Good Question – IMAX Theaters

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Earlier this week, the Wichita City Council approved $16 million in bond to Bill Warren to build one of the world’s largest IMAX theaters in Wichita.

Some of our viewers want to know what’s different about an IMAX theater compared to a regular movie theater. Good question.

It’s all about size. IMAX is a film format designed and manufactured by the IMAX Corporation in Canada. The format has been around since the late 60s, but has been growing in popularity in recent years. IMAX has the capacity to record and display images of far greater size and resolution than most conventional film systems.

Bill Warren wants to build a six-story, 600-seat luxury IMAX theater onto the existing West Warren Theater that would open this coming December.

There are currently more than 400 IMAX theaters in the world, most located in the United States. There are two in Kansas; one in Olathe and one in Hutchinson at the Kansas Cosmosphere.

The IMAX at the Cosmosphere is a dome, also known as Omnimax. But most IMAX screens are flat, just like a regular movie screen, just much, much larger. The largest IMAX screens in the world cover more than 9,000 square feet.

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