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Movie poster for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: The IMAX ExperienceWhen Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen opens in theaters on June 24, 2009, it will also be available in IMAX theaters as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: The IMAX Experience. Like last year's release of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight: The IMAX Experience, some sequences of the new Transformers movie were shot and created in the IMAX format.

Comparison of 35mm and IMAX negativesAccording to the IMAX web site and other sources, select scenes of the Michael Bay movie were filmed with IMAX cameras and computer generated graphics (CGI) were rendered for the extra-large IMAX frame (see graphic to the right). Like in the Batman sequel, the IMAX footage will fill the taller 1.44:1 aspect ratio of IMAX and the traditional 35mm footage will be letterboxed to maintain the 2.35:1 aspect ratio of the rest of the movie.

I've seen some reports of additional footage being included in the IMAX version of the movie, but nothing definitive. For now, the running times of both are the same, but once we get some more concrete information, we'll adjust those times accordingly.

In March, an article in Variety about the demands of the visual effects in this movie mentioned that it can take several days to render a single frame. An article in the Los Angeles Times which interviewed Michael Bay mentions that special effects house Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) used 15 terabytes for the first Transformers movie, but this one consumed 140 terabytes (that's 143,360 GB for those comparing this to what's in their computers).

Want to See This Movie on a Really Big Screen? Not All IMAX Theaters are Created Equal

Keep in mind that not all IMAX theaters are the gigantic experiences that some of IMAX's marketing would have you believe. Last month, television and movie actor Aziz Ansari (Parks & Recreation, I Love You Man) ignited controversy when he attended the new Star Trek movie in an IMAX theater, and the screen was much smaller than he was expecting. (Read the Journal article Is Your IMAX Theater Giving You the MAXimum Experience? for more information)

Before you shell out the extra admission that most IMAX theaters want for what are supposed to be super-sized presentations, find out what size of screen they're using. We're tracking that information when we can find it, and theaters like Star Cinema 18 and IMAX in Madison, Wisconsin have an IMAX screen that is approximately 70' wide by 50' tall, but others, like the AMC Easton Town Center 30 with IMAX in Columbus, Ohio, can be as small as 52'x27', which is less than half the size of the larger screen.

As you can imagine, theaters with the smaller screens aren't going to be bragging about it, so it's difficult to get accurate information. We do have screen size information for a few theaters, including:

So, buyer beware. If a theater wants you to pay an extra charge to see a movie, ask them some questions and expect them to be able to answer them in order to earn that extra money!

The full press release from IMAX appears below, which includes a full list of IMAX theaters showing the movie on June 24th, but not mention of which ones are IMAX digital and which are big vs. small.

Press Release

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen Opens In IMAX® Theatres On June 24, 2009

One of the Summer's Most Highly Anticipated Blockbusters Features Scenes Filmed With IMAX Cameras

Tickets On Sale Now

LOS ANGELES, June 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ: IMAX; TSX: IMX), DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures today announced that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, directed by Michael Bay and featuring scenes filmed with IMAX(R) cameras, will debut in a record 167 IMAX(R) theatres domestically in conjunction with the film's nationwide release in conventional theatres on June 24, 2009. Pre-release buzz is very strong for the film, one of the most highly anticipated films of the year. The film will also open in IMAX theatres internationally.

Transformers Revenge of the Fallen: The IMAX Experience will feature select scenes filmed with IMAX cameras. Director Michael Bay has seamlessly integrated the IMAX footage with state-of-the-art CGI and visual effects to create an unprecedented look and feel for the sequel to Transformers. The movie sequences shot in traditional 35mm will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience(R) with IMAX DMR(R) (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The IMAX DMR scenes will appear in the traditional "letterbox" shape, while scenes shot with IMAX's cameras will expand vertically on the IMAX screen.

Every IMAX theatre is specially designed to put the audience IN the movie. The unique theatre geometry of an IMAX theatre combined with crystal clear images, laser-aligned digital sound and maximized field of view provides the world's most immersive movie experience.

"The extraordinary level of detail and intensity captured by the IMAX camera creates many exciting possibilities for us with this film," said Michael Bay, the film's director. "IMAX's all-encompassing format will take this story to a new level, and I am once again very excited to share The IMAX Experience with Transformers fans around the world."

