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Where To See 'The Dark Knight Rises' In True, 70mm IMAX; Plus Even More New Photos

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by Kevin Jagernauth
July 16, 2012 11:42 AM
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There's a storm coming, and it's the audiences who will be packing theaters and lining up around the block this weekend for "The Dark Knight Rises." By now, you likely already have your ticket, but if you don't, here's a little handy guide of where to go see the film in full, glorious IMAX with 70mm projection. But, wait -- why is this a big deal?

As you already know, Christopher Nolan is a big advocate of the large format, shooting some sequences in "The Dark Knight" that utilized the full scale and scope that IMAX screens have to offer. But with "The Dark Knight Rises" he's upped the ante, with about an hour of footage -- roughly a third of the running time -- going big and huge. And while the discussion of IMAX diluting their brand with their smaller, IMAX-branded theaters that are nothing like the experience of seeing it on a screen that is a true 72 feet high (let Aziz Ansari explain) is best left for another day, we're sorted out which ones offer the true, real deal screening room you'll be looking for. In short, if it's not 70mm, you're getting a 35mm or digital print.

As expected, "The Dark Knight Rises" is nothing short of a triumph -- read our spoiler-free review here -- and delivers the epic finale we've been long waiting for. So before you go this Friday, check out the list below and we'd recommend booking an IMAX ticket if there is a big screen anywhere near you. Theaters below and new photos via Entertainment Weekly on page two.

Full Size IMAX Theaters With 70mm Projection - USA, Canada & U.K.

USA

Alabama
McWane Science Center Imax, Birmingham
U.S. Space & Rocket Center Imax, Huntsville

Arizona
Harkins Arizona Mills Imax, Tempe (Phoenix)

California
AMC Universal Citywalk Imax, Universal City
Rave Imax, Westchester (Los Angeles)
Edwards Irvine Spectrum Imax, Irvine
Edwards Ontario Palace Imax, Ontario
Desert Imax, Cathedral City (Palm Springs)
AMC Metreon Imax, San Francisco
Regal Hacienda Crossings Imax, Dublin (San Francisco)
Tech Museum Hackworth Imax, San Jose
Esquire Imax, Sacramento
Edwards Fresno Imax, Fresno

Colorado
UA Colorado Center Imax, Denver
Cinemark Carefree Circle Imax, Colorado Springs

Connecticut
Rave Buckland Hills Imax, Manchester (New Haven)

Florida
Autonation Imax, Ft Lauderdale
Regal Pointe Orlando Imax, Orlando
Museum of Science & Industry Imax, Tampa

Georgia
Regal Mall of Georgia Imax, Buford (Atlanta)

Idaho
Edwards Boise Imax, Boise

Illinois
Navy Pier Imax, Chicago
Cinemark @ Seven Bridges Imax, Woodridge (Chicago)
Regal Lincolnshire Stadium Imax, Lincolnshire (Chicago)

Indiana
Indiana State Museum Imax, Indianapolis

Iowa
Blank Imax, Des Moines

Massachusetts
Comcast Imax, Reading (Boston)
Comcast Imax, Natick (Boston)

Michigan
Henry Ford Imax, Dearborn
Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids North IMAX, Grand Rapids

Minnesota
Great Clips Imax, Apple Valley (Minneapolis)

Missouri
St Louis Science Center Imax, St Louis
Discovery Imax, Branson
Wehrenberg Ronnies Imax, St Louis

Nebraska
AMC Star Cinema Imax, Council Bluffs (Omaha)

Nevada
Brenden Palms Imax, Las Vegas

New Jersey
Liberty Science Center Imax, Jersey City
Tropicana Imax, Atlantic City

New York
AMC Loews Lincoln Square Imax, New York
Palisades Imax, West Nyack
Regal New Roc Imax, New Rochelle
Cinemark Tinseltown USA Imax, Rochester

North Carolina
Discovery Place Imax, Charlotte

Ohio
IMAX Theater at Patriot Park, Columbus

Oklahoma
Cinemark Imax, Tulsa

Pennsylvania
Tuttleman Imax, Philadelphia
UA King of Prussia Imax, King of Prussia
Carnegie Science Center Rangos Omnimax, Pittsburgh
Cinemark Pittsburgh Mills Imax, Tarentum (Pittsburgh)
Whitaker Center Imax, Harrisburg

Rhode Island
Providence Place Imax, Providence

Tennessee
Regal Opry Mills Imax, Nashville

Texas
Cinemark Imax, Dallas
Omni Imax, Ft Worth
Edwards Houston Marq*e Imax, Houston
Santikos Silverado Imax, Tomball (Houston)
Bob Bullock Imax, Austin
Rivercenter Imax, San Antonio
Santikos Palladium Imax, San Antonio

Virginia
Udvar Hazy Imax, Chantilly
Virginia Marine Science Museum Imax, Virginia Beach

