BMZ Review: Journey to Space

June 9, 2016 – 12:00 pm | Permalink

To the Moon and Beyond!
Journey to Space
By Ross Anthony

The film reminds us of our human drive to explore beyond that which we already know. From land to sea to air to space. Rather than focus on a more comprehensive history of Earth’s space programs (like Space Next), Journey to Space portions perhaps half of its run time to the now discontinued, but celebrated shuttle program. If you haven’t seen Hubble or Space Station, you’ll enjoy the recap. However, if you have scene those films, you might find the clips a bit recycled. That said, I can watch shuttle launches in IMAX over and over and over and never tire. (Happily, Journey to Space hosts several of those.)

The second portion of the film blasts even higher with a nicely simulated glimpse into the Mars-targeted missions. I greatly appreciated the segment on new space suit design. It’s absolutely fascinating and inspiring. People are so creative and smart, if we don’t end up killing ourselves down here, we might just have a chance to connect with our universe. You might be surprised (as I was) that NASA is not the only space program scheming a mission to Mars, and that other developers are planning 1-way missions, for which thousands of people have already volunteered. Amazing!

For decades, we’ve heard many argue that sending robots into space was cheaper, smarter, and even more efficient than lifting people off the Earth. This film production reminds us that there is something essential, something perhaps instinctual, about the human need to explore.

Journey to Space 3D. Copyright © 2016.
Narrated by Patrick Steward. Produced by K2 Films & Giant Screen Films.

Grade……………………..B+ (2.5/4)

Copyright © 1998-2012 Ross Anthony, Author – Speaker – Solo World Circumnavigator

IMAX NAMES PATRICK MCCLYMONT CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

June 6, 2016 – 1:44 pm | Permalink

NEW YORK, June 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced the appointment of Patrick McClymont as Chief Financial Officer, effective August 8. McClymont will lead the Company’s global finance function. The role will continue to be based in New York and report to CEORichard L. Gelfond.

McClymont was most recently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Sotheby’s. Prior to Sotheby’s he was a Partner and Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he spent 15 years. He brings a wealth of leadership experience in modernizing international financial strategy, operations and processes to build business value, enhance competitive positioning and foster shareholder and investor engagement.

McClymont succeeds Joe Sparacio, who has been assisting IMAX in the search process for several months after expressing his interest to pursue other opportunities. Sparacio will hold the position until McClymont joins in August and will stay at IMAX through November to work with him on the transition.

“Given our tremendous international growth and our focus on new business initiatives, I am delighted to have someone of Patrick’s caliber join IMAX to lead our financial team,” said Gelfond. “We believe Patrick’s impressive capabilities will help us continue to implement sound financial principles while achieving strong results. I am pleased to welcome Patrick to IMAX and I look forward to his contributions.”

At Sotheby’s McClymont developed and executed growth plans across the Company’s operations in 40 countries. He led select P&L activities, corporate strategy, regional Finance Directors in the Americas, Europe and Asia, as well as the finance, accounting, tax, treasury, and investor relations functions. Previously, McClymont was Head of the Global Transportation & Infrastructure Group at Goldman, Sachs & Co. McClymont holds a Master of Business Administration from The Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College, and a Bachelor of Science with Distinction from Cornell University.

“I am excited to join the impressive team at IMAX,” said McClymont. “This is an attractive opportunity to join an industry leader and iconic brand that is clearly performing at a high level. I look forward to helping the team leverage this powerful platform to pursue profitable growth and drive shareholder value.”

