which stands for maximum image, is a motion picture system
invented and developed by the Toronto-based IMAX Corporation.
Here are a few facts about this exciting film format:
IMAX movie screens are designed to make viewers a part
of the action with movie screens that extend beyond
the peripheral vision for a full view of images. The
razor-sharp images and six-channel surround sound systems
also help immerse the viewer in the films.
theater's six-channel digital sound system is designed
in a surround sound pattern so that every moviegoer
can hear even the smallest sound effect. A network of
44 speakers bathes every seat in 12,000 watts of sound.
uses the largest film frame in the motion picture industry
- 10 times larger than Hollywood's standard 35-mm film
format and 3 times bigger than the standard 70-mm frame.
The larger film frame creates images of unsurpassed
clarity and impact.
size of the IMAX film is so large that one 40-minute
film is approximately 3 miles long.
specially designed IMAX camera photographs the largest
frame ever used in motion pictures on horizontally moving
65-mm film. Because of the increased information carrying
capacity of the huge frame, the camera records images
with much greater detail than does any other motion
screen is painted by a robot to ensure an even coating
of highly reflective paint. There are also thousands
of tiny holes spaced evenly around the screen to permit
the sound to travel directly toward the audience.
Key to the IMAX projection system's performance, reliability,
extraordinary sharpness and clarity is the sheer size
of the screen, combined with the unique "rolling loop"
film movement, which advances the film horizontally
in a smooth, wave-like motion. During projection, each
film frame is positioned on fixed registration pins,
while the film is held firmly against the back of the
lens by a vacuum. As a result, the picture and focus
steadiness exceed normal standards.
3D projectorthe size of a small caralternately
projects the left- and right-eye images onto the giant
3D technology is based on human vision: it mimics the
way we see the real world. When you look at an object,
each of your eyes sees a slightly different view of
that object. Through a process called stereopsis, the
brain "fuses" the two images into a single 3D image.
the California Science Center IMAX Theater:
First nonprofit educational theater with 3D capability
built on the West Coast.
Boasts a 7-story high by 90-feet wide screen
Seats 477 people. Steeply-pitched stadium seating allows
everyone to have full view of the screen.
For 3D performances, we offer audiences child and adult size polarized, lightweight
glasses with large lenses, providing extra wide viewing
of the screen. The glasses, combined with the giant
screen, bring images closer to the audience than any
other 3D format developed to date.
We offer you the choice of two hearing assistance system for the hearing impaired. An in-ear assisted listening device where visitors have the movie's narration amplified via a wireless earpiece connected to a portable transmitter. The second option is
a closed caption system where guests read captions projected directly in front of them via a portable reader board.