Now Playing in the J.L. Bedsole IMAX Dome Theater!
Feature Film Showtimes (National Parks Adventure):
Monday – Saturday: 12PM, 1PM, 3PM, & 4PM
Sunday: 1PM, 3PM & 4PM
Summer Film Series Showtimes:
Monday – Saturday: 11AM & 2PM
See Summer Film Series schedule below National Parks Adventure information. Combo admission includes ONE film. Additional film costs extra.
Sponsored by Mobile County.
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.” ~ John Muir, 1912
A trio of adventurers’ quest to experience America’s wildest, most historic and most naturally beautiful places becomes the ultimate off-trail adventure in MacGillivray Freeman Films’ (MFF) National Parks Adventure, narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford. The film is produced in association with Brand USA and presented globally by Expedia, Inc. and Subaru of America, Inc., with major support from the Giant Dome Theater Consortium. Immersive IMAX® takes audiences soaring up exposed rock faces, hurtling down steep mountain cliffs and exploring other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor places. Along the way, the film becomes at once an actionpacked celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service and a soulful reflection on what wilderness means to us all.
The power of America’s national parks is undeniable. The family park vacation has become an iconic, beloved, even satirized rite-of-passage. Millions have packed up the car and the kids to hike through impossibly lush forests, to gaze up towering cliffs and down plunging canyons, to witness the breathtaking arcs of national and natural history, and most of all to share unpredictable moments of laughter and wonder amid the protected treasures of this land.
The national parks are so much a part of the collective American experience, it’s barely possible to imagine the U.S. without them. Yet, perhaps because the parks are so entwined in the culture, they’re also easily taken for granted. That will change in 2016 as America marks the 100th birthday of the National Park Service … and ponders what might have been if it was never created at all. Dubbed one of the nation’s greatest and most defining ideas, since 1916 the National Park Service has forged 400-plus sites, protecting a staggering diversity of landscapes, creatures and stories.
As this momentous birthday approached, two-time Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray felt a personal imperative to pay homage to the parks that have been the source of so 2 much creative fuel throughout his career. He felt now was the perfect time to explore the hard-fought story of how the parks were born, why the whole world flocks to them, and their never-ending power and mystery.
The journey he set out on kindled his most visually ambitious and vivid giant-screen film to date — a film that is not only a sweeping overview of the national parks’ history but equally an adrenalinepumping, rock-climbing, mountain-biking odyssey … and a moving true-life tale of friendship, art and communion inspired by nature’s grandeur.
“In the making of this film, we visited more than 30 national parks, looking for things we’d never seen before and images that blew us away,” says MacGillivray. “There’s beauty and magnificence in every national park, but we looked for places that would be the most amazing on the IMAX screen. The story of the national parks is a big one, but for me the most important idea is that these parks belong to everyone, to all the people. The parks give us a sense of awe, a sense of wonder, and in return I think we understand what a tremendous gift they will be for future generations of Americans.”
Adds producer Shaun MacGillivray: “This is a film we have longed to make for so many years –to weave together a powerful adventure story with a chance for people to experience a taste of all the wonder that await deep within the national parks. We’re so excited to bring audiences an experience of the parks that we feel is not like any other and hopefully will help spark future stewards.”
Sums up narrator Robert Redford, a renowned actor, filmmaker and leading conservationist: “National Parks Adventure captures the stunning beauty of our wild places and reminds us these landscapes are an essential part of the human spirit.”
Summer Film Series also kicks off on Monday, May 28, 2018(Film showtimes are 11am and 2pm. Times subject to change due to large group bookings, summer camps, special events, etc. Please call 1-251-208-6893 prior to your visit to confirm film showtimes.)
These films will run as the secondary film to National Parks Adventure all summer long, offering a variety of IMAX film choices, ranging from classic favorites to some of our more recent hits. Below is the schedule of which films will run on each week. Sponsored by Mobile County.
