IMAX is a movie experience with images up to eight stories high and wrap-around digital surround sound. State-of-the-art cinematography with stunning scenery lets you feel like you are really at exotic destinations. The IMAX movie theaters in Washington, DC are located inside these three Smithsonian museums:buy IMAX tickets online, at box offices and by phone at (202) 633-IMAX (4629). Tickets are $9 per adult, $7 per child (ages 2-12), $7.50 for seniors (age 55+) and $6.50 for Smithsonian members. Additional fees are charged to phone and online purchases.
If you purchase tickets at the IMAX Box Offices, be sure to plan ahead and buy them early for a later showing. Plan to explore the museum while waiting for your show time. Show schedules are subject to change without notice.
Next-Generation Laser TechnologyIMAX Corporation and the Smithsonian Institution have announced an agreement to install IMAX’s next-generation laser digital projection technology in the Smithsonian’s three IMAX theatres in 2014. The system is expected to set a new benchmark as the industry’s premium entertainment experience with the highest-quality digital content available with greater brightness and clarity, a wider color gamut and deeper blacks.
While visiting the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, you can also take a 20-minute tour of the universe at the Albert Einstein Planetarium. The Planetarium uses a high tech digital projection system and six-channel digital surround sound to give you the sensation of zooming across the skies and through the galaxy.