The Challenger Learning Center IMAX Theatre is proud to showcase Hollywood blockbusters in stunning IMAX clarity, as well as incredible high-quality documentaries. We also maintain a diverse library of documentary films, available for education or group reservations. Call 850.645.7777 to request one of these films.
"A Christmas Story"
Running Time: 94 min
November 29-January 2
"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"
Running Time: 97 min
November 29-January 2
This season, you can harken back to the nostalgia of holidays past by viewing the Christmas Comedy Classics, “A Christmas Story” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on the GIANT screen at the Challenger Learning Center IMAX Theatre! Watching classic films is a tradition in many homes around the holidays, but now you have the exclusive opportunity to see them unedited, commercial-free, and in vivid Technicolor 5-stories tall. ‘Tis the season for laughs with family and friends, so gather everyone for the exclusive showings of your favorite Christmas Comedy Classics! You have the option of seeing one film or sticking around for the double feature.
A CHRISTMAS STORY: Ralphie, a young boy growing up in the '40's, dreams of owning a Red Rider BB gun. He sets out to convince the world this is the perfect gift. But along the way, he runs into opposition from his parents, his teacher, and even good 'ol Santa Claus himself.
NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION: Celebrate Christmas by laughing at the Griswold family’s highs and lows as they live through another visit from their large, peculiar family. This film always reminds viewers that Christmas is about spending quality time with friends and family and making life miserable for the neighbors.
“A Christmas Story” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” will show at least once per day in the CLC IMAX Theatre November 29-January 2, 2014.
The Promised Land for the Jews, the Holy Land to Christians, and the Land of the Prophets tothe Muslim world. "Jerusalem 3D" takes audiences on an inspiring and eye-opening tour of one of the world’s oldest and most enigmatic cities. Destroyed and rebuilt countless times over 5,000 years, Jerusalem’s enduring appeal remains a mystery. What made it so important to so many different cultures? How did it become the center of the world for three major religions? Why does it still matter to us?
"Jerusalem 3D" attempts to answer these questions by following three young Jerusalemites and their families – Jewish, Christian and Muslim. Through their eyes, audiences will learn what it means to call Jerusalem home, and experience celebrations and events that mark the high points of a year in the life of the city. "Jerusalem 3D" will also follow noted archaeologist, Dr. Jodi Magness, as she explores some of the most extraordinary historical sites in the region in order to better understand this crossroads of civilization.
This documentary seeks to build trust and respect between Jews, Christians and Muslims by showcasing their common heritage and inspiring them, and the public, to better understand each other. Audiences will gain a completely unique perspective of a part of the world that captivates the imagination of billions of people.
Academy Award® winners Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) and George Clooney (“Syriana”) star in “Gravity,” a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. The film was directed by Oscar® nominee Alfonso Cuarón (“Children of Men”).
Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth...and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Misrepresented and misunderstood, the Great White Shark is aniconic predator and thisfilmexplores their place in our imaginations, in our fears, and in the reality of its role at the top of the oceanic food chain. Shot on location in South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico and California, the film reveals the strength and beauty of these animals by looking through the eyes of those who have been touched by their shark encounters: Mike Rutzen, South African shark operator, Dr. Chris Lowe who has been tagging juvenile Great Whites off the coast of Los Angeles, and two record breaking free-divers, Frederic Buyle and William Winram, who tag Great Whites by simply holding their breath and free diving with the sharks.
Great Whites pre-date the dinosaurs in evolutionary history, and have evolved to be both warm blooded and give birth to live pups, much like mammals. "Great White Shark 3D" concludes the oceanic trilogy begun by "Wild Ocean" and "The Last Reef," and brings nature's greatest predator to Giant Screen 3D.
Run time: 45 min
220 million years ago dinosaurs were beginning their domination of Earth. But another group of reptiles was about to make an extraordinary leap: pterosaurs were taking control of the skies. The story of how and why these mysterious creatures took to the air is more fantastical than any fiction. In "Flying Monsters 3D," Sir David Attenborough the world’s leading naturalist, sets out to uncover the truth about the enigmatic pterosaurs, whose wingspans of up to 40 feet were equal to that of a modern day jet plane.
"A stunning documentary that fills the screen with millions of orange-and-black butterflies..."
(4 out of 4 stars) Ottawa Citizen
" A must see IMAX journey... a feast for the eyes and one of the best IMAX documentaries." (4 out of 4 stars) The Seattle Times
What weighs half a gram and travels thousands of kilometers every year? Every winter, the remote and mountainous volcanic forests of Mexico are home to one of nature's greatest gatherings - hundreds of millions of migrating monarch butterflies weathering the winter. For centuries this miracle was hidden from all but a few. When it was revealed to the world it was hailed as one of the greatest discoveries in nature. It also unveiled the longest insect migration on Earth.
