Tampa >Arts & Entertainment > IMAX Dome Theatre at MOSI
4801 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL | Directions 3361728.053545 -82.404529
Neighborhoods: Terrace Park, Northeast
It Is Immersive – Mileage is going to vary with the Imax Experience. The warning to all moviegoers prone to motion sickness is to be taken seriously, as I found out much to my chagrin. The screen wraps around so completely that there is no way to just look for a corner of the screen the focus on until your motion sickness goes away. The pre-show greeter recommends you try closing your eyes, but even that isn't really fool-proof, as the light changes are so intense that you can still see them behind your eyelids. And the problem with sitting in the back for me is that I am also mildly afraid of heights. The incline in this theater is so steep that it gave me vertigo and I had to climb back down to a lower row of seats. Also worth noting: if you do step out, you will not be able to get out the front and can only get out the back, and you will not be able to get back in. I think that's to preserve the experience by limiting light exposure from outside, but it also means that you'd better not go crazy on the jumbo sized drink if you don't want to be holding it until the end.
I did find the service to be good and the theater to be clean, and this is one of the rare theaters in town that offers alcoholic beverages at the concession stand. Also, their game room has a pool table and foosball table for extra win. I think that if you have a strong stomach and no fear of heights, that you will really enjoy taking in a movie at this theater. As for me, I'm sticking to the multiplex.
I loved it – Was there to see a show of short movies. One of them was The Old Man And The Sea. I totally loved it!
I can imagine kids don't like the place because there was not stupid popcorn and coke everywhere LOL
Terrible Movie – Saw the dinosaur movie. It's terrible, my kids wanted to leave and thought it was lame. Rest of the place was boring too.
Don't Recommend – This place is a rip off! Spent almost a hundred bucks to get in and there is nothing to the place. Much of the activities are broken or just don't do what they are supposed to. The movie screen isn't good for regular movies and the place is grungy. Wouldn't even think about eating there.
Terrible Classes and over priced – Signed my child up for a spring break class, which was pretty expensive. He had a horrible time. I found the teacher to be boring and seemed uninterested in kids. I won't take my kids there for the summer classes. My daughter didn't like the kids museum and was anxious to leave. The bathrooms and lunch room were very dirty.
Curve Screen Distortion – Not a great place for regular movies. the curve of the screen distorts the picture and it's hard to see the picture. Channel Side is better if you have to see a movie on a big screen. Not worth the extra money and the snacks are more expensive.
An 82-foot high screen, stadium seating, and mind-blowing sound system add up to one of the most intense cinematic experiences you'll ever have. – Size Does Matter
Expect total immersion--the dome-shaped screen provides a whopping 10,500-square feet of intense imagery of unsurpassed size, clarity, and impact. The visual punch is accompanied by a 44-speaker, 11,600 watt sound system. Whether you're watching explorers climb Mt. Everest or dinosaurs in the Cretaceous period, you'll feel more like you're in the movie than simply watching it.
Travel to the tops of mountains and the bottom of the seas. Industrious filmmakers have lugged cumbersome IMAX equipment to the ends of the earth to bring back a cinematic experience unsurpassed in your regular old theater.
While You're There
Might as well check out the other attractions of MOSI, which features a ton of nature-themed exhibits that are geared toward children and young teens, but fun for adults too.
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