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May 25, 2021—The Royal BC Museum in Victoria, BC, Canada, acquired the
IMAX Victoria theater from Destination Cinema Inc. (DCI) in late August
2020. The museum recently restructured its operations and concluded that
it would no longer continue with the Head of Theatre (Theatre Director)
position. As such, after 17+ years, Paul Wild left IMAX Victoria on
April 27, this year. Paul's successful tenure in Victoria bore fruit not
only for DCI, but for the industry as a whole, with its annual
attendance firmly establishing Victoria as a top tier theater. In
addition to many successful film runs and marketing campaigns, Victoria
also developed the giant screen network’s most successful
membership/loyalty program, the Annual Pass Holder Program, with over
20,000 members and annual revenues of over $1 million (to the end of
May 24, 2021—We celebrate the life and legacy of Graeme Ferguson, IMAX co-founder, iconic filmmaker, and visionary behind the film format that has thrilled and inspired millions of people around the world, including all of us in the giant screen industry. Not only an innovator, but generous, humble, and kind, the industry has lost a legend and a friend. Here, some of his friends and colleagues share their memories and express their gratitude.
May 20, 2021 -- MacGillivray Freeman Films, the world’s foremost
independent producer and distributor of original giant-screen 70mm
films, announced today a partnership with MetaMedia, one of the fastest
growing entertainment technology companies in the U.S., to bring
educational films to conventional commercial theaters and drive-ins
across the U.S. and Canada for educational and group screenings.
May 14, 2021—Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has unveiled
the honorees for
its first HPA League Honors, which recognize diverse members of the
media and entertainment community who shine as examples of
accomplishment, innovation and leadership. Among the honorees is GSCA
board of directors member Patricia Keighley, Chief Quality Guru at IMAX
Corporation, who will receive The Rainmaker Award. The award recognizes a
leader who has deployed intelligent tactics & ensured their
company or organization achieved its sales goals and revenue targets and
honors excellence in financial performance and business
May 10, 2021—It is with profound sadness we share that IMAX co-founder and iconic
filmmaker Ivan Graeme Ferguson, 91, died from cancer on May 8, 2021, at
Norway Point, his home at Lake of Bays, Ontario, just eight weeks after the death of his beloved wife, Phyllis.
His final days of palliative care at home were overseen by his
daughter, Allison. His son, Munro, and his grandchildren played an
important part in Graeme’s last weeks, which ended surrounded by love,
so peacefully, after an extraordinary life. A private cremation will
take place locally, and Graeme and Phyllis will be interred at St.
Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery in Thunder Bay at a later date.
May 4, 2021—The giant screen world owes much to Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, who oversaw the construction and was the first director of the National Air and Space Museum, and who suggested to
co-founder Graeme Ferguson that they should fly their camera in space. Joe Kleiman profiles this visionary and humble hero in
May 3, 2021—Promising news for the giant screen industry? As vaccines roll out, restrictions lift, and
theaters reopen, audiences have been willing to pay more for an enhanced
experience because—after a year stuck at home—"why do the
ordinary?" The expanding appetite for an enhanced theatrical experience has given
the film and exhibition business a shot of confidence and a weapon
against streamers amid devastation caused by the pandemic. Read the full article from The Hollywood Reporter here.
April 20, 2021—Kids will discover the wonders of the Mesozoic era, as Dino Dana, star of Dino Dana The Movie
, presented by Safari Ltd.®, and her friends roar into the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS)! Guests can visit the new Dino Dana
exhibit, see the coolest dino augmented reality (AR) experience and catch Dino Dana The Movie
on the GIANT screen as part of the MODS Discovery Pass. The film will
be released on May 22 with official red carpet premieres at MODS on
Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6.
April 19, 2021—The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) Event Planning Committee and Board of Directors have made a unanimous decision to hold the GSCA 2021 International Conference virtually later this year. Dates are yet to be determined but likely the virtual conference will be held in September, when the conference is traditionally held in person. While we are all eager to get together in person, it is prudent to make this decision now to allow planning to begin.
April 15, 2021—The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) is pleased to
announce Evans & Sutherland, a Cosm Company, as the exclusive
Partner Sponsor for Virtual Film Expo 2021, April 19–23. Evans
& Sutherland (E&S) is a committed supporter of GSCA, and
believes their major contribution to the Virtual Film Expo is an
important step in helping the Association grow and advance the industry.
As GSCA theaters adapt to the challenges of Coronavirus worldwide,
E&S is investing in the future success of Giant Screen theaters and
innovative technologies that will impact long-term success.