The Grand Canyon IMAX Theater celebrates its 40th anniversary this summer!

The Grand Canyon IMAX Theater has served over 17 million visitors at the Grand Canyon in the 40 years since opening. Come visit us this summer and check out the NEW award-winning IMAX movie and get a better understanding of the Grand Canyon through the power of IMAX!

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Grand Canyon Awards

Grand Canyon: Rivers of Time winner of the Best Visual Effects award among giant screen films.

Purchase IMAX tickets online and save up to 20% off box office.

Grand Canyon IMAX Theatre

IMAX® with Laser

Experience Grand Canyon through the power of IMAX®. The new film, Grand Canyon: Rivers of Time is a journey through 1.7 billion years. 2023 GSCA Best Visual Effects Award Winner!

Pink Jeep Tours

Grand Canyon Tours

The Grand Canyon Visitor Center IMAX in Tusayan is home to Pink Jeep Tours, a premier tour company offering the most dramatic viewpoints in the park.

Grand Canyon Visitor Center IMAX

Visitor Center Amenities

Dining services and an amazing adventure store stocked with an abundance of Grand Canyon related merchandise, Native American arts & crafts and souvenirs are available.

Grand Canyon Visitor Center IMAX

Ride the Shuttle

Avoid traffic lines at entrance and searching for a place to park within the National Park by taking the shuttle from the Grand Canyon Visitor Center IMAX. Free with Park Pass.

The Grand Canyon Visitor Center IMAX, located at the South Rim in Tusayan just outside the Grand Canyon National Park, is home to what you need to get the most from your Grand Canyon vacation. The Visitor Center offers an entertaining and informative overview of Arizona’s famous landmark. The visitor center has maps, brochures, Grand Canyon tours and park entrance tickets.  Ask our knowledgeable local representatives about a tour, program, or special event. Our helpful staff will gladly assist you with information about hotels and restaurants. Finally, a visit is not complete without a viewing of Grand Canyon: Rivers of Time in stunning IMAX® with Laser!
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The Grand Canyon Visitor Center IMAX’s premiere attraction is the new award winning Grand Canyon: Rivers of Time movie.  Our new IMAX® screen stands 6 stories tall with a reflective surface allowing for heightened realism drawing you into something as close to reality as you can possibly experience. The 12,000 watts of sound allow for heart-pounding audio with an endless sweet spot, there’s not a bad spot in the theatre. The IMAX® Laser projection system features a new optical engine that delivers increased resolution, sharper and brighter images, deeper contrast, and the widest range of colors allowing the Grand Canyon to be shown like never before.

Grand Canyon Wall Map

Grand Canyon Information

Make your first stop at the Visitor Center to start your adventure and learn the history of the Canyon to truly appreciate the beauty you’re about to experience. At the Visitor Center we’ll be happy to help you learn more about options including purchasing park passes, maps & directions and give you more information about our IMAX® presentation. The visitor center also has one of the very best adventure stores in the area for keepsakes and souvenirs.

Grand Canyon Activities

Activities for Everyone in Your Family

Whether you enjoy hiking, camping, or the extreme like white water rafting, the Canyon has activities for every member of your family. Some tours are best booked in advance.  Spend some time on our website to learn more about all the offerings available like Helicopter Tours, South Rim Self-Guided Driving Tours and Pink Jeep Tours.

Pizza Hut Dining

Dining Options & Ordering Online

The Grand Canyon Visitor Center IMAX is home to Explorer’s Café. With a large selection of food and beverage choices, Explorer’s Café is a pleasant dining experience for every hungry guest.  Food options include Pizza Hut® Pizza, Fresh Deli-style sandwiches, Iced Cream, Beverages and more.  If in a rush, order ahead and we’ll have it ready for you. Your food and beverages will be prepared and ready within 15 minutes of ordering or you can schedule a convenient pickup time using the selection tool before checkout. Review Menu & Order online.



Grand Canyon Visitor Center IMAX Tusayan Hours
9:00 am – 10:00 pm
(March 1 – October 31)
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
(November 1 – February 29)

IMAX Theater Showtimes
9:30 am – 8:30 pm*
(March 1 – October 31)
10:30 am – 6:30 pm*
(November 1 – February 29)

*Shows begin hourly at half-past the hour.


Grand Canyon: Rivers of Time
Adult (Ages 11+ to 54) $13.50
Youth (6-10) $10.50
Senior (55+) $12.50
Military $12.50
(Taxes not included.)

Save 20% when purchased online!

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a number of Grand Canyon Visitor Center IMAXs at and around the south rim. Most notably at Mather Point and the El Tovar Hotel inside the park.  We are located at the South Entrance just outside the Grand Canyon National Park. The Visitor Center and IMAX Theatre are located at Highway 64.  Our Visitor Center is best known for housing an IMAX Theatre since 1984.  We’ve had the pleasure of helping tens of millions of visitors.  Our IMAX Theatre was recently upgraded with the latest IMAX with Laser technology and our film, “Grand Canyon: Rivers of Time”, won of the Best Visual Effects award among giant screen films in 2023.

We provide our guests with a variety of tour options and the ability to purchase pre-pay passes to the park. We have  information about the Inner Canyon and the local area that includes lodging, attractions, shopping, dining and events. The Grand Canyon Visitor Center IMAX itself is home to the most famous IMAX® movie theater of all time and has the Explorer’s Café for our hungry travelers. Our Staff is knowledgeable, friendly and able to help you make the most out of your time at the National Park. We even have an Adventure Store where guests may purchase branded merchandise, souvenirs, books, dvds, outfitter gear and more.

We are glad the word is getting out about our brand new IMAX® Theatre upgrade and new 35 minute film called Grand Canyon: Rivers of Time. The movie is playing daily hourly on the half hour during the day.  The IMAX® Theatre is located at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center IMAX located in Tusayan, just outside the Grand Canyon South Rim gates.

Experiencing the Grand Canyon in IMAX® will give you a deeper appreciation and knowledge of this amazing natural wonder.  The IMAX® presentation will inspire and entertain. Grand Canyon: Rivers of Time is a journey through time at one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. History, science, and mythology come alive through epic aerial IMAX® photography complemented by spectacular, mesmerizing, super-high resolution time-lapse photography. The geological formation of the Canyon is showcased using stunning CGI animation, while the fascinating story of early civilizations, and their mysterious disappearance, is brought to life on the giant screen.

Yes!  You should buy your tickets online in advance to take advantage of 20% discount offer.  Online ticket vouchers are good for any screening of Grand Canyon: Rivers of Time.  That means you can come an see any showing, any day during our regular schedule.