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cstengel
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posted July 03, 2001 04:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cstengel   Click Here to Email cstengel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Edwards Cinemas is asking a bankruptcy court to let it convert all 6 of its IMAX theaters to traditional theaters (i.e. letting the chain out of its contract with IMAX).

'Los Angeles Daily News quoted a spokeswoman for Edwards as saying, "The Imax films were not profitable for us as an exhibitor. Now, hopefully we'll be able to show things that will bring greater profitability."'

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posted July 04, 2001 12:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jpgordo   Click Here to Email jpgordo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They should do what Universal did with its IMAX theater - show the Matrix at midnight. It is always, like Rocky Horror, and cool to see on the 70 foot screen.

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posted July 06, 2001 03:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cstengel   Click Here to Email cstengel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think they should project giant Russ Meyer movies!

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posted November 01, 2001 02:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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posted January 19, 2002 06:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anybody see Beauty and the Beast on IMAX?

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The release of the 1995 film Apollo 13 in the IMAX format is drawing big crowds in the nine theaters where it is playing and has grossed $456,534 in its first two weeks. "The fact that 99 percent of the people in the audience have seen it before, it tells you that the allure of the IMAX version is very strong," Exhibitor Relations chief Paul Dergarabedian told the Los Angeles Daily News. In order to transform the film to the giant screen, a digital remastering process, called IMAX DMR, was employed to remove grain and sharpen images -- at a cost of some $2 million.

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New digital remastering techniques will, for the first time, allow film spectacles to premiere in giant-screen Imax theaters on the same day that they are released to conventional theaters. (Treasure Planet is the first feature to get such a dual release.) Imax Co-CEO Brad Wechsler told Britain's Guardian newspaper that the third movies in both the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series will open at Imax theaters simultaneously with their opening elsewhere. He said that Imax technicians have shown director Peter Jackson a test sing the first Rings film, and that his reaction was : "This is the way I dreamt my movie would be shown." Since Imax projection booths cannot handle films longer than two hours presently, Rings will probably be shown with an intermission, Wechsler said. He also said that Imax is planning to release at least one remastered classic each year and has selected Lawrence of Arabia for 2003.

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Having just completed the IMAX 3-D documentary Ghosts of the Abyss, which explores the wreckage of the Titanic (it is due to open on April 11), director James Cameron is working on a 3-D feature for 20th Century Fox that will be his first since 1997's Titanic, the New York Times reported today (Monday). "We are going to do an experiment with an awful lot of Rupert Murdoch's money," Cameron told the Times. (Murdoch's News Corp owns 20th Century Fox.) The newspaper said that Cameron declined to discuss the nature of the 3-D feature but that, according to industry speculation, it may be either a science fiction or historical drama. Whether it will help revive the 3-D format is also open to speculation. "People are looking for a new way to be stimulated," Exhibitor Relations chief Paul Dergarabedian told the Times, but, he added, the public will only embrace the format "if it is used judiciously."

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While DVD home-video releases of giant-screen IMAX movies may seem like an oxymoron, distributors of the product maintain that there has been strong demand for it, according to Video Store magazine. They say that demand has been particularly high at stores that create special sections for it. "Those who place a title like Hidden Hawaii in the same section as the Hulk Hogan titles aren't capitalizing," Mitch Perliss, manager of SlingShot Entertainment, told the trade publication. His company has released four IMAX 3-D titles, which come with 3-D viewing kits. Being able to watch films at home in 3-D may be the primary attraction of the IMAX movies, Jennifer Kahn Nelson, director of product development for SlingShot, told Video Store. "Large-format is the only industry that continues to make successful 3-D product," she said.

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I believe The Matrix Reloaded begins today on selected IMAX screens.

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Imax 'Matrix' Draws Fans Back for Repeated Viewings

Imax Corp.'s rendition of "Matrix Reloaded," which reformats the picture into the giant-screen format, continues to draw fans of the science-fiction blockbuster back for repeat viewings. Imax said the film grossed about $800,000, or an average of $16,000 a screen, in its third weekend of release, up more than 30% from the previous weekend. By comparison, the film grossed $4.1 million overall, down 30% from last week. The Imax network, which is only a tiny fraction of the total number of screens, generated about 20% of the film's total weekend box office. Although "Matrix Reloaded" opened in 11 additional Imax theaters over the weekend, a rise in the per-screen average -- to $16,000 from $15,000 -- shows the existing theaters continue to hold up well, said Imax co-chief executive Richard Gelfond. "It's becoming a little bit of a phenomenon -- people going again and again," Mr. Gelfond said. Exit surveys from theaters in several important markets show that 80% of the film's patrons were coming to see the film a second time. "It's really establishing a whole new market for repeat business," he said.

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Toronto-based IMAX said Monday that it has signed a deal with European exhibitor EuroPalaces (the merged Gaumont and Pathé chains) to build an IMAX theater at the Disneyland Resort near Paris that will be devoted to giant-screen versions of live-action films digitally remastered using IMAX's proprietary DMR system. (Disney has developed its own system for producing IMAX prints of its animated films.) The new theater will presumably become part of the existing 15-screen Gaumont Disney Village multiplex.

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Imax expands in China with two more theaters
Imax said on Tuesday it sold two of its smaller, lower-cost MPX theater systems to China and now expects to have 10 Imax theaters in the country by 2005. The Mississauga, Ontario-based firm, which is run largely from New York, said the systems were bought by Shanghai United Cinema Line Co. Ltd. One will operate in a multiplex in Shanghai, while the location of the second in southern China has yet to be decided. The sale is the first of the MPX theater system outside the United States. Imax launched the system in March to attract theater operators, particularly multiplexes, that could not afford or accommodate their full-sized theater system. Imax's regular theater systems have screens up to eight stories high. The MPX has a screen about half that height and the projector can be installed in standard sized booth. The financial terms of the deal, which is subject to government approval, were not disclosed. A company spokesman said the deal was an outright sale, rather than Imax's traditional leasing arrangement, but did not represent a shift in strategy.

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The next installment of the Harry Potter movies will debut on both conventional and giant Imax screens simultaneously next June, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported today (Friday). The newspaper quoted Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman as saying: "We are so pleased that this summer, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which lends itself beautifully to Imax's format, will play throughout the Imax theaters." Shares in Toronto-based Imax shot up nearly 7 percent on the news Thursday.

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Imax And Studio Discuss Tie-up

Canadian-based IMAX said Monday that it is in advanced negotiations with an unnamed major Hollywood studio to release its films in the giant-screen format. During the past year, IMAX has made several deals with studios for individual movies, like Warner Bros.' Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Sony's Spider-Man 2, but it has never had an ongoing multipicture deal with any studio. Meanwhile IMAX also announced deals with exhibitors National Amusements and Cinemark USA to install some 20 new IMAX theater systems in unnamed locations.

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