It was a drill, not for your amusement: Valleyfair Imax theater set ablaze

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  • Updated: October 28, 2013 - 10:54 PM

The doomed Imax movie theater at Valleyfair became the scene of one final drama Monday, as firefighters used the building for a training exercise at the Shakopee amusement park, which is closed for the season.

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ronpaulOct. 28, 1312:01 PM

"Doomed?" What's the issue? I loved that place!

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DufferHOct. 28, 13 1:34 PM

An illustrative photo would have been helpful.

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wallinmOct. 28, 13 2:01 PM

That's too bad but I suppose with IMAX available at theaters throughout the area competition was too much.

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madkingchrisOct. 28, 13 2:16 PM

(sniff). I haven't been in the IMAX there for awhile, but it brings back fond memories of Valley Fair trips in the late 80's and early 90's during jr. high/high school. It was a nice place to cool off on the hot days, and I saw some cool shows at the same time.

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9moonsOct. 28, 13 3:18 PM

Do they still have the Imax-type theater at the St. Paul Science Museum?

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supervon2Oct. 28, 13 4:10 PM

It didn't have government funding-otherwise it would have been there like the taxpayer-supported Science Museum.

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HeyGoodBuddyOct. 28, 13 4:27 PM

9moons - They still have the theatre at the Science Museum. It's an Omnimax, not an iMax. My understanding is that the difference is that Omni is a dome, not just a curved screen.

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themanOct. 28, 13 4:46 PM

If it was showing "classic" 1998 movies, I can see why it was doomed...

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mdcastleOct. 28, 13 5:53 PM

There's been rumors going around since this spring. Valleyfair's waterpark is vastly subpar compared to the other offering in the Cedar Fair chain, after knocking down the flume a few years ago the Imax is the only other place to expand it. Also, with other Imax theaters around it's not a unique experience anymore, and it keeping it much longer probably would have required a large investment in remodeling and updating the technical and mechanical systems.

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edinawaterOct. 28, 13 6:10 PM

9moons, the science museum can switch between a dome and a flat IMAX screen.

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