An empire strikes back: "Pompeii from the British Museum" on the big screen

by Mark Burger

Fathom Events has had remarkable success in its series of exclusive big-screen events, which have included rock concerts, ballet performances, award-winning plays, “Rifftrax” screenings (Starship Troopers being the most recent and the original Night of the Living Dead on tap for Halloween) and even spectacular sporting events, including the controversial boxing bout between Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez this past weekend.

Now, in a distinct change of pace, Fathom Events has joined forces with the More2Screen to present a unique look at the rise and fall of the Roman Empire: Pompeii from the British Museum, a cinematic “adaptation” of the British Museum’s renowned exhibition Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum, which will be screened at 450 theaters nationwide Wednesday, Sept. 25.

The area theaters showcasing this event are the Cinemark Brassfield Cinema 10 and the Regal Greensboro Grande Stadium 16, both located in Greensboro.

As the title implies, Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum offers a comprehensive overview of the history, culture and legacy of the Roman empire. The British Museum exhibition, one of the most ambitious (and successful) of its kind, focuses on the homes and lives of those who lived — and died — in the thriving industrial region of Pompeii and the seaside village of Herculaneum nearly 2,000 years ago, prior to the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.

Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum, introduces the presentation, which features a breathtaking array of artifacts from the Roman era, including intricate pieces of jewelry, sculpture, mosaics, cooking instruments and even a rare find of wooden furniture, which had been carbonized by the high temperatures of the volcanic ash that engulfed the region when Vesuvius blew her top.

Commentary and insights from renowned scientific experts are interspersed with music, poetry and eyewitness accounts from a remarkable period in world history, offering one of the most thorough explorations of the world that was Rome.

The British Museum’s exhibition on Pompeii and Herculaneum was rapturously received by the London media and the public, and was the first exhibition of its kind in almost 40 years. The British Museum worked closely with the Archaeological Superintendency of Naples and Pompeii to bring the exhibition to fruition, and now American moviegoers and history buffs can experience it for themselves. (Some material may not be suitable for younger viewers.)

Showtime is 7:30 pm at both theaters. Tickets for Brassfield are $14 (general admission), $13 (senior citizens), and $12 (children under 12). Tickets for Greensboro Grande are $15 (general admission). For advance tickets or more information about this and other big-screen Fathom events, visit the official website: