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July 28, 2022—Paul Wild, former theater director of IMAX Victoria, has joined the K2 Studios distribution team taking over responsibility for most of recently retired Ed Capelle’s theaters in the U.S. and Canada, as well as other select theaters. Paul is contracting part-time with K2 while he continues to represent Destination Cinema on a part-time basis.
July 8, 2022—We shared news in May that the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, would be closing on September 6 of this year as the province invested in building a new facility that was to open in 2030. After strong backlash to the costly and controversial plan, Premier John Horgan has pledged to consult with the public to determine how to proceed. In the meantime, the Royal BC Museum will remain open indefinitely. Read the full article about the Royal BC Museum plan in The Globe and Mail.
May 16, 2022—The Royal BC Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, will close its doors on September 6, 2022, as the province makes a historic $789 million investment to build a safer, more inclusive, and accessible modern facility. The modernized provincial museum is expected to open in 2030 and will reflect the experiences and perspectives of all who contributed to B.C.’s history. BC Archives services will not be disrupted and will remain open at the downtown site until it moves to its new permanent home at the collections and research building in 2025. IMAX Victoria, the museum’s gift shop, and the food trucks located at the museum will stay open through early 2023.
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
September 1, 2020—Bob Perkins, CEO of Destination Cinema Inc., has
announced the sale of the IMAX Victoria Theatre to the Royal BC Museum
effective August 28, 2020. The acquisition of the theatre has been in process since June of 2019.
The theatre will be operated as usual with the current management team,
including Theatre Director Paul Wild.
June 23, 2020—Lea Silver at
IMAX Victoria goes behind the scenes of Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker with Director Amelia McCarten. The new film is a
K2 Studios release of a Definition Films Production.
July 26, 2016—If you want to see Paul Wild blush, just call him the Seven Million Dollar Man the next time you go see a movie at Imax Victoria. The theatre housed in the Royal B.C. Museum set an attendance milestone this month when it welcomed its seven-millionth moviegoer. “It’s all teamwork,” said Wild, crediting his staff with achieving the record-breaking numbers at the Belleville Street theatre, which opened in June of 1998. Read the full article from the Times Colonist here.
May 29, 2015—IMAX Victoria in the Royal BC Museum today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.
May 5, 2014—IMAX Victoria will be one of the first theaters in the world to install IMAX laser technology in 2015. In the meantime, the theater is installing digital projectors and a rail system to transport the projectors and swap as needed. Read the full article from Times Colonist here: IMAX Victoria One of the First to Get Newest Technology