Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The national landmark will re-open on November 3, 2006

Los Angeles - The Department of Recreation and Parks is proud to announce the Grand Re-Opening of the Griffith Observatory. After almost 5 years of renovations and expansions, the Observatory will re-open to the public on November 3, 2006.

The $93 million improvement project included the renovation of all of the elements of the existing building and new state-of-the-art equipment for the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, which includes a new dome, star projector, digital laser projectors, seats, sound system and lighting.

Nearly 40,000 square feet of public space has been added to the existing building. Additions include a large, multi-level exhibit gallery, a 200-seat presentation theater (Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon), classroom, cafe and bookstore.

Reservations will be required to visit the newly improved Griffith Observatory. All visitors must have a timed-entry reservation and Shuttle ticket to visit the Observatory during the reopening period. Shuttle parking and pick-up will be available in the south parking lot of the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden and in the parking structure at Hollywood and Highland.

To book your reservation or for more information visit www.griffithobservatory.org or call 1-888-695-0888.

Jane Kolb: (213)928-9294, or cell, (323)816-6712
Harvey Drut: (213)92896, or cell, (323)816-6711