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Old 11-08-2007, 21:32
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I have just found out that Bristol Imax has closed (I'm a little late on that one) and Bournemouth Imax doesn't look like it is going to reopen. Why is this? I love Imax, I have been to Futuroscope in France a few times, a theme-park dedicated to Imax and cinema.

The experience with a 3D film is amazing, and some mainstream films are available in Imax format - I know Harry Potter is. So why not more success for the cinemas?
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Old 11-08-2007, 22:02
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I'm seeing Harry Potter tomorrow at the London IMAX, wahey.

Sorry for not answering your question though.
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Old 11-08-2007, 22:04
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I'm seeing Harry Potter tomorrow at the London IMAX, wahey.

Sorry for not answering your question though.
I hope you enjoy it
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Old 11-08-2007, 22:04
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I've only ever been to see a couple of Imax films..Deep Sea and one about a little boy (both in London).

These films were both quite short I personally don't know if I would enjoy a full length feature film in one sitting as I do feel a bit light headed after.

I would really like to see a full length scary one but I would need a break in the middle

Don't think I would go (and assume others don't go) often enough either which must be the reason there aren't that many about
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Old 11-08-2007, 22:08
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Yer and if the feedback isn't amazing I doubt the Cinema chains would want to invest money in it.
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Old 11-08-2007, 23:20
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I have just found out that Bristol Imax has closed (I'm a little late on that one) and Bournemouth Imax doesn't look like it is going to reopen. Why is this?

...

So why not more success for the cinemas?
1) Cost.
2) Lack of 3D content.
3) Complexity of running/maintenance.
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Old 11-08-2007, 23:56
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I'm disappointed that Spiderman 3 never got the IMAX release it got in the US.
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Old 12-08-2007, 00:02
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I went to Imax at the Science Musuem and it was a great experience. I can't actually remember the film I saw (something about fish and robots ) but the 3D effect and the huge screen was amazing.
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Old 12-08-2007, 00:56
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I've never been to an Imax cinema - could somebody explain it to me?

How can they show a film like Harry Potter on an Imax screen if it's only meant for films made in 3D?
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Old 12-08-2007, 01:00
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I've never been to an Imax cinema - could somebody explain it to me?

How can they show a film like Harry Potter on an Imax screen if it's only meant for films made in 3D?
The main feature of IMAX is the screen size. It is huge!!!! The idea is to cover your entire field of vision, rather than just looking at a rectangle screen.

This can be added too by using 2 projectors for 3D presentations. So not all films are 3D.
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Old 12-08-2007, 01:16
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Right, so they can show regular films there too.

I saw Jaws 3D at the cinema years ago and that was really good so I imagine with today's 3D film-making technology plus an Imax screen, it'll brilliant.

I'll have to find out my nearest screen and try to go.
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Old 12-08-2007, 01:19
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It isn't quite showing normal films, it uses special film, though often they can show regular films - they just don't fill up the whole screen.

For a big film like Harry Potter there will be a special IMAX print.
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Old 12-08-2007, 11:43
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It isn't quite showing normal films, it uses special film, though often they can show regular films - they just don't fill up the whole screen.

For a big film like Harry Potter there will be a special IMAX print.
But the last 20 minutes are in 3D
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Old 12-08-2007, 14:07
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IMAX is rubbish for watching narrative films in my experience. I went to see Superman Returns at the theatre in Waterloo and it was like having your nose pressed against the TV screen. Bewildering.
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Old 12-08-2007, 23:43
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IMAX is rubbish for watching narrative films in my experience. I went to see Superman Returns at the theatre in Waterloo and it was like having your nose pressed against the TV screen. Bewildering.

But then again I went to see it too and ....thouroughly enjoyed it , BRILLIANT!!!
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Old 13-08-2007, 01:32
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Only been to the Bristol one and loved it. Was about the last moon landing. Tried to look for other IMAX cinema's but non are by me (Merseyside). There used to be one in Bradford but I don't know if it's still there. Either way, I'm glad I got to see at least one IMAX feature as it's way more impressive than the old red/blue cardboard glasses 3D thing.
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Old 13-08-2007, 02:31
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Tried to look for other IMAX cinema's but non are by me (Merseyside).
Looks like there is one in Manchester:

Odeon Manchester
6-8 Dantzic St.
Manchester
M4 2AD

And it looks like the Braford one is still there (it is on Imax.com
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Old 13-08-2007, 04:14
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Might have to take a trip to Manchester then. Cheers.
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Old 13-08-2007, 13:01
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Looks like there is one in Manchester:

Odeon Manchester
6-8 Dantzic St.
Manchester
M4 2AD

And it looks like the Braford one is still there (it is on Imax.com
Thats the one I go to at the printworks. Seen Polar Express 3D and some short IMAX film with Elvira.

Even though Ive been before, still overwhelms you when you get in there and see the size of the bloody screen. Its like 3 busses long
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Old 13-08-2007, 13:48
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IMAX is rubbish for watching narrative films in my experience. I went to see Superman Returns at the theatre in Waterloo and it was like having your nose pressed against the TV screen. Bewildering.
Agreed. and your enjoyment of the 3D appears to depend on where you're sitting. If you're on the edge of the 'sweet spot' you just get double vision. Where's the fun in that?
And Superman flying in 3D just looks like a man superimposed on a background - just like the old films!
There's still work to be done it seems.
I was also annoyed that Happy Feet didn't get a 3D IMAX release in the end as the ickle dancing penguin in the 3D trailer looked cute .
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Old 11-09-2008, 14:29
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It's reopening

http://www.giantscreencinema.com/New...528&ItemId=219
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Old 29-03-2012, 15:23
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I see that Cineworld are rolling out 3 IMAX screens at Edinburgh, Crawley and Sheffield:

Cineworld Cinemas: News At Your Local Cineworld Cinema IMAX SCREENS COMING TO SHEFFIELD & CRAWLEY

Following its new partnership with IMAX, Cineworld - the UKs leading cinema chain - is delighted to announce its expansion of IMAX screens after its hugely successful launch of Cineworld Edinburgh. Coming this Spring, CIneworld will be coverting screens and Cineworld Sheffield and Cineworld Crawley to IMAX.
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Old 30-03-2012, 00:53
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i saw HP forget which at IMAX Birmingham (with the bridge at the start)

the screen was actually too big to take in, to be honest.
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Old 30-03-2012, 00:58
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I saw a few films in the IMAX in Belfast before it closed down a good few years ago. I think it was only open for 5-6 years. They never showed actual cinema releases but rather IMAX-specific films and documentaries. Shame it's closed, it made for a good day-trip, I enjoyed the experience every time.
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Old 30-03-2012, 09:05
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I love IMAX but I would recommend that you sit towards the back, otherwise it's really overwhelming and in your face.
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