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Omnimax Film Library

Looking for a film on a particular topic? Book an Omnimax film from our library for your field trip or special event. Subject to theater availability.

For more information on any of these films, visit Big Movie Zone.


Animalopolis will take you on a voyage into the magical world of animals. A bit fanciful, a bit "Seussian" perhaps, a place of good natured humor, beauty and just plain fun for kids and their parents. Whether going nose to nose with hippos as they graze upon nature's massive salad bar, or eye to eye with dancing bears, sea lions turning somersaults, an otter that prays, we are reminded that nature provides us with humor and wonder,  everywhere.


Born to be Wild

Born to be Wild is an inspired story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them – saving endangered species one life at a time.

Stunningly captured with proprietary IMAX technology Born to be Wild is a heartwarming adventure transporting moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Birute Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne Sheldrick, as they and their team rescue, rehabilitate and return these incredible animals back to the wild.


Coral Reef Adventure

Coral Reef Adventure follows the real-life expedition of ocean explorers and underwater filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall. The Halls guide us to the islands and sun-drenched waters of the South Pacific, including Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Fiji, Tahiti and the mysterious depths of Rangiroa Atoll, to document the health and beauty of coral reefs. On the giant screen, you'll feel like you’re diving and exploring right alongside them! Narrated by Liam Neeson.


Flight of the Butterflies

Witness an awe-inspiring tale of extraordinary insect endurance and human perseverance! Flight of the Butterflies is an interconnected scientific adventure that spans not only thousands of miles, but generations.

It's about the remarkable monarch butterfly migration, the most incredible migration on Earth! You'll learn about a determined scientist who spent 40 years trying to discover exactly where the butterflies mysteriously disappeared when they flew south for winter.

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Forces of Nature

Narrated by Kevin Bacon, this film showcases three scientists striving to understand the origins and behaviour of natural disasters while putting their own lives in danger.

It is one thing to contemplate the immense power of nature, and another to experience these forces first-hand. Forces of Nature showcases the awesome spectacle of earthquakes, volcanoes, and severe storms as you follow scientists on their groundbreaking quests to understand how these natural disasters are triggered. Audiences will learn what is being done to predict and prepare for these events–and minimize their deadly effects as they come face-to-face with Earth's most destructive forces.

Work alongside volcanologist Dr. Marie Edmonds as she deploys an arsenal of sophisticated instruments along the rim of a volcano. Geophysicist Dr. Ross Stein takes us to the ancient city of Istanbul where he studies one of the most seismically active faults in the world. And Dr. Joshua Wurman, a top tornado scientist, endeavours to get a radar's-eye view inside a tornado and solve the mystery of how these deadly funnel clouds are born.



Experience the gripping story of the Hubble Space Telescope – a testament of hope, crushing disappointment, dazzling ingenuity, bravery, and triumph – as you journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings, and accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt some of the most difficult and important tasks in NASA's history. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, this film will offer an inspiring and unique look into Hubble's legacy and highlight its profound impact on the way we view the Universe.

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Lewis and Clark

It was the dawn of a nation - a time before the American West became known as the frontier, and little was known about what lay within. Two captains, courageous in spirit and unyielding in their dedication to their mission, led 31 people, including one woman and her infant son, to the Pacific Ocean and back. Audiences will experience the danger and beauty of the unknown West as it unfolded before the eyes of Lewis and Clark.


Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure takes you back to a time when the American Midwest lay under a giant inland sea. Using photo-realistic animation, wondrous beasts are brought to life. Watch as paleontologists recreate gripping predatory chases that immerse you in an ancient world.

Tornado Alley

If you think it's thrilling to see tornadoes on a flat screen, imagine how you'll feel when our domed theater and immersive sound plunge you right into the heart of a whirling windstorm. Join Sean Casey, of Storm Chasers, on his quest to witness the evolution of tornadoes. Travel on a heart-pounding mission to experience a tornado's destructive power at point blank range with its gale force winds, torrential rains, and unrelenting hail. Get swept away as this adrenaline-charged film reveals the beauty and untamed power of the breathtaking weather events!


