Enhance your field trip experience with a documentary film!
From the Permian through the Jurassic, journey to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago. Roam the primitive forests and thick swamps with bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians. Enter a surreal world of bug-eyed giants and egg-laying mammals—where survival means enduring the sunless, six-month polar winter surrounded by meat-eaters with night vision. Join intrepid Antarctic scientists on a quest to understand the ice continent’s profound transformation—and to predict the future as humans drive dramatic change. Welcome to the lost prehistoric world of Gondwana. Welcome to Antarctica.
Dinosaurs of Antarctica was produced by Giant Screen Films. Major funding was provided by the National Science Foundation.
This film is recommended for grades 4 through Adult. This film is available in 2D or 3D upon request with an advance reservation. Actual film length 45 minutes. Schools should allocate at least 60 minutes to arrive to/depart from theater.
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The Empirical Theater has an upper-level wheelchair accessible entrance and theater restrooms; due to the layout of the theater the lower-level main entrance is only accessible by stairs. Please check in with a Guest Services Representative or volunteer for assistance in locating these areas.
Several daytime documentaries and newer evening full-features offer closed captions, audio description, and volume amplification. The CaptiView closed caption units allow guests to see captions for their show by using a cup holder device that they can adjust within their view, and the Fidelio RX audio description units deliver descriptive narration and can also amplify the theater volume and dialogue.
The Showing Today signs updated daily at the front desk and theater entrance indicate which features offer closed captions (CC) and audio description (AD), while volume amplification is available for all theater content including events such as Science Pub and Reel Science.
Limited quantities of the following devices are available for theater guests and may be requested at either the Front Desk or Concierge Desk as well as from the theater usher:
- CaptiView closed caption (CC) viewing devices
- Fidelio RX audio description and volume amplification units
- Williams Sound NKL-001 neck loops designed to work with hearing aids equipped with a telephone coil or T-Switch
The rough inside measurements of the seats not including arm and back rests:
- Theater seats 16.5” wide and 21.5” deep
- Two VIP chairs 21.5” wide and 19” deep
- Additional VIP chair available by request is 23.5” wide and 21.5” deep
- The weight capacity for the VIP chairs are between 200lbs-250lbs
Earplugs can be requested from the Front Desk and Concierge Desk, and sensory resource packs that include:
- Noise reducing headphones
- Fidget toys
- Visual and auditory timer
- 2 pound weighted shoulder wrap
- Sanitizing wipes
Films in the Empirical Theater start promptly with no previews. Be sure to arrive 10-15 minutes early.
For safety and enhanced viewing experience, re-entry is not allowed during documentary films.
OMSI requires at least 2-weeks notice for scheduling a special documentary film time for a group visit. The easiest way to set up a documentary film as part of a field trip is using our online request form. Group leaders may also request a film title with our registration office at email@example.com or 503.797.4661.
Organizations need at least 12 participants to request a documentary film group rate. Group
size maximum is 255 participants. Special showtimes must be requested at least 2-weeks in advance.
Once an organization sets up a documentary film with the registration office and your tickets are reserved the remainder of the tickets will be open to the public. Your group may be combined with other film attendees. To inquire about a private showing please contact the registration office.
No. OMSI does not offer field trip discounts or advanced ticket rates for evening or major motion picture films.
Yes. snacks are allowed during the films. Schools may also coordinate with the registration office to eat lunch in the film. Please let the registration office know if you plan on eating during the film so we can arrange additional bins and clean up support.
OMSI will wait until 5 minutes after the scheduled start time. Then, the show must continue to stay on schedule for the day. Registration will try to work with you on tickets for a different film title later in the day but rescheduling is not guaranteed. We are unable to change the set film schedule. Refunds are not available.