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.
"It's a fun and educational way to spend a day with your children or grandchildren. I love having so much to see and do in one place. It was a great experience!"
"We live approximately an hour away but frequently travel to Birmingham for doctor visits. We have thoroughly enjoyed having the McWane Center membership because it always gives us something fun and educational to do on what would often be very boring days! Whether it's for an hour or several hours, I always know that it will be time well spent!"
"McWane Science Center means that my child will have a fun, safe place to play - no matter the weather outside. Also, that he will grow up learning about science and other things that he might not learn about at such a young age. It's great to have a place like this in our area!"