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Washington, DC: Smithsonian - Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater Closed

Posted on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 2:11 PM


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Theater PhotoThe Smithsonian - Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater in Washington, DC closed on October 1, 2017. Located inside the National Museum of Natural History at 10th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, the theater played documentary movies such as Dinosaurs Alive! in 3D and National Parks Adventure on its large screen, which was reported to measure 90' wide by 66' high.

According to several news and opinion articles (see the list below), the theater's closure had to do with the museum's choice to expand a busy cafeteria space and what the museum reported as low attendance at the theater.

Moviegoers in the area will need to visit one of the other nearby theaters, including the Smithsonian - Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater across the mall and the Smithsonian - Udvar-Hazy Center Airbus IMAX Theater near Dulles airport in Chantilly, Virginia. Both theaters show space- and aircraft-related movies instead of nature-based documentary movies like this theater did.

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