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September 29, 2022—The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) is pleased to announce the winners of its Film Awards, recognizing excellence in giant screen filmmaking. The awards were presented the evening of Wednesday, September 28, at the GSCA 2022 International Conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee, during a ceremony held at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Theater. As the first in-person GSCA International Conference since September 2019, awards were presented for films released in 2022 as well as for each year the conference was not held during the pandemic. Eligible films are submitted by GSCA member distributors and voted on by GSCA member organizations. IMAX Corporation, sponsor of the awards gala, presented the IMAX Hall of Fame Award, which goes to a giant screen film that is at least 10 years old and is selected by vote of the IMAX theater network.
September 26, 2022—IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) has announced it has acquired SSIMWAVE Inc., a leader in AI-driven video quality solutions for media and entertainment companies. The move marks a significant expansion of IMAX's strategy to deliver the highest quality video images on any screen—to drive new, recurring revenue and grow its global leadership in entertainment technology.
September 19, 2022—The Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater was closed September 15-16 for a monumental undertaking: the replacement of its six-story tall, 89- foot-wide screen. In preparation for hosting the Giant Screen Cinema Association’s (GSCA) annual international conference at the end of September, the Aquarium partnered with the IMAX Corporation to replace the existing six-year-old screen so the theater would look its best for the international event, which draws giant-screen filmmakers, distributors, theaters, suppliers, manufacturers, and students from around the world.
September 12, 2022—After years in limbo, the fate of the IMAX theater in downtown Des Moines is clear: It will not re-open. The Blank IMAX Dome Theater at the Science Center of Iowa has been closed for more than four years since it was hit with flood waters. The 2018 storm caused millions of dollars in damage to the theater's specialized equipment and led to a lawsuit over insurance claims. The board of directors directed staff to think of other ways to use the IMAX space, but the board ultimately decided it should not be used as a theater. Science Center leadership is still finalizing plans, and they do not expect to have an announcement for a few years. Read the full Des Moines Register story about the Science Center of Iowa IMAX Theater
September 7, 2022—The Board of Directors of Marbles Kids Museum is pleased to announce it has selected Jonathan Frederick as the museum’s new Chief Executive Officer. Frederick was selected through a national search conducted in partnership with the nonprofit consulting firm moss+ross. He joined Marbles at the end of June, replacing CEO Sally Edwards, who announced earlier this year that she would be stepping down, after leading the museum’s first 15 years.
September 7, 2022—Alan Hanstein has been appointed as the executive director for the Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee (CLCTLH). Hanstein took the helm on June 10, 2022. The educational center is the K-12 outreach arm for the joint engineering college. Hanstein was chosen from a handful of candidates after a national search. In the new role, he will be responsible for all aspects of center operation, including its IMAX Theatre, Planetarium Theatre, Camp Challenger, educational school programs (field trips), lecture series, public programs and more. Hanstein has served on the CLCTLH board for nearly 20 years and is a past chair. He succeeds Michelle Personette, who stepped down in February after two decades in the position.
September 6, 2022—At 10:00 a.m. on August 13, 2022, the opening ceremony of The 12th Beijing International Film Festival Science and Technology Section & CSTM Popular Science Film Panorama was grandly opened at the 4D Cinema of the China Science and Technology Museum. More than 20 media, including Beijing Radio and Television, People's Daily, and Science and Technology Daily, reported on site.
September 1, 2022—It took Stephen Low three years to complete, but he is now ready to unveil Train Time, which follows a BNSF Railway freight train along its journey across North America. Train Time will make its U.S. premiere Saturday at the Carnegie Science Center’s Rangos Giant Cinema. It will run there through March 12 and serve as a companion piece to the famous Miniature Railroad & Village showcasing landmarks around Western Pennsylvania.
August 29, 2022—The Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) and BASE Xperiential are excited to announce a major partnership to unveil the world’s first-ever HoloTheater and its premiere experience, Dinosaur Discoveries: A Holographic Adventure, debuting in November. The historic Wortham Giant Screen Theatre has long been a major attraction at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. This fall, stunning laser-projection, video mapping, three-dimensional holographic imagery and live action entertainment come together to transform the theater into a first-of-its-kind HoloTheater. Two robust side-screen projection surfaces will complement the museum’s massive 60-by-80-foot screen to bring to life a panoramic, immersive cinema experience.
August 19, 2022—Hollywood Park, the largest urban mixed-use mega development under construction in the Western United States, announces a new signed tenant, Cosm, a global leader in experiential media and immersive technology, which will introduce its first public venue in Hollywood Park. The forthcoming location will be the first venue of its kind to bring entertainment to life by utilizing Cosm’s revolutionary domed and compound curved LED technology. Guests will be able to directly experience immersive content through the company’s proprietary, best-in-class technology that seamlessly bridges the gap between virtual and physical realities.