are Invited…THIS Sunday July 27
ACME will be
screening the 1979 Jane Fonda Michael Douglas film, THE CHINA SYNDROME on
Sunday July 27th, 2008. Doors open at 6:30, film starts at Dusk. THE
CHINA SYNDROME is loosely based on the SSFL Sodium Reactor Meltdown in 1959,
yet many people associate it more with the Three Mile Island (TMI) incident as
they occurred in the same year. The fact is THE CHINA SYNDROME was filmed the
year before the TMI incident with a release date of March 16th,
1979. The incident at TMI began on March 28th, 1979. Truly a story
of Life imitates Art. In the year 2006 researchers concluded that the incident
at the SSFL in 1959 released up to 240 times the amount of radiation than TMI.
The San Fernando Valley is now home to the Worst Nuclear Disaster on U.S. Soil.
Wikipedia The China Syndrome
Ventana power plant is a homage to both the nuclear power plant operated out of
Rocketdyne's Santa Susana
Field Laboratory (which suffered a partial meltdown in 1959) outside
of Thousand Oaks,
California, and the controversial Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant outside of San Luis Obispo,
California (which was newly completed). Incidentally, the reactor at
Rocketdyne was the first nuclear research reactor in California, and Ventura County's only
nuclear plant. The reactor suffered numerous problems and was eventually shut
down in the late 1950s. To this day, the reactor building remains, and numerous
complaints of radioactivity in the ground soil (among rocket fuel
contamination) have plagued Rocketdyne.
a mix of Ventura and Santa Susana.
scenes were filmed in and around Simi Valley & Chatsworth. Including a
scene on Woolsey Canyon with the Chatsworth Reservoir (Dry) Clearly seen in the
Also that night we are pleased to announce the Launch of
our Sister-site (Website). We will unveil the content and domain name that
We hope you will join us.