National Geographic Giant Screen Theater

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.

America's Musical Journey

Coming Soon: America's Musical Journey 3D

America’s Musical Journey follows singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc as he traces the roots of American music and explores the great musical cities—places like New Orleans, Chicago, Nashville, Miami, New York City and more—where such electrifying art forms as jazz, the blues, country, soul and rock and roll were born. Learn More
Best for ages 7+ | Running Time 40 minutes | Shown in 3D

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Showtimes:

May 24 - Sept 3: 12:00pm | 2:00pm | 4:00pm

Backyard Wilderness

Coming Soon: Backyard Wilderness 3D

Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses - in our own backyards. Spanning a seasonal year around a suburban home, the film displays a stunning array of unique wildlife images and behavior - all captured by cameras mounted inside dens and nests, and moving along the forest floor and pond bottom, to reveal its inhabitants in rare and breathtaking intimacy. Learn More
Best for ages 7+ | Running Time 45 minutes | Shown in 3D

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Showtimes:

May 24 - Sept 3: 11:00pm | 1:00pm | 3:00pm

D-Day: Normandy 1944

Coming soon: D-Day: Normandy 1944

June 6, 1944: The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. Yet, few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this region became the most important location in the world. Blending multiple cinematographic techniques, including animation, CGI and stunning live-action images, “D-Day: Normandy 1944” brings this monumental event to the world’s largest screens for the first time ever. Audiences of all ages, including new generations, will discover from a new perspective how this landing changed the world. Exploring history, military strategy, science, technology and human values, the film will educate and appeal to all. Narrated by Tom Brokaw, “D-Day: Normandy 1944” pays tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom…A duty of memory, a duty of gratitude.
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Best for ages 10+ | Running Time 45 minutes | Shown in 3D

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Showtimes:

May 31 - June 6: 5:00pm

Teachers Choice

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.

Showtimes:

Daily: 10:05am


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!

Giant Screen Dolby Digital

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.

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.