IMAX Theatre Showtimes
- IMAX Theatre at the Canadian Museum of History 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau
- IMAX Theatre Niagara Falls 6170 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls
- IMAX Victoria 657 Belleville Street, Victoria
- OMNIMAX Theatre at Science World 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
- Ontario Science Centre Shoppers Drug Mart OMNIMAX 770 Don Mills Road, Toronto
- TELUS World of Science Edmonton 11211-142nd Street NW, Edmonton
IMAX is a film format created by the IMAX Corporation. The Canadian corporation was founded in 1968 at EXPO '67 in Montreal by Graeme Ferguson, Roman Kroitor, Robert P. Kerr and William Shaw. They have offices in Toronto, New York City and Los Angeles.
The three filmmakers, Ferguson, Kroitor and Kerr, realized more technology would be needed to create this complex project, so they teamed up with Shaw, who was an engineer. Shaw created a projector that allowed films to be exceptionally larger than the standard 35 mm. IMAX films started off as documentary/educational films and would later broaden into mainstream film. Tiger Child became the very first IMAX movie ever made. It was featured at EXPO '70 in Osaka, Japan.
The first permanent IMAX theatre, the Cinesphere, opened at Ontario Place in Toronto in May 1971 and showed the movie North of Superior.
Shaw played a crucial role in creating a larger-than-life movie-viewing experience, which include surround sound, large screens and inclined seating. He remained at IMAX as a designer and inventor until his death in 2002. But before he retired, he made one more creation; a 3D camera that was sent to the International Space Station for IMAX.
There are now 10 IMAX theatres across Canada, although there are many more IMAX screens situated within traditional theatres. IMAX theatres are often located within science centres and show science and/or nature-based movies, with the exception of IMAX des Galeries de la Capitale in Quebec, which was once a movie theatre that showed a range of movies but now shows only Hollywood-made IMAX movies.
Today, there are over 800 IMAX theatres around the world in close to 50 countries. Select IMAX Theatres are available for rentals.
IMAX has the ability to display images with much higher resolution that standard conventional formats. The company slogan is "IMAX IS BELIEVING." IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, and The IMAX Experience® are registered trademarks of IMAX Corporation.Browse All Exhibitors