Stellar Cinemas Expands IMAX Footprint With Four-Theatre Agreement In China

September 17, 2014 – 11:44 am | Permalink

Deal Brings Exhibitor’s IMAX Commitment to 11 Theatres and Capitalizes on Strong Consumer Interest for The IMAX Experience® in China

SHANGHAI, Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and SMI Corporation Limited, a leading Chinese entertainment and media company that operates theatres under the name Stellar Cinemas, today announced an expansion of the parties’ revenue sharing arrangement with the addition of four new IMAX® theatres in China. The deal brings the exhibitor’s total IMAX commitment to 11 theaters.

“IMAX has become a part of the moviegoing culture in China, where audiences have embraced IMAX as the best way to experience the biggest Hollywood and Chinese blockbusters,” said Mr. Zheng Jichong, Executive Managing Director, SMI Corporation Limited. “IMAX shares our commitment to quality and innovation and we are delighted to build on our IMAX success with today’s agreement.”

“Our network in Greater China has more than doubled since 2011 and with the continued growth of the middle-class, coupled with the strengthening of the IMAX brand, we believe China will be our largest market in the world within the next five years,” said Don Savant, IMAX Managing Director, Asia Pacific. “We’re pleased to expand our partnership with Stellar Cinemas – a strategic partner that will help to support the future growth of The IMAX Experience® in this important market.”

About Stellar
SMI Corporation Limited is a leading Chinese entertainment and media company that is committed to breaking new ground in the Chinese film industry. Stellar operates a fully-integrated production chain that ranges from studio and soundstage facilities, to film distribution and exhibition. On the exhibition side of the business, Stellar operates a network of 80 cinemas in major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Chongqing, Chengdu, Shenyang and Lanzhou. With its broad range of film businesses, Stellar is uniquely positioned in the burgeoning Chinese film and exhibition industry. Double digit growth per year and a galloping capital market offers a prime environment for Stellar to grow exponentially, bringing together historic opportunities, horizontal development and broad participation in the Company’s ongoing push to bringing domestic and global audiences the very best in entertainment.

About IMAX China
IMAX China is a subsidiary of IMAX Corporation, and is incorporated under the laws of Hong Kong. IMAX China was established by IMAX Corporation specifically to oversee the expansion of IMAX’s business throughout Greater China.

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 theaters 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, 2014, there were 868 IMAX theaters (735 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 114 institutions) in 59 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAX nXos® 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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First image from Dracula Untold

September 16, 2014 – 3:54 pm | Permalink

Universal Pictures has released the first image from Dracula Untold.

Luke Evans transforms from the cursed man history knows as Vlad the Impaler to an all-powerful creature of the night in Universal Pictures’ Dracula Untold, the origin story of the alluring immortal we have come to fear as the sun sets: Dracula.

The film opens in IMAX theaters October 2 internationally and October 17 domestically.



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Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema Sign on as Key Sponsors of GSCA Conference

September 16, 2014 – 11:42 am | Permalink

September 15, 2014 – The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) is pleased to announce that Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema are key sponsors of the GSCA 2014 International Conference and Trade Show, which is being held September 20-23, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Giant Screen Films will screen five of their latest films, including:

  • Antarctica 3D: On the Edge – GSF co-production with Oceans 8, on Saturday at 9:10 am at the Scotiabank IMAX Theatre
  • Walking With Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D – BBC Earth and Reliance Entertainment in association with Evergreen Studios, on Saturday at 9:55 am at Scotiabank IMAX Theatre
  • Tiny Giants 3D – BBC Earth, on Saturday at 10:40 am at Scotiabank IMAX Theatre
  • Wonders of the Arctic – GSF co-production with Science North, on Monday at 10:00 am at the Ontario Science Centre Omnimax (15/70 Dome), and Monday at 11:45 am at the Scotiabank IMAX Theatre (15/70 3D)
  • Star-Spangled Banner: Anthem of Liberty – David Clark Inc., Blue Mountain Film Associates and Maryland Science Center, on Tuesday at 2:00 pm at the Cineplex Cinemas Queensway

Giant Screen Films will also present the following films in production:

  • Journey to Space – GSF co-production with K2 Communications
  • The Magic of Wild Africa – BBC Earth and Reliance Entertainment in association with Evergreen Studios
  • Earthflight 3D – BBC Earth and John Downer Productions
  • Predator – BBC Earth and Silverback Films

“Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema have long been proud partners of the GSCA,” said Don Kempf, President of Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema. “We’re very excited about the high production quality of the films we will be screening for GSCA delegates in Toronto, including the first two giant screen releases of the world-renowned BBC Earth. We have some truly outstanding new films and can’t wait for everyone to see them. Additionally, D3D will be announcing several upcoming giant screen digital conversions. We look forward to yet another enriching conference with our colleagues in the giant screen industry.”

