The Grand Canyon IMAX Movie Discovery & Adventure is presented in the air-conditioned Grand Canyon IMAX Theater located within the National Geographic Visitors Center at the Grand Canyon's South Rim (52 miles north of Williams) in Arizona.
In only 34 minutes, viewers discover a Grand Canyon that would take a lifetime to experience. This IMAX movie opens with the beginning of man's fragile kinship with the twisting 277 mile Grand Canyon in Arizona, then moves the audience through time with brief glimpses at the stone pages of human history. From the mysterious Anasazi who inhabited the Canyon 4,000 years ago, viewers at The National Geographic Visitor Center will travel through Grand Canyon history to join Major John Wesley Powell as he challenges the unexplored Canyon and raging Colorado River in 1869.
The movie is projected on a screen that is 6 stories high and 82 feet wide. This visual delight is enhanced by sensory 6-track Dolby® stereo surround sound. Plush seating is available for 487 guests plus access for 8 wheelchairs.
Movie is 34 Minutes Long - Unlimited time at Visitors Center
Hourly on the Half Hour from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm (March through October)
Hourly on the Half Hour from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm (November through February)
The Grand Canyon IMAX Movie Discovery & Adventure is presented in the air-conditioned Grand Canyon IMAX Theater located within the National Geographic Visitors Center at the Grand Canyon's South Rim (52 miles north of Williams) in Arizona. From the mysterious Anasazi who inhabited the Canyon 4,000 years ago, viewers at The National Geographic Visitor Center will travel through Grand Canyon history to join Major John Wesley Powell as he challenges the unexplored Canyon and raging Colorado River in 1869.
National Geographic Visitor Center in Grand Canyon, Arizona
This is where your Grand Canyon adventure begins...
Who better than the Official National Geographic Visitor Center to help you create the trip of a lifetime?
They provide their guests with a variety of tour options and the ability to purchase pre-pay passes to the park. Expansive information about the Inner Grand Canyon and the local area that includes lodging, attractions, shopping, dining and events is available, too.
Visual images, three dimensional rock formations and other interactive exhibits are all a part of the Visitor Center experience and allow guests to learn about the history of the Canyon. Learn about the geology of the Canyon and experience the science behind the creation of the majestic Park. Actual wooden dories from the filming of the John Wesley Powell expedition in the IMAX® Grand Canyon: the Movie Discovery and Adventure are just one of the interesting exhibits that capture the imaginations of guests.
The Visitor Center itself is home to the most famous IMAX® movie theater of all time and has the Explorer's Café for hungry travelers. A knowledgeable, friendly staff is able to help you make the most out of your time at the Grand Canyon National Park.
There's even an Official National Geographic Store where guests may purchase branded merchandise, souvenirs, books, DVDs, outfitter gear and more.
Through IMAX technology, your senses are almost overwhelmed by sight and sound. The larger-than-life Grand Canyon IMAX Experience brings reality to life on a screen over six stories high. With 12,000 watts of floor shaking digital surround sound, you'll feel like you're there. Whether it's hang-gliding through the majestic Grand Canyon in National Geographic Vistor Center, AZ, shooting the mighty Colorado River rapids, scaling the top of Mount Everest or speeding around the Indy track at 230 miles per hour, IMAX films are guaranteed to take you places you've never been before.
The Technology of IMAX
The IMAX Experience is as unique and powerful as the technology behind it. With images of immense size and striking clarity, sound so clear and deep you can feel it. Giant screens that immerse you in new worlds, and specially designed theatres that transport you there. Only IMAX state-of-the-art technology creates The IMAX Experience.
Large Format Film
IMAX uses 15-perforation, 70mm film to create images of incredible sharpness. The 15/70 frame is 10 times larger than the 35mm used in regular theatres. This makes it the largest commercial film ever invented. Would you believe IMAX large format film is so strong it could be used to tow your car?
IMAX cameras are an integral part of The IMAX Experience. They've been to some of the most extraordinary places in the universe. The IMAX camera is specifically designed to shoot 15 perforation, 70 mm film (15/70) – the world's largest film format. Weighing between 42 and 100 pounds, these cameras are extremely versatile and can be used in virtually any environment – from outer space to the ocean floor, the top of Mt. Everest and all around the globe.
Forty-five hundred times larger than an average TV screen, IMAX and IMAX 3D giant flat screens soar up to eight stories high and have a slight curvature that extends beyond the field of geometric recognition. Because these screens fill your peripheral vision, you feel like you're right in the action. IMAX 3D screens are painted silver to maximize the amount of light reflected back to the audience.
Semi-circular IMAX Dome screens produce huge images that soar and swoop above, beside and behind you to fully surround you in The IMAX Experience.
IMAX, IMAX 3D and IMAX Dome projectors are the most advanced, precise and powerful projectors ever built. The proprietary IMAX Rolling Loop technology ensures far superior picture and focus steadiness to deliver the largest, sharpest and brightest images imaginable. Light from the 15,000-watt lamp of some IMAX projectors is so bright that, if one were operated on the moon, people on Earth could see it with the naked eye.
The six-channel, multi-way digital IMAX speaker system with sub-bass utilizes 44 speakers grouped into six clusters behind the screen and at the rear of the theatre to deliver uncompressed sound that is simply unsurpassed in depth and clarity. 16 amplifiers generate more than 12,000 watts of power, not volume, to provide the audience with life-like sound. IMAX's proprietary loudspeaker system delivers exacting volume and quality at every seat throughout the theatre. From a small drop of rain to an enormous clap of thunder, you'll hear every shade and subtlety, regardless of where you are sitting.
This tour does NOT include transportation to the theatre. Child rates apply to children ages 6 to 10. Children under the age of 6 are FREE with the purchase of an adult ticket. Limit one free child per adult ticket. Grand Canyon National Park entrance fee is NOT required to visit the National Geographic Visitor Center & IMAX Theater.
There are no refunds. All sales are final.
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