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July 30, 2018—The 280-seat Tech Museum of Innovation IMAX Theater in downtown San Jose, California, has been closed since the beginning of July to undergo a $2.7 million, four-month renovation that will replace its 70mm film projector with a state-of-the-art IMAX 4k laser projection system. The Tech will be the first IMAX dome in the world to use the new technology. Read the full article about The Tech's renovation from The Mercury News here.
May 2, 2018—IMAX Corporation and AMC Theatres have signed a binding letter of intent to install IMAX's new ground-breaking laser experience for commercial multiplexes in 87 of the exhibitor's highest-performing IMAX at AMC locations across the U.S. The announcement coincides with the launch of the next-generation of IMAX with Laser, IMAX's most advanced commercial projection system to date designed to transform the premium blockbuster moviegoing experience.
April 18, 2018—On Sunday, April 15, the team behind the upcoming IMAX® documentary Superpower Dogs™, an epic 3D live-action family adventure film about extraordinary real-life dogs, set the Guinness World Records title for the “Largest dog photo shoot.” The impressive record was set while filming the closing scene for the documentary in Los Angeles, bringing 108 dogs and their owners together for “Superpower your Dog Day,” a fun-filled event celebrating the power of dogs.
March 26, 2018—At the GSCA 2018 Film Expo, IMAX Corporation, Cosmic Picture and Mars Petcare announced that the IMAX documentary family adventure, Superpower Dogs™, will be released in IMAX® theatres starting spring 2019. From the filmmakers behind the acclaimed documentaries Jerusalem and Journey to Mecca, Superpower Dogs™ takes audiences on an entertaining and educational journey about extraordinary dogs that fight crime and save lives. Captured using IMAX® cameras, the film is the next title to be released under the IMAX Original Film Fund.
February 21, 2018—IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that Kristen Bell (Frozen, TV's The Good Place) will narrate the latest IMAX documentary adventure Pandas, a heartwarming global story about reintroducing captive born pandas to the wild. The film will be released in select IMAX® and IMAX® 3D theatres starting April 6, 2018.
June 13, 2017—IMAX will lay off roughly 100 full-time employees as part of a company-wide effort to rein in costs, Variety reports. The layoffs will take place across nearly every division, including its finance, marketing, and entertainment arms, as well as staffers in its China joint venture. The layoffs took place on Monday and are expected to result in a one-time impairment charge of approximately $15 million related to severance packages and other costs associated with the job cuts. Read the full report from Variety here.
June 5, 2017—IMAX today released five thought-provoking documentaries as part of its In Focus program, which cultivates young filmmakers and provides them an opportunity to tell compelling stories that promote change through film. Today’s release of the eight-minute documentaries—available on IMAX’s and UN Environment’s websites—coincides with the United Nations’ World Environment Day, the largest annual event for global actions to protect the environment. Experience the interactive Multimedia News Release, including the short films, here.
May 5, 2017—All astronauts learn basic photography as part of their astronaut candidate training. But most of the IMAX space films astronauts had to be trained in the mechanical complexities of shooting film—65mm film.TV Tech Global interviews celebrated cinematographer James Neihouse, ASC, on what it takes to train astronauts to shoot an IMAX film in space. Read the James Neihouse interview here.
May 2, 2017—From the LA Times: "To get the maximum visual effect for his upcoming World War II movie Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan relied on a $1-million, 54-pound Imax camera that was mounted to the front of a fighter plane and submerged off the coast of France...Four Hollywood releases this year were shot with Imax cameras, up from three last year and just one in 2015. Currently, less than 15% of the roughly 30 movies released annually in Imax theaters use the company’s film and digital cameras, partly because they are more expensive than conventional equipment. But Imax is aggressively marketing its high-end cameras to filmmakers in an effort to boost that share." Read the full article here.
April 26, 2017—IMAX and the California Science Center today announced an agreement to install IMAX’s next-generation digital laser projection system—IMAX® with Laser—at the California Science Center’s IMAX® theatre. The groundbreaking new laser technology will replace the current IMAX film projection system and further enhance The IMAX Experience® for guests.