Star Wars: The Force Awakens – IMAX Presentation Details

By Vahn


There are four months until “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” hits theaters and IMAX. Yes, I said it; the film will be released in the world’s most immersive movie experience. For me, being a film student and a film addict, and for majority of hard-core moviegoers, seeing the film at its first showing in IMAX is a no-brainer. I see every film I can in the IMAX Experience; weather it’s converted or shot with IMAX cameras. JJ Abrams, Director of “The Force Awakens” has shot a huge action scene with the 70MM IMAX camera; the scene is most likely the escape from Jakku, hence an IMAX camera was seen during the Abu-Dhabi shoot. I can confirm that it is that scene because last November when the first teaser was released in IMAX theaters, I saw a 70MM IMAX film presentation where the first shot of the Millennium Falcon had the entire eight story tall IMAX screen filled from top to bottom. Let me tell you when a film is shot in the native IMAX format, no other presentation will ever compare to it’s crystal clear image and jaw dropping Full Screen imagery.

I was invited by my local IMAX theatre to help install “The Force Awakens” in the IMAX projector a week upon release and I was given the complete specs of the presentation. Here are the details for what one can expect from the “true’ IMAX experience of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.

  • The theaters that house a “true” eight story tall IMAX screen will present the film in actual 70MM film reel; presenting the 70MM shot scenes in its full screen glory.
  • There will be two 70MM prints running through the IMAX projector to have the film play in IMAX 3D; rest assured it’s not the gimmick post converted 3D. It’s what IMAX was founded on, showcasing the best and most immersive 3D ever.
  • The 70MM IMAX presentation will not play at the “gimmick” shrunk IMAX theaters. Those will showcase the standard Digital IMAX converted format.
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Look below for the comparisons between standard widescreen shot to a 70MM IMAX frame.

Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 8.47.46 AM Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 8.47.58 AM Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 8.48.07 AM Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 8.48.15 AMSo there you have it. A complete lowdown of what to expect this December when “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” hits IMAX theaters worldwide. I know I will be there at the first showing! Also here is a small tidbit of information I have heard about ticket presales from multiple theaters. Expect “The Force Awakens” ticket presale around late September to mid October. I have had two theater managers relay that information to me. The release information is coming in hot! The “Force” is approaching quickly.

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Update: Here is a handy bit of info for finding true IMAX theaters rather than the tiny ones that IMAX certified or whatever: