A Giant Screen Gift Arrives Early – Newly-Remastered The Polar Express 3D

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - by Thom Benson

Like an early gift from the North Pole, Corey Cobb found a big surprise in a relatively small box. The Tennessee Aquarium’s IMAX senior operator received a digital cinema package containing a brand new IMAX with Laser remaster of the animated holiday classic The Polar Express 3D. “It was a complete shock to me that it was coming out so soon,” said Cobb. “I’m pretty excited for everyone to see this new version. It’s going to look so much better than the film print we’ve shown throughout the years.”

Compared to the 600-pound spools of film he used to work with when showing this movie, this digital cinema package almost fits into Cobb’s shirt pocket. Although much smaller in size, the visual impact will be stunning. “The Polar Express 3D will be much brighter on screen and the snow scenes will look fantastic,” said Cobb. “It has always been fun watching audiences grabbing at the snowflakes. I can’t wait to see them reacting to the IMAX with Laser version.”

According to Mr. Cobb, the enhanced sound system that was installed at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater earlier in the year, as a companion upgrade to the 4K laser projectors, will improve the experience even more. “The chugging of the locomotive and the music have always been really important parts to seeing this movie in a giant screen theater like ours,” he said. “And this year the sounds and visuals will be even better.”

Many families make seeing The Polar Express 3D part of their holiday traditions. This heart-warming adventure, based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, takes audiences on an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole. Viewers fall in love with a doubting young boy who embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Special screenings of the newly remastered The Polar Express 3Dbegin at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater on Dec, 6 and will continue through Christmas Eve.

Special Screenings of The Polar Express 3D in IMAX with Laser

Rated: G   Runtime: 100 min.

Admission: $10.95 per child (3-12); $13.95 per adult; IMAX Club Pass holders: $4

Tuesday, Dec 6 through Thursday, Dec 8 at 10 a.m.

Friday, Dec 9 at 10a.m. & 8p.m.

Saturday, Dec 10 at 8p.m.

Monday, Dec 12 at 10a.m.

Tuesday, Dec 13 at 10a.m.

Thursday, Dec 15 at 10a.m.

Friday, Dec 16 at 10a.m. & 8p.m.

Saturday, Dec 17 at 8p.m.

Monday, Dec 19 through Friday, Dec 23 at 2p.m.

Christmas Eve at Noon2 and 4 p.m.

There are also two special “PJs & The Polar Express” events offered at IMAX December 17 & 18 at 9:30a.m.

Families are invited to come to these special screenings dressed in their favorite pajamas. There they’ll meet a special character from the film and enjoy hot cocoa and muffins before suggling up to enjoy the film shown in the IMAX with Laser format.

Non-member admission: $10.95 per child (3-12); $13.95 per adult

Aquarium members: $8.95 per child (3-12); $11.95 per adult

Online registration for the PJs & The Polar Express events:http://www.tnaqua.org/events-programs

The IMAX Club pass is a great gift for movie lovers.

The Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Club gives the pass holder the opportunity to see an unlimited number of 45-minute films for one full year for just $40. This includes the 2017 IMAX with Laser Film Festival January 6 – 12

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 pass holder)

-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).




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