Navy Pier IMAX Theatre

600 E. Grand Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60611

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hdtv267 on November 13, 2014 at 5:10 pm

As it was mentioned before the design of this theatre is maddening and is set up with entrance/concessions/rest rooms not part of the theatre complex.

You have to go back out into the Navy Pier area to go to the rest room, which with a 2 ¾ hour movie like “Interstellar” is almost a certainty.

All of that being said, er typed, I was very pleased with the presentation of the movie. It was in 70mm film and you could of course tell the sections that were filmed with IMAX cameras.

If there’s a rare occasion that a IMAX movie made with film is done after Interstellar and you’re in the Chicagoland region, then I suggest it highly. The reserved seats helped with the running late for dinner.

As far as snacks, stop by the iconic Garrett’s popcorn or a cheeseburger at Margaritaville

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on February 28, 2010 at 2:28 pm

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.

GFeret on March 17, 2008 at 2:49 pm

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).

Coate on March 22, 2007 at 1:38 am

“300” is currently playing here in IMAX.

dave-bronx™ on January 25, 2007 at 1:41 pm

This opened as a Cineplex Odeon theatre. According to the Dec. 1999 Loews directory, the address is 700 E. Grand Ave. Ste. 115 – and at the time the theatre had 440 seats. I think it was the only Cineplex Imax in the US. Loews left it sometime between Dec 99 and Apr 01. It is now operated by the IMAX Corporation.

CHICTH74 on February 11, 2006 at 5:20 pm

If i recall right this is the only IMAX theatre in the city proper it is located in side of navy pier. I think that it is just off of the main concorse eathe right across from or right near Bubba Gupp Shimp House or some kind of resturant or bar. The seating i think is first come first serve,but it might be assinged seating. Their is an door to it from what is called “ DOCK STREET” along the pier. But if want to go best bet is to “buy before you fly” this rings true in the late spring and all summer months.