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Animalopolis will take you on a voyage into the magical world of animals. A bit fanciful, a bit "Seussian" perhaps, a place of good natured humor, beauty and just plain fun for kids and their parents. Whether going nose to nose with hippos as they graze upon nature's massive salad bar, or eye to eye with dancing bears, sea lions turning somersaults, an otter that prays, we are reminded that nature provides us with humor and wonder, everywhere.
Born to be Wild is an inspired story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them – saving endangered species one life at a time.
Stunningly captured with proprietary IMAX technology Born to be Wild is a heartwarming adventure transporting moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Birute Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne Sheldrick, as they and their team rescue, rehabilitate and return these incredible animals back to the wild.
Coral Reef Adventure follows the real-life expedition of ocean explorers and underwater filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall. The Halls guide us to the islands and sun-drenched waters of the South Pacific, including Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Fiji, Tahiti and the mysterious depths of Rangiroa Atoll, to document the health and beauty of coral reefs. On the giant screen, you'll feel like you’re diving and exploring right alongside them! Narrated by Liam Neeson.
June 6, 1944: The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. But few know exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this region became the most important location in the world.
With narration by Tom Brokaw and a blend of animation, live-action images, and computer-generated imagery, D-Day: Normandy 1944 tells the story of how this landing changed the world. Explore history, military strategy, technology, and human values.
The film explains D-Day and the Battle of Normandy through five chapters, including the importance of the operation, how it was carried out, and its legacy. It depicts the five keys to victory, featuring the Liberty Ship, the Jeep, and the bulldozer, among others. The film guides audiences in a step-by-step journey through the Battle of Normandy, the largest military operation ever undertaken, highlighting who was involved, where, what happened, why, and how.
Witness an awe-inspiring tale of extraordinary insect endurance and human perseverance! Flight of the Butterflies is an interconnected scientific adventure that spans not only thousands of miles, but generations.
It's about the remarkable monarch butterfly migration, the most incredible migration on Earth! You'll learn about a determined scientist who spent 40 years trying to discover exactly where the butterflies mysteriously disappeared when they flew south for winter.
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Narrated by Kevin Bacon, this film showcases three scientists striving to understand the origins and behaviour of natural disasters while putting their own lives in danger.
It is one thing to contemplate the immense power of nature, and another to experience these forces first-hand. Forces of Nature showcases the awesome spectacle of earthquakes, volcanoes, and severe storms as you follow scientists on their groundbreaking quests to understand how these natural disasters are triggered. Audiences will learn what is being done to predict and prepare for these events–and minimize their deadly effects as they come face-to-face with Earth's most destructive forces.
Work alongside volcanologist Dr. Marie Edmonds as she deploys an arsenal of sophisticated instruments along the rim of a volcano. Geophysicist Dr. Ross Stein takes us to the ancient city of Istanbul where he studies one of the most seismically active faults in the world. And Dr. Joshua Wurman, a top tornado scientist, endeavours to get a radar's-eye view inside a tornado and solve the mystery of how these deadly funnel clouds are born.
Set against the immense backdrop of the majestic Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon Adventure will take IMAX® Theatre audiences on an exhilarating river-rafting adventure down the Colorado River in the company of a team of explorers who are committed to bringing awareness to global water issues. One of the world's mightiest rivers, the Colorado, no longer reaches the sea. Every drop of river water is allocated to agriculture and populations along the way, many of whom don't even realize their connection to the river. No water remains for the river's end—the Colorado Delta—once a thriving estuary that supported the most diverse biosphere in North America. How do we balance our needs with nature's? How do we provide enough fresh water for everyone who needs it, not only along the Colorado River, but everywhere on our planet?
Misrepresented, maligned, and misunderstood, the great white shark is an iconic predator: the creature we love to fear. Opening June 13 in the Rangos Omnimax Theater, Great White Shark explores this beautiful animal’s place in our imaginations, in our fears, and in the reality of its role at the top of the oceanic food chain. Great whites pre-date the dinosaurs in evolutionary history, and have evolved to regulate their body temperature and give birth to live pups, much like mammals: yet we fail to look on them with the warmth we might afford land-based carnivores such as lions, tigers and bears.
