The Smithsonian's two IMAX® theaters are the largest and most technologically advanced theaters in the Washington, DC region! Offering dual 4K laser projection and 2D and 3D presentations, our giant-screen films that measure up to 6 stories tall offer a truly remarkable and immersive movie-going experience. The Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater is located at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, and the Airbus IMAX Theater is located at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Parking is free at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center for any movie that concludes after 5:30 p.m. If a movie ends prior to 5:30 p.m., parking is $15 per vehicle.
The Warner Bros. Theater, located at the National Museum of American History, will provide our most intimate and personal experience to date, and offers state-of-the-art digital 2D and 3D and 35mm film presentations.
The Einstein Planetarium's 77-foot digital dome theater is the only full-dome cinema in Washington, DC. Located at the National Air and Space Museum, audiences can journey through time and space to view some of the most extraordinary images not viewable to the naked eye.
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Want to rent the theater for a special morning screening for your group? Smithsonian's IMAX On Demand allows your group to choose from any of the films in the IMAX and Planetarium library and screen it before the museum opens its doors to the public.