March 6, 2013
'Volcanoes of the Deep Sea' offers different kind of deep-sea exploration
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In "Volcanoes of the Deep Sea," a giant cranes hauls the deep-sea submersible Alvin aboard its mother ship, the research vessel Atlantis. The giant screen film, opening at the Clay Center Saturday, explores the depths of the ocean in search of what may be the oldest species still living on earth.
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In a scene from "Volcanoes of the Deep Sea," lights from deep-sea submersible Alvin illuminate a towering structure at a recently discovered vent site in the Mid-Atlantic.


"Volcanoes of the Deep Sea"

WHEN: Saturday through July 5

SHOWTIMES: noon, 1, 3 and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 1, 3 and 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Clay Center ElectricSky Theater

TICKETS: Film only: adults $7.50, children $6.50; with gallery and planetarium: $14.50 and $12

INFO: 304-561-3562 or

CHARLESTON, W.Va. --Explore the darkest depths of the ocean with "Volcanoes of the Deep Sea," the new giant screen film opening this week in the Clay Center ElectricSky theater. 

Winner of the 2005 Best IMAX Film of the Year at the Paris Film Festival, "Volcanoes of the Deep Sea" is a visually compelling and remarkably engaging for a film that takes place in the deep gloom of the ocean.

Directed by Stephen Low and produced by oceanic-obsessed film director James Cameron ("Titanic," "The Abyss," "Ghosts of the Abyss," "Aliens of the Deep"), the film follows a team of scientists as they search the ocean floor for the paleodictyon nodosum, a never-before-seen creature that produces a strange honeycomb pattern and may be one of the oldest species still living on earth. It's theorized the animal might live near volcanoes on the undersea floor.

At first glance, a documentary about a couple of old guys puttering around the ocean floor, looking for a fossil near some old volcanoes doesn't necessarily sound like that great of a time. (Even if the documentary is produced by an Oscar winner.)

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