CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Holiday entertainment on Chattanooga’s largest screen is about to become un-bear-ably adorable.
Thanks to positive response in October to a limited run of Pandas 3D, the documentary is returning for a longer engagement at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater.
Pandas 3D is the latest project from the team responsible for producing giant-screen classics like “Born to Be Wild” and “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar.” The film explores the efforts of a global group of scientists to prepare Giant Panda cubs to join their cousins in the wild.
Audiences will delight in tracing the furry steps of a curious female cub named Qian-Qian as she embarks on an occasionally harrowing adventure to learn how to survive outside her home at a panda breeding facility in China’s Sichuan province.
Pandas 3D is narrated by Kristen Bell. “The Frozen” and “The Good Place” actress says the film shows an uplifting side to the story of the Giant Panda, which was removed from the Endangered Species List in 2016 thanks to ongoing conservation efforts.
“Pandas 3D” will arrive at the IMAX 3D Theater just before the return of “Polar Express 3D,” a holiday classic whose showings have been a Chattanooga family tradition for more than a decade. “Polar Express” will steam onto the IMAX schedule Nov. 23.
“Polar Express” follows a young boy on a quest to rekindle his belief in Santa as he travels to the North Pole aboard a magical locomotive under the watchful eye of a charismatic conductor played by Tom Hanks. Released in 2004, the film was Oscar-nominated and is based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.
On Chattanooga’s only IMAX with Laser projection system, the wondrous visuals and classic-laden soundtrack make for an even more memorable experience, but for a truly unforgettable experience, many families opt to don their fuzziest pajamas for a pair of special PJs and Polar Express screenings. During these extra-special holiday events, audiences young and old alike are encouraged to attend in their jammies to snack on pre-film cocoa and pastries and hobnob with The Conductor before entering the theater.
This year’s PJs and Polar Express special screenings are 9:30 a.m. Dec. 15-16. Tickets are $10 for members and $14 for non-members. Register in advance at www.tnaqua.org/events-programs.
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