nWave acquires distro rights for Galapagos 3D

September 4, 2013 – 1:01 pm | Permalink

Screen Daily reports:

nWave Pictures Distribution has acquired worldwide giant screen distribution rights to Galapagos 3D (working title) from London-based Colossus Productions.

Written and narrated by veteran filmmaker David Attenborough, produced by Anthony Geffen and directed by Martin Williams, the film explores the creatures on the remote islands in the Pacific.

Galapagos 3D will be released to IMAX theatres and Digital Giant Screen cinemas in February 2014 and will available in 38- and 20-minute versions, 3D and 2D, 15-perf./70mm film and 4K/2K digital formats.

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Edmonton’s Telus World of Science IMAX to get digital upgrade

September 4, 2013 – 12:41 pm | Permalink

The Edmonton Journal writes:

A $3-million renovation will bring Edmonton’s first IMAX theatre into the 21st century.

First opened July 1, 1984, the IMAX at Telus World of Science has shown more than 100 films over 75,000 screenings, just shy of six million tickets sold in its 29-year run. The revamped theatre, which is now closed, will include a brand-new five-storey screen, floor, sound panels, upgraded seating and a fully digital IMAX projector, which will allow for 3-D screenings.

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IMAX® Adds Three Theatres In The Middle East Under Expanded Partnership With Gulf Film

September 4, 2013 – 11:58 am | Permalink

Region’s Largest Exhibitor to Bring The IMAX Experience® to New Locations in Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE

NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and Gulf Film today announced an expansion of their partnership with a revenue share agreement for three IMAX® theatre systems in the Middle East. Under the terms of the agreement, one of the IMAX theatres will be located in an existing multiplex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and two will be located in new flagship cinemas in Qatar and Bahrain.

“Since upgrading to the IMAX digital system in 2011, our IMAX theatre in Dubai has dramatically increased its business and has had a major impact on our overall box office performance,” said Jaber Al Ansari, Managing Director, Gulf Film. “Today’s agreement, which is a direct result of this success, marks a milestone in the region’s film entertainment landscape and highlights the growing demand for IMAX among audiences in the Middle East. As we expand our circuit, IMAX will continue to serve as a key differentiator in our offering, bringing movie-goers the world’s most immersive cinematic experience.”

The deal brings to four Gulf Film’s total IMAX commitment and brings to 10 the total number of commercial IMAX theatres in the Middle East.

“With 50 percent of the population under 25 and a growing appetite for Hollywood blockbusters, we view the Middle East as a region with tremendous growth potential and, with today’s agreement, we are capitalizing on these opportunities and executing against our goal of international network expansion,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “Gulf Film is the number one exhibitor in the Middle East and has its pulse on the market’s film and exhibition industry. Our partnership will not only bring IMAX to three countries across the region, it will play a strategic role in helping to support our continued growth efforts in this emerging market.”

About Gulf Film
Gulf Film is the Middle East’s leading film distributor and exhibitor. Established in 1989, Gulf Film has set the industry standard, introducing to the region such firsts as the E/Kiosk, E/Ticket, GC Mobile Application and RealD 3D technology.

Today, Gulf Film operates 13 multiplexes throughout the region, for a total of 101 screens and 22,000 seats. Ongoing expansion will see a significant number of new projects unveiled within the next two years.

In 2012, Gulf Film was acquired by Qatar Media Services (q.media). Wholly owned by the Qatari government, q.media is dedicated to providing the latest and most innovative advertising and media concepts to the region.

www.gulffilm.com | www.qmediame.com

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of June 30, 2013, there were 767 IMAX theatres (634 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 114 institutions) in 54 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX Is Believing® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management’s assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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Ster-Kinekor To Bring The First Commercial Multiplex IMAX® Theatre To South Africa

September 3, 2013 – 1:10 pm | Permalink

World’s Most Immersive Cinematic Experience to Enter Country’s Top-Performing Multiplex

NEW YORK, Sept. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Ster-Kinekor Theatres, a division of Primedia Ltd., today announced an agreement to install an IMAX® theatre in the Ster-Kinekor Gateway Multiplex at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Durban, South Africa. The deal represents IMAX’s first commercial multiplex theatre in the country.