Titans of the Ice Age

Titans of the Ice Age transports viewers to the beautiful and otherworldly frozen landscapes of North America, Europe, and Asia 10,000 years before modern civilization. Dazzling computer-generated imagery brings this mysterious era to life. Titans reveals the world of saber-toothed cats and giant sloths to the iconic mammoths, giants both feared and hunted by prehistoric humans: an ancient world of ice, the dawn of our ancestors, a time when humans fought for survival alongside majestic woolly beasts.

Shot largely in and around the picturesque Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone National Park, Alaska, and the Northern Great Plains, Titans of the Ice Age captivates audiences with a vision of a world inhabited by creatures both familiar and exotic – leading us to consider the possible fates of today's living mammals. This highly anticipated film inspires with its bigger-picture perspective on the relationship between climate, the Earth, its resources and inhabitants.


Rocky Mountain Express

Catch a ride on the Rocky Mountain Express through deep river canyons and high mountain passes for an unforgettable adventure into the Canadian Rockies. Explore some of the most stunning and rugged landscapes on Earth and learn about one of the greatest engineering feats in history-the construction of Canada's first transcontinental railway through the breathtaking Rocky Mountains.

Uncover the courageous story of the men who risked their lives to complete an "impossible" venture! Retrace the railroad's original route aboard a roaring steam locomotive and witness spectacular aerial cinematography on the BIGGEST screen in Pittsburgh.

Mysteries of the Unseen World

This giant screen film adventure takes audiences on an extraordinary journey into unseen worlds and hidden dimensions beyond our normal vision to uncover the mysteries of things too fast, too slow, too small or simply invisible. Mysteries of the Unseen World uses innovative high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology, to transport audiences to an enthralling secret world of nature, events, and breathtaking phenomena not visible to the naked eye.

The film shows audiences what it would be like if we had X-ray vision, or infrared vision like a mosquito; how a bee's eyes see through ultraviolet light; what Gamma rays, microwaves and radio waves show us; and more. Time-lapse images capture mundane events that happen too slowly for humans to perceive. The film shows plants creeping toward the sun and astonishingly complex "slime mold" searching for food. High-speed cameras do the opposite of time-lapse, revealing secrets from the super-fast world of nature. The film shows slow motion sequences of events that happen too quickly for human perception: a rattlesnake strike; drum cymbals reverberating; a Eurasian Eagle Owl, the world's largest, flexing its wings; a basilisk or Jesus lizard running on the surface of water; popcorn popping; lightning rising upwards from the ground as well as striking from the sky. The film also peers into the world of wonders too small for the human eye to see from the minute structures on a butterfly's wing and the tiny organisms that inhabit the human body all the way down to nano-scale structures.

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In this new film from National Geographic, take an inspiring and eye-opening tour of one of the world's oldest and most enigmatic cities, through the eyes of three women who call it home. Jerusalem is the Promised Land for the Jews, the Holy Land to Christians, and the Land of the Prophets to the Muslim world.

Explore this city in all its beauty and diversity on Pittsburgh BIGGEST screen. Thrill to all of Jerusalem's historical, spiritual, cultural, and archaeological importance in this a cinematic journey illuminating global public opinion and understanding.


Great White Shark

Misrepresented, maligned, and misunderstood, the great white shark is an iconic predator: the creature we love to fear. Opening June 13 in the Rangos Omnimax Theater, Great White Shark explores this beautiful animal’s place in our imaginations, in our fears, and in the reality of its role at the top of the oceanic food chain. Great whites pre-date the dinosaurs in evolutionary history, and have evolved to regulate their body temperature and give birth to live pups, much like mammals: yet we fail to look on them with the warmth we might afford land-based carnivores such as lions, tigers and bears.

Shot on location in South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico, and California, the film aims to reveal the strength and beauty of these animals by looking through the eyes of experts who have been touched by their shark encounters.


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