Shot on location in South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico, and California, the film aims to reveal the strength and beauty of these animals by looking through the eyes of experts who have been touched by their shark encounters.
Experience the gripping story of the Hubble Space Telescope – a testament of hope, crushing disappointment, dazzling ingenuity, bravery, and triumph – as you journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings, and accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt some of the most difficult and important tasks in NASA's history. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, this film will offer an inspiring and unique look into Hubble's legacy and highlight its profound impact on the way we view the Universe.
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Splash into a new giant-screen adventure with Humpback Whales on Pittsburgh’s biggest screen. Narrated by Ewan McGregor, this ocean adventure is an extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals.
Set in the spectacular waters of Alaska, Hawaii, and the remote islands of Tonga, Humpback Whales offers an up-close look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play, and take care of their young. In a splashing, musical mix of stunning imagery, underwater splendor and scientific exploration, the film asks the compelling question: What might life be like from a humpback’s point of view?
Humpbacks were nearly driven to extinction 50 years ago, but today are making a slow but remarkable recovery. Join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out why humpbacks are the most acrobatic of all whales, why they sing their haunting songs, and why these intelligent, 55-foot, 50-ton animals migrate up to 10,000 miles round-trip every year.
Humpback Whales is a family-friendly film – appropriate for all ages! – with a runtime of 40 minutes.
Humpback Whales is now playing on the biggest screen in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Science Center’s Rangos Omnimax Theater. It will run through fall.
In this new film from National Geographic, take an inspiring and eye-opening tour of one of the world's oldest and most enigmatic cities, through the eyes of three women who call it home. Jerusalem is the Promised Land for the Jews, the Holy Land to Christians, and the Land of the Prophets to the Muslim world.
Explore this city in all its beauty and diversity on Pittsburgh BIGGEST screen. Thrill to all of Jerusalem's historical, spiritual, cultural, and archaeological importance in this a cinematic journey illuminating global public opinion and understanding.
It was the dawn of a nation - a time before the American West became known as the frontier, and little was known about what lay within. Two captains, courageous in spirit and unyielding in their dedication to their mission, led 31 people, including one woman and her infant son, to the Pacific Ocean and back. Audiences will experience the danger and beauty of the unknown West as it unfolded before the eyes of Lewis and Clark.
This giant screen film adventure takes audiences on an extraordinary journey into unseen worlds and hidden dimensions beyond our normal vision to uncover the mysteries of things too fast, too slow, too small or simply invisible. Mysteries of the Unseen World uses innovative high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology, to transport audiences to an enthralling secret world of nature, events, and breathtaking phenomena not visible to the naked eye.
The film shows audiences what it would be like if we had X-ray vision, or infrared vision like a mosquito; how a bee's eyes see through ultraviolet light; what Gamma rays, microwaves and radio waves show us; and more. Time-lapse images capture mundane events that happen too slowly for humans to perceive. The film shows plants creeping toward the sun and astonishingly complex "slime mold" searching for food. High-speed cameras do the opposite of time-lapse, revealing secrets from the super-fast world of nature. The film shows slow motion sequences of events that happen too quickly for human perception: a rattlesnake strike; drum cymbals reverberating; a Eurasian Eagle Owl, the world's largest, flexing its wings; a basilisk or Jesus lizard running on the surface of water; popcorn popping; lightning rising upwards from the ground as well as striking from the sky. The film also peers into the world of wonders too small for the human eye to seeÂÂÂÂÂ from the minute structures on a butterfly's wing and the tiny organisms that inhabit the human body all the way down to nano-scale structures.
