Within Clark Planetarium's space-exploration-themed facility, the interactive displays and immersive IMAX and planetarium shows enlighten visitors with interesting scientific facts. Spread out across 10,000 square feet, more than 15 hands-on exhibits entrance guests with artifacts such as photos from the Hubble Space Telescope and a moon rock brought back from the Apollo 15 mission.
Audio in the ATK IMAX Theatre emanates from a 14,000-watt digital surround-sound system as the 70-foot wide, five-story-high screen accommodates Hollywood hits and insightful documentaries in 3-D. More entertainment abounds in the Hansen Dome Theatre, where six high-definition projectors fill the 55-foot domed screen with seamless images during scientific films and cosmic light shows.
Celebrating its 10th year, the Salt Lake Film Society cultivates a rich community for the production and exhibition of independent cinema by organizing lectures, workshops, and regular screenings at two historic theaters. Owned and operated by the society, both the Tower Theatre and Broadway Centre Cinemas screen full schedules of accessible talkies and arty ask-again-laters ranging from Errol Morris's epic documentaries to quixotic first features from indie darling Richard Ayoade. A savvy staff helps visitors sort through a trove of several thousand handpicked DVDs and VHS videos at the society-owned Tower Video––a library for all things cinematic that is open to both members and any member of the general public who can recite the entire opening speech to Patton.
Brewvies fuses together two beloved pastimes into one activity that will one day be a pastime. With more than 19 beers on tap, and a full menu of eats, Brewvies offers an entertainment outlet for anyone who can't make it through a film without adequate sustenance. Brewvies shows new releases, such as Iron Man 2 and Date Night, on state-of-the-art movie screens. During the show, sip on a large popcorn and eat two soda beverages. After the film, prolong a date or casual-friend interaction by debating imagined alternative endings to imaginary films starring Emmitt Smith and Glenn Close over a beer, during a game of pool, or while reclining in comfy, cup-ready chairs.
The silver screens at Showstar Cinemas 6 flicker to life with first-run Hollywood blockbusters, but that’s not the only thing drawing in movie buffs to this locally owned and operated theater. Special events bring old classic favorites, such as The Little Rascals, back to the big screen, while 3-D movies allow viewers to imagine themselves in the middle of the latest heart-pumping action film. To help kid’s feel extra special on their birthdays, Showstar Cinemas 6 also designs party packages that include putting the honoree’s name on the marquee and welcoming up to 30 of their closest friends for a private screening of a kid-friendly flick or a slideshow of their least embarrassing baby pics.
For a decade, X-Dance has rallied a lineup of the world's most extreme athletes, filmmakers, and adrenaline addicts during its annual multiday celebration of action-sports culture. Throughout the event, a full schedule of films from the past year showcases the heart-pumping exploits of top surfers, skaters, boarders and bikers as they conquer the globe's most challenging and unpredictable terrain, from snowcapped peaks to the floors of teenage fans' bedrooms.
Bumper cars collide, mini roller coasters swerve along tracks, and tubes weave around slides at a soft play area inside The Hollywood Connection's 160,000-square-foot facility. Roller or inline skates glide to pop and rock tunes in a rink illumined with cyber lights and IntelliBeam, and the laser-tag arena glows in neon paint, black lights, and fireflies that carry demands across enemy lines. Elsewhere, golf balls tumble down greens toward 18 holes with themes such as the Old West, an underwater cove, and the prehistoric era. An arcade hosts more than 100 driving, racing, and combat-simulator video games, and a 15-screen Carmike Ritz movie theater treats up to 2,000 viewers to new releases on digital, 3-D-capacity screens. Visitors can reenergize between attractions with popcorn or snow cones from the snack stand (open Friday–Sunday), nab cones from the ice-cream parlor, and shape stacks of nachos into pompadours at the '50s-themed diner.
The photographers of fortune at Kiddie Kandids Portrait Studio are seasoned kid-wranglers, and will prove their prowess at capturing high-spirited younglings in their oft-rumored but rarely seen "still" state—capturing smiles at their finest. To avoid the stiff, artificial poses that so often result from preserving offspring in carbonite, Kiddie Kandids Portrait Studio's shutterbugs get the wee ones relaxed and comfortable so that the special spark of their personality shines through naturally. After the session, (session fee normally $14.99), the best poses will be reassembled into striking 10"x13" and 16"x20" wall portraits ($19.99 and $59.99, respectively) complete with your choice of portrait enhancements ($9.99 each) such as black and white, sepia tone, or Robocop-vision.