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Antti Nayha
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 - posted 02-11-2012 10:28 AM      Profile for Antti Nayha   Email Antti Nayha   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I thought this might be of interest:
IMAX replaces world's largest screen

It’s a multi-page photo tour with text on several pages, so I’m only quoting the blurb:
quote:
IMAX Darling Harbour is home to the world's largest screen, measuring 29.5 metres high and 35.7 metres wide. It's been in place for 16 years, and now it's time for a replacement. Go behind the scenes with our photo tour, and find out why the CEO of IMAX Australia is against switching from film to digital.

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Jonathan Goeldner
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what's "29.5 metres high and 35.7 metres wide." in feet??

"A marshal standing on the second level of the theatre bellows orders to the rigging crew to pull up the screen to the top of the theatre."

(I can hear him bellowing: "... and no soup for you too!") [Big Grin]

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Antti Nayha
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That’s 117 x 97 feet. Seriously.

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Jonathan Goeldner
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fess it up to US public schools not teaching me the metric system. [Wink] thanks by the way

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Mark Lensenmayer
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Google does conversions...just throw

29.5m to feet

into a Google search box...same for 35.7m to feet

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Alan Plester
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Found that article absolutely fascinating, thanks for posting.

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Kurt Zupin
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That's a great little article. Nice read, love that people still have the passion.

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Antti Nayha
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They also posted a video, although it’s pretty much the same content.

I saw several films at the Sydney IMAX in 2008–2009, including The Dark Knight, Transformers 2 and a couple of 100% 15/70mm nature docs. I did feel that even 2D was a bit dim on the old silver screen, so I guess a new screen was in order indeed. Then again, I don’t think it’s even theoretically possible to quite reach 21 or 22 foot-lamberts (or whatever the IMAX standard is) on a screen that big, even when you’re using the brightest 15 kW bulb available.

Also, not surprisingly, 35mm-originated DMR material doesn’t really hold up that well when blown up to such enormous proportions. Even the 15/70mm-originated shots in TF2 were clearly lacking in resolution because they went through a 4K DI.

Still, it was quite an experience every time. [Cool]

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