Dark Knight Opening in Record 94 IMAX Theaters

First up, don’t miss HBO’s First Look at The Dark Knight. Full schedule here! We just received the following announcement from IMAX:

The Dark Knight Makes Motion Picture History in Imax(R) Theatres on July 18th

Thursday July 10, 7:30 am ET

Director’s Groundbreaking Use of IMAX(R) Cameras Generates Anticipation Around the Globe

Excitement Surrounding Film and Early Reviews Drives Record-Setting Advance IMAX Ticket Sales

Worldwide Premiere to be Held at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on July 14th

LOS ANGELES, July 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that the studio’s highly anticipated and technologically unprecedented summer movie, The Dark Knight, starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, and directed by Christopher Nolan, will open in a record 94 IMAX® theatres domestically on July 18th in conjunction with the film’s wide release. The film will also open in 15 IMAX theatres day-and-date internationally, with at least 23 additional international locations opening in the coming weeks.

The Dark Knight: The IMAX Experience features six sequences filmed with IMAX® cameras, the first time ever that a major feature film has been even partially shot using IMAX cameras, marking a revolutionary integration of the two film formats. The worldwide premiere of the film will be held at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX in New York on July 14th, the first time a Hollywood feature film has premiered in an IMAX theatre.

Advance IMAX ticket sales demonstrate the huge enthusiasm surrounding the

movie:

– Advance IMAX ticket sales have already surpassed $2 million, more than a week prior to opening

– Over 100 shows are already sold out

– 93 domestic IMAX theatres have added midnight screenings

– Many IMAX theatres in the USA are adding 3am shows, and some are screening non-stop for 24 hours to meet the high moviegoer demands

– Chicago’s Navy Pier and the Palisades Center (West Nyack, NY) IMAX theatres will run shows non-stop for 72 hours

“The combination of Chris’ inimitable vision and IMAX’s groundbreaking technology produced a version of ‘The Dark Knight’ that will blow audiences away in theaters all over the world,” said Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Sequences shot in traditional 35mm have been digitally re-mastered into The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® technology. The two formats will be seamlessly integrated and morph between IMAX and IMAX DMR. In other words, scenes shot in 35mm will appear in IMAX DMR (letterbox), while scenes shot with IMAX’s cameras on 15/70mm film will expand vertically to fill the entire IMAX screen, which can be up to eight stories tall, for an all-encompassing IMAX Experience.

“Chris Nolan’s enthusiasm for IMAX technology has taken Hollywood filmmaking to a new level, and we’re thrilled with the results on the screen and by the positive reactions to advance screenings,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “Warner Bros. Pictures, together with Chris Nolan and the entire filmmaking team, have created an unprecedented filmmaking event that can’t be missed, and we are honored to be a part of the excitement.”

With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante.

Christian Bale reprises his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman; Academy Award nominee Heath Ledger (“Brokeback Mountain”) stars as arch-villain The Joker, and Aaron Eckhart plays District Attorney Harvey Dent. Maggie Gyllenhaal joins the cast in the role of Rachel Dawes. Returning from “Batman Begins” are Gary Oldman as Lieutenant Jim Gordon; Oscar winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) as Alfred; and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) as Lucius Fox.

The Dark Knight: The IMAX Experience is scheduled to play day-and-date at the following IMAX® Theatres beginning July 18th:

