Johnson Imax Theater at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. (James Di Loreto/Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution)

The Aug. 20 editorial “Curtains for the Johnson Theater?” highlighted the importance of the National Museum of Natural History’s Imax theater. The cafeteria can be crowded, but who goes to the museum to eat? In contrast, Imax plays an important role in drawing children into the museum.

I have done everything possible to promote my daughter’s interest in science. Sometimes she expresses boredom with museums, so, in exchange for seeing a movie at the Imax theater, she agrees to go to more educational exhibits. With the United States lagging behind other countries in science, we need to find creative ways to get kids engaged in scientific inquiry, and Imax can play a small role.

Michael Beattie, Vienna