Empirical Theater

1945 SE Water Avenue,
Portland, OR 97214

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Empirical Theater

Located near the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) in Portland, Oregon, this theater shows mostly documentary movies and for a while, IMAX versions of Hollywood fare. In 2013 it was renamed Empirical Theater.

Contributed by Justin Fencsak

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moviebuff82 on June 15, 2009 at 2:14 pm

This is to Oregon what the theater in LSC is to NJ.

moviebuff82 on June 15, 2009 at 2:17 pm

How does this theater compare with the one on the East Coast in Jersey City?

moviebuff82 on February 24, 2014 at 3:48 pm

https://www.omsi.edu/empirical-theater…theater renamed empirical theater, no longer shows imax movies.

MotoFox on January 17, 2015 at 2:43 pm

No longer has the dome, either. Replaced with a big flat widescreen (61' * 40", It’s not IMAX 1.4:1.) No longer showing 15/70; now showing video with ATMOS 8-track audio. Dual Christie 4K video projectors, which is at least an improvement over the current generation of LieMAXes.

I read an article published shortly after the reopening which had a comment from one of the engineers saying something to the effect of the dome could have just as easily been kept (and used), but OMSI bean-counters insisted that it go, for undisclosed reasons. If I find it I will post the URL in another comment.

I saw “The Dream Is Alive” and “Blue Planet” here last summer for the first time since I was a kid (so ~20 years), and had virtually none of the immersion or impact that seeing them on the dome had. The ATMOS audio was kind of a nice upgrade from the limited/outdated IMAX 6-track system. But that’s about it.

So now it’s just… blah. Another house-brand LieMAX ripoff.






moviebuff82 on January 18, 2015 at 6:35 am

How does it compare with other lie maxes like AMC?

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