Science Center to Update Omnimax Theater

By on March 15, 2019

From St. Louis Business Journal:  The Saint Louis Science Center in July will begin what the facility says is the largest renovation of its Omnimax Theater since it was built in 1991.

The Omnimax Theater will be closed from April 23 through May 2 for pre-construction work, then shutter on July 29, with its reopening set for late November.

The update will cost about $3 million, and the center is currently raising funds to pay for the project, a spokeswoman said. Tarlton is the construction manager on the renovation, and other specialty contractors will be used, she said.

The project will include converting the theater’s film projection system to IMAX with Laser technology, which is designed for 180-degree domed theaters. The new system also includes IMAX’s sound technology, with six-laser-aligned loudspeakers to equally distribute volume throughout the theater.

Also included in the renovation:

  • A new NanoSeam screen, completely covering the dome surface.
  • Wider seats with retractable arm rests.
  • The theater’s pit will be raised, bringing presenters at special events closer to the audience.

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