HOF to Unveil Renovated Grandstand Theater
From the Hall of Fame
COOPERSTOWN, NY – The power of moving pictures has filled the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Grandstand Theater for decades, with fans cherishing every minute of The Baseball Experience film as the introduction to their visit.
Now, with the reopening of a completely renovated Grandstand Theater, a new film titled Generations of the Game brings home the passion and love carried by fans and players across generations.
The 189-seat Grandstand Theater will reopen May 25 as the start to Hall of Fame Classic Weekend. The Hall’s newest showpiece was created by design firm Populous.
“Baseball fans come to the Hall of Fame looking for that ‘wow’ moment, and the newGenerations of the Game introductory film, shown in the beautifully renovated and state-of-the-art Grandstand Theater, sets the stage and delivers an emotional foundation for a memorable Museum experience,” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “We are thankful for the generosity of Board Member Thomas Tull, who produced an emotional and compelling film, as well as to Dolby Laboratories and Christie Projectors, both of which also made significant contributions, allowing stories of our National Pastime to be shared in a compelling and dynamic environment.”
Featuring cutting-edge technology and the latest in fan-friendly amenities, the new Grandstand Theater will provide an immersive experience to viewers with a Dolby Atmos sound system donated by Dolby Laboratories, state-of-the-art projectors donated by Christie Projectors and 16-foot high vertical videoboards along the theater’s side walls. Wooden ballpark seating has been replaced by spacious, cushioned seats.
Supported through the generosity of Museum Board member Thomas Tull, Generations of the Game was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Jonathan Hock.
“Some of my most cherished childhood memories are the trips I took to Cooperstown to see the Hall of Fame,” said Tull, who served as the new film’s executive producer. “Having the chance to showcase via film an organization that means so much to me is a privilege. I’m excited for baseball fans from all around the world to have a new way to experience the Museum through this film, and I hope it creates lasting memories for them as it has for me.”
Generations of the Game will feature 19 Hall of Fame narrators along with voices such as Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board Jane Forbes Clark, Ford C. Frick Award winner Bob Costas, recently retired heroes Derek Jeter, David Ortiz and Mariano Rivera, and current stars Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw.
“Our film is the set up for the viewers’ Museum experience to follow, so we tried to create the most magnificent ‘pre-game show’ we could imagine,” Hock said. “We wanted to take the viewers – many of whom have traveled far to get to Cooperstown and have looked forward to it for months or years – and prime them emotionally for what’s in the Museum.”
The film features insights from legends across the baseball landscape as they recount what the game – and the Hall of Fame – means to them, and what drove them to be the best.
“It’s those type of moments that you realize the impact you had on people’s lives,” said Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, who appears in the film. “Where you can create memories – memories that last a lifetime. It’s what makes this game so great."
The Hall of Fame Classic, presented for the 10th straight year by Ford Motor Company, will bring thousands of fans to Cooperstown for Memorial Day Weekend as the Grandstand Theater re-opens. The May 26 Classic, featuring Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Randy Johnson, Eddie Murray, Tim Raines and Ozzie Smith along with recently retired players representing all 30 MLB teams, will begin at 1:05 p.m. at Doubleday Field, with the Legends Home Run Derby preceding the Classic at noon.
Tickets to the Hall of Fame Classic are $12.50 for infield seats and $11 for general admission outfield seats and are available by calling 1-877-726-9028 through Wednesday, May 23, or online at baseballhall.org/hofclassic. Tickets will be available for purchase at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ticket Booth on Friday, May 25, and again at the Doubleday Field Will Call tent beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 26.
The Museum begins summer hours of operation Memorial Day Weekend. The Museum will remain open until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26, with full summer hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. taking effect starting Sunday, May 27 and running through the day before Labor Day.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. From Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum observes daily regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. from Memorial Day Weekend until the day before Labor Day. Ticket prices are $23 for adults (13 and over), $15 for seniors (65 and over) and $12 for juniors (ages 7-12) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations. Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For more information, visit our website at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.