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Things to do in Edmonton

5 Unique Movie Theatres in Edmonton

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Photo by Pedro Escobar

Watching a movie is a great way to relax, especially if you need to escape some bad weather! We recommend checking out a flick at one of these one-of-a-kind venues.

1. VIP Windermere Cinemas | 6151 Currents Dr. | 780-822-4250 | cineplex.com/Theatres/VIP
Get the red-carpet treatment at the only Cineplex Odeon VIP theatre in Alberta! In addition to the seven regular theatres, three VIP theatres offer movie-goers a unique way to enjoy the latest films. The extra admission price allows patrons to relax in an adults-only theatre and access a private concession stand and lounge with a full restaurant menu and bar. Once in the theatre, extra-wide, high-back rocker seats—accompanied by seat-side food and drink service—await guests.

2. Garneau Theatre |  8712-109 St. | 780-425-9212 | metrocinema.org
The Garneau Theatre has been a fixture of the trendy Garneau area since 1940. It’s maintained some of its nostalgic features like it’s outdoor neon sign and marquee, two-level seating in a single-screen theatre and a retro concession stand. It’s currently home to the Metro Cinema, which screens a selection of independent new releases and nostalgic favourites—this is the place to re-live the “Golden Age” of film and see Hollywood classics on the big screen! Monthly film series like Crime Watch, Science in the Cinema and Reel Family Cinema show pop culture favourites and open with a brief, entertaining talk. The lineup changes weekly; two films are screened every weekday evening, four films are shown each day on the weekend.

3. The Princess Theatre | 10337 Whyte (82) Ave. | 780-433-0728 | rainbowcinemas.ca/A/Princess
For a dose of history and entertainment, see a film at Edmonton’s oldest surviving cinema, The Princess Theatre. The ornate building still features the original auditorium and balcony from 1915, and screens an interesting mix of independent, foreign and alternative new releases.Two or three films are shown every week; two screenings on weekday evenings, four screenings on the weekend.

4. Capitol Theatre at Fort Edmonton Park | fortedmontonpark.ca
Enjoy some of the most classic, popular, and influential films of all time on the big screen in the historic one-room Capitol Theatre! Movies are shown every Thursday evening at  7:30 pm, and there is a different film series film each month. June 2014 is “Clint Eastwood and John Wayne,” July 2014 is “Family Favourites,” and August 2014 is “Musical Requests”. 

5. Telus World of Science—IMAX Theatre | telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca
This theatre shows a variety of made-for-IMAX films that are both educational and stunning. Now playing are Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D, D-Day: Normandy 1944 3DJerusalem 3D, and Rocky Mountain Express. The theatre also shows some of the latest big blockbuster hits, and has shown films like Gravity and Captain America: The Winter Solider. You can enjoy a film in the IMAX theatre without paying admission to the science centre exhibits. If you do want to check out the rest of the science centre, discounted combo tickets are available. Showtimes vary daily.

For the Thrill Seeker: 5 Thrilling Edmonton Attractions

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TAKE THE PLUNGE 
You only need 60 seconds to pack in all the thrills that skydiving has to offer! Whether you want to take the plunge for the first time or are an experienced jumper, dive from Canada’s fastest jump plane to experience an exhilarating 120 mph freefall. Skydive season starts April 1, and several jumps take place daily. Edmonton Skydive, 59523 RR 260, Westlock County, 780-884-5867, edmontonskydive.com

NEED FOR SPEED Race your car or motorbike down the one quarter mile drag strip Fast and the Furious style at Castrol Raceway during JB’s Power Centre Street Legal races every Friday night. If snow is keeping you off the tracks, head to Speeders Indoor ProKarts track to race electric powered pro-karts. Castrol Raceway, Highway 19 & Highway 2, Nisku, 780-468-3278, castrolraceway.com. Speeders Indoor ProKarts, 13145-149 St., 780-451-4377, speeders.ca.

HIGH FLYING FUN Soar 450 feet across the world’s largest indoor zipline with Line Tech Ziplines. You’ll get a view of the World Waterpark, where thrill seekers will want to try water slides like Cyclone where a trap door opens to release riders into a vertical free fall, before they encounter a gravity defying loop. West Edmonton Mall, 8882-170 St., 780-489-8147, linetechziplines.com.

