Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Pittsburgh's Most Dazzling Movie Screen is Now Open

The new Rangos Giant Cinema, replacing the bygone Omnimax, is ready for audiences at the Carnegie Science Center.

Photo by Sean Collier


Remember, if you can, one of those gargantuan, rear-projection, big-screen televisions from the mid-'90s. Imagine watching one of those today — then replacing it with a brand-new, state-of-the-art, 4K flat-screen.

That’s the level of change you can now experience at the Carnegie Science Center, where the bygone Rangos Omnimax Theater has been replaced with the Rangos Giant Cinema.

The longstanding and beloved Omnimax, which closed in July, was a technological marvel in its own right when it opened more than two decades ago. By the mid-2010s, however, the best movie theaters in town had long past surpassed the capabilities of the Omnimax, which was not outfitted for digital projection or modern sound.

The Rangos Giant Cinema, in contrast, uses a pair of precision laser projectors and more than 40 speakers to create a level of immersion not available anywhere else in the region. The screen — which does curve gently, but fundamentally is shaped like any other movie screen — towers in front of the familiar seats, still easily filling one’s field of vision from most seats.

The sound is the most immediately noticeable marvel in the new theater, which was formally unveiled in a grand-opening ceremony Monday. Outfitted with Dolby Atmos technology, the blanket of speakers surrounding the audience creates the illusion that the sound is being naturally generated in the room; as sounds zoom from side to side and overhead, it’s easy to lose yourself.

The brightness of the projectors and size of the image also more than corrects for the limitations of the 3D format. The opening-day educational film “Amazon Adventure 3D” shows off the visual advantage the Rangos Giant Cinema has over most multiplex screens: In here, you can actually forget that you’re wearing the glasses. (That’s something I’ve never thought at a standard movie theater.)

These factors combine to make the Rangos Giant Cinema an ideal location for major-event blockbusters — and tickets for one of the biggest are on sale now. “Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi” will be shown at the Giant Cinema from Dec. 15 through Jan. 11; sneak previews scheduled for Dec. 14 are already near capacity. A trailer for “The Last Jedi” shown as part of this morning’s event was breathtaking; those looking to turn their viewing of the next “Star Wars” flick into a special occasion should consider making a trip to the North Shore.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Latest

How Making Juice Changed Sharif Rasheed's Life

The owner of Safi Juice in Garfield left a job he hated to tap into something from his childhood.

Pittsburgh's Can't Miss Concerts in April

This month's lineup includes Rick Astley, Billy Price, Christopher Cross and Ronnie Milsap.

Pittsburgh Flicks and Nightlife in April

Tour local social clubs with the Roaming Social Club; expect changes at AMC Waterfront

April: Best of Culture in Pittsburgh

Check out some of the finest stage plays, dance performances and exhibits taking place this month in Pittsburgh.

Undercover: What We're Reading in April

A look back at "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" as it turns 30, plus two literary events coming up in April.

Perspectives: ‘This Is Us’ Is a Story of Us

A former Pittsburgher finds more than a few similarities between his own life and that of the siblings on "This Is Us."

Spare Change: A New Way of Giving

A local group is using music and some spare change to help charities — and filming every step of the way.

Look How Mighty This Bellevue Garden Has Grown

Last season, the Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden produced 4,862 pounds of food; the harvest was donated to three food pantries.

When and Where to Dump Your Junk (including old TVs)

A state environmental agency wants to help you recycle your hard-to-dispose-of household clutter.

Watch: Trailer of “Won't You Be My Neighbor”

The documentary about Mister Rogers' iconic show takes viewers beyond the cardigan collection and into “the heart of a creative genius.”

On a Lark: Pittsburgh Mom Creates Activewear for Babes

Unable to find cute, environmentally friendly gear for her newborn son, Lark Adventurewear founder Pallavi Golla launched her own line of moisture-wicking clothing for kids.

Pittsburgh MultiStories: The Beacon's Perch – The Grant Building

When it opened in 1929 as the city’s tallest structure, crowds of sightseers paid a quarter to visit the rooftop observation deck of the Grant Building — named for the street, which was named for the hill, which was named for the somewhat hapless general.

Rick Sebak Digs Up Distant Carnegie-Trump Connection

Research into Andrew Carnegie’s marriage reveals an unlikely, albeit tenuous, connection between the Pittsburgh icon and the 45th President.

JuJu Smith-Schuster Teams Up with Drake, Travis Scott and Ninja to Play Fortnite

Drake and Ninja broke Twitch viewing records, and Smith-Schuster and Scott joined in later.

Growing Up: mossArchitects Moving to Garfield

Principal Andrew Moss says his architecture firm will move to the heart of the Penn Avenue Arts District after outgrowing its current space in Lawrenceville.