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AB Calgary Landmark Cinemas 16 IMAX Country Hills Calgary
Calgary Scotiabank Theatre Chinook
Edmonton Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton
Edmonton TELUS World of Science Edmonton
BC Langley Cineplex Cinemas Langley
Richmond SilverCity Riverport Cinemas
Vancouver OMNIMAX Theatre at Science World
Victoria IMAX Victoria
Victoria SilverCity Victoria Cinemas
MB Winnipeg IMAX Theatre at Portage Place, Winnipeg
Winnipeg Scotiabank Theatre Winnipeg
NL St. John's Scotiabank Theatre St. John's
NS Halifax Scotiabank Theatre Halifax
ON Ancaster Cineplex Cinemas Ancaster
Gloucester Scotiabank Theatre Ottawa
Kanata Landmark Cinemas 24 IMAX Kanata
Kingston Landmark Cinemas 10 IMAX Kingston
Kitchener Landmark Cinemas 12 IMAX Kitchener
London SilverCity London Cinemas
Markham Cineplex Cinemas Markham and VIP
Mississauga Cineplex Cinemas Courtney Park
Mississauga Cineplex Cinemas Mississauga
Niagara Falls Niagara Adventure Theatre
Oakville Cineplex Cinemas Winston Churchill & VIP
Sudbury Science North IMAX Theatre
Toronto Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk
Toronto Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP
Toronto Cineplex Odeon Eglinton Town Centre Cinemas
Toronto Cinesphere
Toronto Ontario Science Centre OMNIMAX Theatre
Toronto Scotiabank Theatre Toronto
Vaughan Cineplex Cinemas Vaughan
Whitby Landmark Cinemas 24 IMAX Whitby
Windsor Cineplex Odeon Devonshire Mall
QC Deux-Montagnes Méga-Plex Deux-Montagnes 14
Dollard-des-Ormaux Cinéma Des Sources
Gatineau CINÉ+ Canadian Museum of History
Greenfield Park Méga-Plex Taschereau 18
Montréal Cinéma Banque Scotia Montréal
Montréal Cinéma Cineplex Forum et VIP
Montréal Méga-Plex Marché Central 18
Montréal Montreal Science Centre's IMAX TELUS Theatre
Pont-Viau Méga-Plex Pont-Viau 16
Québec City Les Galeries de la Capitale
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Méga-Plex Saint-Jean 12
Terrebonne Méga-Plex Terrebonne 14
SK Regina Kramer IMAX Theatre
Saskatoon Scotiabank Theatre Saskatoon & VIP

About IMAX

IMAX is a film format created by the IMAX Corporation. The Canadian corporation was founded in 1968 by Graeme Ferguson, Roman Kroitor, Robert P. Kerr and William Shaw, after two multi-screen panoramic films by Kroitor (In the Labyrinth) and Ferguson (Polar Life) debuted at EXPO '67 in Montreal.

Filmakers 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.

To make an IMAX movie requires an IMAX camera, which uses a larger film frame – three times the horizontal resolution of a 35mm film frame. IMAX announced "a new fleet of next generation IMAX film cameras" in March 2022, in corporation with Kodak, Panavision, and FotoKem. Directors Christopher Nolan and Jordan Peele are included in a group of advisors assisting in the development phase.

The first studio to release a theatrical film in the IMAX process was Disney, with Fantasia 2000. It premiered at Carnegie Hall in New York City in December 1999, then was released to 75 IMAX theaters around the world on January 1, 2000. The first films shot using the new IMAX-certified cameras were Top Gun: Maverick (2022) and Dune (2021).

Today, there are over 1,700 IMAX theatres around the world in more than 80 countries and territories. The world's largest IMAX screen is located in Leonberg near Stuttgart, Germany. It measures 125 by 72 feet (38 x 22 metres).

Handheld IMAX cameras have recorded 17 space voyages, used by NASA astronauts, with one mounted IMAX camera in a bay of the shuttle. The footage has been included in the 1985 IMAX film The Dream is Alive.

IMAX has also been integrated into amusement park rides, including the flight simulator ride Soarin' Around the World at Disney California Adventure Park and Epcot at Disney World.

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.

IMAX currently has offices in Mississauga, New York City and Los Angeles, London, Dublin, Tokyo and Shanghai.

Select IMAX Theatres are available for rentals.

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