IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Lochmann Filmtheaterbetriebe today announced that the largest IMAX screen in the world is scheduled to open to the public on 30th September at the Traumpalast Multiplex in Leonberg, Germany. Measuring 21.03 metres high and 38.16 metres wide – wider than a Boeing 737 airliner – the record-breaking screen will fittingly kick off with the premiere of the latest James Bond entry, “No Time to Die”, featuring select sequences shot with IMAX film cameras.
The theatre will feature ground-breaking IMAX with Laser technology as well as IMAX’s 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 also weighed in at over 500 pounds, another IMAX record, and had to be painted by a specially designed robotic arm.
“The IMAX at Traumpalast redefines the ‘big screen’,” said Rich Gelfond, CEO of IMAX. “With Lochmann Filmtheaterbetriebe, we’ve created an unforgettable moviegoing experience where fans can truly immersive 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 for fans seeking premium, differentiated experiences.”
“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,” said Marius and Heinz Lochmann.
Shot with IMAX’s iconic 15/70mm film cameras by visionary director Cary Fukunaga, and specially formatted for IMAX cinemas, “No Time to Die” features 40 minutes of IMAX exclusive expanded aspect ratio. The film is the first Bond entry ever to have been shot with IMAX film cameras, considered the highest quality cameras in the world. For audiences immersing themselves in IMAX at Traumpalast, the film will also showcase the IMAX-exclusive 1.90:1 aspect ratio, enabling moviegoers to experience up to 26% more picture for the film for those selected sequences.
The addition of IMAX at Traumpalast marks the eighth theatre for IMAX in Germany. IMAX has steadily grown its box office in the market over the last several years, with its highest box office year so far coming in 2019.