The Polar Express
On view through December 27
Before the film, be sure to visit OMSI's Gingerbread Adventures, free with museum admission!
Watch snowflakes float down the giant screen and feel the train rumble via 30,000 watts of digital surround sound when The Polar Express arrives at OMSI’s Empirical Theater this holiday season. Directed by Oscar® winner Robert Zemeckis and starring two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks, the film is based on the classic Caldecott award-wining children’s book written by Chris Van Allsburg. Book your tickets now for this enchanting story of a young boy’s extraordinary train ride to the North Pole and his discovery that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
Tickets available now! Purchase online, by telephone (503-797-4000) or at the OMSI box office.
Duration: 100 mins. | Rating: G
The House with a Clock in Its Walls
Based on the beloved children’s classic written by John Bellairs, The House with a Clock in Its Walls stars Jack Black and two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett.
The magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.
Duration: 105 mins. | Rating: PG
A Star is Born
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life. Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive.
In this new take on the iconic love story, four-time Oscar nominee Cooper (“American Sniper,” “American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”), makes his directorial debut, and also stars alongside multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Gaga in her first leading role in a major motion picture. Cooper portrays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer, until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent.
The film also stars Andrew Dice Clay with Dave Chappelle and Sam Elliott, whose nearly 50-year career includes standout performances in such films as “Mask,” “Tombstone” and, most recently, “The Hero.”
Duration: 134 mins. | Rating: R
First Man is the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.
Based on the book by James R. Hansen, First Man stars Ryan Gosling as Armstrong and is directed by La La Land Oscar®-winner Damien Chazelle. The cast for this epic drama includes Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Ciarán Hinds, Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit, and Lukas Haas.
Duration: 142 mins. | Rating: PG-13
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
All Clara wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world.
It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip, a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger, to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.
Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.
Duration: 100 mins. | Rating: PG
Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective
OMSI Studio Ghibli Retrospective: Eighteen Films over Eighteen Days
January 10- January 27
Tickets On Sale Soon!
Over a period of nearly 30 years, Japan's Studio Ghibli established itself as perhaps the world's finest producer of animated motion pictures. With a reputation for lush visuals, attention to detail and epic storytelling, Studio Ghibli eschewed commercial success to create intelligent, poetic, often fanciful films that embrace family, community, and a deep concern for the environment and our relationship with nature.
In dedication to some of the most magical and beloved animated movies ever made, the Empirical Theater is pleased to host our fourth annual Studio Ghibli Retrospective from January 10 through January 27. On exhibit are eighteen films including such popular favorites as Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Spirited Away.
Three selections are new to this year's Retrospective led by Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki a 2016 Japanese documentary recently released in the U.S. that covers Miyazaki's attempt to use CGI animation for the first time. Also in their Retrospective debuts are Isao Takahata's 1991 drama Only Yesterday – at once an ode to nature and an introspective tale of self-realization – and Miyazaki's 2013 historical biography The Wind Rises, the breathtakingly animated story of Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi.
Please see below for a listing of Retrospective films. Information on show times and language versions will be published shortly. The format for all film screenings is DCP.
Ticket prices for each show are as follows:
$7 Adult / $6 Youth (3-13) & Senior (63+)
OMSI members receive $1 off
Tickets may be purchased online at omsi.edu, at the OMSI front desk, or by telephone at 503-797-4000.
Castle in the Sky
Grave of the Fireflies
Howl's Moving Castle
Kiki's Delivery Service
My Neighbor Totoro
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki
The Cat Returns
The Secret World of Arrietty
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
The Wind Rises
Whisper of the Heart