Science North’s IMAX theatre will be closed for approximately one-month, starting today, while the theatre undergoes a major renovation to replace its projector and sound system with the world’s most state-of-the-art advanced cinema technology – IMAX with laser.
Installation started on Jan. 4 and the theatre will reopen to visitors on Feb. 6.
IMAX with laser represents a quantum leap forward in cinema technology – providing audiences with the sharpest, brightest, clearest and most vivid digital images ever, combined with a whole new level of immersive audio.
The new Science North IMAX with laser system, which is currently the third of its kind in Canada, is the most advanced cinema technology and a re-imagination of the movie-going experience.
The dual 4K laser projection system features a new optical engine capable of projecting an image with up to 1.43:1 aspect ratio with maximum resolution and sharpness, unparalleled 2D and 3D brightness, industry-leading contrast and an expanded colour gamut that will allow filmmakers to present more vivid and exotic colours than ever before.
The next-generation sound system delivers greater power and precision for ultimate audio immersion. The new system has been upgraded to 12 discrete channels plus sub-bass, and includes additional side channels and new overhead channels that will improve the system’s ability to position sounds that surrounds the audience.
“We’re delighted to bring laser technology to Northern Ontario’s only IMAX screen at Science North. The introduction of IMAX with laser further reinforces our commitment to providing world-class experiences to our visitors who will be among some of the first in North America to experience this new technology,” said Guy Labine, CEO of Science North in a news release.
“It reinforces Science North’s position as a world-leading destination for tourists and residents for years to come generating economic and job creation benefits for the tourism industry.”
“IMAX with laser continues a long tradition of innovation at IMAX that is centered around blending art with science to create a unique experience moviegoers can’t find anywhere else,” said IMAX Chief Technology Officer, Brian Bonnick.
“With dramatic increases in sharpness, brightness, contrast and colour, as well as an upgraded sound system, patrons at Science North will be able to become immersed in documentaries and Hollywood films like never before.”
The renovation will allow Science North to offer the best cinematic programming available, whether the film is in the classic IMAX or IMAX 3D format for both documentaries as well as feature-length Hollywood films.
When reopened in February, the new lineup of films includes Everest, The Gruffalo, America Wild: National Parks Adventure 3D, Humpback Whales 3D.
Coming soon are Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Great White Shark 3D, The Gruffalo’s Child, A Beautiful Planet, D-day: Normandy 3D and much more.
For more information visit sciencenorth.ca/imax.