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Science on Screen®: Our Obsession With Mars


For over a century Mars has fascinated us. It has permeated our popular culture and our scientific inquiries; why are we so drawn to this red planetary neighbor of ours?

Discover the answers during our next Science on Screen® presentation featuring a screening of Total Recall (1990) and a presentation by Astronomer Dr. Karen Schwarz on our fascination with our red neighbor Thursday, May 20th at 7:30 pm. 


Total Recall (1990) | Our Obsession With Mars a presentation on our fascination with our red neighbor with Astronomer Dr. Karen Schwarz

Socially-Distant screening on Thursday, May 20th at 7:30 pm in the 1903 Theatre followed by an in-person presentation by the speaker.

Seating for this screening is limited and will follow all Colonial Theatre safety protocols. Click here to read our full safety guidelines. 

If you purchase a ticket for this event you are not required to stay for the talk following the screening of Total Recall (1990)


Dr. Karen Schwarz received her BS in Physics from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and her PhD in Astrophysics from Arizona State University.  Dr. Schwarz is an associate professor in the Department of Earth & Space Sciences at West Chester University.  She also serves as the Director of the Mather Planetarium.  In this role, she presents over 80 shows a year to school groups and the general public. Dr. Schwarz’s scientific research is in the area of interacting binary stars.  In particular, she studies elemental abundances in classical novae.  Recently, she has moved into astronomy education research.  Dr. Schwarz is interested in assessing the impact that informal education settings have on student learning.


Science on Screen ® is a grant-funded program that pairs film screenings with presentations by notable speakers in the field of STEM. The Colonial Theatre has participated in this program for 5 consecutive years.

Science on Screen® is an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.


When a man goes in to have virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars implanted in his mind, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real – or is he?

Total Recall (1990) will also have regular showings beginning May 20th.


We will have a special event poster for our Science on Screen®: Our Obsession With Mars screening of ‘Total Recall’ (1990) by MonsterFX (aka Ryan Hickey) and will be on sale in the lobby.


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