Do you live near an IMAX theater? Have you viewed a movie there? If you haven’t, you’re denying yourself a real treat.
My wife and I have seen movies in IMAX theaters in San Antonio and Spokane, WA. Here in Fort Worth, we have an upgraded version of IMAX called OMNI. The screen wraps up across the ceiling and behind you to the back wall.
In our OMNI theater, they always start off with a helicopter ride around the city before the movie starts. I’ve never figured out how they do it, but YOU’RE IN THE HELICOPTER!
As the helicopter moves through the air, the whole seating area of the theater tilts forward. The front row of the theater moves almost directly under you. No matter how many times I view this—and I’m sure I’ve been there well over a dozen times—I still grab the armrests to keep from falling out of my seat. It’s that real.
Earlier this week, my wife and her sister and I went to see “Rocky Mountain Express.” It’s about the building of the Canadian Pacific RR from Vancouver to Calgary.
The engine featured in the movie
The movie takes the viewer on a trip following a train pulled by a steam engine and showing the various problems encountered by the builders in dealing with both the terrain and the weather. In the process, it shows some of the most beautiful scenery on the continent.
Stony Creek Bridge in Rogers Pass
In addition to the problems of bridging deep gorges and climbing and descending steep grades, they had to deal with landslides and avalanches. At one point, a landslide obliterated most of a town, and the bodies of the people are still buried underneath.
If you have access to an IMAX theater, keep your eyes open for this wonderful movie. You’ll be glad you did.
Have you ever watched an IMAX movie? What did you think of the experience.
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