The venue has immersed more than 18.5 million visitors since its March 21, 1987 opening. The Museum premiered the space shuttle film The Dream is Alive to 400,000 visitors.
The theater has been home to many films including Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africaand Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure. In 1998, the blockbuster film EVERESTtook visitors to the highest point on the planet with a world-class expedition team, breaking IMAX box office records and attracting over 880,000 people to the Museum.
On November 9, the Mugar Omni Theater hosted the United States premiere of Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation. Connecting the science of volcanoes to the formation of our planet, viewers witness unique and never-before-seen footage of the 2018 Hawaii Kilauea Volcano eruption, following the courageous explorer, Carsten Peter, as he journeys around the globe.
Audiences join Peter as he dodges boulders at the edge of an active volcano in Indonesia, descends to a boiling lava lake in Vanuatu, and visits incredible acid ponds, geysers, and mineral deposit fields in Ethiopia. Traverse across the globe to see the archaeological ghost town of Pompeii and hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean.
The Museum most recently debuted CUBA. Filmed exclusively for IMAX® and giant screen formats, CUBAimmerses audiences in the electrifying culture of the island and reveals why this riveting nation continues to stir the imagination of the world.
“We are thrilled to bring CUBA to the Mugar Omni Theater, transporting our visitors to meet a panorama of faces and personalities on the Caribbean’s largest island,” said Robin Doty, manager, Omni and 4-D Theater. “We seek out films that highlight the diversity of the world around us, including cultures, the arts, technological and scientific advancements, and more. CUBA captures all of this by focusing on the resourceful people of this unique island nation.”
As a member of the Giant Dome Theater Consortium (GDTC), of which Doty is vice chair, the Museum collaborated with Giant Screen Films for the release of CUBA. The GDTC was formed in 2010 for the purpose of fostering documentary film production for the most unique theaters in the world. The Museum is one of the consortium’s seven participating institutions.