• Extreme Weather 3D

    Opening March 25!

    Weather has always been one of the most dynamic and complex forces shaping our planet, but now it's intensifying in varied and complex ways. Extreme Weather takes us to the frontlines where few have gone.

    Among the melting tidewater glaciers of Alaska, National Geographic Emerging Explorer Dr. Erin Pettit leads a young team of researchers into the splash zone at the face of Dawes Glacier aboard a boat custom-designed to get as close as possible to the calving ice. Using a variety of instruments, her team works to measure the rate of melting to help build a more accurate model of global ocean level rise.

    In the Great Plains of the United States, Oklahoma native Justin Walker tries to place pods of sensors inside tornados as part of an effort to determine if tornado outbreaks are growing more extreme. Working with driver Herb Stein, he races across the farm roads of the Heartland to get his instruments in direct contact with one of the most destructive forces on the planet.

    A prolonged draught in California has caused the death of huge swaths of forest, creating a dangerous surge in the intensity of wildfires. Firefighters battle through smoke so thick it looks like night and so shockingly close to the heat that out-of-control flames lick at the lens. These growing infernos are themselves speeding the rate of polar ice melt, influenced by and also an influence on our increasingly extreme weather.

    Follow these researchers and everyday heroes as they uncover surprising connections to help us understand and adapt to our ever-changing weather.  


  • Wild Africa 3D

    Wild Africa takes audiences on a spectacular journey across, over, and through the magical realms of the wildest continent on earth.  Water, the interconnecting force of this enchanted kingdom, serves as a guide, shaping wild Africa and conjuring up life wherever it journeys… travelling above the plains on seasonal winds, cascading along raging rivers or sheltering coral cities.  Audiences will be plunged into fantastic places and meet amazing creatures, discovering the fascinating secrets of this incredible world.  It’s an adventure where you will truly believe the real world is more extraordinary and awe-inspiring than any fiction.
    Fly from the highest snow covered mountains in Kenya, along great rivers, into steamy rainforests and wide-open savannahs while discovering the striking contrast of stunning deserts beside wild oceans and diving into the sunlit abundance of the coral reefs. In a final epic giant screen experience the movie chases the great rains of the African summer storms that annually bring life to this magnificent continent.

    One of the most ambitious 3D nature films ever to grace the giant screen, Wild Africa fuses Hollywood techniques with the best in nature filmmaking and storytelling. Cutting edge 3D technology transports audiences from the movie theatre into the heart of Africa to meet its unforgettable wildlife.  You'll feel as if you are on your own spectacular safari - experiencing at first hand the wonderful creatures in the glorious landscapes of Wild Africa.

  • Football Movie Classics

    After walking through the Gridiron Glory exhibit, you'll want to get as much football action as you can. Don't pass up the opportunity to see football classics on the GIANT Screen through the run of the Gridiron Glory exhibit! The football classics continue Feb. 24 with "Brian's Song" and run until June 2 with "Radio". Add on a football movie for just $5 when you purchase a Gridiron Glory exhibit ticket!
    Individual ticket prices:
    Adult: $8.50 ($1 off seniors over 60 and college students or military with ID)
    Youth (3-18): $7
    Members take $1 off ticket prices!

    Feb. 24 Featured Film: "Brian's Song"
    Click on each movie title to view a trailer of the film.
    Date/Time Movie Tickets
    Feb. 24, 3p.m. Brian's Song PURCHASE
    March 3, 3p.m. Draft Day* PURCHASE
    March 10, 3p.m. Knute Rockne---All American PURCHASE
    March 17, 6p.m. Everyone's All American* PURCHASE
    March 24, 3p.m. Leatherheads PURCHASE
    March 31, 3p.m. The Blind Side PURCHASE
    April 7, 6p.m. Any Given Sunday* PURCHASE
    April 14, 3p.m. Necessary Roughness PURCHASE
    April 21, 3p.m. We are Marshall PURCHASE
    April 28, 3p.m. Remember the Titans PURCHASE
    April 28, 6p.m. Draft Day* PURCHASE
    May 5, 3p.m. Friday Night Lights PURCHASE
    May 12, 6p.m. The Longest Yard* PURCHASE
    May 19, 3p.m. Rudy PURCHASE
    May 26, 6p.m. Jerry Maguire* PURCHASE
    June 2, 3p.m. Radio PURCHASE
    * Please note, these films are Rated PG-13 or R.

  • Jane

    Don’t miss “Jane," a documentary following the story of Jane Goodall, on the GIANT Screen. Get an intimate look into the world of this true pioneer of the sciences, who defied all odds and dared to go where no man had gone before, in this experience which will be showing at the Putnam for a limited run, now through March 10.
    Equipped with no more than a notebook, binoculars and her love of the wildlife, Jane Goodall traveled from England to Tanzania and ventured into the day to day life of chimpanzees at the age of 26. Goodall’s research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.

    Directed by Brett Morgen — of "Cobain: Montage of Heck" and "The Kid Stays in the Picture" — “Jane” draws from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage of this trailblazing researcher who became one of the world’s most admired conservationists. 

    Adult tickets are $8.50, youth tickets $7, and senior/military/college student tickets are $7.50. Members save $1 on the price of tickets. Reserve your tickets today!

    Can't make the premiere? Find upcoming showtimes.

  • Sensory-Friendly Films

    The Putnam GIANT Screen Theater will premiere the first sensory-friendly film experience in a Quad Cities on March 11 at 1:45p.m., with the film Wild Africa

    What is sensory-friendly?  It’s a movie modified to be “friendlier” to the senses that affect those with disabilities. Changes to the environment and film experience include: dimmed but not turned off theater lights, lower volume, all movies in 2D, little to no trailers before the movie and handicapped access to theater.

    Guests of all ages have the freedom to move around and make noise during the show, as well as bring in outside food and drink to suit their dietary needs!

    A designated “chill out zone” is available outside of the theater featuring therapy dogs from the Quad Cities Canine Assistance Network to provide comfort for those attending.
    ALL ticket prices will be $5 per person using promo code ASQC at checkout. Tickets are available HERE.

    This ticket gives patrons access to the film in the theater as well as “chill out zones” if any patron feels the need to leave the theater and calm down in a quiet area. 
    On April 8 at 1:45p.m., a sensory-friendly version of Dream Big will premiere and additional showings will be announced at a later date.
    Sensory-friendly films at the Putnam are proudly sponsored by the Autism Society of the Quad Cities. The Autism Society of America, the national chapter, aided in suggesting the guidelines set in place for the theater showings. 
    For more information on autism sensory friendly film showings on the GIANT screen, visit call 563-324-1933.


  • Dream Big: Engineering our World 3D

    Now playing on the giant screen!

    Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World is a first film of its kind for giant screen theatres that will transform how we think about engineering.

    From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways.

    With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, and extraordinary visuals for the world’s largest screens, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. 

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