Imagine swimming alongside some of the most graceful and extraordinary creatures on earth – wilddolphins. Dive in with two scientists studying these elusive animals in the crystalline waters of the Bahamas and wind-swept seas of Patagonia.
From the producers of Everest, comes the next Great Adventure Film – narrated by Pierce Brosnan and featuring a soundtrack with songs and music from multi Grammy Award® winner Sting. MacGillivray Freeman’s Dolphins now playing or coming soon to a giant screen theater near you.
One World One Ocean: The One World One Ocean Campaign is a MacGillivray Freeman Films initiative powered by MacG Media that is harnessing the power of IMAX films, feature films, TV, and new media to change how people see and value the ocean.
A Beautiful Planet is a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before. Made in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the film features stunning footage of our magnificent blue planet — and the effects humanity has had on it over time — captured by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). From space, Earth blazes at night with the electric intensity of human expansion — a direct visualization of our changing world. But it is within our power to protect the planet. As we continue to explore and gain knowledge of our galaxy, we also develop a deeper connection to the place we all call home. From IMAX Entertainment and Toni Myers — the acclaimed filmmaker behind celebrated IMAX® documentaries Blue Planet, Hubble, and Space Station — A Beautiful Planet presents an awe-inspiring glimpse of Earth and a hopeful look into the future of humanity.
Mysteries of the Unseen World reveals phenomena that can’t be seen with the naked eye, taking audiences into earthly worlds secreted away in different dimensions of time and scale.
Experience events that unfold too slowly for human perception; “see” the beauty, drama, and even humor of phenomena that occur in the flash of a microsecond; enter a microscopic world once reserved for scientists, but now made accessible to the rest of us; and begin to understand that what we actually see is only a fraction of what there is to see on Earth. High-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology are just a few of the advancements in science that allow us to see a universe of things, events, creatures, and processes we never even knew existed. These technologies give us new “superpowers” to see beyond what’s in front of us.
Visually stunning and rooted in cutting-edge research, Mysteries of the Unseen World will leave audiences in thrall as they begin to understand the enormity of the world they can’t see—a world that exists in the air they breathe, on their bodies, and in all of the events that occur around them minute by minute and nanosecond by nanosecond. And with this understanding comes a new appreciation of the wonder and possibilities of science.
All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative, and amazing ways. Dream Big: Engineering Our World, a giant-screen film about engineering, takes viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds. Along the way, the audiences witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow.
Through the power of IMAX®, Hubble will enable movie-goers to journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings, and accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history. The film will offer an inspiring and unique look into the Hubble Space Telescope’s legacy and highlight its profound impact on the way we view the universe and ourselves. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, Hubble reunites the Space Station filmmaking team, led by Producer/Director Toni Myers. James Neihouse, Director of Photography, also doubles as the Astronaut crew trainer. Judy Carroll is Associate Producer, and Graeme Ferguson, Co-founder of IMAX and pioneer Producer of many IMAX space films, is Executive Producer. Hubble is an IMAX and Warner Bros. Pictures production, in cooperation with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Join Storm Chasers star Sean Casey and the researchers of VORTEX 2, the most ambitious effort ever made to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes, on this heart-pounding science adventure. Armed with a 70mm camera, a fleet of customized vehicles designed to withstand gale force winds, torrential rains and unrelenting hail, and an arsenal of the most advanced weather measurement instruments ever created, the stars of Tornado Alley take audiences on a thrilling quest to experience a tornado’s destructive power at point blank range. Experience the adrenaline and the science of nature’s most dramatic phenomena!
Traversing the “severe weather capital of the world,” Tornado Alley documents two unprecedented missions seeking to encounter one of Earth’s most awe-inspiring events—the birth of a tornado. Filmmaker Sean Casey’s personal quest to capture the birth of a tornado with a 70mm camera takes viewers on a breathtaking journey into the heart of the storm. A team of equally driven scientists, the VORTEX2 researchers, experience the relentless strength of nature’s elemental forces as they literally surround tornadoes and the supercell storms that form them, gathering the most comprehensive severe weather data ever collected. This science adventure reveals the beauty and the power of some of our planet’s most extreme—and least understood—weather phenomena.
