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Touch history at The Imitation Game coming JANUARY 23... to the Chatham Orpheum Theatre

The Imitation Game is a 2014 historical thriller film about British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing. He was a key figure in cracking Nazi Germany's Enigma code, which helped the Allies win World War II. The film is based upon the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges.

At the Chatham Orpheum Theatre there will be opportunities to see a genuine Enigma Artifact, which will then become part of CMMC's new 2015 WWII / Enigma exhibit and display at the Marconi/RCA Wireless Museum. The display will be in the Orpheum lobby after the 2:45pm and 5:30pm showings on 3 days only: Jan. 31, Feb. 7 & Feb. 9. Click on the Playbill below to enlarge for more details.


2014 SEASON ENDS ON A STRONG NOTE

A sincere 'thank you' to all who have visited us in 2014. Looking forward to next season, our Exhibit Committee has begun design of new exhibits, plus some update of existing ones to enhance your visitor experience. We will announce the 2014 theme in early 2015.

Also a special thanks to our dedicated volunteers who staffed the Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum in 2014. We hope we can count on you again next year. As CMMC continues to grow, we look forward to welcoming more volunteers in 2015.


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CMMC and the Chatham Orpheum bring The Imitation Game "Home"... starting January 23

Thanks to CMMC, anyone going to showings of The Imitation Game at the Orpheum Theater (opening Jan. 23) will receive additional insight into the secret German code operations of World War II, and how the U.S. Navy top-secret “Station C” on Ryders Cove played its part in the defeat of the Nazis.

The movie explains how the Nazi Enigma codes were broken, enabling the Allies to understand secret German military messages. CMMC will provide a short video [click below to see the video] for each showing of The Imitation Game - depicting how the Enigma Cipher Machine worked. After the 2:45pm & 5:30pm showings on Jan. 31, Feb. 4 and Feb. 7, a genuine Enigma (pictured below) will be displayed in the theater’s lobby and accompanied by an expert from CMMC.

Enigma Machine

This authentic Enigma cipher machine is part of CMMC’s Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum 2015 salute to Chatham Radio’s classified wartime role. The museum, located within the aforementioned Station C operations building, opens for the summer season on Chatham’s History Weekend, June 20. It will feature expanded exhibits about the Navy Years including this Enigma, a hands-on Enigma-based coding and encryption experience, special events and presentations by WWII experts.

Chatham Navy Radio played a significant role in defeating the Germans during the World War II Battle of the Atlantic by intercepting Enigma-encrypted wireless messages between German headquarters and its ships at sea, passing the intercepts on to Washington, DC for decoding. In addition, as the control station for the east-coast direction-finding network, Station C directed the search for telltale radio signals that allowed enemy vessels to be located and tracked.

CMMC video introduction to The Imitation Game

This video is a production of the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center (c) 2015. Embedded Enigma video clip is used with permission of Tom Perera, PhD founder of the Enigma Museum.

CMMC WWII video features the Battle of the Atlantic.

To see more about the video's creator, Ed Fouhy, and its background, click here to view the article published in the Cape Cod Chronicle (c) 2011, used with permission.
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The Marconi-RCA National Register District is a 13 acre site that complements the modest, finely crafted buildings, built in 1914, common in the early 20th century. Full exterior Historic Restoration of all 10 buildings on the site had been completed by the Town of Chatham in 2008. Interior renovations, including full ADA compliance, were completed by CMMC, in the Operating Building, ("Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum") in 2010 and the former Hotel Nautilus ("Education Center") in 2014, Recent exterior renovations by the Town of Chatham added ADA access and landscaping. Click on this link for a short history of the campus.


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