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Polar Express

Event Description

Beginning Friday November 25th
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 or at the OMSI box office. Duration: 100 mins. | Rating: G

Frequently Asked Questions

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What amenities and accessibility features are available in the Empirical Theater?

 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
  • Sunglasses
  • Visual and auditory timer
  • 2 pound weighted shoulder wrap
  • Sanitizing wipes
What concessions are available?
  • Our Empirical Café features:
    Made-to-order coffee drinks
    Grab-and-go salads and sandwiches
    Fresh pastries
    Beer and Wine (available evenings only)
    Popcorn, candy, and a selection of classic movie theater treats
When should I arrive?

Films in the Empirical Theater start promptly with no previews. Be sure to arrive 10-15 minutes early.

Is re-entry allowed?

For safety and enhanced viewing experience, re-entry is not allowed during short documentary films. For longer featured films, re-entry is allowed.

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OMSI is committed to making science-fueled fun available for all in our community. We are proud to offer admission assistance, financial aid, and accessible services throughout the museum. Explore access resources and amenities for guests visiting the museum.

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