IMAX

By: An anonymous citizen

Intro

Have you ever wanted to know how they make the movie theater screens and pictures big and how they get good graphics?  IMAX will answer all of these questions.  Many people wonder about the History of IMAX, they wonder what IMAX is, and how it works.  In these next topics I will answer them.

History of IMAX

IMAX has a great past history.  According to Cine Photos a Canadian named Graeme Ferguson invented IMAX in 1996.  The IMAX system was a big hit when it was invented.  People were coming in by the hundreds. Goecities.com says Canada is the place with the most IMAX theaters.  That is because the inventor was a Canadian.  It took Graeme Ferguson approximately 2 years to invent the IMAX system after he got the idea.

Imax is just as good and even better currently. In fact according to the Houston Museum of Natural Science approximately 700,000,000 people have been to an IMAX theater so far.  The Ontario science center says there are currently 30 countries spread across the earth that have at least one IMAX Theater each.  America currently has 280 IMAX theaters (About 5 theaters for every state).

What is IMAX?

What is IMAX?   The California Science Centre says that IMAX stands for Image Maximum because, it maximizes images.  It solved the problem of multiple people seeing 1 screen clearly all at once.  In fact according to the Huston Museum of Natural Science it has the record for highest recording height.  IMAX has gone a height of approximately 29,028 ft. high at Mount. Everest (in the movie Everest)!  It also has about 100 different accessories to add to it.  IMAX works by sending the picture through multiple lenses making it super size into a giant version of the image.    

IMAX screens are special also.  According to Wikipedia The IMAX screens are approximately 42 meters high and 24 meters wide.  That is about 4,200 times the size of a normal T.V. screen (That sets the record for biggest screen size).

How does IMAX work?

The IMAX projector is very unique.  The Huston science center says that the IMAX projector is uses 4-500 watt Xenon lamp.  The IMAX camera weighs about 100 pounds making it clearly hard to lift onto the stand.  The IMAX camera is about 4 meters long and 1 meter wide.

The film is very interesting to.  According to the Huston Museum of Natural science the IMAX film is so strong that you could pull a truck and it would not break.  It also is really long.  A 40-minute film would stretch 3 miles away.  That means that a 2-hour movie would reach 9 miles.  That is about the distance from the beginning of Orem to the end of Orem.  That sets a record for longest film.     

The IMAX theaters have a lot of room. Winniepig.com says a normal IMAX theater has an approximate of 230 stadium-style seats, including space for wheelchairs.  The theaters main room is about the size of the building itself.  That is huge!    

Cost of IMAX

IMAX wasnÕt a cheap thing to make.  According to the Huston Science Center the IMAX projector costs about $1,000,000 to make and buy.  It is not cheap.  Making the first IMAX Theater and all of the equipment had an estimate cost of $2,250,000 in 1988.  That was really expensive at that time.

Conclusion

Do you see why IMAX helped the society?  It made screens bigger, it shared with other people, and it was a great way of entertainment.  It also is a really special system because of how it works.  Then the history was/is very interesting.  That is what IMAX did and still does.  It made it possible to help other people have a better time when watching a movie.


Bibliography

Bibliography

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMAX

Wikipedia

IMAX

24 April, 2007

This article has tons of info about the history of IMAX and cool things about it.  It has cool facts.

 

Bibliography

http://www.imaxwinnipeg.com/PDF/DMRQ&A.pdf

IMAX Winnipeg

all about IMAX

24 April, 2007

This website also tells howIMAX works.  How big IMAX is and much more.

 

Bibliography

http://www.californiasciencecenter.org/Imax/ImaxFacts/ImaxFacts.php

IMAX facts

IMAX facts

24 April, 2007

This site tells the definition of IMAX and what it stands for.  They have tons of info about IMAX.

 

Bibliography

http://www.geocities.com/TEG2/IMAX/

Teg's IMAX page

Teg's IMAX page

24 April, 2007

This site tells all of the history of IMAX theaters.  They have tons of cool information, but no pictures.

 

Bibliography

http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/media/default.asp?releaseid=1009

Onterio science centre

Onterio science centre OMNIMAX

24 April, 2007

The website tells about the Onterio Sience Centre's research.  They made some cool descoverys.

 

Bibliography

http://www.imax.com/ImaxWeb/imaxExperience.do?param_section=whatImax&param_subMenuSelect=whatImaxSelect

IMAX.com

IMAX think big

24 April, 2007

This site shows current movies in play at IMAX theaters.  They also tell a little bit of IMAX's History.

 

Bibliography

http://www.showplacecinemas.com/imaxinfo.php

 Showplace Cinimas

 Showplace Cinimas IMAX information

24 April, 2007

This awesome web site shows some current movies and even has pictures.  The site has tons of IMAX info with it.

 

Bibliography

http://www.bransonimax.com/IMAX_Facts.htm

 IMAX entertainment complex

Branson's IMAX Entertainment Complex

April 25,2007

This site has a few facts about IMAX.  It has tons of sites and things.  The site it sends you to have really good facts.

 

Bibliography

http://www.cinephoto.co.uk/imax.htm

 CINE photos

IMAX

April 25,2007

This site tells who invented IMAX.  There are accually 3 makers of IMAX.

 

Bibliography

http://www.canadians.ca/top_ten_inventions.htm

 Canadians.ca

Top 10 myths about Canada and Canadians

April 25,2007

This site has tons of myths from Canada and the inventors of different inventions.

 

Bibliography

http://www.dvdmagnet.com/help/explanations.htm

 DVDMagnet

DVD magnet.com movie jargon explanations

April 25,2007

This site tells how you make IMAX projectors and it has tons of facts.

 

Bibliography

http://www.si.edu/imax/

 Smithsonian

Smithsonian IMAX theaters & Einstien Planetarium

April 26,2007

This site has recient movies in the IMAX theaters.  It also shows pictures of IMAX theaters all over the world.