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Andrew McCrea
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I noticed (when picking up a newspaper from Calgary), that Famous Players was (back in 2000) advertising Scary Movie playing on the IMAX screen in specially formatted 35mm film...

How is this done? Do they just run it on a portion of the screen or is it actually played on the 5-storey screen on 70mm IMAX film? What kind of projector with Xenon?

Also, I had an idea come to me which I don't know if it would work... Putting an Imax in an old one screen movie palace... and possibly offering 3D films and blown-up blockbusters on thaty specially formatted 35mm film. You can't just buy an IMAX projector right?

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William T. Parr
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Andrew,

Usually it is just shown on part of the screen as to blow a 35mm print up to an IMAX size would make it extremely grainy. Since this add says it is a specially formated 35mm print I would guess the size would be bigger than a normal 35mm presentation on a IMAX screen, but I still doubt it would fill an IMAX screen.

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Aaron Sisemore
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quote:
Also, I had an idea come to me which I don't know if it would work... Putting an Imax in an old one screen movie palace... and possibly offering 3D films and blown-up blockbusters on thaty specially formatted 35mm film. You can't just buy an IMAX projector right?
An IMAX® 15/70 setup (projection, light, sound) will run you in excess of a million bucks.

There are other manufacturers that make 15/70 projectors, but they are still outrageously pricey.

You would have to do incredible modifications to a single screen house to properly show 15/70 in the way it was meant to be projected (IMAX almost requires the trademark gigantic screen- anything else would likely be perceived as a 'rip-off'), and would be better off running the normal 35mm prints of the 35>15/70 blowups.

There is also the 8/70 option, but once again, you are gonna need a biiiiig screen.

-Aaron

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Adam Martin
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"Specially formatted 35mm film" means that the print was printed a step lighter at the lab to give the appearance of a brighter image when blowing it up to try and fill a giant screen.

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Mark Lensenmayer
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There is an Imax MPX system that is designed for smaller screens. According to some very vague press information, this equipment will work in a standard 35mm booth and not require specialized operators. Still 15/70, as far as I can tell.

Anyone out there have more details on this? Celebration Village in Michigan is supposed to be getting this setup, but they installed a different system until the MPX is ready.

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Bob Brown
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Andrew McCrea
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I've read about the IMAX MPX, which might make an IMAX possible in one of the grand picture palaces.

What size Xenon does IMAX MPX use?

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Gordon McLeod
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The current proposal was to use the cermax xenon lamps
Also the aspect ratio rules out the showing of standard 15 perf titles

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Bob Brown
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Gordon McLeod
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It will run them but the sapect ratio will be cropped according to the last info I read

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Gordon McLeod
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The DMR aspect ratio is based on the 35mm aspect ratio not the IMAX ratio of 1.4:1
The MPX is a toy that will destroy the IMAX credibility just like the Multiplex large formats are eating away at a reputable market

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Bob Brown
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No COMMENT!! [Frown]

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Gordon McLeod
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to each his own [Big Grin]

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