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Fintastic IMAX Film Fest Opens at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX® 3D Theater

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Feb. 1, 2001) - Get ready. Get set. Get wet. For the first time since opening, the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX® 3D Theater is offering a Fintastic Film Fest, featuring six IMAX films this spring. Water - wild and mild - is the common theme for this fascinating film series. Just in time for spring break you'll see some old favorites and some popular new films that have yet to debut in Chattanooga. The festival opens March 17 and ends April 8.

The six aquatic films are:

"Galapagos": 3D
Sea lion pups frolic with you in tidal pools and giant tortoises and iguanas appear tame and even curious about your presence. Dive into "Galapagos," the newest 3D film, where schools of hammerhead sharks swim above you and a group of inquisitive moray eels emerge from their cave to look at you, jaws gaping. "Galapagos" is a fantastic voyage to a strange world hidden within our own. All Week: Noon, 2 & 7 PM ET

"Whales": 2D
Meet blue, orca, white whales and dolphins as they travel thousands of miles from the krill blooms off the frigid coast of Alaska to calve in the warm waters of Hawaii. Featuring spectacular underwater footage of mothers, calves and escorts, "Whales" reveals many little-known aspects of these elusive creatures and celebrates the music, play and incredible strength of the earth's largest inhabitants. All Week: 5 PM ET

"Island of the Sharks": 2D
The natural wonders of Cocos Island are captured in Island of the Sharks, a thrilling underwater adventure that immerses audiences in the waters of this Pacific paradise to swim with sharks, manta rays, marlin and giant sea turtles. Formed by a volcano, the rugged underwater topography of Cocos Island helps bring deep ocean currents to the surface carrying a wealth of nutrients. Located 300 miles of the coast of Costa Rica, Cocos Island hosts a dazzling array of sharks. White-tip, hammerhead, black-tip and silky sharks congregate here, some traveling thousands of miles. Sunday - Thursday: 11 AM & 4 PM and Friday - Saturday: 11 AM, 4 & 8 PM ET

"Dolphins": 2D
From the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the wind-swept seas of Patagonia, "Dolphins" takes audiences under the water's surface for a romp with inquisitive Atlantic spotted dolphins, acrobatic dusky dolphins and the familiar bottlenose dolphin of "Flipper" fame. From rarely seen fish-herding behavior to a close-up look at complex communication activities, "Dolphins" will give audiences a fascinating new perspective on the lives of dolphins and their remarkable intelligence. All Week: 6 PM ET

"The Living Sea": 2D
"The Living Sea" celebrates the World Ocean - its beauty, diversity and importance to life on Earth. Filmed in locations around the world, "The Living Sea" explores our relationship with this complex, fragile living environment. The film features songs and music by Sting and narration by Meryl Streep. All Week: 3 PM ET

"Into The Deep": 3D
Journey to an enchanting underwater world of swaying kelp forests and glowing corals. Swim nose-to-nose with colorful garibaldi, starfish, and sharks; play tag with sea lions; observe the frenzied mating of the opalescent squid and other rarely seen behavior of the creatures of the eternal undersea night. Filmed off the coast of Southern California, "Into the Deep" dazzles, entertains and mesmerizes. Sunday - Thursday: 1 PM and Friday - Saturday: 1 & 9 PM ET

Film Fest Prices:
6 films - Adult - $22; Child - $16
3 films - Adult - $12; Child - $9
1 film - Adult - $7.25; Child - $4.95

To order advance tickets, call 1-800-262-0695.

The Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Theater is located in Chattanooga. Ticket prices are $7.25 per adult and $4.95 per child, ages 3-12. Admission to the Tennessee Aquarium is $12.95 per adult and $6.95 per child. Aquarium/IMAX combo tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for children. Advance tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at 1-800-262-0695. The Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX 3Dâ Theater are open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas and are accessible to people with disabilities. Members enjoy unlimited Aquarium visits and IMAX discounts. To join, call 267-FISH.


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