But while the facilities might exist, their ultimate success boils down to the quality of their product. Luckily the IMAX theater's films, "The Greatest Places" and "The Mysteries of Egypt," stand strong as educational and exciting productions fit for the student, teacher and casual moviegoer alike.
A breathtaking journey to the world's most foreboding and exotic locations, "The Greatest Places" showcases IMAX technology at its best. Gigantic iguanas, imposing glaciers and Buddhist monks span the 55-foot screen, presenting a truly larger-than-life view of Mother Earth and her inhabitants.
Filmed by the Science Museum of Minnesota, "The Greatest Places" is far from a cheesy educational video.
While the film does indeed educate, it seems more like an interactive safari than another meet-the-animals-type production from the local television station.
Colorful, venomous caterpillars and baby elephants appeal to younger audiences, while jaw-dropping views of the Amazon River and the Himalayas start older minds thinking of their next vacation destination.
But don't be fooled. "The Greatest Places" has its share of creepy spiders and stampeding hippopotamuses. Eerie Tibetan ritual music and the thunderous rush of the Iguazu Falls also make the film a bit of a hazard for the weak at heart.
If country-hopping isn't your thing, Exploris offers a look into the past with "Mysteries of Egypt."
Filmed by the National Geographic Society, the "Mysteries of Egypt" is a tidy look at some 4,000 years of Egyptian history, narrated by Omar Shariff ("Lawrence of Arabia").
A native Egyptian, Shariff regales his co-host Kate Maberly ("The Secret Garden") with stories from the lives of ancient Egyptians, starting with the earliest human settlements on the Nile River and ending with the mysterious downfall of the world's longest existing civilization.