Giant Screen Films

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Be transported to exotic lands without ever leaving home, with images of extraordinary clarity and depth that surround the audience using the largest film format in existence. You can journey to the top of Mt. Everest or to the bottom of the ocean through a theater experience that transports you to the center of the action.

Featuring a giant screen measuring 8,000 square feet, the 300-seat Dr. Phillips CineDome projects films through a fisheye lens, creating an image that surrounds the audience and extends well beyond their peripheral vision. Each screening is an invitation for fun and discovery.

We utilize the largest format film in the world. It is commonly called 15/70. This means 15 perforations (horizontally) on a 70 mm print. This format is 10 times larger than a conventional film theater. IWERKS Entertainment in Burbank, California manufactured the projector.


Fun Facts

  • The 15kW lamp operates at an internal temperature of up 6,000 degrees F, almost as hot as the sun.
  • The film is so strong that it could pull a car.
  • The film travels 5 ½ feet per second through the projector. 300 feet per minute.
  • The projector runs at about 20 mph at full speed.
  • The film projector weighs 2,300 lbs and goes 23 feet into the air.
  • Large screen film cameras can only shoot for 90 seconds before they run out of film and a fully loaded camera weighs 60 lbs.
  • All of our shows are presented in digital audio.
  • There are 30 individual speakers located in 7 clusters.


According to the Jane Goodall Institute, there were approximate 1 million wild chimpanzees at the turn of the 20th century today there are only 170,000 to 300,000. Wild chimpanzee communities have been negatively impacted by deforestation and the bush meat trade. In order to save the chimps, JGI supports communities so that they can manage their own natural resources.

You don’t have to travel all the way to Tanzania to see where a difference is being made. The Center for Great Apes in Wachula, Florida provides a sanctuary for both chimpanzees and orangutans - their larger, hairier (and more orange) cousins. Many of their residents were used in research and the entertainment industry. Some of these great creatures were even kept as house pets!

The individual intelligence and complex social structure of primate society make in next to impossible for chimpanzees raised as pampered pets or actors to interact with their own kind. They simply lack the social skills necessary to survive in the group environment most zoos provide. Desperate owners of what were once adorable baby chimps search for a home for the beloved pet that has simply grown to strong to handle safely. As a result, these creatures are often sold to breeders or other unscrupulous businesses. At this time there are 12 chimpanzees on the waiting list to live out their days at the sanctuary. Due to the high cost of caring for these animals ($10,000 to $20,000 per year) the center must limited the number it can care for.

To learn more about what you can do to save the great apes visit or

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From 1975 to 1995 Florida was amongst the only four states that did not have any earthquakes; however, our state has not escaped all seismic shocks. For instance, in 1866, an earthquake in Charleston, South Carolina (two states away!) sent shocks throughout northern Florida and along its east coast. Of course this is nothing compared to the near 10,000 earthquakes of varying magnitudes occuring EACH year in southern California – luckily our state is not located on any hazardous faults or fault zones! If you want to see earthquakes and other forces of nature in action, check out the newest giant screen film playing at the Dr. Phillips CineDome, Forces of Nature.

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