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Beatles exhibit opens new era at FIM
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ST. PETERSBURG - Florida International Museum (FIM) announces that it will reopen Thursday, Oct. 6, at 244 Second Ave. N. with the exhibit The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes.

On May 22, FIM closed to the public at its original location and is now planning its grand reopening at 244 Second Ave. N., which also will be the new home of both FIM and the St. Petersburg College, together creating a unique educational Downtown Center.

"We are looking forward to our new museum space with much anticipation," said FIM executive director Kathy Oathout said in a press release. "We are thrilled to be a part of a vital new downtown educational center with St. Petersburg College. It's an exciting time for FIM and the city."

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The Beatles left an unforgettable impression performing live on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964.
A Smithsonian Affiliate since 1999, FIM's mission is to bring the world to the public through diverse national and international traveling exhibitions. Including collections from the Smithsonian, FIM focuses on art and popular themes presenting history through a series of exciting exhibits.

FIM's premier exhibition The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes will be featured through Jan. 7, 2006, and comes direct from a successful season at The Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The exhibition will focus on The Beatles groundbreaking 1964 trip to the United States and includes photography, memorabilia, video and music.

The exhibit consists of 84 historic black and white photographs from the unpublished archives of CBS and LIFE photographer Bill Eppridge and memorabilia from the extensive collection of Bill Haack including exact replicas of the Beatle's instruments, (as used on the Ed Sullivan Show).

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John, Paul, Ringo and George take a dip while staying at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach.
The exhibition of photographs magnify a condensed 1964 timeframe as the Fab Four wowed North American audiences and revolutionized rock music at an unprecedented pace. Bill Eppridge is an international, award winning photojournalist of 35 years with National Geographic, LIFE, People, and Sports Illustrated magazines.

Eppridge's unique style in documentation and fine art photography over the years brought him history-making assignments as diverse as the wars in Panama and Vietnam, the original Woodstock concert, Robert Kennedy's 1966 and 1968 campaigns, America's Cup as well as the Beatles' first tour to the United States. His images of the Beatles' depict their youth and exuberance. Always upbeat, they were followed everywhere by throngs of fans who became a part of the group's skyrocketing story.

Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays. Last admission is one hour before closing. General admission is $10 for adults; seniors and military, $8, Students, age 7 to 18, $7, age 6 and under, free. Group rates are available.

Visit www.floridamuseum.org.
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