The Ultimate Window to the World
The National Geographic Giant Screen is your portal to explore science, culture, history and nature. Through the immersive experience of the giant screen, combined with 3D technology, Dolby surround sound and 4K projection providing the clearest, life-like images - you will be transported to the inside of a molecule, to the edge of space, to beautiful and distant lands.
Closed captioning is available in COSI’s National Geographic Giant Screen Theater for films whose producers have provided it. Please contact a theater usher for assistance with these devices and services. Please contact COSI to learn which current films contain this resource.
Please note the shows begin promptly at the listed time.
Now Showing: Extreme Weather 3D
Weather is one of the most dynamic forces shaping our planet, but now it's more extreme and complex than ever. Extreme Weather takes us to the frontlines where few have gone. Travel to the edge of 300-foot tall glaciers collapsing, to the front lines of massive wildfires, directly in the path of deadly, yet mesmerizing tornadoes. Follow researchers and everyday heroes as they uncover surprising connections to help us understand and adapt to our ever-changing weather.
Best for ages 7+ | Running Time 39 minutes | Shown in 3D
Nov 15 - Dec 17: 11:00am | 1:00pm | 3:00pm
Dec 20 - Jan 6: 12:00pm | 3:00pm | 6:00pm
Now Showing: Flying Monsters 3D
Just as dinosaurs began their domination of Earth, pterosaurs ruled the prehistoric skies. Some with wingspans as long as a modern jet plane, these flying reptiles were as spectacular in appearance as they were amazing in flight. Join world-renowned naturalist and documentary filmmaker David Attenborough as he recounts the fascinating story of how we humans first discovered that these creatures were real and how they were even able to get off the ground and indeed soar...until their sudden disappearance from Earth.
Best for ages 7+ | Running Time 40 minutes | Shown in 3D
Nov 15 - Dec 17: 12:00pm | 2:00pm | 4:00pm
Dec 20 - Jan 6: 11:00am | 2:00pm | 5:00pm
Jan 10 - May 16: 11:00am | 1:00pm | 3:00pm
Coming Soon: Polar Express
Don’t miss The Polar Express Movie Weekends at COSI for holiday fun for the whole family. Enjoy The Polar Express (G) in COSI’s National Geographic Giant Screen Theater with hot chocolate, cookies, and other surprises. Pajamas are welcome! Theater doors will open 45 minutes before showtime. Polar Express Live Science Show will start 30 minutes before showtime.
Running Time 100 minutes | Shown in 2D
Dec 8: Preshow: 7:30pm, Movie: 8:00pm
Dec 9-10: Preshow: 9:30am, Movie: 10:00am | Preshow: 3:30pm, Movie: 4:00pm
Dec 15: Preshow: 7:30pm, Movie: 8:00pm
Dec 16-17: Preshow: 9:30am, Movie: 10:00am | Preshow: 3:30pm, Movie: 4:00pm
Coming Soon: Tiny Giants 3D
Take an extraordinary adventure into magical worlds beneath our feet that most of us never see – one where life is lived at an extraordinary intensive pace, where everything we know seems turned on its head. Experience the hidden kingdoms of the Enchanted Forest and the unforgiving desert of the Wild West.
From BBC Earth, this is the story of a day in the life of two little heroes: a scorpion mouse and a chipmunk. For each of them this will be a day they never forget. It’s a story of drama, danger and courage, of insight and revelation, a journey to discover and understand a new and fascinating natural history. Learn More
Recommended for all ages | Running Time 46 minutes | Shown in 3D
Dec 20 - Jan 7: 1:00pm | 4:00pm
Coming Soon: Amazon Adventure 3D
Amazon Adventure tells the epic, true story of explorer Henry Bates' fascinating 11 year journey through the visually stunning and biodiverse Amazon rainforest as a young man who risks his life for science in the 1850’s.
Best for ages 7+ | Running Time 45 minutes | Shown in 3D
Jan 10 - Mar 6*: 12:00pm | 2:00pm | 4:00pm
*No 12pm showings Feb 3-4
Coming Soon: Winter Movie Series
This winter bring your family to COSI to see family-friendly, popular Hollywood movies on the National Geographic Giant Screen. With timeless classics like The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to new favorites like LEGO Batman, there is something for every movie fan. Each weekend features a different film with shows at 10am and 4pm on the dates listed. Tickets are just $5 per person for Members/$6 for Nonmembers, available in advance and at the door (sell-outs are possible).
Jan 20-21: The Lion King (G) 10am and 4pm Sat/Sun Buy Tickets
Jan 26-28: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (G) 7pm Friday | 10am and 4pm Sat/Sun Buy Tickets
Feb 3-4: Cars (G) 10am and 4pm Sat/Sun Buy Tickets
Feb 10-11: The Land Before Time (G) 10am and 4pm Sat/Sun Buy Tickets
Feb 17-18: The LEGO Batman Movie (PG) 10am and 4pm Sat/Sun Buy Tickets
Now Showing: Teacher's Choice Films
See the film on your choice from COSI’s library of award-winning giant screen documentaries during your field trip or group visit. Available films.
New 4K Digital Projection System
COSI has the most cutting edge technology in digital projection with the recent installation of 4K projection which creates a larger, sharper, brighter image. COSI can now show the highest frame rate in the industry - 60 frames per second - the next frontier for digital movie making. Come see it for yourself!
More than Movies
COSI's partnership with National Geographic extends beyond the theater to bring you additional world-class programming and experiences. Watch for National Geographic speakers and workshops, as well as programs co-developed by National Geographic for COSI members and visitors.