“I would like to thank Joe for his service to IMAX,” added Gelfond. “His commitment has been vital to everything we have achieved over the last decade. I am grateful for his leadership as we have grown and expanded our presence to multiple regions across the globe. Joe will remain a trusted consultant to us in the years to come and I wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

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 inLondon, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of Mar. 31, 2016, there were 1,066 IMAX theatres (952 commercial multiplexes, 17 commercial destinations and 97 institutions) in 68 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

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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PARAMOUNT PICTURES’ AND NICKELODEON MOVIES’ TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS OPENS IN DOMESTIC IMAX® 3D THEATRES FOR A SPECIAL ONE-WEEK ENGAGEMENT BEGINNING THURSDAY, JUNE 2

June 2, 2016 – 2:43 pm | Permalink

LOS ANGELES, May 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/– Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and IMAX Corporation today announced that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, the latest installment in the blockbuster franchise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in IMAX® 3D theatres domestically for a special one-week run beginning Thursday, June 2, with 5:00 p.m. showtimes.

Additionally, the film will be released in approximately 30 select overseas IMAX markets, beginning June 1 and rolling out to additional markets such as Japan,Taiwan, Brazil and Mexico throughout the summer. The film will open in IMAX 3D in China on July 2.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is a fun fit for The IMAX Experience® with its larger-than-life effects and high-octane action, and we are pleased to partner again with our long-time friend Michael Bay and the whole team at Paramount in offering this film to domestic audiences in IMAX 3D,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment.

Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo return to theaters this summer in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows to battle bigger, badder villains alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). After super villain Shredder (Brian Tee) escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar “Sheamus”), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.

From Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. Produced by Michael Bay, p.g.a., Andrew Form, p.g.a., Brad Fuller, p.g.a., Galen Walker and Scott Mednick. Based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created by Peter Lairdand Kevin Eastman. Written by Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec. Directed by Dave Green. Starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Stephen Amell, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Brian Tee and Tyler Perry.

The IMAX® 3D release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 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.

About Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

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 inLondon, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of Mar. 31, 2016, there were 1,066 IMAX theatres (952 commercial multiplexes, 17 commercial destinations and 97 institutions) in 68 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

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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BMZ Review: Wild Africa

May 23, 2016 – 3:51 pm | Permalink

Virtual Safari
Wild Africa
By Ross Anthony

Clouds billow across that huge IMAX bed sheet as the sunrise time lapses into sunset. What a sweet way to float into this water woven African safari. In the clearing, Mt. Kenya pokes its snowy summit. The camera slides across the icy caps until they trickle down into the jungle canopies and melt into waterfalls and rivers that draw continental creatures to their banks.

Intimate, close, glassy-eyed shots of gorillas will warm your heart. Raspberry-red-eyed pink flamingos, like cotton candy overflowing the machine, overtake a sleepy lake. They drift and dance, wonderfully captured on film. I, myself, have had the privilege of witnessing this migration in Africa many years back. I can attest, that the filmmakers have captured it almost beyond my own breathtaking experience.

The soundtrack is strong, and the narration used sparingly — Wild Africa respects the mighty visual medium — and just let’s you revel in the watching.

Submarining crocs vs. thirsty wildebeest, Lions vs. marching elephants, Lizards vs. beetles, from sand-shifting snakes to underwater reefs to the thunderous Victoria Falls – what a wonderful way to take a virtual African Safari.

Absolutely A+, save for a bit of elephant lumbering that begged for some editing. Still a strong A. I loved it! And would see it again in a snap.

Wild Africa. Copyright © 2016.
Directed By: Mike Slee, Patrick Morris. A BBC Earth Production.

Grade……………………..A (3.5/4)

Copyright © 1998-2012 Ross Anthony, Author – Speaker – Solo World Circumnavigator

IMAX UNVEILS COMPREHENSIVE VIRTUAL REALITY STRATEGY; LAUNCHES LOCATION-BASED INITIATIVE THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH STARBREEZE

May 20, 2016 – 1:15 pm | Permalink

IMAX to Create Fully Integrated Premium Out-of-Home VR Offering Encompassing Camera Capture, Content Distribution and Delivery

NEW YORK, May 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced its strategy to develop a premium location-based virtual reality offering that will deliver immersive, multi-dimensional experiences, including entertainment content and games, to multiplexes, malls and other commercial destinations. Following yesterday’s IMAX Google VR camera announcement, IMAX has expanded its initiative to include a joint venture agreement with Starbreeze AB, a Swedish-based independent creator, publisher and distributor of high-quality VR entertainment content and hardware.

