COSI - National Geographic Theater

The 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.
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Please note the shows begin promptly at the listed time.

Robots 3D

Now Showing: Robots 3D

Today's robots are nothing short of astonishing. Those coming in the not-too-distant future are simply revolutionary - and they are becoming eerily like us. What does it take to make a humanoid robot - a robot that can do anything we can do without the benefit of a human brain? How close are scientists to replicating some of the particularly challenging human characteristics?
ROBOTS 3D answers these questions and more as it showcases the latest developments - the successes and failures - of robotics around the world. ROBOTS 3D is a fascinating and fun look at what makes us human, how far machines can really go to look and act like us, and how humanoids are already changing the world. Learn More
Running Time 40 minutes | Shown in 3D

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January 15 - March 18: 11:00am* | 1:00pm | 3:00pm**
March 19 - May 24: 11:00am (Except Friday) | 1:00pm | 3:00pm (Except Sat-Sun)

*No 11:00am showing on Jan 16 and Feb 13

*No shows on Feb 12

**No 3:00 showing Feb 20-21, 27-28, March 5-6

Winter Movie Series

Now Showing: 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 Toy Story to new favorites like Frozen, there is something for every movie fan. Each weekend features a different film with shows at 10am and 4pm on the dates listed (February 6 show is at 4pm). Tickets are just $5 per person for Members/$6 for Nonmembers, available in advance through and at the door (sell-outs are possible).

Jan 23-24 The LEGO Movie (PG) 10am and 4pm Sat/Sun Buy Tickets
Jan 30-31 Toy Story 3D (G) 10am and 4pm Sat/Sun Buy Tickets
Feb 6-7 Pixar Shorts Festival 4pm Sat, 10am and 4pm Sun Buy Tickets
Feb 20-21 Frozen (PG) 10am and 4pm Sat/Sun Buy Tickets
Feb 27-28 Minions (PG) 10am and 4pm Sat/Sun Buy Tickets
Mar 5-6 Aladdin (G) 10am and 4pm Sat Buy Tickets

National Parks Adventure

Now Showing: National Parks Adventure

National Parks Adventure 3D takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into America’s awe-inspiring great outdoors. For 100 years, such spectacularly wild and beautiful places as Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Everglades, the Redwoods, and Arches have been a living monument to the nation’s vast and untamed wilderness. Now, captured with IMAX® 3D cameras and shown in full glory on the world’s largest screens, National Parks Adventure 3D, narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, celebrates the majesty of these treasured landscapes. Join worldclass mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe, and artist Rachel Pohl as they bike, hike, and climb their way across America’s most pristine parks, revealing a tapestry of natural wonders that will inspire the adventurer in us all. Learn More
Running Time 45 minutes | Shown in 3D

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February 12: 2:00pm | 3:00pm | 4:00pm
February 13 - March 17: 12:00pm | 2:00pm | 4:00pm*
March 18 - June 5: 12:00pm | 2:00pm | 3:00pm (Sat-Sun only) | 4:00pm (Except Sat-Sun)

*No 4pm showing on Feb 20, 21, 27, 28, Mar 5,6 due to Winter Movie Series


Coming Soon: JERUSALEM

Filmed for the first time in 3D and for the giant screen, JERUSALEM immerses audiences into one of the world's most beloved cities. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions through the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families who call Jerusalem home. Join renowned archaeologist, Dr. Jodi Magness, as she travels underground to solve some of this city’s greatest mysteries. Find out why, after thousands of years, Jerusalem and the Holy Land continue to stir the imagination of billions of people. Unprecedented access to the city's holiest sites, as well as rare and breathtaking aerial footage of the Old City and the Holy Land, combine to make JERUSALEM a unique and stunning cinematic experience. Learn More
Running Time 45 minutes | Shown in 3D and 2D

Faith Guides
Education Guides
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March 18-May 24: Friday 11:00am (3D) | Sat-Sun 10:05am (2D), 4:00pm (3D)
May 25-June 5: Sat-Sun 10:05am (2D), 4:00pm (3D)

Teachers Choice

Now Showing: Teacher's Choice Films

See the film on your choice during your field trip or group visit, including Tornado Alley, Titans of the Ice Age, D-Day: Normandy 1944, Wild Ocean, We the People and many others from COSI’s library of award-winning giant screen documentaries. Learn More


Wednesday - Friday: 9:00am | 10:00am

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.