TRIPLE THE FUN If you’re always in line to try the fastest, most topsy-turvy rides at amusement parks, you won’t want to pass up a ride on the Mindbender! It’s the world’s largest indoor triple-loop roller coaster, reaching heights of up to 14 stories and speeds up to 100 km/h. If you’re not too dizzy after the ride, head over to Space Shot to get launched 120 feet high in less than two seconds, all before plummeting back to the ground below. Galaxyland at West Edmonton Mall, 8882-170 St., 780-444-5300, wem.ca.

NATURE AT HIGH SPEED Take a drive off the beaten path and experience the great outdoors on a snowmobile or quad — either one might be suitable for the weather this time of year! Visit altasnowmobile.ab.ca or aohva.com for information on trails and rentals near the city. Pioneer Offroad Rentals, 7907 Davies Rd., 780-454-1010, pioneerrentals.ca. Expedition Rentals, 7012-82 Ave., 780-932-2746, expeditionrentals.ca.

Jerusalem: The IMAX 3D Experience

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Experience one of the most historically significant and culturally diverse cities in the world without getting on a plane — the striking imagery and immersive effects of IMAX 3D will bring you into the heart of the city in the  film Jerusalem.

Daniel Ferguson — who directed, wrote, and produced the film — studied religious theology in university. “I had never really found anyone to have an intelligent conversation about religion with,” he said. But after taking some religious studies courses with some “very cool professors”, Ferguson realized how fascinated he was by the study of religion. He’s now worked on several film projects and when approached to work on this one, was delighted by the opportunity to tell a story of Jerusalem that took an approach beyond the usual references to political conflict.

The film was not an easy one to make; it took over three years, 12 trips, and plenty of negotiation with religious and political authorities in the city to make. Ferguson says it was difficult to get access to some of the sites they wanted to film, but timing — and being able to make several trips to Jerusalem, a diverse, collaborative crew and the persuasive power of the IMAX brand all contributed to their ability to get the shots they needed to tell the story.

While the film certainly depicts the traditions of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish religions, it doesn’t advocate for any religion and it does a good job of taking an apolitical approach. It’s more of a human interest story, showcasing some of the customs, rituals, traditions, and lifestyles that take place daily, and during special religious occasions, throughout the city. Travel buffs will love the stunning footage and sweeping aerial views of the city — a rare sight, since planes are not allowed to fly in the airspace over Jerusalem.

Fans of the popular show Sherlock will recognize the British-accented voice of the narrator: Benedict Cumberbatch guides viewers through the film with explanations and insights of the footage. When Cumberbatch isn’t narrating, three teen girls from Jerusalem lead us through the important practices and rituals that are a part of their daily and annual routines. The result is an honest, informal perspective that presents Jerusalem as it is to these young women, rather than how it is perceived to be by any outside party.

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Ferguson and Cumberbatch in post-production.

Jerusalem 3D is the first film to be shown in the newly renovated digital IMAX theatre at the Telus World of Science — Edmonton. Visit www.telusworldofscienceedmonton.com for a list of daily showtimes. IMAX films cost $8.50 – $12.95, and are discounted when General Admission to the rest of the exhibits is purchased.

Your Guide to Harry Potter: The Exhibition in Edmonton and Interview with Oliver and James Phelps

It’s finally here! Harry Potter: The Exhibition is showing in Edmonton at the Telus World of Science November 23, 2013 – April 6, 2014. Visit www.telusworldofscience.com for more information including tickets, hours, and location.

Where Edmonton got a sneak preview of the exhibit and a chance to talk with James and Oliver Phelps, who portray Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter films. Read on to find out what to expect from this magical attraction!

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The Best 8 New Summer Attractions in Canada

Best New Summer Attractions Awards 2013: Calgary

Best New Summer Attractions Awards 2013: A shot of Calgary’s winner

Each year, the editors of Where from across Canada release their picks for the summer’s most anticipated attractions. Winners of the Best New Summer Attractions Awards could be brand new, significantly improved, or celebrating major milestones. From graceful sports temples to rich explorations of science and history, this year’s coast-to-coast list offers a set of thrilling diversions for travellers planning their summer vacations in Canada.

See the winners of the Best New Summer Attractions Awards for 2013 »