UNITED STATES

Alabama

Huntsville – Spacedome IMAX at US Space and Rocket Center

Arizona

Mesa – Gateway 12 IMAX Theatre

Phoenix – AMC Deer Valley 30 with IMAX

Arkansas

Little Rock – Promenade at Chenal

California

Anaheim – The Movie Experience at Anaheim Gardenwalk

Cathedral City – Desert IMAX Theatre

Dublin – Regal Hacienda Crossings IMAX

Fresno – Fresno Stadium Cinema & IMAX

Irvine – Edwards Irvine Spectrum IMAX

Los Angeles – Universal CityWalk IMAX Theatre

Los Angeles – IMAX Theatre at The Bridge: cinema de lux

Ontario – Edwards Ontario Palace IMAX

Sacramento – Esquire IMAX Theatre

San Diego – San Diego IMAX at Mira Mesa 18

San Francisco – AMC Loews IMAX Theatre at Metreon

Colorado

Colorado Springs – Cinemark IMAX Theatre at Cinemark Carefree Circle

Denver – UA Colorado Center IMAX

Connecticut

Manchester – IMAX Theatre at Showcase Cinemas Buckland Hills

Florida

Fort Lauderdale – AutoNation® IMAX® Theater at Museum of Discovery

and Science

Jacksonville – World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theatre

Orlando – Pointe Orlando 20 & IMAX

St. Petersburg – Muvico BayWalk 20 & IMAX

Tampa – Channelside Cinemas IMAX

Tampa – IMAX Dome Theatre at MOSI

West Palm Beach – Parisian 20 & IMAX

Georgia

Buford – Regal Mall of Georgia IMAX

Idaho

Boise – Edwards Boise Stadium IMAX

Illinois

Batavia – Randall 15 IMAX

Chicago – Navy Pier IMAX Theatre

Lincolnshire – Regal Lincolnshire IMAX

Woodridge – Cinemark IMAX Theatre at Seven Bridges

Indiana

Evansville – Showplace Cinemas IMAX Theatre

Indianapolis – ShowPlace 16 IMAX Theatre

Noblesville – Hamilton Towne Center 16 + IMAX

Portage – Portage 16 IMAX

Iowa

Council Bluffs – Star Cinemas Council Bluffs

Davenport – Putnam Museum and IMAX Theatre

Des Moines – Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater

Kansas

Olathe – IMAX Theatre at AMC Studio 30

Kentucky

Louisville – Cinema De Lux 20: Stonybrook IMAX Theatre

Massachusetts

Natick – Verizon IMAX 3D Theater at Jordan’s Furniture – Natick

Reading – Verizon IMAX 3D Theater at Jordan’s Furniture – Reading

Michigan

Dearborn – The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre

Grand Blanc – NGC Trillium IMAX Theatre

Grand Rapids – IMAX Theatre at Celebration! Cinema

Lansing – IMAX Theatre at Celebration! Cinema

Sterling Heights – IMAX Theatre at AMC Forum 30

Ypsilanti – Showcase Cinemas Ann Arbor

Minnesota

Apple Valley – Great Clips IMAX Theatre

St. Michael – CineMagic Metropolitan IMAX Theatre

Missouri

St. Louis – Ronnies 20 Cine IMAX

Nevada

Las Vegas – Brenden Theatres and IMAX at the Palms Casino Resort

Las Vegas – Red Rock Stadium 16 & IMAX

New Hampshire

Hooksett – Cinemagic IMAX Theatre

New Jersey

Atlantic City – IMAX Theatre at Tropicana Casino

New York

Garden City – Leroy R. and Rose W. Grumman IMAX Dome Theater

New York City – AMC Loews IMAX Theatre, Lincoln Square

New Rochelle – Regal New Roc City IMAX

Rochester – Cinemark IMAX Theatre at Tinseltown USA

West Nyack – IMAX Theatre at Palisades Center

White Plains – IMAX Theatre at City Center: Cinema de lux

Williamsville – Regal Transit Center IMAX

North Carolina

Charlotte – Charlotte Observer IMAX Dome Theatre, Discovery Place

Raleigh – Wachovia IMAX Theatre at Marbles Kids Museum

Ohio

Cincinnati -Cinema De Lux 18: Springdale IMAX Theatre

Columbus – IMAX Theatre at AMC Easton Town Center 30

Oklahoma

Tulsa – Cinemark IMAX Theatre at The Tulsa

Oregon

Tigard – Portland IMAX at Bridgeport Village Stadium 18

Pennsylvania

Harrisburg – Select Medical IMAX Theater at The Whitaker Center

King of Prussia – UA King of Prussia IMAX

Philadelphia – Tuttleman IMAX Theatre, Franklin Institute

Tarentum – Cinemark IMAX Theatre at the Galleria Pittsburgh Mills

Rhode Island

Providence – Feinstein IMAX Theatre Providence Place

Tennessee

Knoxville – Pinnacle 18 Complex at Turkey Creek

Nashville – Regal Opry Mills IMAX

Texas

Austin – The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum IMAX Theatre

Dallas – Cinemark IMAX Theatre at Cinemark 17

Houston – Edwards Marq(x)E IMAX

Houston – Silverado Station 18 IMAX

San Antonio – Palladium IMAX Theatre

Utah

Sandy – Megaplex 17 IMAX at Jordan Commons

Virginia

Chantilly – Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center IMAX Theater