“IMAX delivers a moviegoing experience so lifelike that customers are willing to pay a premium for it, and as a result we are confident that IMAX will strengthen the performance of our flagship multiplex in Durban,” said Fiaz Mahomed, CEO, Ster-Kinekor. “IMAX supports our mission to deliver unforgettable entertainment experiences, and we look forward to presenting the world’s biggest blockbusters in the world’s most immersive cinematic format.”

“Today’s agreement – with South Africa’s number-one exhibitor at the country’s number-one cinema complex – represents the ideal scenario under which to mark IMAX’s first commercial multiplex entry into the country,” said Andrew Cripps, President, IMAX EMEA. “We are delighted to welcome Ster-Kinekor to the IMAX business and believe our partnership will not only raise our visibility in South Africa, but also set the stage for mutual growth opportunities in the region.”

About Ster-Kinekor Theatres
A wholly-owned subsidiary of the Primedia Group, Ster-Kinekor is the leader in bringing blockbuster films to its audiences across the country and, despite South Africans watching their pockets, Ster-Kinekor has seen an increase in cinema attendance year on year. With 52 local movie complexes situated in prime locations like Sandton City, Gateway and Cavendish Square, and a further five abroad in Namibia, Zambia, Lesotho and Zimbabwe, Ster-Kinekor can entertain over 64,000 movie goers every two hours on over 400 big screens. From action and suspense, to romance and comedies, Ster-Kinekor Theatres offers the latest the film industry has to offer. And if it’s 3D you’re after, then you’ll be pleased to know that SK has 112 state-of-the-art 3D cinemas, securing its 3D footprint in the country and keeping audiences on the edge of their seats.

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of June 30, 2013, there were 767 IMAX theatres (634 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 114 institutions) in 54 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX Is Believing® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management’s assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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3D Entertainment Distribution Acquires Worldwide Distribution Rights For “D-Day, Normandy 1944″

September 3, 2013 – 1:06 pm | Permalink

10-Minute Preview Clip to be Screened at Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) Conference in Ottawa on September 15, 2013

Los Angeles (CA), Paris (France) and London (UK) – August 30, 2013 / 3D Entertainment Distribution proudly announced today its acquisition of the worldwide distribution rights to D-Day, Normandy 1944, written and directed by Pascal Vuong, and produced by N3D LAND Films. The 40- minute film is slated for a March 2014 release in 3D and 2D giant screen and digital 3D cinemas.

D-Day, Normandy 1944 is a large format documentary produced entirely in 3D that provides a new, penetrating look at this moment in history in a unique manner to both teach and remind audiences of the largest-ever Allied operation and its lasting effect on the world. On June 6th, 2014, the 70th anniversary of D-Day will be marked by national and local commemorations on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as in Eastern Europe, Asia and Australia.

“After grossing $20 million at the box office with Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World, we are very proud and excited to enter into another distribution agreement with N3D LAND Films’ exceptional creative team on this highly-anticipated large-format film,” said Francois Mantello, Chairman and CEO of 3D Entertainment Distribution. “History, new technologies, human values and tactical strategy are among the many features that open the film to a wide range of audiences. It is also easily correlated to educational curriculums for all ages.”

“We wanted to make a film to pay tribute to all those — the soldiers and civilians — who gave their lives for freedom. Regardless of nationality, virtually everyone today has a parent, grandparent or even a great-grandparent with a connection to World War II. D-Day itself is well-known, yet very few people are aware of exactly why and how, during 100 days in the summer of 1944, Normandy became the most important place in the world,” Vuong explained. “Our collaboration with 3D Entertainment Distribution on Sea Rex was a successful experience and we are confident that this renewed partnership will be even greater.”

The official film website is http://www.DDay-Normandy1944.com

About 3D Entertainment Distribution
3D Entertainment Distribution is the theatrical sales and marketing arm of 3D Entertainment Films, a vertically integrated company founded in 2001 and focused on the production and the distribution of innovative 3D films for giant screens both in 15/70 and digital cinemas worldwide. The cornerstone of the Company’s film catalogue is a unique underwater film trilogy presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau that has grossed over USD 86 million at the box office. In 2010, the Company successfully launched its first acquisition, the USD 20 million-grossing Sea Rex 3D: Journey to a Prehistoric World, which was named Best Earth Sciences Program at the 2011 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Following Air Racers 3D in 2012, narrated by Paul Walker, the company’s latest release is Kenya 3D: Animal Kingdom (March 1, 2013), with the upcoming D-Day, Normandy 1944 scheduled for Spring 2014. The new line-up also includes Patagonia 3D: Sea Life Haven (working title) and Oceans 3D (working title). The company has offices in Weybridge (UK) and Los Angeles (California). For more information, please visit http://www.3DEfilms.com

