December 27, 2016—IMAX and the Montreal Science Centre today announced an agreement to install IMAX's next-generation digital laser projection system—IMAX® with Laser —at its IMAX® TELUS theatre. The groundbreaking new laser technology will replace the current IMAX film projection system and further enhance The IMAX Experience® for visitors.

IMAX with Laser represents a quantum leap forward in cinema technology—providing audiences with the sharpest, brightest, clearest and most vivid digital images ever, combined with a whole new level of immersive audio. The technology will enable the Montreal Science Centre to deliver the full array of the highest-quality IMAX digital content available.

“The IMAX TELUS Theater at the Montreal Science Center is a leader on the international scene and we are proud to consolidate this position with major investments in technology,” says Julie La Roche, Director of Business Development at the Science Center and the Old Port of Montreal. “As of February 23, we will have the chance to offer our visitors the latest generation of laser projection as well as a new sound system that will offer even more power and precision. These new systems will enhance the cinematic experience and allow an even more immersive experience with this advanced IMAX technology.”

“We are extremely pleased to continue our 28-year partnership with the Old Port of Montreal,” said Don Savant, IMAX President of Global Sales, Development & Exhibitor Relations. “We are proud that this prestigious institution looks to IMAX to deliver the world's best giant screen cinematic experience and together we will introduce a new chapter of immersive movie going in Montreal.” 

Designed from the ground up for IMAX's largest screens, the dual 4K laser projection system is equipped with a new optical engine and suite of proprietary IMAX technologies capable of projecting an image with up to a 1.43:1 aspect ratio with maximum resolution and sharpness, unparalleled 2D and 3D brightness, industry-leading contrast and an expanded color gamut that will allow filmmakers to present more vivid and exotic colors than ever before.

The new system also includes IMAX's next-generation sound technology that delivers even greater power and precision for ultimate audio immersion. lt has been upgraded to 12 discrete channels plus sub-bass, and includes additional side channels as well as new overhead channels that will improve the system's ability to position sounds around the audience and further ensure every seat  is the best  in the house.

Some of the world's most iconic venues have installed IMAX with Laser, including the Smithsonian's Air and Space museums (Washington, DC, and Chantilly, VA), the Pacific Science Center's Boeing® IMAX Theatre (Seattle), the Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim (Germany) and the Museum Victoria IMAX Theatre (Australia).

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Source: IMAX Corporation