Under the agreement, IMAX will create a premium VR experience that will leverage Starbreeze’s unique StarVR® headset technology, which provides a 210-degree full peripheral field of view – double that of any other VR headset currently available – to offer a truly immersive VR experience that is worthy of the IMAX® brand. As part of the partnership, Starbreeze’s existing library of VR entertainment content and games will be made available to consumers as well as the premium content resulting from the IMAX Google VR camera. IMAX will also look to establish new VR content partnerships through its existing Hollywood filmmaker and studio relationships. Meanwhile, Starbreeze will bring new interactive content through its publishing and partnerships in the gaming industry, which includes its relationship with leading Hollywood studio Lionsgate, with whom Starbreeze is developing its John Wick VR game as well as others.

IMAX sees a unique opportunity to combine premium equipment, more robust computing power, and expansive spaces to create a highly differentiated, destination-based VR experience that will draw audiences out of their homes, similar to the strategy IMAX has successfully employed in the cinema space.

“As technology and entertainment options evolve, we continue to innovate and find new platforms to extend The IMAX Experience,” said IMAX Corp. CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “We believe VR is an area that holds tremendous promise and is a natural progression for IMAX given our established worldwide brand presence, our immersive entertainment technology know-how, and strong industry relationships with filmmakers, studios and exhibitors. Just as IMAX provides the best cinematic experience, Starbreeze is a pioneer in the burgeoning VR market and its headsets will deliver a wider, ‘IMAX-like’ field of view to allow consumers to see, feel, move and play in new worlds in a powerfully immersive and realistic way. While our partnership with Google puts IMAX in the VR capture business, Starbreeze brings the capabilities in content distribution and delivery that, when combined, help us to establish a complete offering across the VR ecosystem.”

The new VR experience will be made available within select multiplexes as well as commercial locations such as shopping centers and tourist destinations. The parties will launch up to six sites this year in both domestic and international markets. A test site for the first IMAX VR location has been selected. If successful, the intent is to roll out the concept globally.

“We believe one of the best ways to experience VR is communally and in the highest possible quality,” said Starbreeze CEO Bo Andersson Klint. “We want everyone to have an accessible and exciting premium VR experience in cinema complexes and commercial locations all around the world. This open content platform will entertain and excite millions of people globally. The StarVR HMD – manufactured by our partner, leading Taiwanese electronics company Acer – together with the IMAX brand and its global reach through its many venues, is a great combination for our audiences.”

The joint venture will carry the IMAX brand, with IMAX providing product design, management and installation services as well as sales, marketing and communications support and Starbreeze delivering the software platform, hardware, technical and product support. IMAX also plans to tap into its vast network of filmmakers and exhibitor relationships while Starbreeze will also leverage its relationships in developing and publishing interactive entertainment experiences.

“I’ve always been a big believer in IMAX, which has been a great longtime partner,” said leading Hollywood director Michael Bay. “As a filmmaker, IMAX’s location-based VR offering presents an exciting opportunity to transport audiences even further into the worlds we create. We are in advanced discussions with IMAX now on some fun VR concepts and I look forward to test-driving their new technology.”

Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures commented, “Audiences worldwide are looking to engage with their favorite films and franchises more than ever before. IMAX’s VR strategy provides the ability to immerse consumers in a whole new world that expands on the movie itself and opens up a lot of exciting creative possibilities for our properties.”

“Starbreeze has played an integral role in the growth of our interactive storytelling and virtual reality business and we are happy to broaden that relationship to include our longtime friends at IMAX,” said Peter Levin, President of Interactive Ventures and Games for Lionsgate. “We are big believers in location-based entertainment VR and this is a great opportunity to expand the reach of our VR portfolio, including our John Wick episodic VR game and the other forthcoming titles we are working on with Starbreeze.”

