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Harry Potter Exhibition to Visit Philadelphia to Start World Tour: Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment in partnership with Imagine Exhibitions and EMC Presents have announced that Harry Potter: The Exhibition, the most comprehensive touring exhibition ever presented about the Wizarding World, will kick off its spellbinding global tour at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in early 2022. The exhibition, which is slated to tour globally to Latin America, the Asia-Pacific Region (APAC), Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). The exhibition’s opening and ticket on-sale dates will be announced in the coming months. “This exhibition will be unlike any other Wizarding World touring exhibition. The inclusion of technology, attention to detail and integration of magical touches created by our partners at Imagine Exhibitions is truly unique,” said Peter van Roden, senior vice president of Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment. “We are elated to be launching the world tour at the Franklin Institute and for fans to be able to have another way to experience the Wizarding World.” Check out www.HarryPotterExhibition.com for the latest news on tour stops and ticket availability.
Spa Resort Meets Shopping Mall: A new Life Time Athletic Resort Experience Opens at Northshore Mall in Massachusetts. A New, 120,000-square-foot destination serves the Northshore and Southern Sea Coast area with everything needed to support family health and wellness at popular shopping center—Northshore Mall in Peabody. It is a “reimagined mall” tenant expected to draw thousands of consumers each day to these community hubs, providing the ultimate in convenience with easy access to everything needed to support family health and wellness, along with mall retail stores and restaurants – all in one location. “Greater Boston has embraced Life Time since we entered the market in 2015. With the addition of Northshore, we now offer five Life Time destinations offering amazing health, wellness, sport and lifestyle experiences designed to support healthy, happy lives for all ages,” said Jeff Zwiefel, Life Time’s president and chief operating officer. “The addition of our Life Time experience, combined with all that Simon offers at Northshore Mall, is game changing for members, residents and the broader community.” For more information, visit Life Time or Northshore Mall, a Simon property, located in Peabody, Mass.
New Attraction on Atlanta’s Belt Line: Illuminarium Experiences, a global experiential entertainment company has opened its first Illuminarium in Atlanta, Georgia, with its debut spectacle, WILD: A Safari Experience. The immersive 26,000 square-foot entertainment complex on the Atlanta BeltLine will showcase some of Africa’s most exotic animals in their natural habitats. It will also offer a first-of-its-kind nightlife experience at The Bar at Illuminarium and all-day dining at The Illuminarium Café. By enabling audiences to see, hear, feel, smell and even personally affect an experience, Illuminarium places the guest “inside” the narrative using techniques from traditional motion picture production and virtual reality combined with interactive features that facilitate the experience of the real world. In essence, Illuminarium exemplifies a “VR, without the glasses” experience. Ticket prices depend on the level of the visitor experience one chooses. They top out at $50 each. A note: The Atlanta BeltLine is a former railway corridor around the core of Atlanta, Georgia, under development in stages as a multi-use trail. More details at https://beltline.org/.
Faith and Liberty Discovery Center Has Grand Opening: The Faith and Liberty Discovery Center earlier this month celebrated its full grand opening as COVID-19 restrictions were lifted in Philadelphia. Situated on Independence Mall near the Liberty Bell, the new, $60 million center is a technologically immersive, state-of-the-art educational center that allows visitors to explore the relationship between faith and liberty in the American story by illuminating the influence of the Bible on individuals in key historical and personal moments. The FLDC is a subsidiary of American Bible Society.Retail ticket prices top out at $10 per person. For more, visit http://faithandliberty.org