Monday, July 22, 2024

Saint Louis Science Center prepares for complete overhaul of OMNIMAX Theater featuring Imax with Laser

The St Louis Science Center’s OMNIMAX Theater will close to undertake its largest renovation since it was built in 1991, converting the film projection system to IMAX’s next-generation laser technology designed for 180-degree domed theater environments – IMAX® with Laser. The groundbreaking new laser technology will further enhance The IMAX Experience® for guests. The theater will be temporarily closing on July 29 and reopening in late November.

IMAX with Laser represents a quantum leap forward in cinema technology – providing audiences with the sharpest, brightest, clearest and most vivid digital images ever combined with powerful, immersive audio. The new technology will allow the Science Center to deliver a wider array of the highest-quality digital content – including documentaries and blockbuster films – and lead the industry with new kinds of cutting-edge educational experiences.

“The Science Center is thrilled to make this major upgrade to the OMNIMAX Theater, which is a well-known destination in the St. Louis area,” said Barbara Boyle, interim CEO of the Saint Louis Science Center. “The changes will provide a richer, more immersive experience for our guests, while also utilizing less energy and creating savings in operational costs. This is just one way the Science Center continues to innovate, while keeping our guests at the center of everything we do.”

IMAX laser projector

The new system also includes IMAX’s state-of-the-art sound technology that delivers the ultimate in power and precision. IMAX’s six-laser-aligned loudspeakers distribute equal volume throughout the theater to create an optimum listening environment that ensures every seat is the best seat in the house. Whether it’s hearing a pin drop or feeling the heart-palpitating force of a volcano erupting, audiences will experience complete audio immersion.

Other updates to the OMNIMAX during this time include:

New NanoSeam™ screen, making every inch of the dome surface completely uniform and seam-free

Wider seats with retractable arm rests, creating a more comfortable experience for guests

Raising the pit of the theater, allowing presenters at special events to be closer to the audience

Wider variety of accessibility options, including more space for visitors using wheelchairs, companion seating and upgraded technology for visitors with visual and hearing impairments

Ability to livestream and simulcast content, increasing the variety of presentation events

Updated OMNIMAX Theater lobby

Since the theater opened in 1991, it has shown 117 films to over 8.7 million visitors. For more information about the OMNIMAX Theater, please visit

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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