Through IMAX technology, your senses are almost overwhelmed by sight and sound. The larger-than-life Grand Canyon IMAX Experience brings reality to life on a screen over six stories high. With 12,000 watts of floor shaking digital surround sound, you’ll feel like you’re there. Whether it’s hang-gliding through the majestic Grand Canyon in National Geographic Vistor Center, AZ, shooting the mighty Colorado River rapids, scaling the top of Mount Everest or speeding around the Indy track at 230 miles per hour, IMAX films are guaranteed to take you places you’ve never been before.
- The screen is 4500 times bigger than an average TV screen.
- The film is strong enough to pull a truck.
- A 2D IMAX camera weighs approximately 80 pounds. That means if wildlife shows up, you can’t grab a camera and follow it as you can with video or 16mm. The 3D IMAX camera is the size of a hotel mini-bar refrigerator and weighs 265 pounds.
- Light from the 15,000-watt lamp in an IMAX® projector is so bright that if it were on the moon we could see it from earth with the naked eye.
- If a large log were held in front of the light beam from the projector, it would spontaneously combust.
- The l5/70 film frame used by the IMAX® projection system is 10 times the size of a conventional 35mm frame.
- Sonics Proportional Point Source™ (PPS) loudspeaker system was specifically designed for IMAX® theatres. The system typically uses 44 laser focused speaker drivers located throughout the theater to fully envelope the audience.
The Technology of IMAX
The IMAX Experience is as unique and powerful as the technology behind it. With images of immense size and striking clarity, sound so clear and deep you can feel it. Giant screens that immerse you in new worlds, and specially designed theatres that transport you there. Only IMAX state-of-the-art technology creates The IMAX Experience.
Large Format Film
IMAX uses 15-perforation, 70mm film to create images of incredible sharpness. The 15/70 frame is 10 times larger than the 35mm used in regular theatres. This makes it the largest commercial film ever invented. Would you believe IMAX large format film is so strong it could be used to tow your car?
IMAX cameras are an integral part of The IMAX Experience. They’ve been to some of the most extraordinary places in the universe. The IMAX camera is specifically designed to shoot 15 perforation, 70 mm film (15/70) – the world’s largest film format. Weighing between 42 and 100 pounds, these cameras are extremely versatile and can be used in virtually any environment – from outer space to the ocean floor, the top of Mt. Everest and all around the globe.
Forty-five hundred times larger than an average TV screen, IMAX and IMAX 3D giant flat screens soar up to eight stories high and have a slight curvature that extends beyond the field of geometric recognition. Because these screens fill your peripheral vision, you feel like you’re right in the action. IMAX 3D screens are painted silver to maximize the amount of light reflected back to the audience. Semi-circular IMAX Dome screens produce huge images that soar and swoop above, beside and behind you to fully surround you in The IMAX Experience.
IMAX, IMAX 3D and IMAX Dome projectors are the most advanced, precise and powerful projectors ever built. The proprietary IMAX Rolling Loop technology ensures far superior picture and focus steadiness to deliver the largest, sharpest and brightest images imaginable. Light from the 15,000-watt lamp of some IMAX projectors is so bright that, if one were operated on the moon, people on Earth could see it with the naked eye.
The six-channel, multi-way digital IMAX speaker system with sub-bass utilizes 44 speakers grouped into six clusters behind the screen and at the rear of the theatre to deliver uncompressed sound that is simply unsurpassed in depth and clarity. 16 amplifiers generate more than 12,000 watts of power, not volume, to provide the audience with life-like sound. IMAX’s proprietary loudspeaker system delivers exacting volume and quality at every seat throughout the theatre. From a small drop of rain to an enormous clap of thunder, you’ll hear every shade and subtlety, regardless of where you are sitting.
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