About N3D LAND Films
N3D LAND Films is a production company founded in 2005 by Pascal Vuong, Catherine Vuong and Ronan Chapalain. The team is known for their expertise in the stereoscopic computer-generated imagery (CGI) field. The Company’s goal is to restore, in a unique way, the link between science and entertainment as originally established by visionary author Jules Verne. Through a symbiotic partnership with top scientists, engineers and talented artists, the Company combines creativity and significant experience in 3D CGI filmmaking to transmit knowledge about various scientific and technological fields to the general public in an entertaining and impressive manner. For more information about our company, please visit http://www.N3DLand.com

Source: 3D Entertainment Distribution

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Telford, UK to get digital IMAX

August 30, 2013 – 11:59 am | Permalink

The Shropshire Star writes:

Cineworld is building a new cinema complex at the Southwater development in the town centre, which will become the 23rd Imax in the country.

The high definition screens and specially-designed seating in Imax cinemas aim to make the experience better for film fans. It is not yet known whether all 11 screens will be equipped with Imax technology.

Currently, there is only one Imax cinema in the whole of the West Midlands – in Birmingham. The nearest others are Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.

Telford & Wrekin Council leader Councillor Kuldip Sahota said: “This is obviously fantastic news for film buffs like me and we are delighted that Cineworld has agreed that the new 11-screen cinema will have an Imax theatre system.

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Albuquerque digital IMAX to open in November

August 29, 2013 – 1:31 pm | Permalink

KOB reports:

Developers for the Winrock Town Center in northeast Albuquerque are updating the city on where they stand with construction.

Tony Duran, a city of Albuquerque employee, said developers will meet Thursday to discuss plans to open an IMAX theatre and Dave and Busters at the shopping center.

Duran said developers are hoping to open the IMAX theatre by Nov. 15, just in time for the holidays.

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Leicester Square, UK to get digital IMAX

August 29, 2013 – 1:16 pm | Permalink

Bleeding Cool writes:

Work is currently underway on converting the Empire Leicester Square’s vast, much loved and now dearly departed screen one into two smaller auditoria.

I have now been told by multiple good sources that one of these new rooms is to house an IMAX screen. The rumours were around from the off, but I’m now confident of their substance.

Empire Cinemas are expected to announce the news officially next week, though at the moment, they’re not speaking.

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Cineworld Group and IMAX® Expand Revenue Share Partnership

August 28, 2013 – 12:10 pm | Permalink

UK’s Largest Cinema Chain to Add New IMAX® Theatre to Circuit and Transition Glasgow Science Centre’s IMAX® Theatre to Ground-Breaking Laser Projection System

GLASGOW, Scotland, Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and Cineworld Group PLC, the UK’s largest cinema chain, today announced an expansion of the companies’ revenue sharing agreement with an IMAX theatre to be added at a location yet to be determined and the installation of IMAX’s next-generation laser digital projection technology at Glasgow Science Centre’s IMAX® theatre in Scotland. This deal brings Cineworld Group’s IMAX commitment to 13 under the parties’ revenue share arrangement.

Cineworld has recently reached an agreement with the Glasgow Science Centre, an IMAX exhibitor since 2000, to take over the operations of its IMAX theatre – the first IMAX theatre in Scotland. Under the terms of the deal announced today, Cineworld will install an IMAX digital theatre system before transitioning to IMAX’s dual 4K laser system.

“Cineworld is delighted to add another IMAX theatre to our circuit and to install IMAX’s upcoming laser solution at the Glasgow Science Centre, which will allow us to present the full spectrum of IMAX content,” said Crispin Lilly, Vice President of Business Affairs, Cineworld Group PLC. “The IMAX Experience® has become synonymous with the biggest event movies and, as such, we’re pleased to build on our successful partnership.”

