Even though the summer evening skies are bright, visitors still find a way to enjoy the full splendor of Alaska’s northern lights. Projected in High Definition, “AurorA, The Great Northern Lights” is a stunning digital presentation by Aurora photographer Dave Parkhurst, set to classical music and shown daily in summer at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.
The Bear & Raven Adventure Theater in “Bear Square” presents two entertaining and informative films daily in summer – both with a few surprise special effects. In “The Amazing Trail” you’ll see what it’s like to mush the famous Iditarod trail with nine of your tail-wagging best friends. “Those Amazing Bears” presents a glimpse at life on the McNeil River with bears fishing and basking in the warm summer sun.
Named after Bear Tooth Peak in the Alaska Range near Mount McKinley, the Bear Tooth TheatrePub is not your ordinary movie house. The concession counter is a full-service kitchen featuring gourmet pizza, burritos, tacos, salads and desserts. Food is made to order and delivered to you in the theatre (with the help of a glow in the dark number), where every other row of seats has been removed and replaced with table tops. The movie house is open year round, and features second-run contemporary, independent, foreign and classic films.
Designed to evoke the Kennecott Mines near McCarthy, the Alaska Wild Berry Theater & Park presents "Alaska, the Land Beyond” in widescreen format with surround sound. Dedicated to those who choose the path less traveled, this film takes you on a one-of-a-kind adventure that aims to change the way you see, experience and feel about the Last Frontier. Shows twice daily in summer.
Located in the historic 4th Avenue Market Place in downtown Anchorage, the Alaska Experience Theatre’s Earthquake Exhibit and Safe-Quake Theatre experience take you back in time to 1964 on the fateful Good Friday when North America recorded it largest earthquake ever at a magnitude of 9.2. Additional films about Alaska and 3-D features are also shown daily in summer.
For an intelligent diversion, the Anchorage Museum hosts a variety of rotating and educational films in the new Thomas Planetarium. Programming includes films about astronomy, the solar system and Earth's atmosphere, as well as laser light shows and interactive demonstrations.
Alaska Native Heritage Center theatre hosts a variety of movies, including a film they commissioned, “Stories Given, Stories Shared.” This 20-minute film introduces the many different cultures of Alaska Native people and the unique places where they live. “Living From the Land and Sea,” “Changing Lives, Living Values” and “Games of the North” are also frequently shown.
The Alaska Public Lands Information Center is not only a great resource for Alaska’s national and state parks, they also offer FREE movies about Alaska. Open weekdays, year round; film titles include “Alaska's Coolest Animals,” “Alaska Railroad History,” “Gold Fever,” “Heartbeat of Denali” and more.