I remember the first time I saw an IMAX movie. It was at the Mugar Omni Theater at the Boston Museum of Science, and I thought I’d been transported into the future. It was an amazing experience. Now, IMAX theaters are slightly more ubiquitous. Here in the Boston area, we have four local theaters, each with its own character and movie choices.
The Mugar Omni Theater features a five-story-tall IMAX dome screen and a state-of-the art sound system. Movies are generally science or history based, with some educational elements. Tickets are $8-$10 and you don’t need valid admission to the exhibit halls. Take the D branch of the green line to Science Park, or park in the expensive, but adjacent garage.
This IMAX theater, located right on the Boston Harbor adjacent to the New England Aquarium, generally features movies focused on animals or underwater adventures. Tickets are $9.95 for adults and $7.95 for kids, and can also be purchased in conjunction with aquarium admission. You can take the Aquarium stop on the MBTA blue line, or there’s parking available at several nearby garages. If you are traveling to South Station, you can walk to the aquarium in about fifteen minutes.
Jordan’s Furniture locations in Natick and Reading both offer 8-story IMAX theaters, with plenty of free parking at both locations, Temper-Pedic seats, and state of the art sound systems. Theaters generally show the latest blockbusters available in IMAX format. Tickets are a bit more expensive for the Hollywood Feature Films – $10.50-$11.50 plus a 3-D glasses charge, while regular IMAX features are $6.50-$8.50 (plus the 3-D glasses charge).