$17 for Earthquake Simulation and Movies for Two at Alaska Experience Theater ($35.80 Value)


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In a Nutshell

  • Recently renovated theater
  • Experience 9.2-magnitude 1964 Good Friday Earthquake
  • Tour earthquake museum

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Promotional value expires Nov 26, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for Alaska residents. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Before the invention of simulators, the only way to combine a history lesson with entertainment was to sit on your roof and throw the encyclopedia at passing mimes. Enjoy an educational thrill ride with today's Groupon: for $17, you get two admissions to an earthquake simulator and double feature, plus popcorn and drinks, at Alaska Experience Theater (a $35.80 value).

The Alaska Experience Theatre's curators project educational Alaskan films onto a 40-foot backdrop and create ground-trembling earthquake simulations inside a renovated 96-seat theater. Every half-hour from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., daily showings of The Alaska Earthquake Experience ($5.95/person) command the Safe-Quake hydraulic simulator to jostle and buck viewers like stiltwalkers in a bounce house as it recreates the 9.2-magnitude 1964 Good Friday Earthquake. Twosomes crunch and gulp on popcorn and drinks ($1 each) during the 30-minute double feature ($9.95/person), which features aerial exploration in Journey to Alaska and wintry Aurora Borealis imagery in Northern Lights Adventure. Once the lights go up, guests are also free to roam the historic exhibits of the earthquake museum or reenact the reenactment by shaking passing tourists in the parking lot.

Alaska Experience Theater

The most popular films at the Alaska Experience Theater covers a monumental moment in area history: the devastating Good Friday Earthquake of March 27, 1964. After learning about the quake's massive power in the adjoining museum, viewers enter an earthquake simulator, shaking along with hydraulic tremors as a brand new documentary drives home the quake's destructive scale.

The Alaska Earthquake Experience is just one of the various short documentaries on Alaskan history and lifestyle screened at the theater throughout the year. In the 96-seat main theater, a 40-foot screen commands attention. The theater displays longer documentaries along with cult classics, independent films, and wide release blockbusters. In addition to hosting these screenings, the theater can also be rented out for use in weddings, conventions, or other memorable events.

The Alaska Experience Theater's dedication to lively historical learning also extends outside of its walls. Out in the marketplace, two permanent exhibits reveal more information about the earthquake and display the full collection of prints by Alaskan artist Fred Machetanz.

Customer Reviews

Great stop to get an overview of Alaska . Learned a lot about the earthquake & saw the breathtaking film of wild Alaska.
John B. · August 30, 2014
It is a fun way to learn about Alaska and it's history. The young man working there was very personable and friendly.
Margaret C. · July 22, 2014
awesome overview of alaska on the big screen... and the earthquake theatre gives real perspective on how it was in 1964... takes you back in time,,, and lets you feel what they felt... we all loved it...
Renae D. · July 8, 2014
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