Paul Donovan, CEO of Odeon UCI Cinemas Group, added: “We are committed to providing moviegoers with the best possible experiences to get them off their couches and into the multiplex. Our longstanding partnership with IMAX has been instrumental to this effort and we believe their relationships with studios, filmmakers and exhibitors as well as their leading brand and technology put them in an ideal position to capitalize on the growing VR movement. We think VR has a big future in cinemas and we are very interested in partnering with IMAX on this front as their efforts continue to develop.”

About Starbreeze AB

Starbreeze is an independent creator, publisher and distributor of high quality entertainment products. With studios in Stockholm, Paris and Los Angeles, the company creates games and other virtual reality entertainment products, based on proprietary design and licensed content. Starbreeze’s most recent games include PAYDAY 2, the adrenaline fueled bank robbing co-op game and the upcoming John Wick VR shooter and survival co-op FPS OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead.

Starbreeze has set out to develop truly immersive virtual reality experiences, by integrating software and hardware in its StarVR head mounted display, to be produced together with leading electronics company Acer, displaying a unique field of vision and a mission to bring top-end VR to large audiences. Starbreeze launched StarVR with a VR-experience at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June 2015, gained by teaming up with French Infinite Eye. In January 2016, Starbreeze unveiled the StarCade initiative; centers that invites people to immerse themselves into premium VR experiences. The first cinematic VR experience “Cockatoo Spritz” directed by Stephane Barbato, premiered at the 69th Cannes Film Festival 2016.

Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Starbreeze’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm First North Premier under the tickers STAR A and STAR B with the ISIN-codes SE0007158928 (A-share) and SE0005992831 (B-share). Remium Nordic is the company’s Certified Adviser. For more information, please visit http://www.starbreeze.com, http://www.starvr.com, http://www.overkillsoftware.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 inLondon, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of Mar. 31, 2016, there were 1,066 IMAX theatres (952 commercial multiplexes, 17 commercial destinations and 97 institutions) in 68 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

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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GOOGLE AND IMAX PARTNER TO DEVELOP GROUNDBREAKING VIRTUAL REALITY CAMERA

May 20, 2016 – 1:11 pm | Permalink

Technology Innovators Join Forces to Raise VR Capture Quality to the Next Level through IMAX Camera and Google’s Jump Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, May 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced at Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, that the companies are working to develop a cinema-grade virtual reality (VR) camera – the IMAX® VR camera – to enable today’s leading filmmakers and content creators to deliver the highest-quality 3D 360-degree content experiences to audiences worldwide.

IMAX’s team of engineers and camera specialists will work with Google to design the new high-resolution cameras from the ground up, leveraging IMAX’s best-in-class capture technology that has become an integral tool for today’s biggest and most visionary filmmakers including Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Bay, Anthony and Joe Russo, and Zack Snyder, among others. The camera, which will be built to utilize Jump, a platform for creating and viewing 3D 360 video, will deliver the highest-quality, most-immersive virtual reality content to consumers.

“For nearly 50 years, IMAX has pioneered moving image capture to allow filmmakers to produce the highest resolution images across 2D, 3D, film and digital formats, said IMAX Corp. CEO, Richard L. Gelfond. “Today’s partnership with Google takes us into the next frontier of immersive experiences – virtual reality – and we look forward to working with them to provide our filmmaker partners and other content creators with a level of VR capture quality not yet seen in this space. VR marks an exciting area of opportunity for IMAX and we believe this agreement, which enables us to participate in image capture and content creation, is an important first step in our broader VR strategy.”

IMAX developed its first 2D 15perf / 65mm film camera in 1976. To this day, it remains the highest-resolution camera in the world – providing approximately 10x more resolution than 35mm film. IMAX has built out a suite of high-end capture devices – including recent developments of a lightweight 3D digital camera as well as a new cutting-edge 2D digital camera developed in partnership with ARRI.