The GSCA 2014 International Conference is the industry’s leading event, including presentations of new films, films in production, and projects in development; professional development sessions addressing exhibition, marketing, and filmmaking; a technical session on the latest developments in laser projection, cinematography, and 3D capture; and the giant screen industry’s only trade show. For more information and conference registration, visit www.giantscreencinema.com. Also find GSCA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/giantscreencinema), Twitter (http://twitter.com/gsca), and LinkedIn.

ABOUT GIANT SCREEN FILMS
Since 1997, GSF has established itself as a pioneer in the large-format industry, producing and distributing films that push the boundaries of the medium. Through the magic of immersive sight and sound technologies, GSF’s productions challenge the imaginations of children and adults, offering an inspiring perspective on the world and an unforgettable theater experience. Meaningful educational collaborations and partnerships extend each film’s impact far beyond the theater. The company is recognized as one of the world’s leading and most active large-format producers and is based in Evanston, Illinois. For additional information, visit www.gsfilms.com.

ABOUT D3D CINEMA
Founded in 2009, GSF’s sister company, D3D Cinema, is unique in its ability to operate in both the exhibition and production domains of the rapidly emerging digital 3D market. Providing complete digital 3D cinema solutions and services to museum and attraction industry clients worldwide, the company is helmed by experienced museum operations veterans and offers a unique, collaborative approach to 3D cinema integration, project financing and 3D documentary production. Learn more at www.d3dcinema.com.

Poster, images from The Equalizer

September 15, 2014 – 3:12 pm | Permalink

Sony Pictures has released the final poster and images from The Equalizer.

Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri, a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.

The film opens in IMAX theaters September 26, 2014.



Robert McCall (DENZEL WASHINGTON) takes a break while working at Home Mart in Columbia Pictures’ THE EQUALIZER. Photo By: Scott Garfield. Copyright: ©2013 CTMG. All Rights Reserved.


Teri (CHLOE GRACE MORETZ) at the diner in Columbia Pictures’ THE EQUALIZER. Photo By: Scott Garfield. Copyright: ©2014 CTMG. All Rights Reserved.


McCall (DENZEL WASHINGTON) returns home. Photo By: Scott Garfield. Copyright: ©2013 CTMG. All Rights Reserved.


Teddy (MARTON CSOKAS) stars in Columbia Pictures’ THE EQUALIZER. Photo By: Scott Garfield. Copyright: ©2013 CTMG. All Rights Reserved.

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Birmingham, UK’s Millennium Point Giant Screen to close

September 15, 2014 – 12:35 pm | Permalink

The Birmingham Post writes:

Plans are being drawn up for new uses for the giant screen at Millennium Point after bosses announced it was to close following years of loss-making.

A 30-day consultation has begun with 11 members of staff amid plans to close the Giant Screen Cinema at the Eastside venue.

Millennium Point chief executive Philip Singleton said it had been eating into profits for the past six years and never came “anywhere near to breakeven”.

He is currently working with architects, business advisers and caterers to look into long-term plans to use the screen for events.

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BMZ Review: Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

September 12, 2014 – 6:02 pm | Permalink

Put that Spring Back in your Step!
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
By Ross Anthony

I love love loved this film. Nothing quite makes your day like the spring of a carefree lemur. That said, the film certainly makes a strong point of pointing a finger at those other pesky primates (ahem, us) for burning down a great deal of Madagascar’s forests. And btw, that little Island is the only home they’ve got, so to simplify options for those who want to see lemurs in as realistic of a setting as possible, go to Madagascar, or watch this film in a real IMAX theatre. There are no lemurs in zoos – they don’t do captivity very well.

The film not only gives us adorable shots of springing lemurs of several varieties, it also offers up a wide view of Madagascar: its vistas, its textures, its people, its flavor. That would have been enough for me, but if you love story, you can follow along with Dr. Patricia Wright as she does her best to save a once-thought-extinct species of lemur. Filmmakers and indeed, Patricia, do a great job of bringing her to the big screen in an easy-going comfortable natural way.

Not all of the 3D (or focus) is rock solid, and some low-res images are integrated – but this big picture works! It has breadth, and an incredibly camera-friendly subject, and all the charm of the Lemurs of Madagascar. I could watch this over and over.

