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

    View Educator Guide

    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, Feb 21 10.15a, 12.15p, 3.15p
    Thu, Feb 22 11.15a, 2.15p, 4.15p
    Fri, Feb 23 11.15a, 1.15, 3.15p, 5.15p, 7.15p
    Sat, Feb 24 10.15a, 12.15p, 2.15p, 4.15p, 6.15p, 8.15p
    Sun, Feb 25 12.15p, 2.15p, 4.15p
    Tue, Feb 27 10.15a, 12.15p, 2.15p, 4.15p
    Wed, Feb 28 11.15a, 1.15p, 3.15p
    Thu, Mar 1 10.15a, 12.15p, 2.15p, 4.15p
    Fri, Mar 2 10.15a, 12.15p, 3.15p, 5.15p, 8.15p
    Sat, Mar 3 11.15a, 1.15p, 5.15p, 7.15p
  • Dinosaurs Alive!
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  • Born to Be Wild
  • Documentary Film Rated G
  • 40 minutes
  • Film Synopsis:

    Born to be Wild is an inspiring story of the remarkable bond between humans and animals. The film is a heartwarming adventure that will transport moviegoers into the rainforests of Borneo and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with the extraordinary people who rescue and raise orphaned orangutans and elephants and then return them back to their home in the wild.

    Narrated by: Morgan Freeman

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  • Local Partner: WHO-HD Channel 13
  • Starting: January 20, 2018
  • Ending: April 5, 2018
  • Born to Be Wild Showtimes

    Wed, Feb 21 11.15a, 1.15p, 4.15p
    Fri, Feb 23 10.15a, 12.15p, 2.15p, 4.15p, 6.15p, 8.15p
    Sat, Feb 24 1.15p, 3.15p, 5.15p, 7.15p
    Sun, Feb 25 1.15p, 3.15p
    Tue, Feb 27 11.15a, 3.15p
    Wed, Feb 28 10.15a, 12.15p, 2.15p, 4.15p
    Thu, Mar 1 11.15a, 3.15p
    Fri, Mar 2 11.15a, 2.15p, 4.15p, 7.15p
    Sat, Mar 3 10.15a, 2.15p, 4.15p, 6.15p, 8.15p
    Sun, Mar 4 12.15p, 2.15p
  • Born to Be Wild
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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, Feb 21 2.15p
    Thu, Feb 22 1.15p, 3.15p
    Sat, Feb 24 11.15a
    Tue, Feb 27 1.15p
    Thu, Mar 1 1.15p
    Fri, Mar 2 1.15p, 6.15p
    Sat, Mar 3 12.15p, 3.15p
    Sun, Mar 4 3.15p
    Tue, Mar 6 1.15p
    Wed, Mar 7 1.15p
  • Dream Big: Engineering Our World
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  • COMING SOON: Pandas
  • Documentary Film Rated PG
  • 45 minutes
  • Film Synopsis:

    Pandas are beloved around the world, and now they are coming to the big screen in the IMAX® original film Pandas, a breathtaking documentary adventure and amazing experience for the whole family.

    At Chengdu Panda Base in China, scientists are dedicated to protecting the species by breeding adult Giant Pandas in order to introduce cubs into the wild. This film follows one such researcher, whose passion leads her to initiate a new technique inspired by a black bear program in rural New Hampshire. What starts as a cross-culture collaboration becomes a life-changing journey for an American biologist who crosses an ocean to join her; a scientist from Inner Mongolia; and a very curious female cub named Qian Qian, born in captivity.

    Captured with IMAX® Cameras, join Qian Qian on an exciting new adventure in the mountains of Sichuan as she takes her first steps outside her protected habitat, discovering her true animal nature…even as she faces the challenges of the unknown. 

  • Local Partner: WHO-HD Channel 13
  • Starting: April 6, 2018
  • COMING SOON: Pandas
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  • COMING SOON: Jurassic Park
  • Hollywood Film Rated PG-13
  • 127 minutes
  • Film Synopsis:

    During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

    See this throwback classic on the giant screen March 9-18, 2018!

  • Local Partner: WHO-HD Channel 13
  • Starting: March 9, 2018
  • Ending: March 18, 2018
  • COMING SOON: Jurassic Park Showtimes

    Fri, Mar 9 7.15p
    Sat, Mar 10 7.15p
    Sun, Mar 11 4.15p
    Mon, Mar 12 4.15p
    Tue, Mar 13 4.15p
    Wed, Mar 14 4.15p
    Thu, Mar 15 4.15p
    Fri, Mar 16 7.15p
    Sat, Mar 17 7.15p
    Sun, Mar 18 4.15p
  • COMING SOON: Jurassic Park
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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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