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July 18, 2012—NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with James Hyder of LF Examiner. They discuss the rise of the IMAX screen and what distinguishes both the technology and the cinematic experience of these very large screens. Listen to the full interview from NPR here.
July 18, 2012—With 93 days left before the Oct. 20 opening of the Peoria Riverfront Museum, the pieces are beginning to come together. There are no exhibits to see yet, but a museum is taking shape. The giant screen—52 feet tall by 70 feet wide—has been installed in the Giant Screen Theater. The Zeiss Powerdome planetarium equipment is being installed in the planetarium this week. Read the full article from the Peoria Journal Star here.
July 13, 2012—Scheduled for a one-year limited run when it opened during the Ford administration, the modest 26-minute IMAX film To Fly! has become an unlikely Washington institution, one that shows no signs of crashing back to earth anytime soon. Read the full article from the Washington Times here.
July 10, 2012—The New York Times discusses shrinking screens and the loss of the immersive cinematic experience. Read the full article here.
July 9, 2012—The Putnam Museum has announced its brand partnership with National Geographic as the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater was unveiled on Friday, June 29. The branding partnership provides exclusive marketing of the Giant Screen Theater to all National Geographic magazine and on-line subscribers in a 75-mile radius. The Putnam will also be connected to all classrooms in the region that utilize National Geographic Kids magazine. Additionally, the Putnam will gain special access to one of the world's largest Giant-Screen film libraries that includes award-winning films in 2D and 3D digital formats. Read the full article from www.kwqc.com here.
July 9, 2012—After 13 years of operation on the London, UK South Bank, the huge IMAX screen measuring 26 metres wide and 20 metres high (85x65ft, as high as five double-decker red buses), is replaced with a brand new silver screen. The BFI IMAX was closed from Friday 22 June until Thursday 5 July, reopening July 6, 2012, with The Amazing Spider-Man in stereoscopic 3D. During these two weeks, they installed an IMAX 3D Digital projector alongside the IMAX film-based 3D projector, so that the BFI IMAX now has the option to present all IMAX DMR films. Read the full article from Stereoscopy News here.
June 29, 2012—BBC Earth Productions gears up to take natural history content to the giant screen. Read the full post on the BBC blog here.
June 28, 2012—IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond and new EMEA president Andrew Cripps talk to Screen Daily about their blockbuster summer ahead and the international territories that could see the most growth. Read the full interview here.
June 11, 2012—The Omnimax screen at the Great Lakes Science Center is 79 feet in diameter and six stories tall. Of course, you remember from your geometry class that the surface area of a sphere is four times pi times the radius squared. Then divide that by 2 just to get the surface area of half of the sphere. So, class, that means that To the Arctic, Flying Monsters, the Christmastime chestnut The Polar Express and all the other flicks show on 6,763 square feet of viewing area. Read the full article from Cleveland.com here.
June 11, 2012—After a year of research and preparation, the giant screen film IMAX Jerusalem 3D advanced into production with an unprecedented aerial shoot throughout Israel and the West Bank. Scheduled for worldwide release in 2013, the film will take audiences on a spectacular tour of the Holy Land and the city once believed to lie at the centre of the world. Read the full article from Stereoscopy News here.