"Michael Bay, DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures have created one of the most anticipated movies of the year and we're very excited to be a part of it," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "With the recent growth of our network, we have the opportunity to reach the widest day and date IMAX audience ever, which is particularly encouraging given how great this film looks and sounds in IMAX."

"Michael Bay's innovative use of IMAX cameras has created what we believe is a mind blowing cinematic experience for moviegoers, and it has already generated an enormous buzz with moviegoers around the world," added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We can't wait to share Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: The IMAX Experience with IMAX audiences worldwide, which is more possible now thanks to the expanded IMAX network, in addition to the skilled marketing and distribution teams at Paramount."

DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures Present In Association with Hasbro A di Bonaventura Pictures Production A Tom DeSanto/Don Murphy Production A Michael Bay Film "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" starring Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, John Benjamin Hickey, Ramon Rodriguez, Isabel Lucas and John Turturro. The film is directed by Michael Bay from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman. The producers are Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. The executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. Based on Hasbro's Transformers(TM) Action Figures. This film has been rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, language, some crude and sexual material, and brief drug material.



Birmingham - IMAX Dome Theatre at McWane Centre


Mesa - Dickinson Gateway 12 IMAX Theatre
Phoenix - AMC Deer Valley 30 with IMAX


Little Rock - Dickinson Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre


Aliso Viejo - Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20 & IMAX
Anaheim - CinemaFusion IMAX Anaheim GardenWalk
Arcadia - AMC Santa Anita 16 & IMAX
Burbank - AMC Burbank 16 & IMAX
Camarillo - Edwards Camarillo Palace Stadium 12 & IMAX
Cathedral City - Desert IMAX Theatre
City of Industry - AMC Puente Hills 20 & IMAX
Cupertino - AMC Cupertino 16 & IMAX
Dublin - Regal Hacienda Crossings Stadium 21 & IMAX
El Dorado Hills - Regal Cinemas El Dorado Hills Stadium 14 & IMAX
Emeryville - AMC Bay Street 16 & IMAX
Escondido - Regal Escondido Stadium 16 & IMAX
Fairfield - Edwards Fairfield Stadium 16 & IMAX
Fresno - Edwards Fresno Stadium 21 & IMAX
Irvine - Edwards Irvine Spectrum IMAX
Long Beach - Edwards Long Beach 26 & IMAX
Los Angeles - AMC Century City 15 & IMAX
Los Angeles - IMAX Theatre at The Bridge: cinema de lux
Los Angeles - AMC Universal CityWalk Stadium 19 with IMAX
National City - AMC Plaza Bonita 14 & IMAX
Ontario - Edwards Ontario Palace 22 & IMAX
San Diego - AMC Palm Promenade 24 & IMAX
San Diego - Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 & IMAX
San Jose - AMC Eastridge Mall 15 & IMAX
San Francisco - AMC Loews Metreon 16 with IMAX
Santa Clara - AMC Mercado 20 & IMAX
Simi Valley - Regal Civic Center Plaza 16 & IMAX
South Gate - Edwards South Gate Stadium 20 & IMAX
Stockton - Regal City Centre Stadium 16 & IMAX
Torrance - AMC Del Amo 18 & IMAX
Woodland Hills - AMC Promenade 16 & IMAX


Colorado Springs - Cinemark Carefree Circle IMAX Theatre
Denver - UA Colorado Center Stadium 9 & IMAX
Highlands Ranch - AMC Highlands Ranch 24 & IMAX
Westminster - AMC Orchard 12 & IMAX
Westminster - AMC Westminster Promenade 24 & IMAX


Manchester - IMAX Theatre at Cinema de Lux Buckland Hills 18


Altamonte Springs - AMC Altamonte Mall 18 & IMAX
Aventura - AMC Aventura 24 & IMAX
Fort Lauderdale - AutoNation(R) IMAX(R) Theater at Museum of Discovery
and Science
Fort Myers - Regal Gulf Coast Town Center Stadium 16 & IMAX
Jacksonville - AMC Regency 24 & IMAX
Orange Park - AMC Orange Park 24 & IMAX
Orlando - Regal Pointe Orlando Stadium 20 & IMAX
Orlando - Regal Waterford Lakes Stadium 20 & IMAX
South Miami - AMC Sunset Place 24 & IMAX
St. Augustine - World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theatre
St. Petersburg - Muvico Baywalk 20 & IMAX
Tampa - AMC Veterans 24 & IMAX
Tampa - Channelside Cinemas 9 & IMAX
West Palm Beach - Muvico Parisian IMAX


