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Movie Night at ACME

You 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.


From Wikipedia The China Syndrome




The 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.




Ventana is a mix of Ventura and Santa Susana.


Many scenes were filmed in and around Simi Valley & Chatsworth. Including a scene on Woolsey Canyon with the Chatsworth Reservoir (Dry) Clearly seen in the background.



Also that night we are pleased to announce the Launch of our Sister-site (Website). We will unveil the content and domain name that evening.


We hope you will join us.