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T-REX: Back to the Cretaceous
Roars onto IMAX® 3D Screen in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (August 16, 2004) – The Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D® Theater will take you on an adventure back in time with the film “T-REX: Back to the Cretaceous,” which opens Oct. 1 – Nov. 16.

“T-REX” brings dinosaurs to life with groundbreaking detail, unparalleled realism, and the awesome size and thrilling feeling of being in the movie, not just at the movie.

Shot on location in Alberta, Canada at Dinosaur Provincial Park, dinosaurs are very much alive — at least in the mind of Ally Hayden. But the closest she has come to them in her world is seeing the dinosaur skeletons and artists’ renderings in the museum where her father, the world-famous palaeontologist Dr. Donald Hayden, has his headquarters.

Like her father, Ally is fascinated by the way that modern science and the study of dinosaur bones and fossils can lead to uncovering the mysteries of what dinosaurs were really like — what they looked like, how they moved, how and what they ate and how they raised their young. When Hayden brings his latest discovery back to the museum, Ally is excited that the oblong-shaped fossil rock might be an as yet undiscovered Tyrannosaurus-rex egg.

Ally is alone and waiting for her father to return when an accident in the museum lab sets her on an adventure in which Ally’s present world begins to meld with the deep past. As she wanders into the museum, the bones of the T-rex skeleton suddenly appear to grow skin and muscle and the extinct creature lunges to life. Ally is hurtled through time, backward to the territory of dinosaurs that are bigger than her imagination.

“The idea of putting dinosaurs on the IMAX screen was a natural,” said Andrew Gellis, executive producer/co-writer. “And the opportunity to create a 45-minute story, bringing photo-realistic dinosaurs to life with IMAX 3D was irresistible.”

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