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 Tags

More From The 412

Where Do Pittsburgh-Area Colleges Rank Among the Best?

Where Do Pittsburgh-Area Colleges Rank Among the Best?

A national magazine is out with its annual best college rankings, and western Pennsylvania is well-represented.
Dear God, No: Now They’ve Ruined Charlie the Tuna

Dear God, No: Now They’ve Ruined Charlie the Tuna

The modern world continues to turn classic animated characters into bizarre CGI shticks.
See the Video Pittsburgh Hopes Will Lure Amazon's HQ2

See the Video Pittsburgh Hopes Will Lure Amazon's HQ2

The video is part of the city's effort to snag Amazon's second headquarters, which is expected to bring 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment..
PA Turnpike: In E-ZPass We Trust, and You Should Too

PA Turnpike: In E-ZPass We Trust, and You Should Too

The turnpike wants to educate drivers to some changes arriving soon at toll booths.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

2017 Pittsburgher of the Year: Kelly Frey

2017 Pittsburgher of the Year: Kelly Frey

No one would blame the veteran WTAE anchor if she took time off while undergoing intensive breast cancer treatment. Instead, she chose to use humor and grace to educate and inspire others, all while in the public eye.
Green Medicine: The Business of Medical Marijuana

Green Medicine: The Business of Medical Marijuana

For many, medical marijuana is a panacea capable of alleviating a wide range of symptoms. As Pennsylvania begins allowing the drug’s medical use, patients are relieved — and business is booming.
Restaurant Review: Casbah Still is Rocking

Restaurant Review: Casbah Still is Rocking

More than 20 years into its run, Casbah remains one of Pittsburgh’s most relevant restaurants.
First There Was Hot Yoga. Then There Was Goat Yoga

First There Was Hot Yoga. Then There Was Goat Yoga

Believe it or not, yogis have been practicing with goats in the Unites States for more than a year.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

On the Blogs


Watch: Who is Faster on a Zamboni? Crosby or Malkin?

Watch: Who is Faster on a Zamboni? Crosby or Malkin?

Sid and Geno love to compete, especially against each other. This time, the future Hall-of-Famers climbed aboard Zamboni machines for a race across a parking lot.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
The Best New Restaurants in Pittsburgh in 2017

The Best New Restaurants in Pittsburgh in 2017

PM dining critic Hal B. Klein's list of the 10 best new openings this year.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
Best of the ‘Burgh Gift Guide for 2017

Best of the ‘Burgh Gift Guide for 2017

Here are some of our favorite ‘Burgh-inspired gifts for him, her, kids, foodies and more.

Comments


Enjoy a Relaxing Evening of Wanton Destruction at Break Room

Enjoy a Relaxing Evening of Wanton Destruction at Break Room

The Irwin business offers the chance to smash inanimate objections for a little "therapeutic demolition."

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Steelers Can't Ease Their Patriots Pain Until January

Steelers Can't Ease Their Patriots Pain Until January

Much as they’d like to, the Steelers won’t be able to exorcise the ghosts of AFC Championship Games Past, even with a win on Sunday.

Comments


The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
Movie Review — Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Movie Review — Star Wars: The Last Jedi

A review of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," the latest entry in the massive franchise.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
New Weddings Website Aims for Equality

New Weddings Website Aims for Equality

A local wedding photographer has created a business to connect same-sex couples with LGBTQ-friendly vendors.

Comments


Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
It’s Back! ‘Restored by the Fords’ Gets Premiere Date

It’s Back! ‘Restored by the Fords’ Gets Premiere Date

The new season of the home improvement show featuring Pittsburgh siblings Leanne and Steve Ford debuts on HGTV in January.

Comments