The Assiniboine Park Zoo Journey to Churchill exhibit is almost ready to unveil one of its crowning jewels: the dome-shaped 360° Aurora Borealis Theatre.

Starting July 3, the surround sound system and video projectors will roll a 10-minute video titled Rhythms of the North, a short film on climate change and its effects on the lives of northern communities, wildlife and ecosystems.

Aurora Borealis 360 theatre

An 8-camera machine, custom-built by Science North and nicknamed "Medusa," is shown suspended from a helicopter during filming in the Churchill area. (Assiniboine Park Conservancy)

“Our hope is that visitors will leave the theatre feeling inspired to take personal action to combat climate change and captivated by the beauty of Manitoba’s north so they’ll want to visit Churchill themselves,” Margaret Redmond, President and CEO of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, said in a news release.

“This is truly a one-of-a-kind theatre that will add an entirely new element to the zoo experience for our visitors when Journey to Churchill opens in just a few short weeks.” 

The film was produced by internationally acclaimed production team Science North based in Ontario.

Construction on the dome aspect of the theatre started in May.

The zoo will be shut down starting June 23 until the opening on July 3.