By now you’ve probably heard that the world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater has not only been renamed, but renovated into one of the biggest IMAX theaters in the world. The TCL IMAX Chinese Theatre is a thing of beauty, sporting the third largest IMAX screen in North America and biggest IMAX capacity in the world.
What’s even more amazing about the theater is how IMAX is using it as a testing ground for some of its more groundbreaking technology. For example, to make sure everything is up to the IMAX standard, the theater is equipped with special microphones and cameras that feed into an internal server. There, IMAX employees can monitor picture and sound quality remotely. If the sound isn’t balanced or picture is too dark, they can fix it online.
Plus, in the coming months, the TCL IMAX Chinese Theatre will be one of the first venues in the world to have a revolutionary laser projection system that will be capable of a contrast ratio of almost 9,000:1, which is almost double the clarity of even the best film projectors.
After the jump, Brian J. Bonnick, the Chief Technology Officer of IMAX, talks about those innovations as well as how film projectors and film cameras are still part of IMAX’s plans. Read More »
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What does it look like when you take the most famous movie theater in the world and convert it into the largest IMAX theater in the world? Probably something like this.
IMAX has just released a time lapse video showing the renovation of Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA into the brand new TCL IMAX Chinese Theatre. The renovation began May 1 and will end on September 20 when the theater reopens with a special 3D IMAX presentation of The Wizard of Oz. (A film that, not coincidentally, premiered at the same location in 1939.) With room for 932 people, the TCL IMAX Chinese Theatre is largest IMAX theater in the world in terms of seating capacity. As for the screen itself, it’s the third largest commercial IMAX screen in North America measuring 90 feet by 46 feet. This is most definitely not LieMAX.
Below see, and read, how a movie house that opened in 1927 was converted into one of the most technological advanced theaters in the world. Read More »
Next week, Vin Diesel is back as everyone’s favorite night-visioned, ass-kicking sci-fi star Riddick. It’s a sequel almost 10 years in the making that was willed to the big screen by the star, its director David Twohy, and the fans.
A movie like that deserves to be seen in the IMAX format. Universal gives fans that option come September 6 when Riddick opens everywhere. These days an IMAX debut means an exclusive poster for fans who attend the first showings and we’re proud to exclusively debut the FanFix poster for Riddick. It’s by artist Alex Fuentes and will available at 8 p.m. IMAX screenings on September 5. Check it out below. Read More »
Briefly: Neill Blomkamp‘s District 9 follow-up, Elysium, is getting a lot bigger. The film will be released in IMAX theaters on August 9, to play alongside the standard-def presentation.
This is a digital re-master rather than a presentation featuring footage shot in native IMAX format, so that’s a downside. On the other hand, what we’ve seen of Elysium so far (revisit the trailer here) suggests that Blomkamp has expanded his vision of human sociaety as it could stand many years from now, and the massive scope of IMAX could be a great way to see the vistas of the orbital colony Elysium.
“Neill Blomkamp is the kind of innovative, creative storyteller that moviegoers seek out, and we are thrilled to bring this highly anticipated film to IMAX audiences worldwide,” said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President IMAX Corp.
Posted on Thursday, July 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
Remember the days before IMAX became ubiquitous? When the format was more strongly associated with science documentaries at the natural history museum than $250 million tentpoles at the multiplex? It’s not that IMAX isn’t used for the former anymore, of course. It’s just that the latter has now eclipsed the original use.
So even though In Saturn’s Rings isn’t really a throwback, it kinda feels like one to me. Directed by Stephen van Vuuren, the art film consists of over a million still images of Saturn, captured without the aid of fancy CG or VFX. Based on the trailer, the results are pretty mindblowing. Watch it in standard def, high def, or 4K after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
It typically takes studios a year or more to push a sequel out, no matter how quickly they try to put one together. But in the case of Oz The Great and Powerful, audiences will get to see what happened to the wizard just a few months after we left him.
Of course, that’s only because we’ve already known where the character would end up for many decades now. The Wizard of Oz is approaching its 75th birthday, and to celebrate that big anniversary, Warner Bros. is putting the Technicolor classic back in theaters this fall with a shiny new IMAX 3D upgrade. Watch the trailer for the remastered release after the jump.
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The official trailers and posters for Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim have promised exciting visuals the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Dark, neon hues blasted over the cities of the world as colorful, 25-story robots battle massive alien monsters. The potential iconography is staggering and new poster company Odd City Entertainment is capitalizing on it.
Odd City Entertainment has secured an official license to create posters for Pacific Rim and just revealed the first of five images leading up to the July 12 release. It’s by Grzegorz Domaradzki, aka Gabz, and that’ll be followed by more posters by Todd Slater, NE, Gordon Jones and Graham Erwin.
Check out three versions of the Gabz poster below along with the IMAX poster. Read More »
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The opportunity to see an all-time classic on the big screen should be taken whenever possible. Ideally, this happens at a repertory house where the original content and quality of the film is preserved, and sometimes (though less and less as 35mm gives way to DCP) even the format is the same. On special occasions, though, a film is so grand and adored it gets not only a big time restoration, but major release as well. Titanic comes to mind. Jurassic Park. And now, The Wizard of Oz can be added to the list.
The 1939 classic celebrates its 75 anniversary in 2014 and leading up to that, Warner Bros. is releasing both a 3D Blu-ray super set on October 1 and a restored, 3D IMAX edition in theaters September 1. Read More »