This is a fun one because I didn’t know IMAX was invented in Canada! I learned something new! IMAX (Image MAXimum) came to be as filmmakers searched for ways to make the visual experience even better for movie-goers.
During Expo ’67 in Montreal, some movies were tested in a multi-camera/projector configuration, but it didn’t quite work the way they had hoped. As a result, four men who worked on the Expo project collaborated to form a company called Multi-Screen Corporation, and three years later, debuted the first ever IMAX film called Tiger Child at Expo ’70 in Osaka, Japan.
The first IMAX theatre was built at Ontario Place in Toronto, called Cinesphere. I remember the dome when I was a child and used to go to Ontario Place, but I can’t remember if I ever watched a movie there. It was probably too expensive!
Today, there are 1,061 IMAX theatres around the world that show specialty films. You can also watch IMAX 3D films in many regular theatres. It’s no longer just a theatre. It is digital video at its finest. It’s advanced film development. It’s specialty cameras that give the viewer the most outstanding point of view. The Soarin’ ride at Disney’s Epcot integrates IMAX technology with a ride. I went back twice to experience that one!
Check out this video showing the different IMAX 3D Cameras which are used for capturing various types of video for IMAX films! Which are some of your favourite IMAX movies?