1. IMAX® film is the largest commercial film format ever invented.
  2. The IMAX® camera weighs up to 100 pounds.
  3. Average IMAX® screen is 4500 times bigger than an average TV screen.
  4. IMAX film is strong enough to pull a truck.
  5. Film frame used by IMAX® projection system is 10 times the size of a conventional 35mm frame.
  6. IMAX® screens are designed to encompass your peripheral vision.
    These screens are painted silver to maximize the amount of light reflected back to the audience.
  7. IMAX® uncompressed digital, wrap-around sound is a patented Proportional Point Source (TM) Loudspeaker system that delivers exacting volume and quality at every seat.


Chattanooga Riverboat Cruise
A Chattanooga Riverboat Cruise on the River Gorge Explorer is part thrill ride and part nature tour.

Visitors watching Under The Sea 3D

IMAX 3D Movie Theater | Downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee

The biggest and best Chattanooga Movie Theater plays new 3D IMAX movies right in Downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Just a block away from the Tennessee Aquarium, you can plunge into an amazing underwater adventure or travel to fascinating lands at Chattanooga's premiere movie theater. Our six-story IMAX screen, the largest in the region, is the only one big enough to show you a life-sized blue whale as big as a school bus. IMAX 3D movie theaters offer one of the most engaging movie experiences in the world.  


 Journey to the South Pacific
Narrated by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, Journey to the South Pacific will take moviegoers on a breathtaking IMAX® 3D adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth. An uplifting story of hope and celebration, Journey to the South Pacific highlights the importance of living in balance with the ocean planet we all call home.

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Travel deep into the heart of the Pacific Ocean to a volcanic setting filled with stunning biological marvels – a universe of remarkable and unique creatures that learned to survive against all odds on this volcanic archipelago in constant evolution. Meet these friendly creatures and the unexpected friendships they developed – marine iguanas sharing the sea with penguins now living thousands of miles from their natural habitat and half-ton giant tortoises walking among Blue-footed Boobies and Flightless Cormorants. Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland takes you to these enchanted islands from a seven-story-high screen.

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The Tennessee Aquarium IMAX® 3D Theater has become one of the first official “Certified Giant Screen” theaters in the world. The new certification program was announced during the Giant Screen Cinema Association’s International Conference. 

At 89 feet wide and 66 feet tall, the Aquarium’s IMAX® 3D Theater has one whale of a screen that almost doubles the size requirements needed to earn the title as Chattanooga’s only Certified Giant Screen. Read more about the difference between a GIANT screen and projection alternatives.

When scheduling your visit or IMAX film time, remember Chattanooga is in the Eastern Time Zone. All exhibit galleries are fully accessible, and a limited number of wheelchairs are available for a fee. Strollers are permitted in the Aquarium. For your safety, strollers and crocs (or similar soft shoes) are not allowed on escalators; however, elevators are available in all buildings.

Handicap accessible