Angkor 3D: The Lost Empire of Cambodia Opens at the California Science Center IMAX Theater on February 16, 2022

Press Release / January 27, 2022

Angkor 3D: The Lost Empire of Cambodia Opens at the California Science Center IMAX Theater on February 16, 2022

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LOS ANGELES, CA (January 25, 2022) – Audiences will explore one of the archaeological wonders of the world as it reveals its full splendor and mystery when Angkor 3D: The Lost Empire of Cambodia, a new IMAX movie, opens at the California Science Center IMAX Theater on February 16, 2022. Travel through the forests of Cambodia to an ancient megacity that rose to become the envy of the world, then was abruptly abandoned—and unlock its mystery with modern archaeologists, scientists, and explorers. The movie will be shown with special IMAX laser projection technology, which produces the highest quality image in the world.

Angkor 3D is visually stunning—an adventure where science, mystery and ancient civilization intersect. Audiences unravel Angkor’s ancient mysteries with archeologists and scientists who conceive ingenious methods and employ cutting edge technology.

Angkor’s thousands of elaborate temples and religious monuments rival the pyramids of Egypt in scale and ambition. The Khmer kingdom lasted from the 9th to the 15th centuries and at its height dominated a large swathe of South-East Asia from Myanmar to the west to Vietnam in the east. Angkor, the capital, sprawled across an area the size of New York's five boroughs, making it the most extensive urban complex of the pre-industrial world. By the late 16th century, the once resplendent capital of the empire was being overrun by the surrounding forest. For 150 years, many experts have attempted to provide answers, and theories abound. Thirteen hundred carved inscriptions survive on temple doorjambs but the people of Angkor left not a single word explaining their metropolis’ collapse.

Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. It has been a place of worship for thousands of years; and is still in-use as one of the holiest places for Hindu and Buddhist alike. In the words of Cambodian archaeologist Dr. Heng Piphal in Angkor 3D, “Places like Angkor Wat are powerful reminders that our common humanity has not changed. The city of Angkor was built with extraordinary artistry, innovative engineering, and consummate statecraft that lasted nearly 900 years. For us, the Khmer people…the sacred waters of Kulen are still central to our existence and our beliefs. Our glorious history lives on, our King is a descendant of our ancient rulers, and we have lived right here for millennia.”

The movie is presented and distributed by K2 Studios in IMAX and Giant Screen theaters at museums and science centers worldwide. The film was produced by David Gross’ Definition Studios Australian Production company (Turtle Odyssey, Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker, Australia’s Great Wild North) alongside Helio Projects Asia and Wild Pacific Media.

Angkor 3D opens in the California Science Center IMAX Theater, along with the world premiere of the exhibition Angkor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia. Through 120 original artifacts - half on tour outside Cambodia for the first time – and hands-on exhibits, guests will use the lens of science to explore the ancient empire of Angkor.  The exhibition, developed by MuseumsPartner in collaboration with the California Science Center, the National Museum of Cambodia, and the Cambodian Ministry of Culture, uses science to reveal insights into the rise and fall of ancient Angkor as well as its enduring legacy.

To buy exhibition and IMAX tickets call 213-744-2019 or visit Special discounts available for groups of 15 or more. Please check the Science Center website for the latest COVID protocols.

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The California Science Center and IMAX Theater are located in historic Exposition Park just west of the Harbor (110) Freeway at 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. For recorded information, including IMAX showtimes, call 323.SCIENCE (323.724-3623). IMAX ticket prices range from $6.75 to $8.95. For advance ticket purchases or to make required timed reservations to visit the rest of the California Science Center, call 323.SCIENCE or visit Parking is available in the guest lot at Figueroa and 39th/Exposition Park Drive at $15 per car. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible. For further information, please visit our website at

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