T-REX:  BACK TO THE CRETACEOUS: An IMAX  Retro Classic

Filmed in 1998. T-REX  is a blend of action-adventure, fantasy, science fiction and education. Sixteen year old Ally Hayden,  the daughter of a paleontologist , goes on a prehistoric  adventure as she is magically transported  back 65 million years to the Cretaceous Period. She witnesses giant flying reptiles, hadrosaurs as big as elephants and the twenty-foot tall, T-REX. Film Length: 45 minutes . Parents please note: Sound effects may be overwhelming for children under six.Running Time: 45 minutes

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The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s Omni Theater, an IMAX dome, will take audiences 65 million years back in time with the return of the classic adventure film T-REX: Back to the Cretaceous. The giant-screen favorite will show Fridays and Saturdays beginning Friday, June 27, 2014.

T-REX: Back to the Cretaceous slices through the mysteries of the millennia to bring dinosaurs to life with groundbreaking detail, unparalleled realism, and the awesome size and thrilling feeling of The IMAX Experience. Dinosaurs are very much alive in T-REX — at least in the mind of Ally Hayden (Liz Stauber). But the closest she has come to them in her world is in seeing the dinosaur bone skeletons and artists’ renderings in the museum where her father, the world-famous palaeontologist Dr. Donald Hayden (Peter Horton), has his headquarters.

Like her father, Ally is fascinated by the way that modern science and the study of dinosaur bones and fossils can lead to uncovering the mysteries of what dinosaurs were really like — what they looked like, how they moved, how and what they ate and how they raised their young.  When Donald Hayden and his assistant Elizabeth (Kari Coleman) bring his latest discovery back to the museum, Ally is excited that the oblong-shaped fossil rock might be an as-yet undiscovered Tyrannosaurus-rex egg.

Ally is alone and waiting for her father to return when an accident in the museum lab sets her on an adventure in which Ally’s present world begins to meld with the deep past.  As she wanders into the museum, the bones of the T-rex skeleton suddenly appear to grow skin and muscle and the extinct creature lunges to life.  When Ally retreats, she is hurtled through time, backward to the terrain and territory of dinosaurs that are bigger than her imagination.  Finding herself in a strangely lush environment, Ally is awestruck by the various dinosaurs she discovers as she explores her mysterious new world.

However, when Ally is noticed, she gets caught in the middle of a dinosaur battle and is thrust literally nose-to-nose with one of the most fearsome creatures of all time – the awesome, and very much alive, Tyrannosaurus rex

T-REX combines the world’s most immersive film format with scientific knowledge about the creatures who roamed the earth more than 65 million years ago, provided by world-renowned palaeontologist Dr. Philip Currie. “Our approach to the dinosaurs in this film was to make them as real as possible,” notes Charis Horton, who produced the film along with her partner Antoine Compin.  It was the first large-format film to incorporate 21 years of computer-generated imagery effects so extensively throughout the film.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for children (2-12) and seniors (65+). Museum members received a $3 discount.
Get show times and advanced tickets online or call 817-255-9540.


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T-REX is a blend of action-adventure, fantasy, science fiction and education. Sixteen year old Ally, the daughter of a paleontologist, goes back to the Cretaceous Period on a prehistoric adventure.
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