Washington
Boeing Science Center Imax, Seattle

Washington DC
Samuel C. Johnson Imax, Washington DC
Lockheed Martin Imax, Washington DC

Wisconsin
AMC Star Imax, Fitchburg (Madison)

CANADA

Scotiabank Chinook Imax, Calgary
Scotiabank Imax, Edmonton
Colossus Langley Imax, Langley (Vancouver)
SilverCity Riverport Imax, Richmond (Vancouver)
Portage Place Imax, Winnipeg
Empire Theatres at Bayers Lake Imax, Halifax
Scotiabank Imax, Toronto
Coliseum Mississauga Imax, Mississauga (Toronto)
Colossus Vaughan Imax, Woodbridge-Vaughan (Toronto)
SilverCity Gloucester Imax, Gloucester (Ottawa)
Canadian Museum Imax, Hull (Ottawa)
Cinema Banque Scotia Imax, Montreal
Imax Theatre, Quebec City
Kramer Imax Regina

UNITED KINGDOM

Bradford - National Media Museum
London - BFI London IMAX Cinema, British Film Institute
London - Science Museum
Manchester - Odeon, The Printworks

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59 Comments

  • Phil | November 10, 2012 1:17 PMReply

    You can add -- the Regal Transit Theater in lancaster, NY (buffalo)

  • Patrick | September 4, 2012 1:03 PMReply

    Rave Buckland Hills Imax, Manchester (New Haven) in Connecticut is not true IMAX! It is apart of the Rave Motion Pictures theater chain whose IMAX is fake IMAX. Don't be conned out of your money! I live in south-west Connecticut and the nearest theater that houses a true IMAX screen to me is just over the border in New Rochelle, New York; Regal New Roc IMAX. It's about an hour drive and it's completely worth it.

  • Peter | August 20, 2012 2:31 PMReply

    Can you confirm that the Regal Dublin is true 70mm film? I called them a few months ago about their IMAX screen, and they said it was digital. Could it be that they converted it back to film?

  • Tony | May 30, 2013 5:45 AM

    The Regal/Dublin is no longer showing IMAX in 70mm format. I went a long time between visits. Dec 2009 for Avatar was 70mm. The big giveaway is that the movie just started, there are no 70mm trailers. I returned in 2012 May, to see Avengers. Yes it's digital, but it's amazing. I'm sure it's dual 4K projectors as I'm not aware of anything with more resolution. It's nothing close to what medium format film can resolve, but it looked fantastic and MUCH brighter than 70mm IMAX. thumbs up. Haven't been to the remodeled Metreon in SF yet.

  • Roraigh | August 10, 2012 4:52 PMReply

    so i have a gripe. i realy whant to get see TDKR in 70mm but as im in the uk in the south my only option is to travel over 3 hours to london to see it. or scarifies the 70 for 35 and travel 2o min. why cant imax have more 70 mm sites its outrageous . the us prity much has at least 4 in each state and we in the uk have 4 across the whole country. i concede that the us is bigger and its probaly works out the same but i dont feel that way. is it worth traveling over 3 hours and spending twice the price of the imax ticket just to get there or just go to the local and miss out. ?

  • MrRHomie | July 23, 2012 11:46 AMReply

    Not all IMAX digital is bad. I live in Baton Rouge and went to the Mall of Louisiana IMAX Digital to see The dark knight rises. At first I was worried because I heard IMAX digital was alot smaller than 70 mm. Nonetheless I walk in the theater and the screen was huge. I also went to the opry mills IMAX in Tennessee, and from what I remember the size of the 2 screens were pretty similar. It all depends on the specific theater.

  • mrrhomie | July 23, 2012 11:56 AM

    Also it was $6.50 cheaper at mall of louisiana than at opry mills because of the stupid reserved seating rule at opry mills

  • SK | July 22, 2012 1:44 AMReply

    You should warn people that some of the theatres listed are dome, and with the dome comes an EXTREMELY distorted image. I agree that this film should be seen in true IMAX, but the dome ones are no good for Hollywood features... like this one.

  • Reticuli | July 20, 2012 2:41 AMReply

    He should have just shot it in normal 70mm, or better yet, in MV48. True Imax installs are fairly rare to find in the world, but there are many times that number of conventional 70mm projectors still stored in theaters. And MV48, a 35mm standard with digital, liquid crystal and compressed air shutters, is such a cheap and quantum leap in film technology compared to Imax and these stupid digital installations. It's like, what, $15,000 for a MV 35mm projector head, and it makes ALL film reels look much better and reduces dirt and film damage over multiple playings compared to mechanical heads and shutters? And the cameras are no bigger than a standard 35mm one. Why are theaters, directors, and DPs not demanding this be the next standard instead of inferior digital or far out, expensive, and rarified Imax 15/70? Stupid.

