• 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.







  • Sensory-Friendly Films

    The Putnam GIANT Screen Theater will premiere the next sensory-friendly film experience on Sunday, December 9 at 4:00 p.m. with the film "Polar Express." This is similar to our monthly sensory-friendly documentary screenings, yet applied to a feature-length film. This is a chance for families and individuals affected by sensory sensitivities to enjoy a holiday favorite in a friendly and comfortable theater setting. 

    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 to provide comfort for those attending. A "Frosty the Snowman" activity will also be available where guests can assemble their own paper snowman with glue and/or tape. 
     
    Tickets are $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. 
     
    Sensory-friendly films at the Putnam are proudly supported 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, call 563-324-1933.
     








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  • Oceans: Our Blue Planet 3D

    a world of wonder beneath the waves


    Discover the largest and least explored habitat on earth with the must-see GIANT Screen experience Oceans: Our Blue Planet 3D.

    Embark on a global odyssey with Oceans, and 
    go further into the unknown than ever thought possible using new ocean science and technology. From the coastal shallows to deeper, more mysterious worlds, discover the untold stories of the oceans’ most astonishing creatures, during this expedition narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet.

    Explore coral reefs, and meet fascinating characters like the ingenious tusk fish that uses a tool to open its food. In the great forests of the sea, meet a cunning octopus who shields herself in an armoury of shells to hide from predators.

    More surprises await during this journey through the oceans to uncover a spectacular world of life beneath the waves! Oceans includes various filming firsts, including professional footage of rarely observed animal behavior and deep-sea volcanic activity.
     
     

    Oceans: Our Blue Planet - Trailer from Giant Screen Films on Vimeo.

    Adult tickets are $9, youth tickets $8, and senior/military/college student tickets are $8. Members save $1 on the price of tickets. Find upcoming showtimes.









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    The film is supported by Microsoft, providing educational supplements and scholastic tools tailored to the conservation message and science in the documentary.
  • Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation — NOW PLAYING

    Connect the science of volcanoes to the formation of our planet


    Earth is a planet born of fire. Discover molten worlds and exploding craters with this must-see GIANT Screen experience, Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation 3D — NOW PLAYING! Follow the story of volcanoes from Earth’s beginnings right through modern day. Find upcoming showtimes.
     
    Travel across the globe and see the archaeological ghost town of Pompeii and witness the devastating effects of the recent Kilauea eruption in Hawaii. With intrepid explorer and National Geographic photographer Carsten Peter, dodge boulders at the edge of an active volcano in Indonesia, descend to a lava lake in Vanuatu and visit the incredible mineral deposit fields in Ethiopia.
     
    More adventures await during this journey across the world in this adrenaline-filled, immersive experience that only GIANT Screen films can provide.

    Adult tickets are $9, youth tickets $8, and senior/military/college student tickets are $8. Members save $1 on the price of tickets and get access to the members-only preview party on Nov. 9. Not a member and want to join? Become a member!



    Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation – Trailer from SK Films on YouTube.




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    Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation is locally sponsored by Arconic.
  • 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. 









  • 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.  









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