“IMAX is known everywhere for their incredible immersive cinematography and sound, and we’re delighted to have them contribute their decades of experience in cameras and content to the Jump platform,” said Clay Bavor, VP, Virtual Reality at Google.

IMAX will also provide Google with exclusive access to pre-existing IMAX documentary content for conversion and use with Google’s VR technology.

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 March 31, 2016, there were 1,066 IMAX theatres (952 commercial multiplexes, 17 commercial destinations and 97 institutions) in 68 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® 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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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 CORPORATION TO PRESENT AT THE 17TH ANNUAL B. RILEY & CO. INVESTOR CONFERENCE

May 20, 2016 – 1:07 pm | Permalink

NEW YORK – May 13, 2016 – IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) today announced that Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment, will present at the 17th Annual B. Riley & Co. Investor Conference on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, at 8:30AM PT (11:30 AM ET).

The conference is being held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.

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 presentation 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 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 March 31, 2016, there were 1,066 IMAX theatres (952 commercial multiplexes, 17 commercial destinations and 97 institutions) in 68 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® 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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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 CORPORATION TO PRESENT AT THE 44TH ANNUAL J.P. MORGAN GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY, MEDIA AND TELECOM CONFERENCE

May 20, 2016 – 1:04 pm | Permalink

NEW YORK, May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced that CEO Richard L. Gelfond will present at the 44th Annual J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016, at 3:00 PM ET.

The conference is being held at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA.

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 presentation 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 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 inLondon, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2016, there were 1,066 IMAX theatres (952 commercial multiplexes, 17 commercial destinations and 97 institutions) in 68 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® 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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IMAX SIGNS 40-THEATRE FULL REVENUE SHARE AGREEMENT WITH GUANGZHOU JINYI MEDIA CORPORATION IN CHINA

May 20, 2016 – 1:00 pm | Permalink

Deal Marks New Full Joint Venture Arrangement in China with One of the Country’s Largest Exhibitors

SHANGHAI, May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX), IMAX China Holding Inc. (HKSE: 1970) and Guangzhou JinYi Media Corporation (JinYi), one of the largest exhibitors in China, announced a full revenue share agreement for 40 new IMAX® theatres. The theatres will be added to new projects as well as existing JinYi Cinemas across China and brings the exhibitor’s total IMAX footprint to 60. The theatres will be added to a combination of Tier One to Tier Four cities throughout China and are expected to be installed at the end of this year through 2020 with a majority to be installed by 2018. The deal represents one of the largest IMAX signings in China.

JinYi Media Corporation is one of the largest exhibition companies in China, with 1,731 screens in 325 subsidiary and affiliated theaters across 21 provinces and four municipalities. The parties first signed an agreement in 2009 for four IMAX theatres and with today’s deal, JinYi Media Corporation is now the third-largest IMAX partner in China and internationally. Under today’s agreement, the exhibitor will bring IMAX to several new, untapped markets, such as the city of Huaihua, which is located in Hunan province and has a population of approximately 5 million as well as the city of Deyang with a population of approximately 4 million, which is located in the province of Sichuan. Guangzhou JinYi Media Corporation is the second full joint venture IMAX partner in China.

“We are delighted to further expand our partnership with JinYi, one of the largest exhibitors in China. Their sizeable commitment and continued confidence in IMAX to play such an integral part of their complexes is yet another testament to the strength and value of IMAX in China. Together, we will help meet the strong consumer demand for cinema-going in China where IMAX remains an affordable, yet differentiated luxury,” said IMAX Corp. CEO, Richard L. Gelfond. “We have set a target of 1,000 theatres in China. With over 300 theatres open and – including this deal and a 10-theatre deal announced earlier this year – an additional 270 in backlog, we are just beginning to tap China’s full potential, which is on track to overtake the US as the largest film market in the world by 2017.”

