IMAX® Theater


The Most Spectacular IMAX® Adventure of All

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The National Geographic® Visitor Center IMAX® Theater

The Visitor Center houses one of the first IMAX® Theaters ever built and has been showing the award winning IMAX® film: “Grand Canyon – The Movie” to guests every single day – 12 shows a day, 365 days a year – since the theater was opened. A giant six-story movie screen and over 12,000 watts of digital surround sound allows visitors to literally experience the Grand Canyon, throughout time, as if they were actually there.

Our IMAX® Film “Grand Canyon: The Movie” by National Geographic® “Grand Canyon – The Movie” is one of the longest running IMAX® films in one location and over 40 million visitors have experienced the amazing adventure on film at the Visitor Center. Fly like an Eagle – soar over the rim of the canyon and dive into the depths of the craggy canyons. Take a whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River and sense the raging currents thundering around you.  Experience the history of the Grand Canyon and marvel at the amazing scenery while sitting comfortably in the theater. The movie is visually stunning and delivered in a thrilling, non-stop, filmed adventure complete with realistic sounds and the sensation of motion only made possible by IMAX® technology.

Theater Schedule “Grand Canyon: The Movie” is presented in IMAX® and is shown every hour on the half-hour, during operating hours, throughout the year. There is always time to stop and view the 34-minute movie during your visit to the Center. Our logistics make it easy for large numbers of people to get in and out of the theater so they can enjoy dining and shopping before returning to individual tour groups. Summer (March 1 to October 31): 8:00 am – 10:00 pm Film Times: Every hour on the 1/2 hour beginning at 8:30 am to 8:30 pm Winter (November 1 to February 28): 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Film Times: Every hour on the 1/2 hour beginning at 10:30 am to 6:30 pm Pricing for IMAX® showings Spacious Seating and Comfortable Temperatures The theater is capable of handling large tour groups with enough seating for up to 488 people per showing and is a temperature controlled environment in order to keep all of our guests comfortable. Group Tours Most of the bus tour groups stop by the Visitor Center and have their passengers watch our movie prior to going further into the Grand Canyon to give their passengers a beautiful glimpse of what they are about to witness. We provide discounted rates to large groups and tours. Experience The Grand Canyon For The Entire Family As many families have already experienced, our IMAX® Theater Movie is a great way to get educated about the Park and keep younger members completely enthralled in the entire Grand Canyon vacation. Our movie is exciting, sparking the imaginations of children and adults alike. DVD Version Available Now you can take home a piece of the Grand Canyon. “Grand Canyon: The Movie” is now available for sale on DVD. Be sure to pick up the collector’s DVD edition of our movie in the National Geographic® Store to share your vacation with friends and family. Facts About Our IMAX® Theater

  • One of the first IMAX® Theaters built
  • Comfortable seating for up to 488 guests – plus extra access for up to 8 wheelchair guests
  • The main theater shell is 56 feet above ground – the remainder is 12 feet below the grade
  • The screen is an amazing 60×80 feet
  • The Theater has averaged 125 people per show, 12 shows a day, 365 days a year, for 20 straight years
  • The Theater is being considered for a Guinness Book World Record for the longest running
  • IMAX® film at one location
  • Over the years other amenities were added on to the theater for the benefit of the travelers to the Park



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