Going Seamless

We’re down to 24 days in our countdown to begin the Space Theater renovation project, so if you’re interested in catching an IMAX film on the world’s first tilted-dome screen, time’s running out!

When we reopen in December, the Space Theater will feature a “NanoSeam” seamless dome screen–the first of its kind in an IMAX Dome Theater anywhere!  In fact, this technology is so new, only two planetarium domes have installed a NanoSeam screen so far: the Arizona Science Center, which unveiled theirs in May (to rave reviews, I’m told) and the Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, which opens this fall.  (Ours will serve as both a planetarium screen and IMAX screen.) 

Console Operator Eileen Best describes the new screen as “the inside of an eggshell” referring to its smoothly curved surface and no visible seams.  The new screen will also feature a high-tech surface coating, which will make IMAX film images significantly brighter, with richer colors and much sharper contrasts.

Here’s a photo taken recently by our own Mary Anderson, that shows the existing screen, seams and all.  What you’re seeing in this photo are just a few dozen of the roughly 1,000 individual aluminum “tiles” that make up the 76-foot (diameter) dome screen.

The original Space Theater dome screen, illustrating the triangular aluminum tiles and raised seams between tiles.

The original Space Theater dome screen, illustrating the triangular aluminum tiles and raised seams between tiles.

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