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'Polar Express' Returns To IMAX At Maritime Aquarium In Norwalk

"The Polar Express" will begin screening at the Maritime Aquarium's IMAX theater Friday.
"The Polar Express" will begin screening at the Maritime Aquarium's IMAX theater Friday. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

NORWALK, Conn. – Bring the kids on a giant-screen thrill ride to the North Pole when the holiday film “The Polar Express” returns Friday for a limited engagement to the IMAX Theater of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

The animated film, featuring Tom Hanks as the voice of five characters, plays on the Aquarium’s six-story screen this Friday through Sunday, Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 4 p.m. on Sundays. 

From Saturday, Dec. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 3, “The Polar Express” will show at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily.

The “Polar Express Pajama Parties” will be held Saturday, Dec. 19 and Sunday, Dec. 20 at 9 a.m. with a gourmet hot chocolate bar courtesy of South Norwalk’s renowned Chocopologie Cafe & Bistro. Guests can top their hot chocolate with whipped cream and a selection of exotic toppings provided by The Village Market in Wilton and choose from a delicious spread of cookies by J&L Bakery in Norwalk.

Pajama Party guests can also pose for photos with the Aquarium’s train conductor and visit with Aquarium educators whose hands-on displays will explore the strategies that animals use to keep warm in winter before the movie starts at 10 a.m.

Tickets for the “Polar Express Pajama Party” screenings are $17 for adults and $15 for kids ages 3-12 ($15 and $13 for Aquarium members). Each show is limited to 310 seats, so advance purchase is strongly recommended.

Because “The Polar Express” is an 1 hour and 40 minutes long, tickets for all afternoon and evening shows are specially priced at $11.50 for adults, $10.50 for youths ages 13-17 and seniors 65 and over, and $9.50 for children ages 3-12. Maritime Aquarium members save $1.

To include a visit to the Aquarium with “The Polar Express,” tickets are $31.45 for adults, $28.45 for youths and seniors and $22.45 for children. Besides the public weekend shows and the Dec. 19 and 20 “Pajama Parties,” screenings of “The Polar Express” are available for preschool and elementary-school students on weekdays at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Buy tickets online here or call 203-852-0700, ext. 2206.

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