Narrated by Morgan Freeman, “Born to be Wild” transports moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan Savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dr. Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick, as they and their teams rescue, rehabilitate and return these incredible animals back to the wild. David Lickley (“Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees”) directed this heartwarming film which documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them-saving endangered species one life at a time.
In the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, there is a paradise unlike any other: the Galapagos Archipelago. Amongst these fascinating and remote volcanic islands, life has played out over millions of years in relative isolation. The result is a wonderland of nature, with a remarkable collection of plants and charismatic animals that have all adapted to this unique environment. Meet giant half-ton tortoises and marine iguanas that spit sea-salt from their noses. Dance with tropical albatrosses and hunt fishes with the colorful blue-footed boobies. Dive into the ocean with flightless cormorants and swim with tiny penguins thousands of miles from their natural habitats.
Around the archipelago, converging cross-winds and deep, cold, nutrient-rich currents have made possible a unique and bio-diverse marine oasis, which boasts everything from abundant microscopic plankton to Galapagos sharks. “Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland” is a story of discovery, of survival against the odds, and of nature’s ingenuity, all brought to life in stunning IMAX Dome format. You’re invited to explore these extraordinary and enchanted islands, whose remarkable inhabitants helped change the way we understand nature.
Narrated by Michael Douglas. Dinosaurs Alive is a global adventure of science and discovery – featuring the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous “reincarnated” life-sized for the giant IMAX ® screen. Audiences will journey with some of the world’s preeminent paleontologists as they uncover evidence that the descendants of dinosaurs still walk (or fly) among us. From the exotic, trackless expanses and sand dunes of Mongolia’s Gobi Desert to the dramatic sandstone buttes of New Mexico, the film will follow American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) paleontologists as they explore some of the greatest dinosaur finds in history. Through the magic of scientifically accurate computer-generated animation, these newly discovered creatures, and some familiar favorites will come alive…in a big way!
Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby, Dolphin Tale) narrates the IMAX® 3D documentary Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, the incredible true story of nature’s greatest explorers—lemurs. The film reunites Freeman with Drew Fellman, who also wrote and produced the 2011 IMAX 3D documentary Born to Be Wild 3D, and director David Douglas, who served as director of photography on that film.
Captured with IMAX® 3D cameras, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. Lemurs arrived in Madagascar as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species but are now highly endangered.
Join trailblazing scientist Dr. Patricia Wright on her lifelong mission to help these strange and adorable creatures survive in the modern world.
A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Entertainment.
JERUSALEM takes audiences on an inspiring and eye-opening tour of one of the world’s oldest and most enigmatic cities. Destroyed and rebuilt countless times over 5,000 years, Jerusalem’s enduring appeal remains a mystery. What made it so important to so many different cultures? How did it become the center of the world for three major religions? Why does it still matter to us?
JERUSALEM attempts to answer these questions by following three young Jerusalemites and their families – Jewish, Christian and Muslim. Through their eyes, audiences will learn what it means to call Jerusalem home and experience celebrations and events that mark the high points of a year in the life of the city. JERUSALEM will also follow noted archaeologist, Dr. Jodi Magness, as she explores some of the most extraordinary historical sites in the region in order to better understand how this region became a true crossroads of civilization.
Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock,” “12 Years a Slave”), JERUSALEM gives audiences a completely unique perspective of a part of the world that still captivates the imagination of billions of people.
An extraordinary journey to the top of the world, the documentary adventure To the Arctic reveals a compelling tale of survival. Captivating and intimate IMAX footage brings moviegoers up-close and personal with a polar bear family’s struggle in a frigid environment of melting ice, immense glaciers, spectacular waterfalls and majestic snow-bound peaks. Narrated by Oscar winner Meryl Streep, the film takes audiences into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs as never before captured on film, as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home.
