IMAX With Laser Film Festival II Is Jan. 6-12

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - by Thom Benson

Almost one year after installation of the new IMAX with Laser projection system, movie fans have been raving about the enhanced experience at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater. 

“Sound was incredible. Picture was beyond regular digital HD,” posted one guest on the Aquarium’s IMAX Facebook page. “ Another guest commented, “The 3D visuals were incredible. The images of space, breath-taking.” 

Chattanooga remains one of only a “baker’s dozen” of theaters nationwide to show movies using this technology. In celebration, the second IMAX with Laser Film Festival will be coming to Chattanooga’s largest screen Jan. 6-12. 

Audiences will have the opportunity to embark upon cinematic journeys to the wildest places on earth, the farthest reaches of space and into the distant past during daily screenings of these exhilarating and award-winning films: 

Walking with Dinosaurs 3D — This fictional computer-generated tale based on actual science focuses on a little Pachyrhinosaurus and his thrilling prehistoric adventure against incredible odds. Animated lifeforms move with life-like realism over the gorgeous backdrop of actual locations. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. (Daily screenings at 2 p.m.) 

Tiny Giants 3D — Who says being small means being boring? Using specialized 3D cameras, BBC filmmakers show viewers the exciting lives and daring escapades of two unassuming heroes: a Chipmunk in a wild wood and a Grasshopper Mouse in a scorched Arizonan desert. Inspired by the BBC series Hidden Kingdoms, Tiny Giants reveals just how big life can get for even the smallest of animals. Narrated by Stephen Fry. (Daily screenings at 3 p.m.) 

The Last Reef 3D: Cities Beneath the Sea — Like underwater metropolises, reefs play a vital role in ocean ecology by serving as breeding grounds and offering protection to an astounding profusion of underwater life. This Giant Screen Films production reveals the stunning diversity, ancient history and perilous fragility of these marine rainforests. (Daily screenings at 4 p.m.) 

Journey to Space 3D — Next stop, Mars. This cinematic tribute to the desire to venture beyond the farthest horizon imagines the possibilities of humankind’s next great adventure to the Red Planet. Viewers will be shown astounding imagery in a retrospective of the space program before taking a peek behind the scenes at NASA’s ambitious, perilous plan to reach another world. Narrated by Patrick Stewart. (Daily screenings at 5 p.m.) 

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D — Famed oceanographer, explorer and film producer Jean-Michael Cousteau directs this cinematic journey beneath the waves. Using specially designed film equipment, filmmakers captured unprecedented, stunning imagery that reveals the mysterious hidden beauty of aquatic animals and the importance all life plays to the ocean’s delicate ecological balance. Narrated by Dr. Sylvia Earle. (Daily screenings at 12 p.m.) 

Wild Africa 3D —Think humans have seen all there is to see in the world, that there are no adventures left to experience? This award-winning documentary from the BBC and Giant Screen Films will reveal how wrong you are with footage capturing awe-inspiring animal encounters set in truly epic vistas of the world’s wildest continent. (Daily screenings at 1 p.m.) 

For more information about the 2017 festival or the selected films, visit: tnaqua.org/imax/imax-with-laser-film-fest . 

The IMAX Club pass allows the holder to see all of these films, and an unlimited number of 45-minute films for an entire year, for $40. 

Other Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Club benefits include: entrance to feature-length films for $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) and 10 percent 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 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.  

Admission to individual films during the IMAX with Laser Film Festival is $11.95 for adults, $9.95 for children ages 3 and up.


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