“As we expand our network throughout Europe, growing relationships with partners such as Cineworld is a key strategy to support our growth,” said Andrew Cripps, President, IMAX EMEA. “Together with Cineworld we look forward bringing even more audiences across the UK the biggest blockbusters in the world’s most immersive film format.”

IMAX’s next-generation laser digital projection system, which represents the culmination of the largest R&D initiative in IMAX’s history, incorporates the laser digital intellectual property IMAX licensed exclusively from Eastman Kodak and Barco’s unique laser innovations. It is expected to set a new benchmark as the industry’s premium entertainment experience and will enable IMAX’s largest screens to deliver the highest-quality digital content available with greater brightness and clarity, a wider color gamut and deeper blacks.

About Cineworld Group

Cineworld Group was founded in 1995 by Steve Wiener, the current Chief Executive, and is the #1 UK cinema chain by both box office and admissions. The Group operates 81 cinemas across the UK & Ireland of which 77 are multiplex sites with five screens or more. In 2007 Cineworld successfully floated on the London Stock Exchange.

More information can be found at www.cineworld.co.uk

About IMAX Corporation

IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of June 30, 2013, there were 767 IMAX theatres (634 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 114 institutions) in 54 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX Is Believing® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management’s assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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New images from Riddick

August 27, 2013 – 4:46 pm | Permalink

Universal Pictures has released new images from Riddick.

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered.

The film opens in IMAX theaters September 6, 2013.



VIN DIESEL reprises his role as the antihero Riddick–a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy–in “Riddick”, the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with the hit sci-fi film “Pitch Black”. Photo Credit: Universal Pictures. Copyright: 2013 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


Nordic mercenary Dahl (KATEE SACKHOFF) tracks Riddick–a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy–in “Riddick”, the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with the hit sci-fi film “Pitch Black”. Photo Credit: Universal Pictures. Copyright: 2013 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


VIN DIESEL reprises his role as the antihero Riddick–a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy–in “Riddick”, the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with the hit sci-fi film “Pitch Black”. Photo Credit: Universal Pictures. Copyright: 2013 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Three clips from Riddick

August 27, 2013 – 2:17 pm | Permalink

Three clips from Riddick have been released.

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered.

The film opens in IMAX theaters September 6, 2013.

Riddick Is Ambushed



Riddick Offers To Kill Everyone For Dahl



Santana Tries to Execute Riddick



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Portland’s OMSI plans digital upgrade

August 27, 2013 – 12:01 pm | Permalink

The Portland Mercury’s Blogtown writes:

Following a post on Reddit Portland (and a subsequent online petition) about upcoming changes, OMSI spokesperson Amita Joshi sent out an email on Friday night confirming that… well, something is happening with the theater. Sounds like it won’t be a real IMAX theater, though—those still require 70mm film, and whatever the Omnimax is turning into, it’ll be digital, with 4K projection (the same that’s used by chain multiplexes, including Regal) and Dolby Atmos sound. (As of now, the only theater near Portland offering Atmos is Cinetopia Vancouver Mall, which charges an extra $2.50 for the privilege.) OMSI will also be playing “more mainstream content during off-hours.”

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Images from The Wizard of Oz 3D

August 26, 2013 – 1:49 pm | Permalink

Warner Bros. Pictures has released images for the upcoming IMAX 3D release of The Wizard of Oz.

The IMAX release The Wizard of Oz will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of An IMAX 3D Experience®.

The film opens in IMAX 3D theaters September 20, 2013.



COURTESY OF WARNER HOME VIDEO. © 2013 TURNER ENTERTAINMENT CO AND WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. TM & © TURNER ENTERTAINMENT CO.


COURTESY OF WARNER HOME VIDEO. © 2013 TURNER ENTERTAINMENT CO AND WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. TM & © TURNER ENTERTAINMENT CO.


COURTESY OF WARNER HOME VIDEO. © 2013 TURNER ENTERTAINMENT CO AND WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. TM & © TURNER ENTERTAINMENT CO.

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First images from Riddick

August 26, 2013 – 1:08 pm | Permalink

Universal Pictures has released the first two images from Riddick.

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered.

The film opens in IMAX theaters September 6, 2013.



