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Largest IMAX in the world set to open in Germany
The record-breaking screen is about to open in Leonberg and will host the highly anticipated premiere of the latest instalment in the James Bond saga, No Time to Die
On 27 September, IMAX Corporation and Lochmann Filmtheaterbetriebe announced that the largest IMAX screen in the world was scheduled to open to the public on 30 September at the Traumpalast Multiplex in Leonberg, Germany. It has been disclosed that the screen will measure 21.03 metres high by 38.16 metres wide – this makes it wider than a standard Boeing 737.
The record-breaking screen will host the much-anticipated premiere of the latest entry in the James Bond saga, No Time to Die [+see also:
film profile], featuring select sequences shot with IMAX film cameras.
In detail, the theatre will boast ground-breaking IMAX with Laser technology as well as 12-channel sound technology with new side and overhead channels that deliver greater dynamic range and precision for the ultimate in audio immersion. The screen for the 574-seat IMAX at Traumpalast weighed in at over 500 pounds and had to be painted by a specially designed robotic arm.
Speaking about this new screen, IMAX’s CEO, Rich Gelfond, said: “The IMAX at Traumpalast redefines the ‘big screen’. With Lochmann Filmtheaterbetriebe, we’ve created an unforgettable moviegoing experience where fans can truly immerse themselves in the world’s biggest blockbusters on the world’s largest screen. As we continue to grow in Germany and open new, iconic locations around the world, the IMAX at Traumpalast will become an exciting flagship location at a critical time when fans are seeking premium, differentiated experiences.” Meanwhile, Marius and Heinz Lochmann added: “Audiences in Germany and beyond will travel far and wide to see the IMAX at Traumpalast, from its enormous screen and incredible audio to the luxurious seating and other exciting amenities the cinema has to offer. We’re proud to partner with IMAX on this new, record-breaking location and can’t wait to start letting fans in the door.”
Shot with IMAX’s iconic 15/70 mm film cameras by Cary Joji Fukunaga (It, Beasts of No Nation, Jane Eyre [+see also:
film profile]), and specially formatted for IMAX cinemas, No Time to Die includes 40 minutes of IMAX-exclusive expanded aspect ratio. For audiences immersing themselves in IMAX at Traumpalast, the film will also showcase the exclusive 1.90:1 aspect ratio, enabling viewers to experience up to 26% more picture for the film for those selected sequences.
Notably, the addition of IMAX at Traumpalast makes it the eighth theatre of its kind in the country. The corporation has steadily grown its box-office takings in the market over the last few years, with its highest box-office year so far being 2019.
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