Originally Posted by GI Joe Sixpack
Wow, some of those buildings are incredible works of art. It's an experience just to approach them, to say nothing of the theaters inside.
FWIW, I've seen a couple of "real" IMAX films (not 35mm blow-ups) in the Cinesphere. And I've also been to the OMNIMAX in Portland, OR and the IMAX theatre that was in the Luxor Hotel, LV
. (Apparently it was closed in April, 2008.) Saw IMAX's older active-glasses 3D at the latter.
That was a really unique IMAX theater.
For those of you who never visited the Luxor - it was not setup (due to space restrictions) as a "normal" IMAX theater - as far as the seating arrangement.
They had these rows with the front row having a chain guard - because it was about 8 feet to the bottom of the next row in front of you. Less seats but a REALLY steep rake.
I saw the IMAX 2D film Special Effects - where they filmed the beginning of Star Wars in IMAX along with the Empire State Building explosion and the destruction of the White House from Independence Day. It was a white screen. Later in the day I saw a 3D IMAX film (sharks 3D ?) and the contrast ratio suffered greatly as I have mentioned before.
One of the most unique IMAX experiences (I believe only one theater had it) was IMAX Magic Carpet Ride. The floor that your seats were on was clear plexiglass and there was another part of the IMAX movie playing on it. One in front of you and one beneath you.
Anyone ever see this?
I used to go to the Omnimax theater at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey. So in the greater NYC area we had 3 IMAX theaters:
1. Sony IMAX
2. Liberty Science Omnimax
3. Museum of Natural History IMAX which I understand is no longer a true IMAX theater anymore.