The Big Picture 

Why is it that whenever anybody starts talking about what to do with the Pyramid, nobody ever recommends using the former "Tomb of Doom" to store mummies? That's what pyramids do best, isn't it?

Maybe this lack of vision stems from the fact that in spite of the History Channel's best endeavors, our civic leaders have never been properly fired up about those ancient but unsettlingly well-preserved corpses from the shifting sands of northern Africa. Of course, all that could change if the mayor and the City Council go to see Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs when it screens as part of the Pink Palace Museum's IMAX Film Festival, starting on January 3rd.

Narrated by horror-film icon Christopher Lee, Mummies uses the big-screen format to explore some of ancient Egypt's most compelling mysteries. It takes an up-close look at the techniques used to embalm and hide the bodies of the Nile Valley's god kings. It also looks at the Egyptology craze that took hold in parlors across the civilized world during the late 19th century when explorers were pulling mummies out of the earth at an astonishing rate.

Not into mummies? That's okay. The IMAX festival also includes films about dinosaurs, marine life, extreme weather, and big mountains.

Pink Palace IMAX Film Festival: "Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs"; "Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure"; "Hurricane on the Bayou"; "The Living Sea"; and "Everest." Saturdays and Sundays, January 3rd-March 1st. For a complete schedule and more information, go to memphismuseums.org.

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