Ripley's Moving Theater in Gatlinburg, TN

904 ParkwayGatlinburg, TN 37738
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Ripley's Moving Theater combines state of the art motion simulation with digital surround sound to let you experience first hand the picture on the giant three-story screen. Experience 5D done right with cutting edge, state-of-the-art motion simulator! Feel every bump, dip, turn, rush of wind and full weather effects! Ride the movie, feel the rush!

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from Ashley, one of our Gatlinburg Travel Experts
  • 6-channel digital surround sound.
  • Two action-packed films with continuous showings.
  • Powered by Real D 3D technology.
  • Seats move in 8 directions.
  • Full sized theater.
  • Located in downtown Gatlinburg.
  • Open 365 days a year.
  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • Not recommended for expectant mothers and people with certain medical conditions.

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Great for family fun or date night! Sit in the middle row to be eye-level with the screen or try the first row for a more up-close experience.

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from Ripley's Moving Theater
Experience 5D Done Right! Plus 2 new films in 2017! The thrill movies you ride now powered by Real D 3D as used in Home, Minions, Jurassic World, and Many More! Cutting Edge, State-of-the-Art Motion Simulator! Feel every bump, dip, turn, rush of wind and full weather effects! Ride the Movie, Feel the Rush!

This state of the art theater with digital effects and motion seats will have you feeling like you're in the movie!

Highlights of Ripley’s Moving Theater:
  • State-of-the-Art Motion Simulator

  • Large Format 70 MM film

  • Seats move in 8 directions

  • Full sized theater

Sorry, children under 43 inches are not permitted on this ride.

Tripster Customer Reviews

9 Reviews
Dionne Fields
11 Reviews
"5D Movie Theater"
July 2019
Ripley’s Moving Theater is a great place for kids under the age of 12 years old.
My youngest loves to come to this motion 5D Movie Theater they have two movies that are very short.
The lines are not long and the seating area always have plenty of room to enjoy the wind, sounds, motion, movements and snowflakes.
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Tip: There are only two rides and they are very short.

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Tripster Customer
Ezel, KY
6 Reviews
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"Love !!!!"
June 2018
OMG !!! We LOVE the Moving Theater ... The wind blowing in your face and the snow falling .....
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Tip: nothing that you can not put in your pocket or a shoulder bag ... As the seats move ..

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Darrick Carter
Decatur , GA
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Loved this"
June 2018
First time doing this and it was pretty cool the moving seats and the snow was my wife favorite part
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Angel Helm
Gray Summit, MO
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"It was ok"
January 2018
Don't waste your money on this. Find something else to do. It's ok for little kids.
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Damon Lewis
3 Reviews
"So much fun"
February 2017
It was a very short experience for the money, but it was loads of fun. Not only did my children enjoy it, my wife and I both had a headache from laughing.
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Tip: Short, but a lot of fun.

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Sharon Kilgore
Carrollton, GA
6 Reviews
Verified Traveler
July 2016
It was really great and fun. Really short.
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Tip: Don't ride this if you are motion sickness or hurt back it is rough but fun

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Lisa Knopsnyder
Somerset, PA
24 Reviews
Verified Traveler
October 2015
Was great fun. Got two rides for one price.
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Tip: beware moves a lot

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Karie F.
Nashville, TN
6 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Ripley's Moving Theater"
June 2015
Had the best time and great laughs, I had an older man sitting next to me, who made my day,he was laughing so hard he was crying so it made it soo much better!!
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Sissi M
"Movie magic"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 22, 2020 NEW
Long line but it moved quickly. The line was longer then usual due to spacing of seats for covid. We enjoyed the movie and the ride. Lots of movement and great effects.
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Mechanicsville, Virginia
"Just ok"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 09, 2020
We got an aquarium ticket with two add-ons. This was one of our extra picks. There were two movies. I enjoyed one better than another. What I didn’t like was that there was no communication about how long the wait to go inside would be. People in line were wearing masks, but they certainly weren’t social distancing. Staff did a good job of making sure that parties were distanced once in the theater.
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Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania
"Don’t waste your time or money "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 31, 2020
Terrible, graphics weren’t very good. I’d rate it a two. Stories were ok. Everything seemed blurry with hardly any 3D jumping out at you. I did like the snow
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Crockett, Virginia
"Okay but not great"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 10, 2020
Outdated but the kids enjoyed it. Purchased the Ripley's Package which is well worth the price. Much to see and do with the full package.
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Battle Creek, Michigan
"Don't waste your time and money"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2020
This might have been cool 20 years ago but is now just a complete waste. Save your money, the effects are non existent and the tilting seats just jerk you around the until your sick.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ripley's Moving Theater

Is there a height requirement for this ride?
Yes. Guests must be at least 43" tall in order to ride in the moving seats.

Is this ride ideal for children?
Yes. All children must meet the height requirements in order to ride. The ride uses moving seats, 3D sights, sounds, and additional effects.

Are there any physical restrictions for this ride?
Most guests can participate. However, this ride is not recommended for expectant mothers and people with certain medical conditions.

Where is the theater located?
The theater is located at 904 Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee.