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Experience Dunkirk in 70mm Film at the Omni Theater, an IMAX® Dome

In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk.

The lives of more than 300,000 French, British, Belgian, and Dutch soldiers were hanging in the balance. The story of the heroic mission is even more visceral and immersive experienced in the 70mm IMAX® format, used by director Christopher Nolan.  “The immersive quality of the image is second to none,” Nolan said. “We really tried to create a sensation of virtual reality without the goggles.” Nearly 70 percent of Dunkirk was shot in IMAX®, the remaining footage was shot on 65mm film, making this one of the biggest IMAX® film releases in decades. These specific sequences will expand to fill 40% more of the screen exclusively in IMAX®, deliver unprecedented crispness and clarity and a truly immersive experience for moviegoers.

In terms of the cinema-going experience itself, IMAX® is one of the most immersive – and elusive – formats there is. The Omni Theater, an IMAX® Dome at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is one of very few to offer this unique experience, providing audiences a true IMAX® 70mm film experience.

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s Omni Theater, an IMAX® dome is one of the select few theaters screening Dunkirk as Christopher Nolan intended: in true 15perf 70mm film. “The majority of the film expands vertically to fill the IMAX® dome screen with vivid color, clarity and detail, unmatched by other theaters,” said Omni Theater Director Jonathan Orr. “Filmgoers will hear the film on fifty speakers running on 24,000 watts of power. It all adds up to a unique giant screen experience that makes our guests feel as though they are inside the movie.”

The Omni Theater’s unique dome screen envelops the audience in the film experience. Orr describes the dome theater as “the ultimate experience with a picture that encompasses your peripheral making you feel like you are in the film. That, along with the premium 24,000-watt, 6.1 IMAX® surround sound system that can distinguish a pin drop from a Spitfire engine as it whirrs by, or the incredible bass in the Hans Zimmer score, all really make for an experience that is unmatched anywhere else.”

The Omni Theater’s fully immersive IMAX® experience boasts 18k of vertical resolution versus the best digital projection that only has 4k resolution. The theater also features powerful, laser-aligned digital sound and customized theater geometry in addition to the brightest, clearest images resulting in the world’s most captivating film experience. The Omni Theater is the largest IMAX® dome west of the Mississippi River, with an eight-story tall and 120-foot wide screen making it the best place to screen Dunkirk for hundreds of miles.

Dunkirk tells the story of a heroic, real-life WWII mission. The film opens in 1940 as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops must slowly and methodically be evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found.  The film’s ensemble cast includes Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, and Barry Keoghan, with Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy.

Dunkirk has taken the film world by storm. It skyrocketed to the number one spot at the box office after opening weekend with 50.5 million in domestic sales. Dunkirk opened nationally on July 21 to rave reviews.

Dunkirk’s MPAA rating is PG-13. Tickets for Dunkirk at the Omni Theater are $13 with discounts available to Museum members and military. Dunkirk will show at the Omni Theater through August 27. Learn more and buy tickets at