“Driven by the dramatic growth in the Chinese exhibition market, we are embarking on an aggressive expansion of our circuit. Mall developers recognize the power of the IMAX brand to attract consumers and with IMAX as an anchor entertainment attraction, we were able to secure locations in our desired complexes,” said Mr. Leo Li, CEO Guangzhou JinYi Media Corporation. “The IMAX slate of Hollywood and Chinese blockbuster titles coupled with its powerfully immersive format is beloved by moviegoers in China. IMAX is a key differentiator that we believe will not only strengthen the customer experience but also our business results.”

About Guangzhou JinYi Media Corporation
Established in 2004, Guangzhou JinYi Media Corporation (‘JinYi’), is a famous enterprise dedicated to cinema distribution and film exhibition. The company’s main products include film screenings, film distribution in theaters, merchandizing and advertising services. Its subsidiary JinYi Cinema is one of the top five cinema franchises in China. Nowadays, JinYi manages at least 1,731 screens across 325 subsidiary and affiliated cinemas with more than 262,271 seats across 21 provinces and four municipalities.

About IMAX China
IMAX China is a subsidiary of IMAX Corporation, and is incorporated under the laws of Cayman Islands. IMAX China was established by IMAX Corporation specifically to oversee the expansion of IMAX’s business throughout Greater China. IMAX China trades on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

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 inLondon, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of Mar. 31, 2016, there were 1,066 IMAX theatres (952 commercial multiplexes, 17 commercial destinations and 97 institutions) in 68 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

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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MARVEL’S CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR BLASTS INTO IMAX® THEATRES WORLDWIDE WITH RECORD-SETTING $31.3 MILLION OPENING WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

May 20, 2016 – 12:56 pm | Permalink

Film Scores Best-Ever Global IMAX Opening in May

LOS ANGELES, May 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced that Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War opened with a record-setting $31.3 million on 955 IMAX screens globally, making it the largest opening ever for an IMAX release in May, as well as the third-best IMAX opening for a day-and-date release, including China. Overall, Captain America: Civil War scored the fourth-largest global opening weekend ever in IMAX. To date, Captain America: Civil War has grossed $45 million in IMAX globally.

Domestically, Captain America: Civil War delivered $16 million on 380 IMAX screens. The film’s North American debut kicked off with particularly strong presales and continued with sell-outs throughout the weekend.

International IMAX weekend results for Captain America: Civil War reached $15.3 million on 575 IMAX screens. In China, specifically, the film grossed an astonishing $10 million in three days. A few other new markets that saw notable results this weekend include: United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Trinidad, Argentina and Turkey.

“With Captain America: Civil War, Marvel has once again nailed it and, thanks to huge support from our great friends, directors Joe and Anthony Russo, Kevin Feige and team Disney, audiences around the world have embraced the IMAX presentation in this record-setting way,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “From the very beginning, the Russos and Marvel have been at the forefront of combining the cutting-edge technology of the ALEXA IMAX 65mm camera with epic storytelling, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of Captain America: Civil War‘s release throughout the coming weeks.”

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo captured the film’s key battle sequence using the new ALEXA IMAX® 65mm cameras, marking the first film to use the new 2D digital cameras developed in partnership between IMAX and ARRI. As a result, only in IMAX® theatres do sequences filmed with these cameras expand vertically to fill more of the IMAX screen, delivering IMAX audiences greater scope and breathtaking image quality. As previously announced, the Russo brothers will shoot the entirety of Marvel’s two-part finale — Avengers: Infinity War – Parts 1 & 2 — using a joint customized version of ARRI’s new large-format 65mm camera, the Alexa 65.

The IMAX® release of Captain America: Civil War was shown in its digitally re-mastered format, which includes 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.

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 inLondon, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2016, there were 1,066 IMAX theatres (952 commercial multiplexes, 17 commercial destinations and 97 institutions) in 68 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® 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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