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I'm thinking of seeing the dark knight at the local imax theater. i've never seen an imax film before, but i have a pre-conceived notion that i'll be missing a lot of things on screen, a la sitting in the front row at a regular theater. for those of you that have seen an action flick at imax, how is it?
 

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I'm thinking of seeing the dark knight at the local imax theater. i've never seen an imax film before, but i have a pre-conceived notion that i'll be missing a lot of things on screen, a la sitting in the front row at a regular theater. for those of you that have seen an action flick at imax, how is it?

You will never forget the experience. Even mid theater is great big compared to a standard seating set up in a commercial non IMAX. As an example the diggers breaking through into the dock and that battle in Matrix Revolutions is one of if not the most memorable theater experience of my life.


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As a genral rule, I sit in the sweet spot (dead center, about 3 rows from the top). That puts me in the middle of the action and it's not too close.
 

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Best seat at my IMAX theater is rear-row center. They even have "kickers" under the seat so when the soundtrack hits just the right note the seats shake.


As for Dark Knight, it is the first full length motion picture to have some scenes shot on IMAX equipment. Yes, there have been movies done over in the IMAX 3D treatmeant, but that's not what I mean. On Comcast HD OnDemand they have a little "making of" clip with Chris Nolan explaining (and showing him seated on the huge IMAX camera rigs) how excited he was to be shooting some scenes in IMAX.


Can someone post a direct link to the "Technical Specs" page on IMDB's website please? Some realy interesting info on there about the IMAX version of the Dark Knight (I can't do it because I'm limited to the PS3's crappy browser at the moment).
 

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Best seat at my IMAX theater is rear-row center. They even have "kickers" under the seat so when the soundtrack hits just the right note the seats shake.


As for Dark Knight, it is the first full length motion picture to have some scenes shot on IMAX equipment. Yes, there have been movies done over in the IMAX 3D treatmeant, but that's not what I mean. On Comcast HD OnDemand they have a little "making of" clip with Chris Nolan explaining (and showing him seated on the huge IMAX camera rigs) how excited he was to be shooting some scenes in IMAX.


Can someone post a direct link to the "Technical Specs" page on IMDB's website please? Some realy interesting info on there about the IMAX version of the Dark Knight (I can't do it because I'm limited to the PS3's crappy browser at the moment).

Did you mean this ?
 

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I saw Spiderman III at the IMAX in the World Golf Village in St. Augustine. Between the size of the screen and the dynamite sound system, it is an engulfing experience. I'll probably see Dark Knight there as well when it comes.


My wife and I like to sit about half way up, dead center.
 

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I want it to fill as much of my field of view as possible so I used to sit front and centre at the now closed down controversial, Sheridan IMAX at Bournemouth seafront.
 

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I want it to fill as much of my field of view as possible so I used to sit front and centre at the now closed down controversial, Sheridan IMAX at Bournemouth seafront.

I know you've spoken about that theater before, and it sounds like it was a really poor managed "domed" IMAX theater. The best theatrical showings are at the privately owned and run flat-scren theaters. My local theater, if you can believe it, is owned by a chain of local furniture stores. The stores themselves are like theme parks.


In any event, if you look at the Dark Knight technical specs at IMDB you will see very clearly that there are two, one for the theatrical version and another for the 4:3 IMAX version.
 

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Whatever you do, don't try to watch a theatrical movie on a traditional domed planetarium-style IMAX screen; you'll be horribly disappointed. I've heard that the flat-screen IMAX theaters are great, though.
 

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I know you've spoken about that theater before, and it sounds like it was a really poor managed "domed" IMAX theater. The best theatrical showings are at the privately owned and run flat-scren theaters. My local theater, if you can believe it, is owned by a chain of local furniture stores. The stores themselves are like theme parks.


In any event, if you look at the Dark Knight technical specs at IMDB you will see very clearly that there are two, one for the theatrical version and another for the 4:3 IMAX version.

Well I don’t really see myself seeing Dark Knight at an IMAX cinema, I’ve lost interest since the Bournemouth IMAX went bust, I’ve no interest, and not even the sound system is more than enough to blow my socks off anymore.

