”Avatar” Like You've Never Seen It, in IMAX

The award-winning movie comes to Norwalk in its Connecticut IMAX debut

The Norwalk Maritime Aquarium will host a whole new kind of species this month when “Avatar” comes to the IMAX screen.

 Its presentation of the three-time Academy Award winning film will be its Connecticut debut in IMAX, according to a news release from the aquarium.

Written and directed by James Cameron, “Avatar” travels to Pandora, an alien planet, where a Marine must fight to save the planet and its natives, known as Na’vi.

“Wait until you see it in IMAX!” Chris Loynd, marketing director for the aquarium, said. “Obviously, with its box-office numbers, a lot of people have seen ‘Avatar’ already, but in the IMAX scale you’ll discover parts of Pandora and action in the battle sequences that you may have missed before.”

While the screen is still for 2D, it is more than six-stories tall and the theater has a 10,000-watt surround-sound system, making it a whole new experience if you’ve already seen it somewhere else.

And no shame in seeing in twice, says Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Robert Ebert, who wrote that the movie “contains such visual detailing that it would reward repeating viewings.”

“Avatar” will play from March 26 to April 9 on Fridays at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 4 and 7 p.m., and Mondays through Thursdays at 7 p.m. It will be shown from April 10 to 25 at 3 and 6 p.m. daily. Check www.maritimeaquarium.org to confirm show times, or you can call (203) 852-0700 or text TMA to 71297. Tickets are $11.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors and $9.50 for children ages 2 to 12.

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