You might miss Empire Drive-In if you don't know it's there. This theatre looks like the average junkyard, full of old cars and salvaged wood. Yet on nights and weekends, it transforms into a one-of-a-kind movie theatre with a twist: The junked cars are the seats.
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It will take a few years before the technology trickles down to home theatres, but at CinemaCon this year Dolby introduced a new surround sound system called Atmos that promises to create the illusion that sounds are coming from everywhere inside the theatre.
The Adler Planetarium just renovated the Grainger Sky Theater with a big honking screen. The display will mimic being in space with a 8000 by 8000 pixel screen that's supposed to deliver "the largest single seamless digital image in the world". For reference, typical movie screens 'only' spit out 2000 by 4000 pixel images.
Far from your local cineplex's marginally enhanced "IMAX Experience," these seven theatres are the best, the biggest, and the craziest thunderdomes IMAX has to offer.