Tuttleman IMAX Theater

222 N. 20th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Tuttleman IMAX Theater

The Tuttleman IMAX Theater is a dome theater, located in the Franklin Institute. It opened in May 1990. It was closed on March 16, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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alps on February 19, 2013 at 1:36 am

How long will it be before this theatre goes digital?

jwheckert on January 17, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Still Proudly showing 70mm, as of yesterday!

BenPaz on March 12, 2017 at 4:52 am

Update they are still showing 70mm IMAX in 2017 HELL YEAH!!

rhunt on July 10, 2017 at 6:24 pm

They will be showing Dunkirk in 15 perf 70mm

HowardBHaas on July 23, 2017 at 3:31 am

With a nearly sold out audience, I saw Dunkirk in 70mm Imax here this afternoon at 3:15 PM matinee. The movie was one of the greatest spectacles of 21st Century cinema so far. Projection & surround sound were outstanding. The aspect ratio didn’t change like 5 years ago at the only other feature I’ve seen here, The Dark Knight. This is one of only 25 theaters in the US showing it in 70mm Imax. I met a couple young fellows who drove 5 hours from Pittsburgh PA to see it here in 70mm Imax. 2 of my photos here- http://www.in70mm.com/news/2017/dunkirk_notes/index.htm

HowardBHaas on December 18, 2017 at 12:00 am

Yesterday, enjoyed “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in 70mm Imax. It was shown as it is everywhere only in ‘scope, not 1.43 aspect ratio so letterboxed on the screen. Opened Thursday. Full house at my screening yesterday (1 PM, as 10 AM was earlier).

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on November 14, 2019 at 5:37 pm

In the fall of 2018, I made 4 different trips here from the New York City area to see 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm IMAX. Once I saw it on that spectacular domed screen, I had to keep coming back. The next best thing to seeing it in Cinerama, as it was originally presented in 1968. I sincerely hope they’ll show it again someday.

m00se1111 on November 29, 2023 at 7:03 pm

Please change status to closed.

From 11/29/23 Philadelphia Inquirer… https://www.inquirer.com/arts/franklin-institute-imax-permanent-closure-20231129.html

The only domed, large-format film venue in Philadelphia was closed down with the rest of the science center at the start of the pandemic in March 2020. When the institute reopened after a few months, the IMAX theater remained shuttered with its fate unclear.

The space will be mothballed for the foreseeable future and turned into something else, said Franklin Institute president and CEO Larry Dubinski.

To keep the theater going, Dubinski said, would have required “a new projection system, screen, and everything else.” Ultimately, the science center concluded that “this was not the way to invest dollars and move forward right now.”

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