Augusta - Regal Augusta Exchange Stadium 20 & IMAX
Buford - Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium 20 & IMAX
Kennesaw - AMC Barrett Commons 24 & IMAX
Morrow - AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 & IMAX


Honolulu - Regal Dole Cannery 18 & IMAX


Boise - Edwards Boise Stadium 22 & IMAX


Batavia - Randall 15 IMAX
Chicago - Navy Pier IMAX Theatre
Lincolnshire - Regal Lincolnshire 20 & IMAX
South Barrington - AMC Barrington 30 & IMAX
Woodridge - Cinemark Seven Bridges IMAX


Evansville - Showplace Cinemas East 18 & IMAX
Indianapolis - Kerasotes ShowPlace 16 & IMAX
Noblesville - Hamilton 16 IMAX
Portage - Portage 16 IMAX


Council Bluffs - Kerasotes Star Cinemas 16 & IMAX
Des Moines - Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater


Olathe - AMC Studio 30 & IMAX


Louisville - Cinema De Lux 20: Stonybrook IMAX
Newport - AMC Newport On The Levee 20 & IMAX


Harahan - AMC Elmwood Palace 20 & IMAX


Saco - Cinemagic & IMAX in Saco


Baltimore - AMC Loews White Marsh 16 & IMAX
Baltimore - Maryland Science Center IMAX Theater
Columbia - AMC Columbia 14 & IMAX


Danvers - AMC Liberty Tree Mall 20 & IMAX
Natick - Verizon IMAX 3D Theater at Jordan's Furniture - Natick
Reading - Verizon IMAX 3D Theater at Jordan's Furniture - Reading


Dearborn - The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre
Grand Blanc - Trillium Cinema 14 & IMAX, Grand Blanc
Grand Rapids - Celebration! Cinema IMAX Theatre
Lansing - Celebration! Cinema IMAX Theatre
Sterling Heights - AMC Forum 30 & IMAX
Ypsilanti - Showcase Cinemas Ann Arbor IMAX


Apple Valley - Great Clips IMAX Theatre
Roseville - AMC Rosedale 14 & IMAX


Independence - AMC Independence Commons 20 & IMAX
Kansas City - AMC BarryWoods 24 & IMAX
St. Louis - Wehrenberg Ronnies 20 IMAX


Henderson - Regal Sunset Station Stadium 13 & IMAX
Las Vegas - Brenden Theatres and IMAX at the Palms Casino Resort
Las Vegas - Regal Red Rock Stadium 16 & IMAX
North Las Vegas - Regal Aliante Stadium 16 & IMAX

New Hampshire

Hooksett - Cinemagic & IMAX in Hooksett

New Jersey

Atlantic City - Tropicana IMAX Theatre
Cherry Hill - AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24 & IMAX
Hamilton - AMC Hamilton 24 & IMAX

New York

Albany - Regal Crossgates Mall 18 & IMAX
Brooklyn - UA Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14 & IMAX
Deer Park - Regal Deer Park Stadium 16 & IMAX
Garden City - Leroy R. and Rose W. Grumman IMAX Dome Theater
New Rochelle - Regal New Roc City 18 & IMAX
New York City - AMC Loews 34th Street 14 & IMAX
New York City - AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 & IMAX
New York City - AMC Empire 25 & IMAX
Rochester - Cinemark IMAX Theatre at Tinseltown USA
Stony Brook - AMC Stony Brook 17 & IMAX
West Nyack - IMAX Theatre at Palisades Center
White Plains - City Center 15 & IMAX: Cinema de Lux
Williamsville - Regal Transit Center 18 & IMAX

North Carolina

Charlotte - Regal Stonecrest At Piper Glen Stadium 22 & IMAX
Concord - AMC Concord Mills 24 & IMAX
Raleigh - Wachovia IMAX Theatre at Marbles Kids Museum


Columbus - AMC Easton Town Center 30 & IMAX
Springdale - IMAX Theatre at Springdale 18: Cinema De Lux


