It’s true: Things are really bigger in Texas. Just how big?
Well, drive down the Richmond strip in Houston and you’ll see Smokesax, the 70-foot-tall blue saxophone at 6025 Richmond Ave. that was built by legendary Texas artist Bob Wade as a special installation for Billy Blues Bar & Grill.
Head up to Fort Worth and you’ll find Billy Bob’s Texas – the World’s Largest Honky Tonk – which boasts 100,000 square feet of interior space and 20 acres for parking to accommodate 6000 hoopin’ and hollerin’ country fans.
And then there’s Big Tex, the 55-foot- tall statue that has served as a cultural ambassador to visitors at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas since 1952.
But you don’t even have to leave the island to see Texas Big. All you have to do is to step into the MG 3D Theater at Moody Gardens Galveston Island.
For starters, the theater has the world’s first 4K 3D giant screen 6-Primary laser projection system on the largest screen in Texas – a 60-by-80-foot white screen almost three and half times brighter than normal theaters.
The new laser projection system captures mind-boggling vibrant colors with new 3D glasses technology, and boasts a top-of-the-line 11.1 surround sound with Auro 3D. The Dolby 3D glasses are specifically engineered to match the 6 primary laser light wavelengths to yield about 90 percent light efficiency, Moody Gardens officials said.
The new laser system, which replaces the IMAX projection system at Moody Gardens, is a collaborative with Christie Digital Systems and D3D Cinema.
Don Kempf, president and founder of D3D Cinema, is big on the new 3D technology. Here’s what he said:
“This is the game-changing milestone the museum giant screen industry has longed to achieve for many years. Moody Gardens’ audiences are the first in the world to have a 6P giant screen laser experience, unarguably the future of cinema presentation. The DCI and DIGSS-compliant Christie laser solution, coupled with 6P glasses technology, will be unparalleled in terms of image quality.”
I got a chance to check out “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at Moody Gardens’ MG 3D Theater. I put on the new 6P glasses and found myself ducking rocket ships that shot by, while marveling at laser sounds that shot from one end of the theater to the other.
Now you can take the 3D plunge, too. Moody Gardens’ MG 3D “Star Wars” sequel opened to the public on March 12. For more information, visit www.moodygardens.com.