BTW, I screened this film at California Science Center. If you’re in Los Angeles, go see Lemurs there because your IMAX ticket stub gets you in to the structure housing the actual Space Shuttle Endeavor resting in the adjacent Museum. The shuttle is a marvel. These are some wonderful attractions that I heartily recommend!

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D IMAX. Copyright © 2014.
Narrated by Morgan Freeman with Dr. Patricia Wright. Directed by David Douglas. Warner Bros.
Grade……………………..A+ (4/4)

Copyright © 1998-2014. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: www.RossAnthony.com. For Adult & Teen Novels written by Ross Anthony visit: www.RossAnthony.com/books.

Three featurettes from The Equalizer

September 10, 2014 – 3:59 pm | Permalink

Three featurettes from The Equalizer have been released.

Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri, a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.

The film opens in IMAX theaters September 26, 2014.

Modern Hero Featurette



Not What They Seem Featurette



Special Skills Featurette



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Four clips from The Equalizer

September 10, 2014 – 3:15 pm | Permalink

Four clips have been released from The Equalizer.

Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri, a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.

The film opens in IMAX theaters September 26, 2014.

Change Your World



Don’t You Want To Leave Me Your Card, Officer?



Make An Exception



There Was A Fire



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New poster for Seventh Son

September 10, 2014 – 2:49 pm | Permalink

A new poster has been released for Seventh Son.

In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more.

The film opens in IMAX 3D theaters February 6, 2015.



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IMAX Corporation To Present At The Goldman Sachs 23rd Annual Communacopia Conference

September 10, 2014 – 12:07 pm | Permalink

NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) today announced that Richard Gelfond, Chief Executive Officer of IMAX Corporation, will present at the Goldman Sachs 23rd Annual Communacopia Conference on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, at 2:55pm ET. The conference is being held at the Conrad Hotel in New York.

The conference will be webcast live and can be accessed by visiting the ‘Investor Relations’ section of the Company’s website, www.imax.com. The presentations will be archived for 30 days.

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 theaters 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, 2014, there were 868 IMAX theaters (735 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 114 institutions) in 59 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAX nXos® 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).

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IMAX Corporation to Present at Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2014 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference and MKM Partners Investor Day Conference

September 8, 2014 – 12:43 pm | Permalink

NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) (TSX: IMX) today announced that Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment, will present at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2014 Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 16th, 2014, at 6:00 pm ET. The conference is being held at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, CA.

Separately, Joseph Sparacio, Chief Financial Officer of IMAX Corporation, will present at the MKM Partners Investor Day Conference on Thursday, Sept. 18th, 2014, at 12:00 pm ET. The conference is being held at the NY Palace, New York, NY.

Both conferences will be webcast live and can be accessed by visiting the ‘Investor Relations’ section of the Company’s website, www.imax.com. The presentations will be archived for 30 days.

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 theaters 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, 2014, there were 868 IMAX theaters (735 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 114 institutions) in 59 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAX nXos® 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).

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The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum IMAX to install digital projection system

September 4, 2014 – 1:49 pm | Permalink

IMAX is pleased to announce that the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin will install IMAX’s cutting-edge digital projection system. The technology will allow the iconic state museum to present a wider array of IMAX content, offering greater programming flexibility.

The IMAX digital projection system is the most advanced digital projection system in the industry. It delivers crystal-clear, lifelike images with approximately 40% greater contrast and 60% more brightness found in other digital projection systems.

“We are very pleased to bring IMAX digital technology to our theatre” said John Lewis, Theater Operations Manager at the Museum. “The system will allow us to better serve our community through expanded programming, reaching new and larger audiences through the IMAX experience.”

An IMAX customer since 2001, the Bullock Texas State History Museum has delighted millions of guests by presenting awe-inspiring IMAX documentaries that have taken audiences from the far reaches of space to the depths of the ocean. The commitment to the IMAX digital system marks a new chapter in this legacy that will allow the Museum to offer patrons a greater variety of IMAX digital content previously unavailable.

Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Discovery & Science IMAX closed for renovations

September 3, 2014 – 5:05 pm | Permalink

The Sun Sentinel reports:

The AutoNation IMAX 3D theater at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale is getting an estimated $2 million makeover.

The theater closed down last month and is set to reopen Oct. 13 boasting a new 60-foot by 80-foot screen, new luxury seats, a new powerful sound system and digital projectors.

The new digital projectors will be available in addition to the theater’s current 15/70 film projector, ultimately enabling the theater to show movies in both formats.

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New poster for The Great Apes

September 3, 2014 – 11:47 am | Permalink

The poster for upcoming Giant Screen film, The Great Apes 3D, has been released.

