National Geographic Giant Screen Theater

The Ultimate Window to the World

Due to restricted spaces, some COSI experiences will remain closed for the foreseeable future, including the Giant Screen Theater. Please check back again soon for updates on the return of this COSI experience.

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.

Flight of the Butterflies

Flight of the Butterflies

The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs’ perilous journey and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award winning team including Oscar® winner Peter Parks. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies. All Ages | Running Time 44 minutes | Shown in 2D

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Great Bear Rainforest

Great Bear Rainforest

Journey to a land of grizzlies, coastal wolves, sea otters and the all-white spirit bear — the rarest bear on earth — in the film Great Bear Rainforest. Hidden from the outside world, the Great Bear Rainforest is one of the wildest places left on earth. Found on Canada’s remote Pacific coast, it is the last intact temperate rainforest in the world—a place protected by the region’s indigenous people for millennia. Experience this magical world and discover the land of the spirit bear. All Ages | Running Time 40 minutes | Shown in 2D

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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.

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.