Celebrate the New Year with the Return of Martinis IMAX at Fernbank Museum

Ringing in a new year is all about starting fresh and embarking on new experiences to determine just how productive your year will turn out to be. One experience that is always guaranteed to be memorable, even though it may not be exactly new, is Fernbank Museum's Martinis & IMAX, which is the same fun-filled event Atlanta residents have grown to love, but with a fresh start for the New Year. Find out when it returns! From a giant movie screen to a hip social scene, Martinis & IMAX features a unique mix of culture and cocktails in a casually cool setting. Returning this January, Fernbank Museum of Natural History's Martinis & IMAX will include the new IMAX films, Jerusalem, starting January 3, and Journey to the South Pacific , starting January 24. Martinis & IMAX will be kicking off the 2014 season with you in mind! Along with new movies, Atlanta's Friday night staple returns with a refreshed entertainment line-up and a new, later start time.

"When we began planning for the Martinis & IMAX 2014 season we didn't just want to bring in new films, we searched for fresh ideas to really enhance each guest's experience," said Fernbank's Director of Beverage Services, Allison Fry, who runs the popular Friday night event. "We want to maintain Martinis & IMAX's unique atmosphere, but offer new benefits to excite our attendees." The Martinis & IMAX films premiering this January will enlighten viewers and open their eyes to breathtaking sites never seen before. Discover the heart of the world in Martinis & IMAX 2014 debut film, Jerusalem . For the first-time, this giant screen adventure will immerse audiences and take them on a journey to one of the most historic places in the world.

Viewers will explore the intersection of archaeology, history and culture as they journey to iconic sites inside this enigmatic city. Travel to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua with Martinis & IMAX's second film, Journey to the South Pacific. Join Jawi, a young island boy, as he encounters the most diverse marine ecosystem on Earth, including whale sharks, sea turtles, and manta rays. Narrated by Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, Journey to the South Pacific is an uplifting story of hope and celebration, highlighting the importance of living in balance with the ocean and its inhabitants. Kicking off January 3 rd , Martinis & IMAX will also move to a later time beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at 11 p.m., with live entertainment starting at 7:30 p.m. Films in the IMAX Theatre will have Friday night show times at 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Ready to get funky? For a limited time, Martinis & IMAX will host Funky Fridays on the first Friday of each month.

Highlighting some of Atlanta's premier funk bands, Cadillac Jones will kick off the series on January 3 rd . Martinis & IMAX will also continue to offer monthly Salsa Dance Nights, in partnership with the Salsambo Dance Studio, on the third Friday of each month. Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Visitor information and tickets are available by phone at 404-929-6400 and online at www.fernbankmuseum.org. To always get the latest scoop on Martinis & IMAX, like the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Martinis.IMAX or follow Fernbank Museum on Twitter at @FernbankMuseum. About Fernbank Museum Atlanta's Fernbank Museum of Natural History encourages discovery and exploration of history, the natural world and human culture through dynamic exhibitions, programs and IMAX films. Visitors have the chance to explore the development of life on Earth through landscapes of present-day Georgia, connect with cultures from across the globe and engage in learning through a variety of hands-on programs, including Family Fun Days, Summer Camps and more. Fernbank is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a distinction earned by less than five percent of museums in the United States.