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Old 01-10-2013, 08:55 AM
 
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Giant movie screen arrives at Union Station

Read more here: Breaking local news from The Kansas City Star | kansascity.com


The five-story-high screen is part of a renovation project to transform the movie theater into a 3-D digital theater.

Read more here: Breaking local news from The Kansas City Star | kansascity.com
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:10 AM
 
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There's already a giant screen there. Do 3D movies need a special screen? I thought it was just 3D glasses.
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:40 PM
 
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I was curious about this myself because it was originally built as a 3D theater and I have seen several 3D movies there. It looks like they are totally updating the screen and projection technology from IWERKS to some new digital system. This is great news for the theater because IWERKS always limited the films that could be played at Union Station. They could not even get most of the IMAX films, let alone first run blockbusters.

The new theater will also have a stage so it can be used for other events and it will have 4D capability (like vibrating seats, air pulses etc).

This should bring back not only high end educational documentaries to KC (KC has to be the biggest city right now without a very large format IMAX since the Zoo Imax closed), but it will also allow the theater to show major first run films. I know the KC area has IMAX screens in the area megaplexes, but those are just not the same as a true large format screen like this. We drive into DC, Balt or even the hour drive to Dulles (Air and Space Museum) to see some movies on the giant screens. This could be a huge weekend destination for downtown so long as they market it and people know about it. The IWERKs screen never had large crowds and few people even knew it existed.

http://www.unionstation.org/pdf/2012...nce_Center.pdf

I was curious about these changes and I found this pdf of proposed improvements. There are some really nice improvements slated for union station. I think the bridge to the garage is a great idea and re-doing all the plazas and public spaces is long overdue. While I think Science City’s exhibits are okay (it’s a decent science center and I have been to many), I would love to see a bit more spent on them and bring it up to par with at least parts of some of the bigger science museums like DC, Chicago and St Louis.

Also, some of the free stuff down there like the model railroad exhibit is incredible and rare. KC often does not know what it has.

Anyway, it’s nice to see the city and the station have not given up on Science City. It will only get better.

Union Station is one of the best public spaces in the country.
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:59 PM
 
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Two AMC theaters in KC area have IMAX but not sure how big, you always seem to try to find a way to belittle KC.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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Two AMC theaters in KC area have IMAX but not sure how big, you always seem to try to find a way to belittle KC.
How do you figure? Did you even read the post? Out of all that you are the one that finds something in my post that you think belittles KC.

I noted KC had suburban IMAXes, those are about as common as a regular theater now. I'm pretty sure KC has at least three of those, if not more. They are nothing like a full blown 7 story IMAX. That's why this is good for kc and downtown because the metro does not have a true full blown IMAX now and this should bring people downtown.

I guess I don't get your comment.
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