CHATTANOOGA, TN – Jan. 10, 2020 – Audiences, climbers and non-climbers can experience special screenings of “Meru” and “The Dawn Wall,” a pair of adrenaline-pumping documentaries that capture high-stakes ascents of these legendary natural wonders. “Meru” will screen 7 p.m. Jan. 24-25 and “The Dawn Wall” will screen 7 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Theater.
“Meru” recounts a climbing team’s high-stakes attempt to summit the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru. Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk faced additional obstacles in their quest to tackle this dangerous ascent. Hair-raising ice climbs, sheer rock faces and the extreme altitude made conquering the mountain an almost impossible feat. What was meant to be a seven-day trip to the summit — with just enough food to make it to the top — turned into a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures.
“The Dawn Wall” features the crags found in Yosemite National Park that made the park an enticing venue for American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson. The towering granite surface for which The Dawn Wall is named receives the first rays of sunlight in the park each day. It towers almost 3,000 feet above the surrounding landscape. After six years of exploratory climbing, plotting and preparation, Caldwell and Jorgeson made a final attempt that drew worldwide attention. IMAX audiences will be awestruck by the majesty of Yosemite and the heart-pounding action as they watch this duo clinging to the mountain by their fingertips.
Tickets to see either “Meru” or “The Dawn Wall” are $13.95 per person ($11.95 per person for Tennessee Aquarium Members).
A cash bar with beer and wine will be available for these special screenings.
Both films are rated R for strong language.
For more information, visit www.tnaqua.org/imax/meru-the-dawn-wall.
About the Tennessee Aquarium
The mission of the Tennessee Aquarium is to connect people with nature and inspire them to make informed decisions about water and wildlife. Admission is $34.95 per adult and $21.95 per child, ages 3-12. Each ticket purchased helps support Aquarium conservation programs. The IMAX® 3D Theater is next door to the Aquarium. Ticket prices are $11.95 per adult and $9.95 per child. Aquarium/IMAX combo tickets are $42.95 for adults and $29.95 for children. Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.tnaqua.org or by phone at 1-800-262-0695. The Aquarium, located on the banks of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, is a non-profit organization. Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Aquarium and IMAX are accessible to people with disabilities.
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