Airbus IMAX Theater

14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway,
Chantilly, VA 20151

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Donald D. Engen Tower and the Airbus IMAX Theater.

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The Airbus IMAX Theater is a part of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, which opened on December 15th, 2003. In December 2nd, 2008, it was renamed to the Airbus IMAX Theater after a $6 million grant to the center it’s housed in from Airbus Americas, Inc. The theater shows films in 15/70 IMAX 2D and has six-channel digital sound. The screen is six stories tall, and frequently shows IMAX documentaries as well as IMAX DMR films.

The theater has no concessions expect for water, and does not show any trailers before the feature. These two trademarks of the Airbus may upset some partons, but overall supports a more healthy moviegoing experience. Admission for adults is $9 for a regular show and $15 for a feature film.

Contributed by Connor Wilson

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Giles on October 9, 2014 at 2:53 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:

from my understanding the conversion means that with the upgrade, this location will finally be able to showcase IMAX 3D features.

Giles on January 29, 2015 at 6:25 pm

new press release:

Over the next few months the IMAX Theater at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center will be undergoing renovations to upgrade to the first major technological innovation since the advent of digital projection-the new laser digital projection system! The IMAX GT (Grand Theater) Laser Digital Projection System is designed to replace IMAX film projection systems, which have long been the most advanced theater projection systems in use. 3D content will fill the six-story IMAX screen with stunning brightness, clarity, and contrast, and will also contain more brilliant colors than have been possible to date with any theater projection system. Complementing the projection system will be a brand new, multi-channel and multi-dimensional sound system that will allow viewers to hear sounds at specific points in the theater space. During this transition to the laser digital projection the Airbus IMAX Theater is expected to close towards the end of February with completion and re-opening slated for April. The Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater at the National Air and Space Museum and the Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater at the National Museum of Natural History will be fully operational during this time frame.

Giles on January 30, 2015 at 4:14 pm

screen dimensions is 85ft by 62ft

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