VIN DIESEL reprises his role as the antihero Riddick–a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy–in “Riddick”, the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with the hit sci-fi film “Pitch Black”. Photo Credit: Universal Pictures. Copyright: 2013 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


(L to R) VIN DIESEL stars as antihero Riddick alongside mercs Dahl (KATEE SACKHOFF) and Boss Johns (MATT NABLE) in “Riddick”, the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with the hit sci-fi film “Pitch Black”. Photo Credit: Universal Pictures. Copyright: 2013 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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First two trailers for Thor: The Dark World

August 26, 2013 – 12:45 pm | Permalink

Check out the first two trailers for Thor: The Dark World.

The film continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the nine realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself.

The film opens in IMAX 3D theaters October 30, 2013.

Trailer #1



Trailer #2



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First Look trailer for Divergent

August 26, 2013 – 12:21 pm | Permalink

A First Look trailer for Divergent has been released.

The film is a gripping action thriller set in a futuristic world where society has been divided into five factions.

Divergent open in IMAX theaters March 21, 2014.

First Look



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Chinese Theatre to become world’s largest IMAX

August 26, 2013 – 12:08 pm | Permalink

3 News writes:

Hollywood landmark the Chinese Theatre is to reopen to the public next month as the world’s largest Imax theatre.

The Hollywood Boulevard tourist attraction, which once hosted the world’s biggest film premieres, is set to make history on September 20 when it launches a run of movie classic Wizard of Oz in Imax 3D.

The event will be held to mark the 75th anniversary of the beloved film’s release.

The new TCL Chinese Theatre will not only be the world’s biggest Imax theatre, it will also be the first Imax theatre in Hollywood.

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Bryan, Texas gets digital IMAX

August 22, 2013 – 2:37 pm | Permalink

KBTX reports:

The biggest movie screen in the Brazos Valley is almost ready for the public to see.

Sunday afternoon a crew unloaded, hoisted and put in place the giant IMAX screen at the Aggieland Premiere Cinema in Bryan.

The five story high screen has nearly 3,000 square feet of area.

It’s 70 feet long and 40 feet high.

This will be the only IMAX Movie Theater between Austin, Dallas and Houston.

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UPDATE: More news on Bryan’s digital IMAX:

KBTX: Brazos Valley IMAX Theater’s Grand Opening this Week

Austin’s KXAN features Pat Caldwell, chief projectionist of Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum’s IMAX

August 22, 2013 – 2:29 pm | Permalink

KXAN offers this feature on Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum’s chief projectionist:

Most of us have experienced it at one time or another: We pay good money at the door of a movie theatre, plop down in our seats with our popcorn and soda pop and train our eyes on the screen. The movie starts and then, just as quickly stops.

Best case scenario: A quick repair restarts the projector and the moans and boos quiet down.

Worst case scenario: The film gets stuck in the projector and the lamp burns a massive hole in the celluloid. Time drags on; the audience grows restless. The poor kid in the projection booth starts crying. Life on Earth as we know it comes to a devastating end.

Now, take all that and ratchet things up some 10 billion times and you get some sense of what life is like inside the projection booth of an IMAX motion picture theatre , especially when the movie is a 3-D blockbuster that fans have been waiting to see their entire lives.

Welcome to Pat Caldwell’s world.

“No one knows I exist if everything goes well, but let the least little thing go wrong and all eyes turn to the booth,” said Caldwell, the chief projectionist at the Bob Bullock Museum of Texas History’s IMAX theatre.

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Images from Jerusalem 3D

August 22, 2013 – 1:59 pm | Permalink

Check out these images from upcoming Giant Screen film, Jerusalem 3D.

The film takes audiences on an inspiring and eye-opening tour of one of the world’s oldest and most enigmatic cities.

Jerusalem opens in IMAX, Giant Screen and other specialty theaters September 20, 2013.



JERUSALEM’s iconic Citadel (now the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem)is a fortress with archaeological findings spanning nearly 3,000 years. Photo by Dustin Farrell. Copyright: Jerusalem US LP.


The sun rises over the Mount of Olives, framed between the Al-Khanqah al-Salahiyya Mosque on the left and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on the right. Photo by Dustin Farrell. Copyright: Jerusalem US LP.


An aerial view of the Jordan River, which lies about 30km (20mi) East of Jerusalem and flows from north of the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea. Photo by Jerusalem US LP. Copyright: Jerusalem US LP.

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