Record Number of IMAX booked for Cameron’s Avatar

Playing at IMAX des Galeries de la Capitale December 18




James Cameron’s sci-fi epic AVATAR(2009). photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox


IMAX Corporation and Twentieth Century Fox today announced that James Cameron's Avatar will open in 178 IMAX(R) theatres domestically on December 18, 2009, simultaneously with the motion picture's premiere in conventional theatres. The IMAX(R) 3D release will also open in 83 IMAX theatres internationally starting on December 16th, for a total of 261 theatres, making this the Company's widest release to date.

Avatar is directed and written by Academy Award Winner James Cameron and starsSam Worthington,Zoe Saldana,Stephen Lang,Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver. Avatar has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience(R).

"Our goal with Avatar is to revolutionize live-action 3D movie making, and it looks and sounds incredible in IMAX 3D," said director James Cameron.

"The larger field of view and powerful surround sound of an IMAX theatre will immerse the audience in a way that cannot be experienced anywhere else."
"This movie represents the essence of The IMAX Experience, which is to transport people to places they normally couldn't go," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "Moviegoers can experience this movie in IMAX 3D in more theatres than ever before, and we're already seeing strong pre-sales and sold out shows beyond opening weekend."

"James Cameronis a genius filmmaker. His vision and 3D expertise has made Avatar a natural fit for IMAX," addedGreg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "Every aspect of this film was meticulously designed for 3D, so when audiences experience this revolutionary film in an IMAX 3D theatre, they will feel as if they are actually IN the movie."

Avatar is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. More than ten years in the making, Avatar marks Cameron's return to feature directing since helming 1997's Titanic, the highest grossing film of all time and winner of eleven Oscars(r) including Best Picture. WETA Digital, renowned for its work in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and King Kong, will incorporate new intuitive CGI technologies to transform the environments and characters into photo realistic 3D imagery that will transport the audience into the alien world rich with imaginative vistas, creatures and characters.

Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience is scheduled beginning December 18th at the IMAX Theatre, Quebec City - IMAX des Galeries de la Capitale 418-624-4629 .

It is unclear if this film will be presented in English with French subtitles at press time. Please call Theatre first. 418-624-4629