Movie studio picks Museum for sole West Coast premier of new DVD version
SEATTLE, Jan. 28, 2010--The Museum of Flight offers a free presentation of the 2009 feature film about Amelia Earhart, "Amelia," on Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the Museum is free from 5 - 9 p.m. as part of the Museum's Wells Fargo First Free Thursday. The Museum was chosen by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment as one of only two venues in the country--and the only one on the West Coast--to premiere the new DVD version of the film, which stars Bellingham, Wash.-native, Hilary Swank. The film will be shown in the William M. Allen Theater; seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
This lavish production brings to life the extraordinary life of adventure, celebrity and continuing mystery of legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, portrayed by two time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank. The cast also includes Golden Globe® winner Richard Gere as Earhart's husband George P. Putnam, and Ewan McGregor as Amelia's friend, pilot Gene Vidal.  "Amelia" is directed by Mira Nair ("The Namesake," "Vanity Fair" and "Moonsoon Wedding") from a screenplay by Academy Award® winner Ron Bass ("Rain Man") and Anna Hamilton Phelan. 
The movie is shown in conjunction with the Museum's temporary exhibit, In Search of Amelia Earhart.
Image: Hilary Swank as Amelia Earhart. Fox Searchlight Productions.
The non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest independent air and space museums in the world. The Museum's collection includes more than 150 historically significant air- and spacecraft, as well as the William E. Boeing Red Barn® -- the original manufacturing facility of the Boeing Co. The J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing displays 28 World War I and World War II aircraft from the United States and other countries including Germany, Russia, and Japan. Over 30 aircraft representing the first century of aviation are displayed in the all-glass T.A. Wilson Great Gallery. The evolution of space flight and a look into the future are presented in the exhibit, Space: Exploring the New Frontier. The Airpark includes outdoor displays including the first jet Air Force One, a supersonic Concorde airliner and the prototype Boeing 747 jumbo jet. Interactive displays in The Flight Zone provide educational and entertaining activities for young children. The Museum's aeronautical library and archival holdings are the largest on the West Coast. More than 140,000 students are served annually by the Museum's on-site and outreach educational programs--the most extensive museum-based youth aviation and space education program in the country. The Museum is the only air and space museum in Washington State that is both nationally accredited with the American Association of Museums and a Smithsonian affiliate.
The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for active military, $8 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit
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