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.

  • Dinosaurs Alive!
  • Documentary Film
  • 40 minutes
  • Film Synopsis:

    See the earliest creatures of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous in larger-than-life IMAX®. Join renowned paleontologists as they discover new fossils and uncover evidence that dinosaur descendants are still among us. Realistic and scientifically-accurate computer generated animation brings dinosaurs back to life… in a big way! Major funding provided by the National Science Foundation.

    Narrated by: Michael Douglas

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    BONUS: While you're here, explore Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family, a U.S. premiere traveling exhibit on display through April 22, 2018!

  • Local Partner: WHO-HD Channel 13
  • Starting: September 30, 2017
  • Ending: April 22, 2018
  • Dinosaurs Alive! Showtimes

    Wed, Nov 22 10.15a, 12.15p, 2.15p, 4.15p
    Fri, Nov 24 10.15a, 12.15p, 2.15p
    Sat, Nov 25 12.15p, 2.15p, 5.15p
    Sun, Nov 26 12.15p, 2.15p
    Tue, Nov 28 10.15a, 12.15p, 2.15p, 4.15p
    Wed, Nov 29 11.15a, 1.15p
    Thu, Nov 30 11.15a, 1.15p, 3.15p, 4.15p
    Fri, Dec 1 10.15a, 11.15a, 12.15p, 5.15p
    Sat, Dec 2 12.15p, 2.15p, 5.15p
    Tue, Dec 5 10.15a, 12.15p, 2.15p, 4.15p
  • Dinosaurs Alive!
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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

    Wed, Nov 22 1.15p
    Sun, Nov 26 1.15p
    Tue, Nov 28 1.15p
    Wed, Nov 29 12.15p
    Thu, Nov 30 2.15p
    Fri, Dec 1 2.15p
    Tue, Dec 5 1.15p
    Wed, Dec 6 1.15p
    Sun, Dec 10 1.15p
  • Dream Big: Engineering Our World
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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, Nov 22 11.15a, 3.15p
    Fri, Nov 24 11.15a, 1.15p
    Sat, Nov 25 1.15p, 6.15p
    Tue, Nov 28 11.15a, 3.15p
    Wed, Nov 29 10.15a, 2.15p
    Thu, Nov 30 10.15a, 12.15p
    Fri, Dec 1 1.15p
    Sat, Dec 2 1.15p, 6.15p
    Tue, Dec 5 11.15a, 3.15p
    Wed, Dec 6 11.15a
  • National Parks Adventure
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  • The Polar Express
  • Hollywood Film Rated G
  • 100 minutes
  • Film Synopsis:

    The Polar Express is back in IMAX for a limited time. Experience the holiday classic on the giant screen!

    Get in the holiday spirit and climb aboard the Polar Express, a magical train with an impatient conductor, plenty of hot chocolate and surprises around every turn, as it travels to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

    Limited screenings: November 24 - December 10, 2017

  • Local Partner: WHO-HD Channel 13
  • Starting: November 24, 2017
  • Ending: December 10, 2017
  • The Polar Express Showtimes

    Fri, Nov 24 3.15p, 7.15p
    Sat, Nov 25 10.15a, 3.15p, 7.15p
    Sun, Nov 26 3.15p, 5.15p
    Wed, Nov 29 3.15p
    Fri, Dec 1 3.15p, 7.15p
    Sat, Dec 2 10.15a, 3.15p, 7.15p
    Sun, Dec 3 3.15p, 5.15p
    Wed, Dec 6 3.15p
    Fri, Dec 8 10.15a, 3.15p, 7.15p
    Sat, Dec 9 10.15a, 3.15p, 7.15p
  • The Polar Express
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  • COMING SOON — Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 70mm film
  • Hollywood Film
  • 150 minutes
  • Film Synopsis:

    Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.

    The Blank IMAX Dome Theater is one of just 11 worldwide to show The Last Jedi in 70 mm IMAX film!

    Film length approximate. Official length has not been announced.

    **Tickets are on sale now!**
    Showtimes with a line through the time are SOLD OUT.

    COSTUME POLICY: Star Wars costumes are welcome. However, no face coverings or simulated weapons will be allowed in the building. (So leave your blaster and Darth Vader mask at home!)

  • Local Partner: WHO-HD Channel 13
  • Starting: December 15, 2017
  • COMING SOON — Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 70mm film Showtimes

    Thu, Dec 14 7.00p, 10.00p
    Fri, Dec 15 1.15p, 4.00p, 7.00p, 10.00p
    Sat, Dec 16 1.15p, 4.00p, 7.00p, 10.00p
    Sun, Dec 17 1.15p, 4.00p, 7.00p, 10.00p
    Mon, Dec 18 1.15p, 4.00p, 7.00p, 10.00p
    Tue, Dec 19 1.15p, 4.00p, 7.00p, 10.00p
    Wed, Dec 20 1.15p, 4.00p, 7.00p, 10.00p
    Thu, Dec 21 1.15p, 4.00p, 7.00p, 10.00p
    Fri, Dec 22 1.15p, 4.00p, 7.00p, 10.00p
    Sat, Dec 23 1.15p, 4.00p, 7.00p, 10.00p
    Tue, Dec 26 1.15p, 4.00p, 7.00p, 10.00p
    Wed, Dec 27 1.15p, 4.00p, 7.00p, 10.00p
    Thu, Dec 28 1.15p, 4.00p, 7.00p, 10.00p
    Fri, Dec 29 1.15p, 4.00p, 7.00p, 10.00p
    Sat, Dec 30 1.15p, 4.00p, 7.00p, 10.00p
  • COMING SOON — Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 70mm film
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  • Special Engagement — D-Day: Normandy 1944
  • Documentary Film Rated G
  • 43 minutes
  • Film Synopsis:

    June 6, 1944: The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France.

    D-Day: Normandy 1944 provides a new perspective to audiences of all ages of this monumental event that changed the world. Exploring history, military strategy, science, technology and human values, this film will educate and appeal to all.

    Narrated by: Tom Brokaw

    Special Screenings

    • November 11 - Veterans Day
    • December 7 - Pearl Harbor Day
  • Local Partner: WHO-HD Channel 13
  • Starting: November 11, 2017
  • Special Engagement — D-Day: Normandy 1944 Showtimes

    Thu, Dec 7 10.15a, 12.15p
  • Special Engagement — D-Day: Normandy 1944
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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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