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Mark Lensenmayer
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According to a list published by the LF Examiner, these multiplex theatres are running 15/70 IMAX as of 7/26/2011:

Harkins Arizona Mills 25 (Tempe, AZ)
Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 & IMAX (Irvine, CA)
Rave 18 + IMAX (Los Angeles, CA)
Edwards Ontario Palace 22 & IMAX (Ontario, CA)
AMC Loews Metreon (San Francisco, CA)
Regal Pointe 21 & IMAX (Orlando, FL)
AMC Loews Lincoln Square (New York, NY)
Edwards Houston Marq*E 23 & IMAX (Houston, TX)

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Bobby Henderson
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That's a pretty small list.

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Sean Weitzel
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For multiplexes, yeah that's a short list but there are still tons of museums and science centers that are 15/70. I was surprised to see the Metreon is still 15/70. That leaves the greater SF Bay Area with only the Metreon for 15/70 flat screen. The San Jose Tech Museum is a dome screen with only 2d capability, and the next closest 15/70 flat screen theater is the Esquire IMAX in Downtown Sacramento about 100 miles away. The only 15/70 to digital conversion I am aware of is the Regal Hacienda crossings in Dublin, CA

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Paul Gordon
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Silver City (Cineplex), Gloucester (Ottawa), Ontario, Canada still has their 15/70 all their other screens have gone digital though.

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Scott Norwood
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The Providence Place Imax (operated by National Amusements, which also operates a 16-screen multiplex that is adjacent to it) is also 15/70.

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Bobby Henderson
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Oklahoma still has a couple 15/70 screens, but they don't show Hollywood films. The Omniplex is a IMAX-dome style screen with an Iwerks branded 15/70 projection system. The Chickasaw Cultural Center apparently has a 15/70-based flat screen theater, also not IMAX-branded.

The 15/70 equipment in theaters that do show Hollywood films is endangered and probably due for extinction. I have strong feeling The Dark Knight Rises will be the last Hollywood movie to have any 15/70 film prints made if any are made at all. Who knows? By the time The Dark Knight Rises is released museum venues may be the only places left with any 15/70 equipment.

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Scott Norwood
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Is there a DLP system that will work on a dome screen? Or will these venues remain 15/70?

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Frederick Lanoy
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"La Géode" in Paris has a very big IMAX dome screen.

They still have 15/70 mm projector but they show some digital content with a Barco DP 3000. In digital, only 40 % of the screen is enlight.

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Caleb Johnstone-Cowan
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Add Odeon Manchester Printworks 20 to that list, only multiplex with a 15/70mm IMAX in the UK.

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Tom Petrov
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quote: Mark Lensenmayer
Harkins Arizona Mills 25 (Tempe, AZ)
Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 & IMAX (Irvine, CA)
Rave 18 + IMAX (Los Angeles, CA)
Edwards Ontario Palace 22 & IMAX (Ontario, CA)
AMC Loews Metreon (San Francisco, CA)
Regal Pointe 21 & IMAX (Orlando, FL)
AMC Loews Lincoln Square (New York, NY)
Edwards Houston Marq*E 23 & IMAX (Houston, TX)

There are more than that. Toronto has a number including the original Cinesphere.

As for Multiplexes, a few Famous Players are still running film.

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Mark Lensenmayer
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I limited the list to US multiplex sites mainly to highlight how few locations will be able to show the next Batman movie to maximum effect. Remember that many institutional locations do not run commercial movies.

The LF Examiner offers an international list here.

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Tom Petrov
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Mark,

Famous Players in Canada has about fifteen.. 15/70 theatres.

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Pravin Ratnam
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Are all the Liemax theaters digital? And are they all at 4K?

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Chris Slycord
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IMAX Digital uses 2 Christie 2K projectors.

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Frank Angel
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Which is nice and bright, but no matter how many 2K projectors are pointed at the screen, they will still only give you a 2K picture. Unfortunately, two 2Ks don't add up to 4K; in fact, if those two projectors get even slightly out of alignement so they are not pixel for pixel accurate, the picture can degrade to LESS than 2K. Than said, I have always found the IMAX digial, be it 2D or 3D, always looks very sharp and of course kickass bright.

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