Sanctury to host Sunday movies

ALPENA – Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary will be holding free Sunday Cinema at the Sanctuary in the theater inside the Maritime Heritage Center almost every Sunday through Aug. 18 running from 3-6 p.m., with a movie marathon to end the summer cinema on Sept. 1, from 12-7 p.m.

Each Sunday a variety of films are played, which are all child friendly, and focus on research and studies, with many focused on the Great Lakes.

“They focus on marine studies, green energy, climate change and that sort of thing, with some films for the kids. The shows are open to everyone,” Sarah Adcock, Huron Pines AmeriCorps member at the sanctuary, said. “This program has been in the works for a while and we now have the opportunity to run with it.”

This Sunday’s movies are all showcasing the Noble Odyssey Foundation with films on America’s ancient industry, Great Lakes ancient shores, river channels, underwater springs and sinkholes.

“The NOF’s goal is to advance knowledge of the Great Lakes through sea-going education and research,” Adcock said. “These films have been shown on PBS and the director and president of the foundation, Luke Clyburn, runs and operates the Pride of Michigan, which is a sea cadet vessel that does research in the Great Lakes. He will be talking to the guests before the films start about what they do and their research.”

This is the first year the sanctuary will show free movies on Sundays with films like November Requiem about the sinking of the Carl D. Bradley, Building the Mighty Mac on the construction of the Mackinac Bridge, green energy and environmental documentaries, gray and killer whale migrations, the survival of beluga whales, and archeological films on shipwrecks and marine life in reefs.

“We’re really excited to host the event,” Adcock said. “We’ll also offer popcorn for a dollar, with all proceeds going to the Friends of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.”

The movies will be shown every Sunday, except Aug. 25, and anyone interested is welcome to come enjoy the films. For more information, contact the sanctuary office at 356-8805 or a list of films and dates shown will soon be posted on the Convention and Visitors Bureau website at

Nicole Grulke can be reached via email at or by phone at 358-5687. Follow Nicole on Twitter @ng_alpenanews.