day before Labor Day.
Photos of the new Grandstand Theater can be downloaded for media use here.