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.

  • COMING SOON: 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

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

    Thu, Sep 28 10.15a, 3.15p
    Fri, Sep 29 10.15a, 12.15p, 2.15p, 4.15p, 6.15p, 8.15p
    Sat, Sep 30 11.15a, 1.15p, 3.15p, 5.15p, 7.15p, 8.15p
    Sun, Oct 1 12.15p, 2.15p, 4.15p
    Tue, Oct 3 10.15a, 12.15p, 2.15p, 4.15p
    Wed, Oct 4 10.15a, 12.15p, 2.15p, 4.15p
    Thu, Oct 5 10.15a, 12.15p, 2.15p, 4.15p
    Fri, Oct 6 10.15a, 12.15p, 2.15p 4.15p, 6.15p, 8.15p
    Sun, Oct 8 12.15p, 2.15p, 4.15p
  • COMING SOON: 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
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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
  • Ending: September 29, 2017
  • Extreme Weather
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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
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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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