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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.

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What our visitors are saying about McWane Science Center

"The kids always say "that was the best day ever!"  Even if we go 2 days in a row--they still find interesting things to play with and learn about.  I like the new nature center--the bug magnifier & decomposition chamber are neat."

"It is our rainy-day go-to place!  We sometimes even just drop in for an hour when we have the time, making our membership totally worthwhile.  It may be too soon to tell, but we hope we are instilling a life-long love of learning and science/nature in our young son.  Thank you, McWane!"

"We just love it and we are so glad we have the McWane center here in Birmingham! It's somewhere our whole family can go to have fun."

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