Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater

6th Street and Independence Avenue,
Washington, DC 20560

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Located in the National Air and Space Museum. Opened on July 1, 1976 with the first major IMAX hit movie “To Fly” (which they still play sometimes), this theater is currently the oldest IMAX theater in the US.

Contributed by Justin Fencsak

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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 15, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Has this theater been renovated before?

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on January 4, 2010 at 3:56 am

My friend and I caught the last showing of Star Trek in true IMAX. Its been probably 20 years plus since I’ve seen any movie here. I remember when it opened back in ‘76 and 'To Fly’ was the first IMAX film to be experienced. There were warnings given to people about getting motion sickness from watching the movie but it was a treat and showed off the format quite well. The sound and overall presentation was terrific.

Star Trek was masked but not as badly as in the AMC IMAX-lite venues. The movie plays well in this format. Surprisingly, the print held up well with no noticeable markings or scratchings. Surrounds were present and distinct but, unlike the best THX-cert houses lacked oooomph, noticeably missing during the warp jumps and hand to hand contact hits. There were well over 100 plus in attendance, not enough to fill out the auditorium but a pleasant surprise given the fact it was super frigid outside, probably in the single digits factoring in for windchill.

As we left, we were thanked for coming, not by none other than the security guards as we filed out of the theater AND exiting the door.

Giles
Giles on October 9, 2014 at 9:51 pm

from an article regarding the conversion from 15/70 to digital projection on the IMAX screen:

“All three of Smithsonian’s IMAX theaters will close from January to March 2015 to convert from film to digital.”

from this online article:

http://www.airspacemag.com/space/Museums-New-Revamped-Planetarium-180952121/?no-ist

Giles
Giles on October 23, 2014 at 12:48 am

correction: the screen will get the conversion but it will not be in the claimed January – March 2015 timeline. The museum is slated for renovations in the next couple of years and at that time (or possibly sooner) the IMAX screen will then be upgraded.

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