We follow the captivating story of Dana (Danaus Plexippus) and her descendants as they make the perilous return journey from Mexico to Canada. How do these tiny and iconic creatures travel so far and know where to go each year to a place they have never been? This epic natural history saga is interwoven with the fascinating detective story and a determined scientist's almost 40 year search to find their amazing overwintering sites.
Run time: 45 min
** EDUCATORS: Please CLICK HERE for the Flight of the Butterflies Educator Guide
"Sea life" in a whole new way. "Deep Sea 3D," an underwater adventure from the filmmakers behind the successful IMAX 3D film "Into the Deep," transports audiences deep below the ocean surface. Through the magic of IMAX and IMAX 3D, moviegoers will swim with some of the planets most unique, dangerous and colorful creatures, and understand this inspiring underworld. The film is narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet.
** EDUCATORS: Please CLICK HERE for the Deep Sea Educator Guide
Dinosaur: Passage to Pangaea 3D Runtime: 40 min
A claymation adventure following two geology students on a time-traveling adventure to experience one of the greatest geological events of all time: the separation of the supercontinent Pangaea.
When two children embark on a geology field trip back in time, they are thrown into a fantastic voyage where they witness incredible geological wonders and learn the mysterious process that created our present-day continents.
From racing across the landscape atop dinosaurs to plummeting to the center of the earth, “Dinosaur: Passage to Pangaea 3D” explores the tectonic forces that shaped our world. It is the ultimate field trip!
** EDUCATORS: Please CLICK HERE for the Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea Educator Guide
"To The Arctic" takes you on a never before seenjourney into the lives of a mother polar bearand her two seven-month old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home. Captivating, adventurous, and intimate footage brings you up close and personal with this family’s struggle to survive and thrive in a frigid environment of melting ice, immense glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, and majestic snow-bound peaks.
Captivating, adventurous and intimate footage brings moviegoers up close and personal with this family’s struggle to survive in a frigid environment of melting ice, immense glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, and majestic snow-bound peaks.
** EDUCATORS: Please CLICK HERE for the To the Arctic Educator Guide
Run Time: 40 minutes This film is available for education and group reservations.
"Born to be Wild 3D" is an inspiring 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 in IMAX 3D, "Born to be Wild 3D" is a heartwarming adventure transporting moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne Sheldrick, as they and their teams rescue, rehabilitate and return these incredible animals back to the wild. Narrated by Academy-Award® winner Morgan Freeman, "Born to be Wild 3D" is directed by David Lickley and written and produced by Drew Fellman. This Warner Bros. film is produced by IMAX Filmed Entertainment and distributed by IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures.
Runtime: 40 minutes.This film is available for education and group reservations.
Presented by the Smithsonian Institution and Imax Ltd., and using IMAX 3D technology, "Galapagos 3D" vividly documents an eight-week expedition to the islands and surrounding waters.
Part adventure, part scientific expedition, part personal quest, and part fantastic voyage, this unprecedented non-fiction film takes audiences on a journey with marine biologist Dr. Carole Baldwin, from the Smithsonian Institutions's Museum of Natural History, on her first trips to the famed Galapagos Islands.
An amazingly immersive cinematic experience, "Galapagos 3D" delves deep into the largely unknown waters surrounding the volcanic archipelago to explore the natural wonders of a realm that is truly a living natural science laboratory.
Using Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution's research vessel, the SEWARD JOHNSON as the mother ship-and their high-tech submersible JOHNSON-SEA-LINK-the highly distinguished research and filmmaking team deployed technology light years ahead of the crude instruments Charles Darwin had at his disposal during his famous 1835 visit to the region.
Run Time: 40 minutes.This film is available for education and group reservations.
"Under the Sea 3D" transports moviegoers to some of the most exotic and isolated under sea locations on earth, including Southern Australia, New Guinea and others in the Indo-Pacific region and allow them to experience face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea.
It offers a uniquely inspirational and entertaining way to explore the beauty and natural wonder of the oceans, as well as the impact of global climate change. In IMAX 3D, the images will literally leap off the screen and float around the theatre, putting the audience in the movie.
Narrated by Jim Carrey, "Under the Sea 3D" is directed by Howard Hall, produced by Toni Myers.
Run Time: 47 minutes;This film is available for education and group reservations.
"Space Station 3D" is the story of this unique partnership of 16 nations building a laboratory in outer space -- a permanent facility for the study of the effects of long-duration exposure to zero gravity and the necessary first step towards the global co-operative effort needed if man is to someday set foot on Mars. It is a story
of challenges, setbacks and triumphs…and ultimately, the shared international victory of men and women whose dreams exceed the limits of life on this Earth.