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On Christmas day of 2003, Pasquale Scaturro and a team of explorers set out on an epic quest to become the first to complete a full descent of the world's greatest river, the Blue Nile and the Nile, from source to sea. Four months later, on April 28 at 7:01am, Pasquale and his expedition partner Gordon Brown, reached the mouth of the Nile at the Mediterranean Sea, becoming the first in history to complete this 3,250-mile journey. Their amazing journey is the basis for the IMAX film, Mystery of the Nile. The film tells the story of this emotional and historic expedition while also exploring the cultural and environmental links between the Ethiopian, Sudanese and Egyptian civilizations. Mystery of the Nile is both a captivating human adventure and a serious in-depth look at this most fascinating yet little-known region.
Fall in love with America’s amazing national parks without ever leaving Pittsburgh. National Parks Adventure, shown on Pittsburgh’s biggest screen, commemorates the U.S. National Park Service’s 100-year anniversary through breath-taking images of America’s natural treasures.
National Parks Adventure is the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation's awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Soar over red rock canyons, hurtle down steep mountain peaks, and explore other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor places. Along the way, the film becomes at once an action-packed celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service and a soulful reflection on what wilderness means to us all.
Filmed in more than 30 national parks across the country, this immersive film follows world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe, and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb, and explore their way across America’s spectacularly wild and beautiful places – including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, and Arches – revealing a tapestry of natural wonders that will inspire the adventurer in all of us. National Parks Adventure celebrates the majesty of our national parks and treasured landscapes while highlighting the importance of protecting them.
National Parks Adventure is a family-friendly film with a runtime of 43 minutes.
Catch a ride on the Rocky Mountain Express through deep river canyons and high mountain passes for an unforgettable adventure into the Canadian Rockies. Explore some of the most stunning and rugged landscapes on Earth and learn about one of the greatest engineering feats in history-the construction of Canada's first transcontinental railway through the breathtaking Rocky Mountains.
Uncover the courageous story of the men who risked their lives to complete an "impossible" venture! Retrace the railroad's original route aboard a roaring steam locomotive and witness spectacular aerial cinematography on the BIGGEST screen in Pittsburgh.
Titans of the Ice Age transports viewers to the beautiful and otherworldly frozen landscapes of North America, Europe, and Asia 10,000 years before modern civilization. Dazzling computer-generated imagery brings this mysterious era to life. Titans reveals the world of saber-toothed cats and giant sloths to the iconic mammoths, giants both feared and hunted by prehistoric humans: an ancient world of ice, the dawn of our ancestors, a time when humans fought for survival alongside majestic woolly beasts.
Shot largely in and around the picturesque Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone National Park, Alaska, and the Northern Great Plains, Titans of the Ice Age captivates audiences with a vision of a world inhabited by creatures both familiar and exotic – leading us to consider the possible fates of today's living mammals. This highly anticipated film inspires with its bigger-picture perspective on the relationship between climate, the Earth, its resources and inhabitants.
If you think it's thrilling to see tornadoes on a flat screen, imagine how you'll feel when our domed theater and immersive sound plunge you right into the heart of a whirling windstorm. Join Sean Casey, of Storm Chasers, on his quest to witness the evolution of tornadoes. Travel on a heart-pounding mission to experience a tornado's destructive power at point blank range with its gale force winds, torrential rains, and unrelenting hail. Get swept away as this adrenaline-charged film reveals the beauty and untamed power of the breathtaking weather events!
A Large Format Film funded by NOVA / WGBH Boston, with the participation of eighteen science museums, tells the behind-the-scenes story of a group of special effects filmmakers whose goal it is to create an extraordinary special effect sequence in this larger-than-life film format. The film begins by showing the early inventors – the Lumière Brothers, E.J. Marey and Edison – and how motion picture technology was exploited by artists such as Méliès. Other segments include a history-making re-creation of several of the most breathtaking shots from the original Star Wars film in IMAX® by Industrial Light & Magic, and backstage looks at the making of Lucasfilm's epic Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition (distributed by Twentieth Century Fox), Independence Day from Fox, Jumanji from TriStar Pictures, Inc., and Kazaam from Interscope Communications, Inc. Examples of key concepts in perception, such as persistence of vision and induced movement, are used throughout the film to explain how filmmakers are able to achieve their illusions. The unique concept of this film is to bring together the history of cinema and the art of filmmaking with the science of perception.