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Rocky Mountain Express

Showing daily

Embark on the ultimate steam-powered adventure!

Extending from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, the transcontinental railway in Canada, built by the Canadian Pacific Railway, is known as one of the greatest engineering feats in history. The last spike for the railway was driven in 1885.

This movie draws viewers into a shared kinetic journey that elucidates that history and showcases a remarkable part of our planet, says Stephen Low, director of Rocky Mountain Express. It is a truly immersive “being there” experience for the 70’ screen in The Rangos Giant Cinema.

Aerial cinematography, photos, maps, and the rhythm of a steam locomotive all unfold in The Rangos Giant Cinema with crystal-clear, 4K digital images and 45 surround-sound speakers that will immerse you in the fidelity of steam engine 2816. The movie is 40-minutes long.

Award-winning documentary

Winner of the Best Cinematography and Best Film Awards from the Giant Screen Cinema Association and honored with the Award for Best Sound Editing Special Venue at the Golden Reel Awards, this is one movie at The Rangos that you don’t want to miss.

The steam engine

Canadian Pacific 2816, also known as the “Empress,” is a preserved class “H1b” 4-6-4 (referring to the wheel arrangement) “Hudson” type steam locomotive built by the Montreal Locomotive Works in December 1930 for the Canadian Pacific Railway. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Pacific_2816) As a refurbished steam train, Number 2816 retraces the original route carved out of mountains, rocks, and riversides from west to east. Witness the journey of this smoke-belching beast and the beauty of the ride.

“’Rocky Mountain Express’ not only shows the Canadian Rockies in all their glory, but it also demonstrates what it’s like to ride on The Empress, aka the Canadian Pacific 2816, a restored train from the 1930’s.” Linda Cook, Quad City Times, September 28, 2018, Davenport, IA.

“Following the railroad tracks as they were laid for the Canadian Pacific Railway’s transcontinental trains in the late 1900s and early 20th century, the film is beautifully photographed and offers a concise, easy-to-follow narration. It’s a solid introduction to the trains themselves and to the challenges and successes of carving out early transportation routes across North America…Though the outcome of the endeavor is never in question, the film is able to generate enough suspense to keep audiences engaged. Best for kids who are fans of intriguing factual documentaries and for anyone who loves trains.” Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media, 2011

About The Rangos Giant Cinema

The Rangos Giant Cinema is the most technologically advanced motion picture experience in Pittsburgh, boasting a 70-by-38-foot Certified Giant Screen, crystal-clear images, brilliant colors, and rich surround sound. It features two industry-leading Christie® laser-illuminated 4K laser digital projectors and a premium Dolby Atmos® surround sound system with 45 speakers.

By virtue of the technology, colorful and comfortable architecture, and atmosphere, The Rangos is designed to be a destination that provides immersive and exciting experiences to our guests. After your stay, we want you to feel like you have visited the “Mother of all Theaters.”

The theater’s technology provides extensive capabilities and significant opportunities for you to enjoy a broad range of dynamic content. From Hollywood feature films, film festivals, cult and classic films, to educational and event films, 3D experiences, and extreme special effects, look for something new, exciting, and unique every month.

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