Portland >Arts & Entertainment > OMSI Omnimax Theatre
1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.508057 -122.665016
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Hosford - Abernethy
Where science and toys often come inside the same box. – In Short
Zoology, biology, meteorology--they're lurking around every corner of this store in the form of brain-enhancing books, games, science kits and more. Whether it's insects or heavenly bodies they're into, older children can take a closer look at the world around them with a fancy new microscope or telescope. The under-10s will have plenty to play with, too: aerodynamic paper airplanes, glow-in-the-dark celestial stickers, spinning globes, gyroscopes or floor puzzles.
A great first experience – I agree somewhat with the review written below me, but he/she is incorrect in some regards. The theater at OMSI is actually an IMAX theater, not an OMSI theater... which doesn't even exist. Anyway, I watch the Harry Potter feature in the IMAX theater and enjoyed the experience... but not greatly. First, watching the action sequences on the large dome screen can give the viewer a headache, literally. Second, the $10.00 ticket price is kinda steep, but it is worth it if you have never experienced an IMAX movie. Overall, I would recommend this theater for movie goers who have never seen an IMAX movie. If you hope to sit back and relax, don't bet on it because the large dome screen prevents relaxation.
Headache Clones.... – Agree a bit with the reviewer below. Star Wars was not meant to be seen on the OmniMax theater. I would only see a movie there if the movie was intended for such a venue.
Star Wars had some scenes that were impossible to follow; unfortunately those were the most action-packed moments of the movie. The staff and theater were very good otherwise.
Clones from Hell – Do not see Attack of the Clones at OMSI! The movie is designed for a normal-sized screen. When the camera zooms in on a face, all you can see is an enormous chin, unless you whip your head back as far as it will go. Then you might be able to stare at an enormous eyeball. Besides the trouble with close-ups, the action scenes are unintelligible. Obects move from one side of the theater to the other before you can even turn your head or focus... it is impossible to follow.
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