Tulsa - Cinemark IMAX Theatre at The Tulsa


Tigard - Regal Bridgeport Village Stadium 18 & IMAX


Bensalem - AMC Neshaminy 24 & IMAX
Harrisburg - Select Medical IMAX Theater at The Whitaker Center
Homestead - AMC Waterfront 22 & IMAX
King of Prussia - UA King of Prussia Stadium 16 & IMAX
Philadelphia - Tuttleman IMAX Theatre at the Franklin Institute
Reading - RC Reading Movies 11 + IMAX
Tarentum - Cinemark IMAX Theatre at the Galleria Pittsburgh Mills

Rhode Island

Providence - Providence Place Cinemas 16 & IMAX


Knoxville - Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 at Turkey Creek
Nashville - Regal Opry Mills 20 & IMAX


Austin - The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum IMAX Theatre
Colleyville - Metro Cinema of Colleyville IMAX Theatre
Dallas - Cinemark IMAX Theatre at Cinemark 17
Garland - AMC Firewheel 18 & IMAX
Houston - AMC Gulf Pointe 30 & IMAX
Houston - Edwards Houston Marq*e 23 & IMAX
Mesquite - AMC Mesquite 30 & IMAX
San Antonio - Santikos Palladium 18 IMAX Theatre
Sugar Land - AMC First Colony 24 & IMAX
Tomball - Santikos Silverado Station 18 IMAX


Sandy - Megaplex 17 IMAX at Jordan Commons


Alexandria - AMC Hoffman Center 22 & IMAX
Chantilly - Airbus IMAX Theater
Hampton - Riverside IMAX Theater at the Virginia Air & Space Center
Midlothian - Regal Commonwealth 20 & IMAX
Virginia Beach - AMC Lynnhaven 18 & IMAX
Woodbridge - AMC Potomac Mills 18 & IMAX


Bellevue - Lincoln Square Cinemas IMAX Theatre
Kent - AMC Kent Station & IMAX
Lacey - Regal Martin Village Stadium 16 & IMAX
Seattle - Pacific Science Center Boeing IMAX Theatre
Seattle - Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX
Spokane - Riverfront Park IMAX Theatre
Tukwila - AMC Southcenter 16 & IMAX


Fitchburg - Kerasotes Star 18 & IMAX



Calgary - Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Chinook IMAX Theatre
Edmonton - Cineplex Scotiabank West Edmonton Mall IMAX Theatre

British Columbia

Langley - Cineplex Colossus Langley IMAX Theatre
Richmond - Cineplex SilverCity Riverport IMAX Theatre

Nova Scotia

Halifax - Empire IMAX Theatre


Gloucester - Cineplex SilverCity Gloucester IMAX Theatre
Mississauga - Cineplex Coliseum Mississauga IMAX Theatre
Toronto - Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Toronto IMAX Theatre
Vaughan - Cineplex Colossus Woodbridge IMAX Theatre


Montreal - Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Montreal IMAX Theatre

Additional theatres will be confirmed. Please check local listings or IMAX.com for final theatre listings, launch dates and showtimes.

About IMAX Corporation

IMAX Corporation is one of the world's leading entertainment technology companies, specializing in immersive motion picture technologies. The worldwide IMAX network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event Hollywood films around the globe, with IMAX(R) theatres delivering the world's best movie presentations using proprietary IMAX, IMAX(R) 3D, and IMAX DMR(R), technology. IMAX DMR is the Company's groundbreaking digital re-mastering technology that allows it to digitally transform virtually any conventional motion picture into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience(R). The IMAX brand is recognized throughout the world for extraordinary and immersive entertainment experiences for consumers. As of March 31, 2009, there were 371 IMAX theatres (250 commercial, 121 institutional) operating in 43 countries.

IMAX(R), IMAX(R) 3D, IMAX(R) DMR, The IMAX 3D Experience(R) and The IMAX Experience(R) are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.tinyurl.com/facebookimax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imaxnews) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on management's assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. Important factors that could affect these statements include, but are not limited to, general economic, market or business conditions, including the length and severity of the current economic downturn, the opportunities that may be presented to and pursued by the Company, the performance of IMAX DMR films, conditions in the in-home and out-of home entertainment industries, the signing of theatre system agreements, changes and developments in the commercial exhibition industry, the failure to convert theatre system backlog into revenue, investments and operations in foreign jurisdictions, foreign currency fluctuations and the Company's prior restatements and the related litigation and ongoing inquiries by the SEC and the OSC. These factors and other risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

Source: IMAX Corporation

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