IMAX Facts

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Liberty Science Center’s IMAX® Dome Theater Fact Sheet

It’s the nation’s largest!

Liberty Science Center houses three theaters – the 300-seat Joseph D. Williams Science Theater which plays engaging 3D films, the 100-seat Interactive Theater which connects students and local hospitals during live surgical procedures via video teleconferencing technology, and the 400-seat IMAX Dome Theater which is the nation’s largest at more than 88 feet in diameter.

Here are facts about the Science Center’s IMAX Dome Theater:

  • At over six stories high, Liberty Science Center’s IMAX Dome is the largest in the nation. It has a diameter of 27 meters (88 feet, 7 inches). Very few theaters match this screen in size – others are in South Korea, France, Spain, and Vancouver. The only IMAX Dome Theater in the world larger than the Center’s is in India and has a diameter of 30 meters (about 98 feet).
  • The projector is equipped with a wide-angle (fisheye) lens that transforms the rectangular pictures on the film into images that virtually fill the audience’s field of vision. The image is spread horizontally across a 180-degree arc and vertically across a 120-degree arc on the massive dome screen.
  • The theater first opened in 1993 and cost $10 million, or $16 million in today’s dollars. The projection and sound equipment alone are worth over one million dollars.
  • The IMAX name is derived from parts of the works MAXimum Image.
  • The screen is made of perforated aluminum panels attached to a geodesic frame. Approximately 550 panels of varying shapes and sizes are precisely fitted together to form the hemispherical “skin” on which the Center projects the gigantic images. When a light shines from behind the screen, it becomes transparent.
  • The dome has a surface area of approximately 10,000 square feet.
  • Its projector is the size of a small car and weighs about one ton. It uses a unique “Rolling Loop” transport mechanism to gently advance film through the projector at 336 feet per minute (24 frames per second).

About Liberty Science Center

Liberty Science Center ( is a 300,000-square-foot learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty. Dedicated to bringing the excitement of science to people of all ages, Liberty Science Center houses seven museum exhibition halls, a 3D theater, the nation’s largest IMAX Dome Theater, live simulcast surgeries, tornado and hurricane-force wind simulators, K-12 classrooms and labs, and teacher-development programs. 600,000 students, teachers, and parents visit the science center each year, and tens of thousands more benefit from the center’s offsite and online programs.

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