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Whatever you do, don't try to watch a theatrical movie on a traditional domed planetarium-style IMAX screen; you'll be horribly disappointed. I've heard that the flat-screen IMAX theaters are great, though.

Aren’t they called OMIMAX?
 

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I do know that here in the Boston area we're lucky enough to have access to three IMAX theater, the publically funded OMNI IMAX theater connected with a local musuem, and 2 privately (mostly commecial, but they do occasionally show documentaries) run theaters by Jordan's Furniture.


You might want to go out of your way to see Dark Knight, because as I've mentioned it's the first full length movie to have scenes shot on IMAX equipment.
 

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I'm thinking of seeing the dark knight at the local imax theater. i've never seen an imax film before, but i have a pre-conceived notion that i'll be missing a lot of things on screen, a la sitting in the front row at a regular theater. for those of you that have seen an action flick at imax, how is it?

Imax (Jordan's furniture complex in Reading, MA) - Best movie experience of my life.


I know some folks probably think its more of a gimmick and doesn't add much value but there ain't nothing like feeling bass in your, um, ass. Really.



As noted, center is optimal so get there early. I've sat on the edges and its not that bad if you get stuck there. Enjoy!
 

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I do know that here in the Boston area we're lucky enough to have access to three IMAX theater, the publically funded OMNI IMAX theater connected with a local musuem, and 2 privately (mostly commecial, but they do occasionally show documentaries) run theaters by Jordan's Furniture.

There's also an IMAX theater in the Boston Aquarium. They used to show feature films (I saw Spider Man 2 and Harry Potter 3 there), but Jordan's snatched up all the Hollywood contracts and now they only show IMAX-specific documentaries.


It's a shame, because I prefer that theater to the Jordan's in Natick.
 

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Had to watch CRAPOFWOLF in the front. The neck pain was excrutiating. Will be sure to get to DARK KNIGHT very very early at the Lincoln Square Imax come July 19 for the 2pm showing.
 

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There's also an IMAX theater in the Boston Aquarium. They used to show feature films (I saw Spider Man 2 and Harry Potter 3 there), but Jordan's snatched up all the Hollywood contracts and now they only show IMAX-specific documentaries.


It's a shame, because I prefer that theater to the Jordan's in Natick.

I was referring to the Aquarium OMNIMAX. We here in the Boston region are the only ones to have 3 IMAX theaters within an hour's driving distance of each other.


I don't know why you'd prefer seeing a theatrical movie at the domed OMNIMAX setup of the Aquarium. It's not suited for it, plus the equipment is outdated by at least 20yrs than the Jordan's privately run flat IMAX screens in Natick and Reading (the fact I live 2mins away from the Natick theater is a big bonus too
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we've got a 50 ft square flat IMAX screen 6 miles from my house in lincolnshire IL. Just a very unique experience. Great sound and you can't loook away from the screen
 

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I was referring to the Aquarium OMNIMAX. We here in the Boston region are the only ones to have 3 IMAX theaters within an hour's driving distance of each other.


I don't know why you'd prefer seeing a theatrical movie at the domed OMNIMAX setup of the Aquarium. It's not suited for it, plus the equipment is outdated by at least 20yrs than the Jordan's privately run flat IMAX screens in Natick and Reading (the fact I live 2mins away from the Natick theater is a big bonus too
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You're confusing the Museum of Science OMNIMAX dome with the Aquarium's IMAX screen. The Aquarium theater was only built a few years ago and is not a dome. Counting the Museum of Science, there are 4 IMAX screens in the Boston region.


The Aquarium has a larger screen and better seat-to-screen distance ratio for a more immersive experience than the Jordan's in Natick. I also feel that picture quality has been better at the Aquarium in my experience. I've never been all that impressed with the Natick theater.


Plus, the two-way mirrors in the bathroom stalls at Natick always freak me out. There's just something wrong about sitting on the john and being able to see everyone else in the restroom through the window in your door.
 

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Whatever you do, don't try to watch a theatrical movie on a traditional domed planetarium-style IMAX screen; you'll be horribly disappointed. I've heard that the flat-screen IMAX theaters are great, though.

i read about that, and that was my concern. the website for my local IMAX doesn't spec what type of screen they have, but i just found out my wife has seen a film at that theater before. she confirmed it's a flat screen, so i'm good to go.
 
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