Besides the screen size, what sets this cinema apart from all others in town, is the use of the LG Imax theatre system.
The pictures are projected in much larger frames and at a much larger resolution than standard 35mm film. This enables audience members to sit closer to the screen.
The sound system in the Imax theatre is built specifically to compliment the cinema and the films being shown.
Feature films, and an ever changing list of quality documentaries, are shown at the cinema. Depending on the production of the film, Imax will show films in 2D or 3D.
On this page, besides offering information about this cinema, I relate an experience we had at the Imax.
31 Wheat Road
Ph: (+612) 9281 3300
The easiest way to get to the Imax cinema is to walk.
The journey by foot will take no more than 10 to 25 minutes.
Open from 9.45am daily (365 days a year). Closed 15 minutes after the last film of the evening has commenced .
Tickets can be bought online or at the cinema.
Feature Films - $28.50 (adult), $20.50 (child 3 - 15 years) and $24.50 (concession)
45 Minute Documentary Films - $19.50 (adult), $15 (child 3 - 15 years) and $17 (concession)
Feature Films - $63 (1 adult + 2 child), $81 (2 adult + 2 child) and $16.50 (additional child)
45 Minute Documentary Films - $47 (1 adult + 2 child), $58 (2 adult + 2 child) and $11 (additional child)
The film on our cinema menu was Flying Monsters 3D, written and narrated by David Attenborough. The film was distributed by National Geographic.
We chose our session time during the week at 5pm. The cinema was not full; there was plenty of room to stretch out.
We did try to attend a weekend session for the same film at 12pm, buying tickets on the day, however the session was booked out.
Having bought our tickets online Amity and I were able to cruise straight through the ticketing foyer, past the candy bar to the ticket usher where we were issued with our 3D goggles (regular 3D glasses to not work at Imax. The glasses they provide are much bigger).
We entered the cinema at the bottom of the screen.
The seating is setup in a similar style to a traditional cinema, however the curved rows of seats are positioned at a much steeper angle.
They are not terraced in anyway, nor are there any access stairs to the rows of chairs other than at the sides of the cinema.
The screen is square shaped and really is huge. When seeing a 3D film the giant screen fills the huge 3D glasses. It's like your head is in the film.
The vision and the sound combine to make a pretty incredible cinematic experience. Amity said she began to feel light headed, when an animated sequence of the film went inside a huge pterosaur bone, and zoomed in and around all the parts to show the inside.
The film was really interesting. It covered the evolution of the pterosaurs including,
The film switched between animation of the pterosaurs, interview sequences with experts, and to worldwide fossil locations to describe these creatures.
The running time of the film was 45 minutes. It was so enjoyable I felt it ended too soon.
That being said, after the film, Amity said that she is not sure if she would be able to watch a whole feature film at the Imax. And also that she has friends who have done so, and have said it is a bit too much for one film.
I for one though am game to give it a try! I will be going back to the Imax cinema.
For further information, including the latest films showing at the theatre, please visit the Imax Cinema website.
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