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Terry Lynn-Stevens
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I just found tonight from an employee who works at the Scotiabank IMAX Toronto that the theatre will no longer show 70mm IMAX films. They have currently closed the auditorium for renovations as they are changing over to digital projection.

For those who are not aware, the Scotiabank IMAX auditorium was a purpose built IMAX venue located within the multiplex. The theatre has 408 seats and boasts a screen that is 90 feet. The Scotiabank IMAX was the last theatre in the Greater Toronto Area that was showing IMAX Hollywood films in 70mm.

Cineplex was charging $19.99 for 15/70 shows at this location.

It is a sad day for the Toronto area.

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Ivan Plamondon
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It is the way of the future for these theaters. I wonder if they are running the new laser Barco projectors?

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Terry Lynn-Stevens
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I don't think Cineplex would install the new projector at Scotiabank, they are known for doing things on the cheap. Plus, their other megaplex, the former AMC 24 just 1.5 kms away already has a digital screen how do you advertise it.

I am surprised they have Atmos installed at a few of their cinemas and I was really shocked they re-installed a 70mm projector for The Master at the Varsity.

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Dick Vaughan
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The Barco/IMAX laser projectors aren't due to be rolled out for a few months yey AFAIK so they may be installing the current 2K Xenon system as an interim.

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Ivan Plamondon
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Still testing the new laser units? What make projectors (2K) do you think Scotiabank went with?

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Carsten Kurz
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IMAX has an exclusive BARCO deal. This includes current xenon and future laser illuminated projectors. Previously, they installed Christie engines.

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Bobby Henderson
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As far as IMAX Digital goes, it is at its absolute WORST in IMAX theaters originally configured for 15-perf 70mm projection. The bigger you blow up that HDTV resolution image the worse it is going to look. It's basically a giant sized blurry joke.

The laser projection system might be an improvement, but only if it really uses native 4K resolution (and only plays native 4K resolution content). If it's still only 2K then it's still going to be crap. Even with 4K it would still be no match for real 15/70 material.

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IMAX is currently rolling out the 4K Barco xenon types ( modified DP4K 32B ).

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Terry Lynn-Stevens
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quote: Ivan Plamondon
Still testing the new laser units? What make projectors (2K) do you think Scotiabank went with?
Any word on when Niagara IMAX is going digital?

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Ivan Plamondon
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Just recently intalled the QTRU in June. I would think we are a long ways away from converting to digital. And thus far, the future looks bleak for running DMR releases if we don't get more patrons through the doors. Our thetrical lifeline is in the hands of Asian tour groups that come by the bus load to watch our Niagara feature (from 1986).

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Victor Liorentas
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The 15/70 machine is still in the booth at Scotiabank. [Smile]

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Cameron Glendinning
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quote: Stefan Vogels
IMAX is currently rolling out the 4K Barco xenon types
Who told you that?

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Victor Liorentas
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Cameron sorry for missing your question to me...I was told by tech's who work for Cineplex that the 15/70 projector is still in the booth.
I don't know if it's been set up on rails for quick re-position or not but I hope so.

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Terry Lynn-Stevens
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quote: Victor Liorentas
Cameron sorry for missing your question to me...I was told by tech's who work for Cineplex that the 15/70 projector is still in the booth.
I don't know if it's been set up on rails for quick re-position or not but I hope so.

It might still be there but I don't think Cineplex is interested in running 15/70 at all. I guess we will see with Catching Fire as there are 15/70 for that film.

I read a rumor somewhere that the film does not go to IMAX until the big final conclusion. I now can't find the info.

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Ivan Plamondon
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Scotiabank listed as running Interstellar using 15/70 projection. Can anyone verify this?

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