Grand Canyon IMAX Theater Celebrates 30 Years

‘Grand Canyon: Rivers of Time’ — Most Watched IMAX Movie Ever

IMAX Theater and the Visitor Center recently celebrated 30 years of the most watched IMAX movie ever — Grand Canyon: the Hidden Secrets.

Since 1984 the popular IMAX movie has provided visitors with stunning cinematography, allowing them to discover 4,000 years of history in just 34 minutes.

Grand Canyon IMAX Theater Celebrates 30 Years

The true-life adventure film highlights selected historical events combined with breathtaking vistas of the Canyon.

“We are happy Grand Canyon: the Hidden Secrets continues to enjoy such popularity and to entertain and inform our visitors,” said Janet Rosener, General Manager of the Visitor Center/IMAX Theater. Rosener also noted that the film serves as a great preview to a Grand Canyon National Park visit.

The breathtaking IMAX film is projected on an enormous 60-foot-high screen, equivalent to a six-story building. The immensity of the screen size makes IMAX a different and spectacular experience.

A recent review describes the movie as colorful and ‘rich in detail.’

Moviegoers experience a unique sensation of being part of the excitement of the movie. This is accomplished by a unique projection system which uses the “rolling loop” process to shift the film past the lens four times faster than a normal 35 mm film.

Grand Canyon: the Hidden Secrets focuses on the 1869 exploration of the Colorado River. The white water voyage down the powerful Colorado River gives viewers a fantastic thrill without getting wet!

Over the years, almost a billion people, in more than 57 countries have enjoyed the world’s most immersive movie experience.
The IMAX Theater is located within the Visitor Center.

The Visitor Center operates from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 1 to Oct. 31 and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Nov. 1 to Feb. 28 and offers information on Grand Canyon lodging and Grand Canyon tours. For more info, visit