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Arlington’s David M. Brown Planetarium Reopens

By ARLnow.com - ARLNow.com

Friday - 9/28/2012, 3:57pm  ET

Two and a half years after we first reported that Arlington Public Schools was planning to close the aging David M. Brown Planetarium, the planetarium officially reopened today (Friday) with a flourish.

Elected officials, school employees, media members and planetarium supporters were on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception this morning. It was the culmination of a lot of hard work by a dedicated group of planetarium boosters who succeeded not only in preventing the planetarium’s closure, but in raising more than $400,000 to fully renovate and modernize the facility.

The forty-year-old planetarium now features a state-of-the-art Spitz SciDome HD digital projection system, an integrated surround sound system, LED dome lighting, and new seating, carpeting, insulation, plumbing, mechanical systems, restrooms and doors.