The J.L. Bedsole IMAX Dome Theater
IMAX Dome Theater
Climb to the summit of the world’s highest mountain ranges, travel back in time to the age of the dinosaurs, go boldly where no man has gone before, all from your seat in the J.L. Bedsole IMAX Dome Theater.
IMAX is derived from the phrase “maximum image.” Through state-of-the-art IMAX technology, moviegoers are granted a unique perspective as larger-than-life images sweep above and around the 177 seats.
While the majority of IMAX theaters have huge, flat screens that more closely resemble commercial (35) mm screens, the 60-foot domed screen in the J.L. Bedsole Theater — the only domed screen on the Gulf Coast — wraps around the audience, immersing them in the center of the action.
The theater is lined with acoustic deadening material so that the only sound the audience hears comes from an array of digital speakers behind the domed screen.
The huge IMAX projector is operated in the glassed lobby area beneath the theater, visible from the lobby of the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center. The film is loaded and then the projector is raised by elevator into a compact “doghouse” in the middle of the theater’s seating area.
The domed screen is made of perforated aluminum panels and is approximately 60 feet in diameter. The panels are perforated so the speakers and air conditioning can be mounted behind the screen.
IMAX projection systems use the largest film frame in motion picture history, the 70 mm 15 perforation format, which is 10 times larger than conventional 35 mm film.
The IMAX film format is roughly the size of a card from a deck of playing cards. In comparison, standard 35 mm motion picture film has only four perforations per frame and is roughly the size of a postage stamp.
An average IMAX movie runs 45- 50 minutes and the reel of film is nearly 3 miles in length. The film travels through the projector at a rate of 5 1/2 feet per second.
The film advances through the projector horizontally in a wave-like action referred to as a “Rolling Loop” film movement. An Academy award-winning breakthrough in cinematography, it is the key to superior picture sharpness and steadiness.
The film reels, called platters, can be seen from the theater lobby. It takes one reel to feed the film into the projector, one to retrieve the film and a third for upcoming movie trailers. Platters are 52′ in diameter — the size of a truck tire.
The IMAX projector is more than 6 feet tall and weighs more than 2200 pounds.
IMAX developed a “rolling loop” system that uses air to advance the film past the projection lens without tearing the film. The film moves horizontally in a wave-like action similar to the motion that an inchworm uses to move along a sidewalk.
An Academy award-winning breakthrough in cinematography, the “rolling loop” method is the key to superior picture sharpness and steadiness.
The light is mounted on the top of the projector and supplies the illumination for the film image. It is a 15,000-watt xenon arc lamp that is 18.5 inches long and 4.5 inches in diameter. This light, if positioned properly, could be seen from the surface of the moon. It has a brighter intensity than the sun as viewed from the Earth.
Because the bulb can reach 1300 degrees Fahrenheit, an elaborate cooling system must move water and air around it whenever the projector is operating. Projectionists changing a lamp must wear ballistic safety gear in case the extremely high-pressure cooling system explodes.
Each lamp costs $6500 and lasts about three months.
The sound system is designed and built in Birmingham, Ala., by Sonics Associates, a company that produces sound systems for IMAX theaters worldwide. The IMAX/Sonics sound system uses 44 speakers, including 6 clusters of 6 speakers each, plus 8 sub-bass speakers.
The J.L. Bedsole IMAX Dome Theater’s sound system was the first DVD-based digital sound system installed in a theater. It is capable of producing 12,000 watts of undistorted sound. This allows the audience to be surrounded with crystal clear sound.
You would have to line up 140 100-watt boom boxes to equal the power of the IMAX DVD audio system.
There is not a bad seat in the house. There are 177 specially designed seats in the theater. Each row of seats reclines at a different angle so that each viewer’s focus is aimed at the center of the domed screen.