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.
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