Experience the thrill of films on the five-story wrap-around screen. The world's largest motion-picture format and ... More
Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater
Experience the thrill of films on the five-story wrap-around screen. The world's largest motion-picture format and state-of-the-art sound make you feel you're there, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the most exotic destinations.
My boyfriend brought me to this theater. He knows I like nature and he picked "Under the Sea" narrated by Jim Carrey, also my favorite actor! This theater is so great, better than any movie in the classic cinema. I learned a lot from this education film Under the Sea, makes me feels like I am little again.
While this theater is amazing there are a couple notes you should make before packing up a family of little ones to go see it. I went with my brother and parents to see it for the first time, and not ten minutes into a film I noticed some things that you should not do if you have very young children.
#1 This theater can be a major sensory overload to an adult, let alone a child. I don't know how many parents had to up and leave with screaming toddlers just two minutes after the film "Under the Sea" started. Adults can have the feeling like they are falling out of their seat...what do you think a child that age feels...let alone there are giant fish swimming over your head...frightening to a child. When the shark came into the picture MANY children started screaming.
#2 This theater sells out OFTEN. Our show time sold out and staff members told people who had children young enough that they didn't have to pay for a seat, to put those children in their lap so others could sit. Do you want a squirming child on your lap when trying to get the full experience of the omnimax...probably not, so another reason to leave the little ones at homes.
#3 If your child starts crying, screaming, or misbehaving, be considerate, and exit the theater with your child, not only for them but for the benefit of others who want the full experience of it. You don't feel like you're "in" the picture with a little girl drowning in tears two rows below you.
#4 THIS IS FOR ANYONE VISITING THE OMNIMAX - Get there early, at least 30min. before. For the full of experience of a film you should try to sit near the top, in the middle of the row.
I have lived in Cincinnati my whole life, and have been going to the Omnimax since they first opened with "The Blue Planet" waaaaay back in 6th grade! Have been so many times I cant count.Most recent experience was when my son turned five, and we paid like $125 bucks for a group of seventeen people. Our group included a toddler, an infant, four school-age children, two senior (grandparents!) citizens, and the rest of us. For this rate, we got to go into all the museums, which are fantastic! Unfortunantly, with the wide age range in our group, the little kids ran ahead too quickly, and my seniors bringing up the rear. However, I will say that this was a fantastic day for all of us, as family and friends, and this is what my son wanted for his birthday party!
The museums themselves are awesome. They are the Natural HIstory Museum, which gives an overview of the surrounding area of cincinnati, and starts out in pre-glacial period, and follows thru the first native American settlers to the first whites. There is an impressive cave exhibit, reminiscent of the dolomite caves near The Seven Caves in Rainsboro, Oh. ( I also recomend this place for you fellow spelunkers!) Then there's the Cincinnati History Mus., which picks up where the NHM leaves off, and then below the ground level is the Children's Museum, where it's like a gigantic MCDonalds playland on steroids crossed with KOSAI. Totally cool. The kids had the greatest time!
Then, there's the Omnimax. It's a five story movie screen fitted around in a dome. It feels like getting into a space station or something when you go to your seats. They tell you if you get motion sick to close your eyes, because the screen surrounds your peripheral vision, so it feels like your moving. The laser light tunnel at the start of every feature is wow. Select a movie to see that has something panoramic in it, like "Alaska" or something underwater. Also, they show old films every friday, in a double feature with the current running program. This place is great. I been going there all my life, and everytime I go, there's something I missed the last time, or didn't see at all. I wish I could go one time with OUT the kids so I wouldn't be so rushed...it's a lot to take in, but so much fun for the kids I doubt I'll ever get that chance.....just have to keep my eyes open and not blink! Have fun, don't miss this place. :)