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Opening night of TED 2016: Dream conference broadcast live to NEPA theaters on Feb. 15

Opening night of TED 2016: Dream conference broadcast live to NEPA theaters on Feb. 15
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From a press release:

BY Experience, in association with Fathom Events, is proud to present the opening night of TED’s flagship annual conference – broadcast live to select cinemas nationwide for the first time in the organization’s history.

“TED2016: Dream ‘Opening Night’ Live in Cinemas” will debut in movie theaters on Monday, Feb. 15 live in North America at 8 p.m. (EST). Cinema audiences will have the previously unimaginable opportunity to experience the complete opening night session of TED’s legendary annual conference along with the live audience watching from the TED theater in Vancouver, Canada.

Tickets for “TED2016: Dream ‘Opening Night’ Live in Cinemas” can be purchased online at or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the United States will be able to enjoy the event in more than 615 movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network, including Regal Dickson City Stadium 14 & IMAX (3909 Commerce Blvd., Dickson City), Cinemark 20 (40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic), and Cinemark Stroud Mall (160 Stroud Mall, Stroudsburg).

Hosted by TED Curator Chris Anderson, the cinema event will feature world-renowned thinkers, artists, and storytellers who will share their “ideas worth spreading” about the greatest dreams we are capable of dreaming. What emerges is a spirit of wonder and optimism that represents the world at its best.

“We’re excited to partner with BY Experience to premiere the opening session of TED2016 in cinemas and share their ‘ideas worth spreading’ live with the entire country,” said Fathom Events CEO John Rubey.

“Don’t miss this chance to experience it all from the comfort and convenience of your local movie theater.”

“Providing local communities around the world a chance to watch the first speakers take the TED stage at our main event is an intriguing new experiment in radical openness,” said Deron Triff, head of media partnerships and format innovation for TED.

“We are hoping this special night will be a great way to give curious people everywhere an opportunity to experience the conference as it’s happening, and immerse themselves in new ideas that are filling the world with wonder and a new sense of possibility.”

“The most spectacular evening awaits millions of TED fans across the country in cinemas next February,” said Julie Borchard-Young, co-president of BY Experience.

“TED2016: Dream ‘Opening Night’ Live in Cinemas’ will provide fans unprecedented access to the groundbreaking and very coveted opening session, featuring inspiring talks by some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers.”

Fathom Events is the recognized leader in the alternative entertainment industry, offering a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, the performing arts, major sporting events, music concerts, comedy series, Broadway shows, original programming featuring entertainment’s biggest stars, socially relevant documentaries with audience Q&A, and much more. It takes audiences behind-the-scenes and offers unique extras, creating the ultimate entertainment experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live events to 820 locations in 177 designated market areas.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading,” usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, its TEDWomen conference, and its TEDGlobal conferences, then made available for free on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan, and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the TED Radio Hour on NPR; TED-Ed, a service that pairs educators with animators to create lessons worth sharing; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world, including in Scranton; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.