AMC Navy Pier IMAX

700 E. Grand Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60611

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AMC Navy Pier IMAX

The Navy Pier IMAX Theatre was opened by Cineplex Odeon on September 1, 1995. In 2016 it was taken over by AMC.

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GFeret on March 17, 2008 at 11:49 am

I’d love to watch more IMAX films; have caught 2 over the past few yrs.

But unfortunately I doubt it’ll happen, because of the absolutely maddening way this location operates its ticket booth.

If you make it to the front of the line (wherever that may be that night), you could be so frustrated you’ll just skip it. Go buy some magnificent fudge over at Ryba’s a few steps further (the latter I assure you’s a much more satisfying outcome).

IMAX apparently is accustomed to crowds of people standing immobile in long lines at 6 Flags Great America, such is the captive audience. This abuse cannot serve to justify purchasing seats a la Fandango (no, it is not reserved seat).

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on February 28, 2010 at 11:28 am

Once upon a time, from 1996 until 2001, this Imax theatre had a wonderful little film series known as Late Night at the Max. It showed various films in either 35mm or 70mm. They ranged from TOP GUN to YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. They even showed a beat-up old 35mm print of Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA. For 2 or 3 weeks, they showed 2001: A SPACE ODYESSEY in 70mm. I could go on and on. Unfortunately, when Loews Cineplex decided not to renew their co-management agreement with Imax, they took the 35mm/70mm projection equipment with them. And, thus, Late Night at the Max ended. It really was a throwback to the good old days of big wide screen presentations in a downtown single-screen auditorium.

Trolleyguy on May 17, 2016 at 4:43 pm

Currently showing first-run films.

Charles Garcia Jr.
Charles Garcia Jr. on June 25, 2016 at 2:35 pm

I remembered going to the Navy Pier IMAX to see Fantasia 2000 (2000) with my family to celebrate the new millennium, and Polar Express (December 2004) for a school field trip during my grade school days. I really want to go back there and see another good flick.

rivest266 on November 9, 2016 at 12:46 am

This opened on September 1st, 1995. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

cubdukat on November 16, 2016 at 6:02 pm

They just reopened this week and now they have IMAX Laser. Sadly, they probably no longer have the 15/70 equipment anymore.

Pichu8boy on November 26, 2016 at 7:31 pm

This theatre is now part of the AMC Theatres chain.

cubdukat on August 31, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Unfortunately, it appears that their reopening may have been a little premature. It seems that the renovations were not actually finished on time, so they’re now projecting that they will reopen in the fall, at best.

Hopefully they will have kept their 15/70 projectors, and will be open for “The Last Jedi” in December. It would be a shame if the only true IMAX screen in Chicago missed out, even if it’s not a 15/70 presentation.

davidcoppock on September 1, 2017 at 12:30 am

Was these place once used by the navy, hence the name Navy Pier?

Trolleyguy on September 1, 2017 at 6:56 am

It was opened in 1916 as the Chicago Municipal Pier. It was named Navy Pier in 1927 in honor of WWI Navy veterans. During WWII, the Navy used it as a training center.

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