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Chantilly, VA: Smithsonian - Udvar-Hazy Center Airbus IMAX Theater Closed for Laser Upgrade

Posted on Monday, March 30th, 2015 and updated on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 7:40 PM

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The Smithsonian - Udvar-Hazy Center Airbus IMAX Theater in Chantilly, Virginia has closed as of March 27, 2015 so that it can be upgraded with a new laser-based IMAX Digital Cinema Projection system. A message on the theater's web site mentions that the theater will re-open in May:

The Airbus IMAX® Theater is closed for renovations as of March 27th to install IMAX’s next-generation sound and laser projection system featuring cutting-edge 3D technology. The theater will reopen in May.

In addition to the enhanced video portion of the system, IMAX is also upgrading the sound side of the experience.

Currently, only two IMAX theaters in North America have laser-based installations: the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, California and the Scotiabank Theatre Toronto in Toronto, Ontario. The Pacific Science Center - Boeing IMAX Theater in Seattle, Washington closed in January for a laser upgrade, and is expected to re-open in May as well.

For more information, please see the IMAX with Laser page on the IMAX web site.

Image above is courtesy IMAX Corporation. IMAX®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX Is Believing® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation.

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