31 Facts About IMAX


The first permanent IMAX installation was built at the Cinesphere theatre at Ontario Place in Toronto.

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In 2008, IMAX extended its brand into traditional theaters with the introduction of Digital IMAX, a lower-cost system that uses two 2K digital projectors to project on a 1.

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IMAX has said they have no intention of replacing the higher resolution film cameras with the new digital camera, but the latter can be used in scenes that require a lightweight or relatively small 3D camera.

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In 2015, IMAX announced a 2D digital camera that was developed alongside Arri, the camera being based on the latter company's Arri Alexa 65 technology.

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IMAX film is fed through the projector horizontally, and the film is drawn from the inner circumference of the platter, not from the outer circumference like in conventional film reels.

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IMAX provides a "top center" speaker in addition to the centre speaker found in conventional theatres.

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The shutter of an IMAX projector is kept open for longer than a 35 mm projector shutter to increase image brightness.

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IMAX projectors are pin-stabilized; this means that four registration pins engage the perforations at the corners of the projected frame to ensure perfect alignment.

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IDF initially used 2K-resolution Christie xenon projectors, with a Texas Instruments Digital Light Processing engine, but in 2012 IMAX announced that they would be switching to Barco as their primary supplier.

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In December 2014, IMAX began rolling out its new Dual 4K laser projector system, dubbed "IMAX with Laser", with the first installation occurring at the Cineplex ScotiaBank Theatre in Toronto.

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IMAX theatres are described as either "Classic Design", or "Multiplex Design" .

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Until 2016, the world's largest IMAX screen had been in Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia, measuring 35.

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Once completed, the new Sydney IMAX will include an even larger screen ensuring it retains the record as the world's largest 1.

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The standard IMAX projector was unsuitable for use inside a dome because it had a 3.

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IMAX Corporation redesigned its system, adding an elevator to lift the projector to the center of the dome from the projection booth below.

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Several of the early films that had been produced in digital 3D for release in conventional theaters were presented in IMAX 3D, including Avatar, Gravity and The Amazing Spider-Man.

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Variations on IMAX included the 48 frames per second IMAX HD process, which sought to produce smoother, more lifelike motion, while reducing the blurring of moving objects, by doubling the normal film rate.

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Some reviewers have noted that many non-IMAX theaters are projecting films at 4K resolution through competing brands such as Dolby Cinema and UltraAVX.

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IMAX has held to a uniform branding of "The IMAX Experience" across various underlying technologies and screen sizes.

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IMAX has defended the format by saying it has a bigger screen, brighter picture and better sound than standard theatres.

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The expense and logistical challenges of producing and presenting IMAX films have led to approximately 40 minutes shorter running times than conventional films.

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IMAX cameras have been used while orbiting the Earth, climbing Mount Everest, exploring the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, and visiting the Antarctic.

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An early attempt at presenting mainstream entertainment in IMAX format was The Rolling Stones: Live at the Max, an 85-minute compilation of concert footage filmed in IMAX during the rock band's 1990 Steel Wheels tour, edited to give the impression of a single concert.

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IMAX agreed to Disney's terms and conditions to gain the exclusive first showings of the film.

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Polar Express became the most successful film released in IMAX theaters, producing at least a quarter of the film's gross of $302 million from fewer than 100 IMAX screens.

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IMAX added that the IMAX format offered the viewer more immersion than digital 3D due to its brighter, higher quality image, which is projected on a larger screen, without the need for specialised glasses.

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IMAX cameras were used hand-held for the first time, as Nolan was advised by both Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard that it was the best way to shoot on vessels.

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Two of the IMAX cameras used by NASA are now on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.

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In 1996, IMAX was awarded the Oscar for Scientific and Technical Achievement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Many IMAX films have been remastered into HDTV format for the MOJO HD, HDNet and HD Theatre networks and release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

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The Science Museum London and BFI IMAX Cinema have hosted computer game tournaments using digital projectors.

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