"Space Station 3D" is the first cinematic journey to the International Space Station (ISS), where audiences can experience for themselves life in zero gravity aboard the new station. Transported by the magic of the IMAX technology, the audience blasts off into space with the astronauts and cosmonauts from Florida's Kennedy Space Center and Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome to rendezvous with their new home in orbit 220 miles
above Earth. Now people of every age and language can work side by side with their space-walking crew mates, building and inhabiting this unprecedented structure in space.
Run Time: 45 minutes.This film is available for education and group reservations.
Experience the gripping story - full of hope, crushing disappointment, dazzling ingenuity, bravery, and triumph – in "Hubble 3D," the seventh awe-inspiring film from the award-winning IMAX Space Team. Through the power of IMAX, Hubble 3D will enable movie-goers to journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings, and accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history. The film will offer an inspiring and unique look into the Hubble Space Telescope’s legacy and highlight its profound impact on the way we view the universe and ourselves. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, "Hubble 3D" reunites the Space Station filmmaking team, led by Producer/Director Toni Myers. For more information, visit www.imax.com/hubble.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is directed by Francis Lawrence, from a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael DeBruyn, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins and produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik. The novel is the second in a trilogy that has over 50 million copies in print in the U.S. alone. Lionsgate presents a Color Force/Lionsgate production.
Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s "Thor" and "Marvel’s The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
"Dhoom 3" is an upcoming Hindi action thriller film, written and directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya and produced by Aditya Chopra. It will be the third installment of the popular Dhoom series. Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra will reprise their roles as Jai Dixit and Ali Akbar while Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif form the antagonist duo. Believed to be one of the most expensive Indian films of all time, Dhoom 3 will be released on December 20, 2013 in regular 2D and IMAX formats. This is the first Bollywood movie to be released in the IMAX format.
The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
Running Time: 40 min
Opening January 17, 2014
"The Last Reef 3D: Cities Beneath the Sea," is an upliftinggiant screen journey exploring the beauty and mysteries of the world's reef ecosystems: a distant yet parallel world, with living cities undeniably connected to our own human communities. Vanishing at five times the rate of rain forests, the world’s coral reefs are under siege. Through vivid 3D visuals, music and narration, the film reveals the teeming life of these underwater cities, and their crucial role in the ocean’s survival—and our own. Fly across iridescent tropical corals, brush through a cloud of a million jellyfish, visit an alien world where the closer you look, the more you see, where the tiniest creatures support the greatest predators. As these ancient, exotic havens face the threat of extinction, "The Last Reef" inspires audiences with a vision of the reef’s incredible—yet fragile—power to rebuild.
Produced by the creators of the international sensation STOMP and directors of the award-winning giant screen films Pulse: a STOMP Odyssey and Wild Ocean.
Running Time: 45 min
Opening February 14, 2014
“Hidden Universe 3D” takes audiences on an extraordinary journey deep into space in the cinematic medium that transports audiences like no other. With the full power of IMAX 3D cinematography, the deepest reaches of our universe are brought to life with unprecedented clarity through real images captured by the world’s most powerful telescopes—seen on-screen and in 3D for the first time.
Stunning, high-resolution 3D images of space allow moviegoers to explore the earliest galaxies, watch stars being born in vivid clouds of gas and dust, tour the surface of Mars, and witness images of distant celestial structures including stunning views of the Sun. Seen for the first time in IMAX 3D, these dramatic new images offer fresh insight into the origins and evolution of the universe.
“History has taught us that no matter how well we understand a system – whether it is a biological system like a human being, or a physical system like a galaxy – when we look at it in a new or more in-depth way, we see and learn new things,” said Greg Poole, one of the two astronomers featured in the film. “It’s hard to say exactly what form these new insights will take, for that is the nature of scientific discovery. It’s impossible to predict.”
Narrated by Golden Globe winner Miranda Richardson, “Hidden Universe 3D” is a December Cinema Productions film produced in association with Film Victoria, Swinburne University of Technology, and the European Southern Observatory (ESO). Executive produced by Emmy®-award-winning producer Tony Wright. Produced in association with MacGillivray Freeman Films. Produced by Stephen Amezdroz and written and directed by Russell Scott. The musical score is by Dale Cornelius.
December Cinema Productions is a division of December Media, one of Australia’s most experienced producers of award-winning live action and documentary television. With more than 20 years of experience, the company is known for its high-quality dramas, documentaries and series made for Australian and international markets. “Hidden Universe 3D” is the company’s first film for IMAX theatres and follows in its long tradition of making screen-based entertainment that excites and inspires.
"Hidden Universe 3D" will take us all deeper into space than ever before.