A trio of adventurers’ quest to experience America’s wildest, most historic and most naturally beautiful places becomes the ultimate off-trail adventure. The film features not only a sweeping overview of the national parks’ history but also an adrenaline-pumping, rock-climbing, mountain-biking odyssey … and a moving true-life tale of friendship, art and communion inspired by nature’s grandeur.
05/26/16 To 05/27/16
Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau, offers a breakthrough look at a secret world within the ocean. Alongside marine biologist Holly Lohuis, he invites viewers to dive into this whole new world that will leave them in awe of the beauty and diversity of the oceans – the source of all life on our planet – and inspire an even stronger desire to protect what they have either seen for the first time or perhaps re-discovered along the journey.
Narrated by renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, “Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D” introduces audiences to over 30 species, illuminating behaviors captured for the first time thanks to the development of new tools that allow improved underwater filming and takes them to vibrant environments such as the Bahamas, Fiji, and Bimini.
05/26/16 To 09/05/16
Humpback Whales is an extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of the most awe-inspiring marine mammals. Set in the spectacular waters of Alaska, Hawaii and the remote islands of Tonga, this ocean adventure offers audiences an up-close look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young. Join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out why humpbacks are the most acrobatic of all whales, why they sing their haunting songs, and why these intelligent 55-foot, 50-ton animals migrate up to 10,000 miles round-trip every year. A MacGillivray Freeman film presented by Pacific Life, Humpback Whales is directed by Greg MacGillivray and produced by Shaun MacGillivray. Humpback Whales is written and edited by Stephen Judson with a musical score by Steve Wood. A One World One Ocean production.
Mysteries of the Unseen World
05/26/16 To 09/05/16
You will be transported to places on this planet that you have never been before, to see things that are beyond your normal vision, yet literally right in front of your eyes.
High-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology are just a few of the advancements in science that now allow us to see a whole new universe of things, events, creatures, and processes we never even knew existed and now give us new "super powers" to see beyond what is in front of us.
05/28/16 To 09/05/16
In the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, there is a paradise unlike any other: the Galapagos Archipelago. Amongst these fascinating and remote volcanic islands, life has played out over millions of years in relative isolation. The result is a wonderland of nature, with a remarkable collection of plants and charismatic animals that have all adapted to this unique environment. Meet giant half-ton tortoises and marine iguanas that spit sea-salt from their noses. Dance with tropical albatrosses and hunt fishes with the colorful blue-footed boobies. Dive into the ocean with flightless cormorants and swim with tiny penguins thousands of miles from their natural habitats.“Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland” is a story of discovery, of survival against the odds, and of nature’s ingenuity, all brought to life in stunning 3D.
Big Screen Saturdays
05/28/16 To 08/27/16
Relax and rewind with your favorite movies on the largest movie screen in Virginia, our National Geographic 3D Movie Theater! We have selected our favorites to show on the big screen.
May 14 - Guardians of the Galaxy 3D
May 21 - Ant Man 3D
May 28 - The Avengers: Age of Ultron 3D
June 4 - Some Like It Hot
June 11 - The Bird Cage
June 18 - To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
June 25 - Billy Elliot
Check back soon for schedule updates!
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