Chapter 8
Accessing Melbourne
Rathdowne St, Carlton, IMAX
Theatre (9663 5454).
Publicly spruiked as the  World's Biggest Movie Screen . That is no
understatement, the IMAX
screen is about 10 times the size of a conventional
cinema screen! The screen is so large that you almost feel like you will fall into
it. The seating arrangement is incredibly steep but the high backed seats
appear to be very comfortable and provide great viewing. Movies are shown in
two and three dimensions (2D and 3D), complete with a hi wattage sound and
light system.
films screen hourly from 9am to 11pm with special late night sessions
on Friday and Saturday. Prices for 3D movies are Adult $14.95, Child $10.95,
Concession $11.95 and Family $44.95. Prices for 2D movies are $1 less and $2
less for families.
theatre is the first stage of Melbourne's Museum development on
the site of the Carlton Gardens and Royal Exhibition Building, located on the
north east corner of the CBD. Wheelchair access has been incorporated into the
theatre. There are six on street disabled persons parking spaces, three
dedicated spaces in the commercial car park operating on the grounds of the
Exhibition Building and dedicated spaces provided in the underground car park
with lift access up to the theatre.
The main theatre entry is via escalators, however a lift (with electronic voice
over) is located past the entry and conveys you directly to the main foyer. Off
the foyer is a gift shop and ticket office both with appropriate height counters,
an accessible toilet (past the escalators) and Cafe IMAX
, a licensed bistro.
Access into the theatre is easy through wide opening doors, ushers will show
you to your seat where up to twelve seats can be removed from two sections of
the rear row making way for wheelchairs. This row has the best view in the

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