Hampton – Riverside 3D IMAX Theater at the Virginia Air & Space Center

Virginia Beach – The Virginia Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater

Washington

Seattle – Pacific Science Center Boeing IMAX Theater

Spokane – Riverfront Park IMAX Theatre

Wisconsin

Fitchburg – Star Cinema IMAX

CANADA

Alberta

Calgary – Scotiabank Theatre Chinook

Edmonton – Scotiabank Theatre West Edmonton Mall

British Columbia

Langley – Cineplex IMAX Theatre, Colossus Langley

Richmond – Cineplex IMAX Theatre, SilverCity Riverport

Nova Scotia

Halifax – The Empire IMAX in Bayers Lake

Ontario

Mississauga – Cineplex IMAX Theatre, Coliseum Mississauga

Ottawa – Cineplex Entertainment IMAX Theatre, SilverCity Gloucester IMAX

Theatre

Toronto – Cineplex IMAX Theatre, Scotiabank Theatre Toronto

Woodbridge – Cineplex Entertainment IMAX Theatre, Colossus Woodbridge

Quebec

Montreal – Cineplex Entertainment IMAX Theatre, Scotiabank Theatre

Montreal

Quebec City – IMAX Le Theatre

INTERNATIONAL

Argentina

Buenos Aires – IMAX Center Norte

Australia

Melbourne – IMAX Theatre, Melbourne Museum

Sydney – LG IMAX Theatre Sydney

Ecuador

Guayaquil – Fundacion Malecon 2000

France

Paris – Gaumont Disney Village IMAX

Germany

Berlin – CineStar IMAX 3D, Sony Center Berlin

Guatemala

Guatemala City – Pradera Concepcion

Hong Kong

Kowloon – UA MegaBox IMAX Theatre

India

Hyderabad – PRASAD IMAX Theatre

Israel

Haifa – IMAX Kiryon at GlobusMax Kiryon

Korea

Ilsan – CGV Ilsan

Incheon – CGV Incheon

Seoul – CGV Yongsan

Mexico

Cuernavaca – Cinemex Diana IMAX Theatre

Guadalajara – Cinepolis IMAX Theatre Galerias Guadalajara

Mexico City – Cinepolis IMAX Theatre Perisur

Mexico City – Cinepolis IMAX Theatre Universidad

Monterrey – Cinepolis IMAX Theatre Galerias Valle Oriente

Netherlands

Amsterdam – Pathe Arena

New Zealand

Auckland – SKYCITY IMAX Theatre Queen Street

Philippines

Manila – San Miguel Coca-Cola IMAX Theatre

Poland

Warsaw – Orange IMAX Warszawa

Russia

St. Petersburg – Coca-Cola IMAX Kinostar City

South Africa

Durban – Gateway IMAX Theatre

Pretoria – Menlyn IMAX Theatre

Spain

Barakaldo – Yelmo Cines Megapark

Malaga – Yelmo Cines Plaza Mayor

Oviedo – Yelmo Cines Los Prados

Taiwan

Taipei – Samsung IMAX Miramar Cinemas

Thailand

Bangkok – KrungSri IMAX Siam Paragon

Turkey

Ankara – IMAX Odeon Cineplex

Istinye – AFM IMAX Istinye Park

UAE

Dubai – Grand Megaplex 21 IMAX

UK

Birmingham – IMAX Theatre at Millennium Point

Bradford – IMAX National Media Museum

Glasgow – Glasgow Science Centre IMAX Cinema

London – BFI London IMAX Cinema

Manchester – ODEON IMAX Cinema Manchester @ The Printworks

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

Source: IMAX Corporation, JackSandyClaws