Star Trek Into Darkness Launches at Smithsonian IMAX Theaters May 15 and May 31

May 13, 2013
News Release
Star Trek, Into Darkness movie poster

Paramount’s Star Trek Into Darkness will open at the Airbus IMAX Theater at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., May 15 and in IMAX 3-D at the Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater at the National Museum of Natural History May 31. Tickets to see the film at the Hazy Center are on sale at Tickets to see the film at the Johnson IMAX Theater go on sale Friday, May 17, on the same website.

Filmmaker J.J. Abrams returns to the director’s chair for the latest installment in the Star Trek franchise, which features Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and the crew of the starship Enterprise called back to Earth in the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization.

Several key sections of the film that feature big-action set pieces have been captured with IMAX cameras. Exclusively in IMAX, sequences filmed with high-resolution IMAX cameras will expand to fill the entire screen and further immerse the audience in the vast dimension and adventure of this highly anticipated follow-up to 2009’s Star Trek.

The IMAX presentation of Star Trek Into Darkness has been digitally remastered into the image and sound quality of An IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX Digital Re-Mastering technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theater geometry and powerful digital audio, create an environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

After the crew of the Enterprise finds an unstoppable force of terror within its own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. As the heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew. 

The PG-13 rated film was written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and directed by Abrams. Abrams produced the film with Bryan Burk through Bad Robot Productions, along with Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci. Jeffrey Chernov and Skydance Productions’ David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake are the executive producers.

The Airbus IMAX Theater will host an early premiere at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, before nationwide premiere of the film at midnight. Attendees of this early screening will receive a limited-edition IMAX mini-poster commemorating the release of Star Trek Into Darkness.

Tickets to see the film at the Hazy Center are on sale at Tickets to see the film in IMAX 3-D at the National Museum of Natural History go on sale Friday, May 17, at Individuals may reserve and purchase tickets up to two weeks in advance. The public may visit any Smithsonian Theaters box office, call (866) 868-7774 or visit for information and to purchase tickets.
The Airbus IMAX Theater is located on the main floor of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway in Chantilly, Va. The theater’s 86-by-63-foot screen is the largest in northern Virginia. The Johnson IMAX Theater is located on the first floor of the National Museum of Natural History at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W. The theater’s 84-by-61-foot screen is the biggest movie screen in Washington, D.C.

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