IMAX® Films and Showtimes

Experience the big picture in SCI's six-story Blank IMAX Dome Theater!

Wheelchair Accessibility: The IMAX theater is handicap-accessible, but wheelchair seating is limited. To confirm availability, please purchase your ticket in advance by calling SCI at 515-274-6868 ext. 222. When you arrive, pick up your tickets at the Box Office, then check in with the IMAX usher for elevator access.

Ways to Save:

  • Become a member! SCI members receive $5 documentary IMAX tickets as well as discounts on Hollywood films, when available.
  • Wednesday After Class - Half price documentary IMAX tickets for the 1:15, 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15 pm showtimes. Offered during the school year only. Children (ages 2-13) must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Group Discounts - Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Contact us for more information.

Showtimes for the next 10 days appear below. For showtimes more than 10 days in advance visit our Buy Tickets page. All times are subject to change. Purchase advance tickets for guaranteed seating.

  • Dunkirk
  • Hollywood Film Rated PG-13
  • 120 minutes
  • Film Synopsis:

    When 400,000 men couldn’t get home, home came for them. --- Dunkirk is director Christopher Nolan's latest feature-length film, which recounts one of the most massive military rescues in history, the evacuation of 330,000 Allied soldiers to safety in Britain during WWII.

    Showtimes are shown for the next 10 days. For future showtimes, click Buy Tickets and select the date of your visit.

  • Starting: July 21, 2017
  • Dunkirk Showtimes

    Tue, Jul 25 2:15p, 4:40p, 7:00p, 9:30p
    Wed, Jul 26 2:15p, 4:40p, 7:00p, 9:30p
    Thu, Jul 27 2:15p, 4:40p, 7:00p, 9:30p
    Fri, Jul 28 2:15p, 4:40p, 7:00p, 9:30p
    Sat, Jul 29 2:15p, 4:40p, 7:00p, 9:30p
    Sun, Jul 30 2:15p, 4:40p, 7:00p, 9:30p
    Mon, Jul 31 2:15p, 4:40p, 7:00p, 9:30p
    Tue, Aug 1 2:15p, 4:40p, 7:00p, 9:30p
    Wed, Aug 2 2:15p, 4:40p, 7:00p, 9:30p
    Thu, Aug 3 2:15p, 4:40p, 7:00p, 9:30p
  • Dunkirk
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  • D-Day: Normandy 1944
  • Documentary Film
  • 45 minutes
  • Film Synopsis:

    June 6, 1944: The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. For the first time ever in breathtaking IMAX®, D-Day: Normandy 1944 provides a new perspective to audiences of all ages of this monumental event that changed the world. Narrated by Tom Brokaw, the film pays tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom… A duty of memory, a duty of gratitude.

    Wheelchair Accessibility: The IMAX theater is handicap-accessible, but wheelchair seating is limited. To confirm availability, please purchase your ticket in advance by calling SCI at 515-274-6868 ext. 222. When you arrive, pick up your tickets at the Box Office, then check in with the IMAX usher for elevator access.

  • Local Partner: WHO-HD Channel 13
  • Starting: May 29, 2017
  • D-Day: Normandy 1944 Showtimes

    Tue, Jul 25 11:15a
    Wed, Jul 26 1:15p
    Fri, Jul 28 10:15a
    Sat, Jul 29 11:15a, 1:15p
    Sun, Jul 30 12:15p
    Mon, Jul 31 10:15a, 12:15p
    Tue, Aug 1 12:15p
    Wed, Aug 2 10:15a, 1:15p
    Thu, Aug 3 11:15a
    Fri, Aug 4 10:15a, 1:15p
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  • National Parks Adventure
  • Documentary Film
  • 40 minutes
  • Film Synopsis:

    The U.S. National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016. National Parks Adventure celebrates this significant milestone by bringing the magnificence of these landscapes to the giant screen, showcasing the beauty and grandeur of the national parks—where some of America’s most incredibly diverse landscapes remain untouched as they were millions of years ago. Join Rachel, a painter; Conrad, climber extraordinaire and park ambassador; and Max, the adventure photographer, as they hike, bike and raft across America’s most pristine parks, discovering that America’s wilds still hold some of the greatest adventures, and beauty, known to man.

  • Local Partner: WHO-HD 13
  • Starting: February 12, 2016
  • National Parks Adventure Showtimes

    Wed, Jul 26 12:15p
    Thu, Jul 27 11:15a
    Fri, Jul 28 11:15a
    Sat, Jul 29 10:15a, 12:15p
    Sun, Jul 30 1:15p
    Tue, Aug 1 10:15a, 1:15p
    Wed, Aug 2 12:15p
    Thu, Aug 3 1:15p
    Fri, Aug 4 12:15p
    Sat, Aug 5 11:15a, 1:15p
  • National Parks Adventure
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  • Dream Big: Engineering Our World
  • Documentary Film
  • 42 minutes
  • Film Synopsis:

    Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World is a first film of its kind for IMAX® and giant screen theatres that will transform how we think about engineering.

    From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration and extraordinary visuals for the world’s largest screens, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.

    Dream Big is a MacGillivray Freeman film produced in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers and presented by Bechtel Corporation.

    EDUCATORS: Dream Big is more than just a film... it's an entire education program! The film transforms students' undersatnding of the "E" in STEM, and the Educator Guide features 12 lesson plans for Grades K-12 that align with Next Generation Science Standards. View educator trailer

  • Local Sponsor: Alliant Energy in partnership with the Governor's STEM Advisory Council
  • Local Partner: WHO-HD Channel 13
  • Starting: February 19, 2017
  • Dream Big: Engineering Our World Showtimes

    Tue, Jul 25 12:15p
    Thu, Jul 27 10:15a, 12:15p
    Fri, Jul 28 12:15p
    Mon, Jul 31 11:15a
    Wed, Aug 2 11:15a
    Thu, Aug 3 10:15a, 12:15p
    Fri, Aug 4 11:15a
  • Dream Big: Engineering Our World
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  • Extreme Weather
  • Documentary Film
  • 45 minutes
  • Film Synopsis:

    Weather is one of the most dynamic forces shaping our planet, but now it's more extreme and complex than ever. Extreme Weather takes us to the frontlines where few have gone. Travel to the edge of 300-foot tall glaciers collapsing, to the front lines of massive wildfires, directly in the path of deadly, yet mesmerizing tornadoes. Follow researchers and everyday heroes as they uncover surprising connections to help us understand and adapt to our ever-changing weather.  

  • Local Partner: WHO-HD Channel 13
  • Starting: October 15, 2016
  • Extreme Weather Showtimes

    Tue, Jul 25 10:15a, 1:15p
    Wed, Jul 26 10:15a, 11:15a
    Thu, Jul 27 1:15p
    Fri, Jul 28 1:15p
    Mon, Jul 31 1:15p
    Tue, Aug 1 11:15a
    Sat, Aug 5 10:15a
    Sun, Aug 6 1:15p
  • Extreme Weather
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Ticket Information

For advance IMAX tickets:

Tickets purchased in advance will be available at the SCI Box Office the day of show.

Please Note: IMAX ticket purchases are non-refundable.

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