The construction project at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater is one big step closer to completion. Workers moved the 900 pound screen from the IMAX Great Hall and carried the gigantic roll into the theater. Once inside, the crew of 26 had to pivot the screen along one wall and then unroll the 89 foot by 66 foot screen across the theater seating.
Then the screen was attached to 10 pull ropes to lift the screen into place. According to IMAX technicians who choreographed this massive job, this was one of the smoothest screen installations they have ever supervised.
The screen will be stretched onto the six-story frame and tightened. Then the theater will be warmed above normal for 24 hours and the stretching and tightening process will be repeated. Technicians will start testing the new IMAX 4K laser projectors shortly after the screen is taught.
The Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater will reopen on Feb. 1, with an 11-day film festival featuring eight 3D films that have been re-mastered for the new IMAX with Laser format. Film fans can purchase the new Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Club Pass to see all eight films and an unlimited number of 45-minute 3D films for one full year for $40.
To see a time-lapse video of the installation, go to https://youtu.be/iRsHo6rqUMA