Maritime Aquarium expands to an extra dimension

The guest experience at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk goes to a whole new additional dimension – literally – on Feb. 22 as the South Norwalk family attraction officially debuts its sensational new 4D movie theatre.

This new cinematic experience sends the action visually spilling off the two-story screen and over audiences in 3D, in addition to such thrill-enhancing sensory special effects as bubbles, snow, wind, mists and more.

“We’re very excited for our guests to have this fun, new, immersive way of exploring and understanding our world,” said Jason Patlis, president and CEO of The Maritime Aquarium. “Having a shark swim right off the screen so that you believe you can touch it and feeling the spray as an ocean wave crashes will be memorable shared experiences for kids and parents, students and teachers, young and old. Including a 4D movie is going to be a must during a visit to The Maritime Aquarium.”

Built in partnership with SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment, the 169-seat state-of-the-art theater premieres with two films that play every hour throughout the day: BBC Earth’s “Shark: A 4D Experience” and “Ice Age: No Time for Nuts 4D”.

The new theatre is a multipurpose asset also capable of 2D and 3D digital screenings, and is perfect for hosting lectures and other Aquarium special events. The theatre also is available for multimedia corporate presentations and other rental opportunities.

“We intend to take full advantage of this exciting new resource, with animal and art talks relating to our new exhibit called ‘A Slug’s Life: Facing the Climate Endgame,’ plus a spring lecture series, and other special presentations,” he said.

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