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The John W. Woods IMAX® Dome Theater is an experience like no other!  Our 280 seats sit under a 5 story, 79ft. diameter tilted, domed screen.  The IMAX® Dome image fills your entire field of vision and the audio surrounds you to create a truly immersive sight and sound film experience. 

The IMAX® Dome is a large format, 70mm film projection system that uses legendary IMAX® technology to create amazing images of unsurpassed resolution and impact.  Combined with 15,000 watts and six channels of digital surround sound, it is the ultimate movie experience.  IMAX® film has the largest film frame in motion picture history – ten times the size of a standard 35mm frame!  In just 40 minutes, the projector carries more than 10,000 feet of film at 24 frames per second.  Thanks to a glass-enclosed projection room, you can watch as the Projectionist loads the projector and elevates it into position for starting and viewing the show.

The John W. Woods IMAX Dome Theater will be closed from Wednesday, September 23rd to Friday, September 25th due to maintenance.


Advanced ticket sales for STAR WARS: The Force Awakens are available online or by calling directly (205) 714-8414 or buying direct at the Ticketing Counter inside McWane Science Center.


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What our visitors are saying about McWane Science Center

"I like that it's more educational and believe it's important to make learning fun. McWane does a great job of creating interactive learning exhibits that are fun for the whole family."

"We love it. It's a great place to come and let my daughter play and have fun feeling confident that what age is doing is enriching."

"It is an educational place to hang out when it is to hot or to wet to go outside."

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