IMAX With Laser Set To Stun Audiences On Feb. 1

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - by Thom Benson
- photo by Barry Aslinger

Construction crews and technicians are edging closer to wrapping up the $1.2 million- upgrades to the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater. Testing on the new IMAX with Laser projection system and state-of-the-art audio array will begin shortly after the new six-story screen is raised on Friday. “This complex project has moved along quickly and smoothly,” said Don Walker, the Aquarium’s director of guest services. “We’re looking forward to reopening on the first day of February and offering our guests a much more immersive experience.”

Movie fans will have eight 3D movies to choose from during the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater Film Festival which begins Feb. 1, through the 11th. Each of these films has been remastered especially for the IMAX with Laser format and are among the highest-rated movies ever shown on Chattanooga’s largest screen.

-        Born to be Wild 3D

-        Deep Sea 3D

-        Galapagos 3D

-        Hubble 3D

-        Humpback Whales 3D

-        Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D

-        Space Station 3D

-        Under the Sea 3D

Whether it’s through playful creatures, dazzling coral reefs, or feeling as if you’re traveling to the edges of the universe, this film festival promises to fill the screen with visuals that are bigger, brighter and bolder. Go to: www.tnaqua.org/imaxfilmfestival for more information about these movies and schedule information for the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Film Festival.

A new IMAX pass is also now available for purchase. The Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Club gives the passholder the opportunity to see an unlimited number of 45-minute films for one full year for just $40. “By joining now, guests can see all of the movies we’re offering during the film festival, as well as new titles coming this year like National Parks Adventure 3D which opens Feb. 12,” said Mr. Walker.

Other Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Club benefits include:

-        Entrance to feature-length films for only $4

-        Free upgrades on soft drink and popcorn purchases at IMAX concessions

-        $2 discount on companion tickets (each additional individual ticket purchased by an IMAX Club passholder)

-        10% discount at the IMAX store (excluding IMAX Club passes and gift certificates)

Go to: https://community.tnaqua.org/membership/imax-club to purchase IMAX Club passes online. Or call 423-267-FISH (3474).

IMAX Club passholders will also receive advance notification of new films, special events and test screenings that are held periodically to determine potential for upcoming movies. 


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