The film brings us face to face with some of the world’s rarest primates. Featuring chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans and the magnificent mountain gorillas, the film captures the emotional connection we all experience when encountering such extraordinary creatures.

The film is scheduled to open in IMAX, Giant Screen, and other specialty theaters October 2014.



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Clips, featurettes from The Maze Runner

August 26, 2014 – 5:38 pm | Permalink

Check out two clips and two featurettes from upcoming film, The Maze Runner.

The Maze Runner follows a young man named Thomas who wakes up trapped in a massive maze with no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D.

The film opens in IMAX theaters September 19, 2014 for a limited one-week engagement.

Good Job



Let Me Show You



Dashner Walk and Talk Featurette



Meet the Gladers Featurette



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Trailers, poster, images from The Maze Runner

August 26, 2014 – 5:18 pm | Permalink

Check out the trailers, poster, and images from upcoming film, The Maze Runner.

The Maze Runner follows a young man named Thomas who wakes up trapped in a massive maze with no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D.

The film opens in IMAX theaters September 19, 2014 for a limited one-week engagement.

Trailer #1



Trailer #2





THE MAZE RUNNER A group of boys known as the Gladers are trapped inside a mysterious and massive maze. Photo Credit: Ben Rothstein TM and © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.


THE MAZE RUNNER (From left), Teresa (Kaya Scoderlario), Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), Alby (Aml Ameen) and Jeff (Jacob Latimore) react to a shocking development in the Glade. Photo Credit: Ben Rothstein TM and © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.


MAZE RUNNER A group of boys known as the Gladers, are shocked to discover a girl, Teresa (Kaya Scoderlario), amongst their midsts. Photo Credit: Ben Rothstein TM and © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.


Dylan O´Brien stars as Thomas in THE MAZE RUNNER. TM and © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Photo Credit: Ben Rothstein TM and © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

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Fox’s Epic Adaptation Of Best-Seller The Maze Runner Bolts Into IMAX® Theatres Domestically And Abroad Starting Sept. 11

August 26, 2014 – 3:52 pm | Permalink

The Maze Runner will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released across all domestic IMAX® theatres for a one-week engagement on Sept. 19. The film also will be released in select international territories starting Sept. 11.

Based on the best-selling book by James Dashner, The Maze Runner follows a young man named Thomas, played by Dylan O’Brien (TV’s Teen Wolf), who wakes up trapped in a massive maze with no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape.

The Maze Runner also stars Thomas Brodie-Sangster (TV’s Game of Thrones), Will Poulter (We’re the Millers), Kaya Scodelario (Clash of the Titans), and veteran Academy Award®-nominated actress Patricia Clarkson. Wes Ball directed, from a script by Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers and T.S. Nowlin.

“We’re thrilled to be able to present visionary director Wes Ball’s The Maze Runner in the immersive IMAX experience, which will enthrall audiences world wide,” commented Chris Aronson, President of Domestic Distribution, 20th Century Fox.

“After seeing The Maze Runner, this is an ideal and very cinematic adaptation that is ripe for IMAX moviegoers,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “With The Maze Runner, we’re not only thrilled to add this exciting and action-packed film to our Fall slate but also pleased to be in business with Fox.”

The IMAX release of The Maze Runner will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

For more information about The Maze Runner, please visit Fox’s official website at themazerunnermovie.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, 2014, there were 868 IMAX theaters (735 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 114 institutions) in 59 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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IMAX And AMC Theatres Sign 11-Theatre Deal; Brings AMC IMAX Footprint To 159 Theatres

August 18, 2014 – 1:45 pm | Permalink

Agreement with IMAX’s Largest North American Exhibitor Includes 13-Year Lease Terms for New IMAX® Theatres at AMC Locations in Chicago, New York, Newark and Phoenix

NEW YORK and LEAWOOD, Kan., Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AMC) today announced an expansion of the companies’ existing joint revenue sharing arrangement with the addition of 11 IMAX® theatres. The theatres, which will carry 13-year lease terms from the date of installation, are expected to be installed in 2015 in cities that include Chicago, New York, Newark and Phoenix. Today’s agreement brings AMC’s total IMAX commitment to 159 theatres and reinforces its position as the largest IMAX exhibitor in North America.

“Guests are choosing AMC because they know they’ll get the best possible movie-going experience, including more immersive IMAX theatres than anyone else in North America,” said Gerry Lopez, CEO and president of AMC. “We look forward to strengthening our longstanding successful partnership and bringing The IMAX Experience® to more moviegoers across the United States”

“For nearly a decade, AMC and IMAX have worked together to bring millions of movie fans across North America the best cinema-going experience possible,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “Our collaborations continue on many fronts, most recently on new marketing initiatives which include developing custom IMAX content for AMC’s marketing channels, successfully generating awareness of our brand and experience. We see today’s agreement with AMC as an endorsement of the long-term viability of the IMAX domestic business and anticipate many more years of shared success.”

