Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Theater Extends Special Run Of Climbing Film Free Solo Through February

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - by Thom Benson

There are certain accomplishments that can only be described as “singular.” These rarest of achievements are so fundamentally incredible as to be, or at least seem, unrepeatable.

 

Fortunately, the cameras were rolling on June 3, 2017 when Alex Honnold secured his place in the rock climbing pantheon by scaling the 3,000-foot vertical face of Yosemite National Park’s legendary El Capitan without ropes or other safety equipment.

 

His was the kind of physical trial with only two possible outcomes: Either he was perfect, or he was going to die.

That day, Honnold was perfect.

 

This daredevil feat of physical triumph may never be repeated, but thrill seekers who want to relive Honnold’s incredible achievement from the safety of solid ground can experience it — vicariously and without fear of serious injury — through the stunning National Geographic film Free Solo.

 

Where better to witness such a grand physical achievement than on the six-story screen of the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater? Due to an incredible response, special screenings of Free Solo will be extended through February. This masterful documentary has already won 14 awards internationally and was recently nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 91st Academy Awards, which will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24.

 

Honnold’s epic accomplishment is expertly paired with Yosemite’s pristine, larger-than-life scenery by renowned adventure photographer, filmmaker and climber Jimmy Chin and his wife and co-director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.

 

Viewers will thrill — and maybe squirm a bit — as Chin follows Honnold’s path up the cliff through sweeping panoramas that show the scale of the task and close ups that demonstrate the impossibly small projections he clung to on an otherwise sheer rock wall.

 

Chin balances the excitement of the physical trial with an equal focus on the ground, documenting Honnold’s rigorous preparations, both mental and physical, as well as the anxious fear and pride of the loved ones watching him undertake a seemingly impossible challenge.

 

Tickets to see Free Solo are $15.95 for adults and $12.95 for children (3-12). Weekend screenings during February are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, and at 6 p.m. on Sundays.

 

To order online or learn more about the film, visit tnaqua.org/imax/free-solo. (College Days, Scout Days, and Business Partner Appreciation Days discounts do not apply to this feature-length film.)


A Dapper Duo: Tennessee Aquarium Hatches A Pair Of Fluffy, Healthy Penguin Chicks

New Outdoor Waterpark To Be Built In Sevierville

Eagle's Nest On Lookout Was Planned As Hanging Gardens


There are few things more likely to coax a smile from a Tennessee Aquarium employee than the hatching of a penguin chick. Except, of course, when two chicks waddle onto the scene at the same ... (click for more)

Wilderness Resorts and Waterparks ownership group on Monday announced that they will be building a new attraction in the Smoky Mountain region called Soaky Mountain Waterpark. The new massive ... (click for more)

There are still reminders on the lower slopes of Lookout Mountain of the planned "Hanging Gardens" that were to have transformed an old quarry into a majestic park. Milton Ochs, younger brother ... (click for more)


Travel

A Dapper Duo: Tennessee Aquarium Hatches A Pair Of Fluffy, Healthy Penguin Chicks

There are few things more likely to coax a smile from a Tennessee Aquarium employee than the hatching of a penguin chick. Except, of course, when two chicks waddle onto the scene at the same time. Looking like nothing so much as adorably pudgy, grey-and-white balls of feathery fluff, the Aquarium recently welcomed a pair of chicks — one Gentoo Penguin , one Macaroni Penguin ... (click for more)

New Outdoor Waterpark To Be Built In Sevierville

Wilderness Resorts and Waterparks ownership group on Monday announced that they will be building a new attraction in the Smoky Mountain region called Soaky Mountain Waterpark. The new massive 50-acre outdoor waterpark will be located across the street and up the hill from the Sevierville Convention Center and Wilderness at the Smokies Resort. An official ground breaking for VIPS ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Teenager Injured In Drive-by Shooting Late Friday Night On 6th Avenue

A teenager was shot late Friday night on Sixth Avenue. Chattanooga Police were called at 10:54 p.m. to a local hospital after a person showed up with a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, police spoke with a 16-year-old boy who was suffering from a gunshot wound. He had been transported to the hospital via personal vehicle. Officers located a crime scene in the 2700 block ... (click for more)

Vincent Nash, 52, Arrested In Case Where Bleach Was Thrown On CARTA Employee In 2017

Chattanooga Police Officers make a second arrest in an aggravated assault in which bleach was thrown on a CARTA employee that occurred in the CARTA parking lot on Sept. 26, 2017. Vincent Nash, 52, was arrested on Friday on aggravated assault and reckless endangerment charges for his role as co-conspirator and facilitator in the deliberate attack with a chemical substance. ... (click for more)

Opinion

The Small Business Side Of The Downtown Business Improvement District

In my humble small business owner opinion or POV - #NoBID #NoSelfImposedTax #TheChattanoogaWay Please see attached presentation that several small business women owners presented to the City Council Tuesday in opposition to the proposed downtown Central Business Improvement Business (CBID or BID). As "non-Property Owners" in the proposed district, we have been unable to ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

When I heard that the legendary “Little Johnny” had quit going to weddings because all the old ladies would pinch his cheeks and giggle, “You’ll be next!” I understood completely. But not long ago The Saturday Funnies learned our Johnny had devised a way to stop it. Living in a small town, Johnny would walk to where the matrons were huddled at a funeral, remind one who had pinched ... (click for more)