At six stories tall and 82 feet wide (25 meters), the screen of the Grand Canyon Imax is grand, perfect for a screening of Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets in the 487-person theater. The 34-minute show takes travelers into the canyon with historical commentary and incredible aerial views—a perfect introduction to the real thing.
The film screened within this Imax theater gives viewers the sensation of traveling through the 277 miles (446 kilometers) of the Grand Canyon, soaring over the canyon rim, white water rafting down the Colorado River, and going back in time to uncover the history of this natural wonder.
Visitors can upgrade their Imax experience to include a light meal and drink to enjoy during the screening. You can also grab a bite to eat after the movie at the Explorer’s Cafe, do some shopping at the Official National Geographic Store, or learn about the Inner Canyon from visitor center staff.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Grand Canyon Imax Theater is a must-see for first-time visitors and families traveling with kids.
- Purchase your Imax tickets ahead of time to skip the queue and avoid disappointment.
- The theater is wheelchair accessible and offers seating for eight wheelchairs.
How to Get There
The Imax theater is located within the Official National Geographic Visitor Center at the South Rim entrance to Grand Canyon National Park. The easiest way to get here is by car, and the nearest commercial airport is Flagstaff Pulliam Airport in Flagstaff, Arizona.
When to Get There
The Grand Canyon Imax film is shown every hour on the half-hour daily throughout the year (with shorter hours in winter). Plan to see the movie before you visit the Grand Canyon to get some context, and plan to book your tickets ahead of time, as the line can get long, especially during the summer.
Imax By the Numbers
The Imax screen at the Grand Canyon is 4,500 times bigger than an average TV screen, with 12,000 watts of digital surround sound to help you feel like you’re there. The cameras used to shoot Imax footage weigh up to 100 pounds (45 kilograms) for 2D and 265 pounds (120 kilograms) for 3D. If you were to shine an Imax light projector from the moon, we could see it on earth with the naked eye.