The agreement terms include six new sites and the confirmation of five previously conditional sites.

About AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.
AMC (NYSE: AMC) is the guest experience leader with 342 locations and 4,968 screens primarily in the United States. AMC has propelled innovation in the theatrical exhibition industry and continues today by delivering more comfort and convenience, enhanced food & beverage, greater engagement and loyalty, premium sight & sound, and targeted programming. AMC operates the most productive theatres in the country’s top markets, including No. 1 market share in the top three markets (NY, LA, Chicago). www.amctheatres.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 theaters 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, 2014, there were 868 IMAX theaters (735 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 114 institutions) in 59 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAX nXos® 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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Premier Sponsor MacGillivray Freeman Films to Host Reception and Fine-Cut Screening of Humpback Whales at GSCA Conference in Toronto

August 15, 2014 – 1:46 pm | Permalink

August 14, 2014 — The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) is pleased to announce that MacGillivray Freeman Films is a premier-level sponsor of the GSCA 2014 International Conference and Trade Show, which is being held September 20-23, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

MacGillivray Freeman’s generous support as a premier sponsor includes hosting an all-delegate reception to be held on Sunday, September 21, at the Scotia Bank IMAX Theatre in Toronto. The evening will feature a fine-cut screening presented in IMAX digital of the upcoming MacGillivray Freeman Films release Humpback Whales, which will be released internationally to giant-screen theatres on February 13, 2015.

The GSCA conference is the largest gathering of educational giant screen and immersive cinema professionals. This year’s event is being held at the Ontario Science Centre and the Scotia Bank IMAX Theatre in Toronto.

“We look forward to sharing a fine cut of our new film Humpback Whales, which was shot primarily in the highest quality 15/70 format, as we know anticipation for the film is high,” says Bob Harman, MFF Director of Distribution. “We are always proud to support the GSCA and we look forward to participating in another stimulating industry conference.”

“We are excited to have MacGillivray Freeman Films, a longtime and generous supporter of GSCA, as a premier sponsor of this year’s conference,” says GSCA Executive Director Tammy Seldon. “The reception will be a wonderful opportunity for the industry to see an early screening of this beautiful film and network with industry colleagues.”

MacGillivray Freeman’s Humpback Whales is the incredible story of nature’s most fascinating marine mammal. Captured for the first time with IMAX 3D cameras, the mysterious world of the humpback comes alive in breathtaking detail as audiences experience how they communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young. Found in every ocean on Earth, humpbacks were nearly driven to extinction 50 years ago, but today they are steadily recovering. Join a team of researchers in Alaska, Hawaii and the Kingdom of Tonga as they attempt to unlock the secrets of the humpback — and celebrate the return of these giants of the sea.

The GSCA 2014 International Conference is the industry’s leading event, including presentations of new films, films in production, and projects in development; professional development sessions addressing exhibition, marketing, and filmmaking; a technical session on the latest developments in laser projection, cinematography, and 3D capture; and the giant screen industry’s only trade show.
 


For more information and conference registration, visit www.giantscreencinema.com. Also find GSCA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/giantscreencinema), Twitter (http://twitter.com/gsca), and LinkedIn. 
 


About MacGillivray Freeman Films
MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world’s leading independent producer and distributor of giant-screen films for IMAX theatres, including Everest, the highest-grossing giant-screen film of all time, and two Oscar®-nominated films, Dolphins and The Living Sea. For the past forty years, the company’s films have been shown in leading institutions around the world, making the company the first documentary filmmaker to reach the $1 billion box office benchmark. MacGillivray Freeman’s films are known for their artistry and successful blend of education and entertainment, as well as their celebration of science and the natural world.

Spain’s Madrid, Barcelona IMAX theaters set to close

August 14, 2014 – 1:05 pm | Permalink

The Olive Press reports:

SPAIN’S two biggest Imax cinemas are set to close after years of making losses.

The cinemas, in Madrid and Barcelona, are owned by Teatromax, which claims to have never made a profit.

Three high-resolution, giant-screen cinemas remain in Spain, located in Palma de Mallorca, Valencia and Leganes, near Madrid.

“We have held on against all odds until now, but we just can’t keep hoping things will improve,” Juan José Castelló, Teatromax CEO, told El Pais.

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