Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater

10th Street & Constitution Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20560

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Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater

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An immersive 3D experience in the Johnson IMAX Theater will excite your students about new scientific research. During school visit hours, the theater shows curriculum-relevant films connected to the Museum’s collections and exhibitions and reviewed by Museum scientists and educators.

The Johnson IMAX Theater in the National Museum of Natural History features the latest in IMAX film technology, including a six-story-tall screen and a state-of-the-art digital surround sound system.

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Giles on October 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I know the audio announcement before the feature mentions the dimensions of the screen – but I’m having a senior moment – what is it? 90ft by ___? Of the three Smithsonian IMAX screens this is my favorite. The screen seems the largest, the seats are more comfortable, the interior decor more chic (at least in my opinion). Unfortunately due to the government shutdown this Friday’s opening of ‘Titans of the Ice Age 3D’ has been postponed.

Giles on December 11, 2013 at 11:19 am

did a double feature this morning saw ‘Titans of the Ice Age’ and ‘Jerusalem 3D’ – the latter was just spectacular. Oh and for the record, the screen is 66 feet tall / 90 feet wide

Giles on May 3, 2014 at 10:40 am

FYI: all IMAX features at all three Smithsonian theaters are $5 til the 22nd of May.

Giles on October 9, 2014 at 1:52 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:

Giles on October 22, 2014 at 4:44 pm

the article is not entirely accurate – this screen and the Udvar Hazy theater will get the upgrade but the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater will get the conversion later. Here though the lazer system will require a new screen, but it will retain the full the 66ft by 90ft dimensions.

JodarMovieFan on July 25, 2017 at 7:05 am

There was a news report on the local news station WTOP that this venue was to be shut down by Sept 30. Someone had put up a website to stop it with an online petition. Reportedly, the Smithsonian wants to expand the restaurant by getting rid of the theater.

With all the money spent on upgrades to laser, one would think they would’ve thought about this before shutting it down. What a waste.

I thought I put a comment on seeing Star Wars Episode II way back in the early 00s or 2003 :P I remember after the opening crawl and the camera slow pans down to Coruscant, the audience just went ahhhhh because of the vastness it all..planet, space and ships. Very immersive. Also, they had to trim the movie to make it all fit. We won’t talk about the bad acting, but it was still a lot of fun.

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