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The Facts
Tennessee Aquarium IMAX® 3D Theater

"The result of the 3-D wizardry . . . immerses you in the most realistic experience of depth ever achieved by motion pictures."
-Jack Mathews, New York Newsday

The project:
Tennessee Aquarium IMAX® 3D Theater

Located in the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Center, the massive six-story-high screen is 66' x 89' and seats 400 people. The IMAX building also houses the Environmental Learning Lab; Great Hall with "whale bone" design and back-lit graphic panels; gift shop; boardroom; and office space for Aquarium personnel. The IMAX® 3D Theater was built to augment the enormous success of the Aquarium, which opened in May 1992.

The IMAX 3D experience is powerful, involving and intense. Because of its technologically advanced 3D cameras, rolling-loop projector, special polarized glasses, and large film format - at 10 times the size of conventional 35mm movie film, it's the largest in the world- viewers don't watch an IMAX 3D movie; they live it.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Tennessee Aquarium IMAX® 3D Theater is located at the corner of Second and Chestnut streets, halfway between the Aquarium and the Creative Discovery Museum and across the street from Shuttle Park North, a new cinema complex and electric shuttle terminal.

Both the Aquarium and the city of Chattanooga have become models of environmental sustainability and urban renewal. The Aquarium and the IMAX Theater have played a major role in the city's rebirth and bolstered the transformation of the downtown riverfront.

Project cost:
$14 million, including the Environmental Learning Lab

Tennessee Aquarium Corporation

The Tennessee Aquarium is the first and largest freshwater aquarium in the world. The 130,000-square-foot facility holds 400,000 gallons of water and 9,000 animals that swim, fly and crawl in natural exhibits.

Ticket prices:
IMAX Theater only:
Adults: $7.75. Children under 12: $5.25.
IMAX Theater/Tennessee Aquarium combination ticket:
Adults: $18. Children under 12: $10.50


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The Tennessee Aquarium inspires wonder and appreciation for the natural world. Admission is $14 per adult and $7.50 per child, ages 3-12. Each ticket purchased helps support Aquarium conservation programs. The IMAX® 3D Theater is next door to the Aquarium. Ticket prices are $7.75 per adult and $5.25 per child. Aquarium/IMAX combo tickets are $18 for adults and $10.50 for children. Advance tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at 1-800-262-0695. The Aquarium, located on the banks of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, is a non-profit organization. Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Aquarium and IMAX are accessible to people with disabilities. Members enjoy unlimited visits and other benefits. Call 267-FISH to join.

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