  • Mike | July 21, 2012 4:56 PM

    I assume MV48 is the format Peter Jackson used for Hobbit. 35mm at 48 FPS. Do you have links to comparisons? CP65 cameras shot 65mm/70mm at 60 FPS for eye popping results. I have not seen the MV48 format. Algorithmically it makes sense but then "the eye of the beholder". Waiting for the Hobbit. Watching Dark Knight tonight in 70mm projection. Oh Yeah.

  • Ian | July 19, 2012 6:50 AMReply

    Here's an accurate list of what is what format. "1570" on this list is true IMAX.

    Can you remove Halifax, Nova Scotia from the list. They switched to Digital only about a year ago.
    Everything else on the list is identified as "1570" and is "True IMAX"

  • John | July 18, 2012 7:12 PMReply

    IMAX @ GLASGOW SCIENCE CENTRE is the real deal also.

  • Paul | July 18, 2012 5:05 AMReply

    Santikos Palladium IMAX in San Antonio is NOT a real IMAX. Rivercenter IMAX is the only location in San Antonio to deliver the true IMAX experience (70mm) in town. Rivercenter IMAX showed the TDKR prologue before MI4 several months ago. I had to go to the Palladium IMAX in 2008 to watch TDK because the Rivercenter IMAX wasn't showing it. Check out their websites to see that the Rivercenter IMAX is ONLY real IMAX experience in San Antonio.

  • Andrew | July 17, 2012 7:27 PMReply

    The Bayers Lake IMAX theatre in Halifax, Canada is no longer a 70mm IMAX theatre. It was converted to digital in June 2011.

  • Andrew | September 17, 2012 7:11 PM

    Just to follow up, it turns out that they reinstalled their 70mm IMAX SR projector just to show Dark Knight Rises, and it was glorious!

  • Adam | July 17, 2012 6:00 PMReply

    The CT location (which is in Manchester, CT -- not New Haven) is a LIEMAX.

  • Nick | July 17, 2012 12:12 PMReply

    The Norwalk Aquarium in IMAX is 70mm -- and a great theater!

  • CyberG4 | July 17, 2012 1:24 AMReply

    Sorry but the Scotiabank theatres in Edmonton and Calgary have been changed to digital projectors. Don't ask me why anyone would replace a beautiful 70mm IMAX projector for digital. Someone who obviously doesn't care about cinema I guess.

  • Riley | August 1, 2013 1:07 PM

    I know this is late, but just for the sake of proper information the IMAX at West Edmonton Mall is Dual Projection. It can show 70mm films as well as digital ones.

  • paul | July 17, 2012 1:05 AMReply

    I don't think there are 15/70 imax thaeters in ohio. I looked up the imax at patriot park, and it looks like it is in columbus, georgia... not ohio. Damn

  • paul | July 17, 2012 1:08 AM

    sorry bout the 5 posts there. I think I hit submit a few too many times ha

  • paul | July 17, 2012 1:05 AMReply

    I don't think there are 15/70 imax thaeters in ohio. I looked up the imax at patriot park, and it looks like it is in columbus, georgia... not ohio. Damn

  • paul | July 17, 2012 1:05 AMReply

    I don't think there are 15/70 imax thaeters in ohio. I looked up the imax at patriot park, and it looks like it is in columbus, georgia... not ohio. Damn

  • paul | July 17, 2012 1:05 AMReply

    I don't think there are 15/70 imax thaeters in ohio. I looked up the imax at patriot park, and it looks like it is in columbus, georgia... not ohio. Damn

  • paul | July 17, 2012 1:05 AMReply

    I don't think there are 15/70 imax thaeters in ohio. I looked up the imax at patriot park, and it looks like it is in columbus, georgia... not ohio. Damn

  • David | July 16, 2012 10:53 PMReply

    The following article: http://wearemoviegeeks.com/2011/04/ronnies-20-imax-goes-digital-this-friday-with-fast-five/ states that the Ronnie's Theater in St. Louis, MO is not real IMAX. The article says the screen has been converted to DIGITAL and that the screen is 30 feet tall by 55 feet wide.

  • Andrew | July 16, 2012 4:52 PMReply

    Got my tickets to see it at Lincoln Center in NYC this Saturday. Super excited!

  • JM | July 16, 2012 4:04 PMReply

    The Dark Knight Rises is not playing at the Telus World of Science in Edmonton. The only location it's available in IMAX(not true 70mm) is at the Scotiabank Theatre in West Edmonton Mall.

  • Riley | August 1, 2013 1:09 PM

    IMAX in West Edmonton Mall is true 70mm. The screen is the same size as the one at the Telus World of Science.

  • Kevin | July 16, 2012 4:10 PM

    Yep, amended.

  • WRT | July 16, 2012 3:31 PMReply

    The Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton, VA is also showing it in 70mm IMAX. Check here: http://www.vasc.org/imax/showtimes_july20%20-%20July%2026.html

  • Kevin | July 16, 2012 3:36 PM

    That theater screens from digital, not print: http://www.vasc.org/imax/nowshowing.html

  • jd | July 16, 2012 2:48 PMReply

    Hamilton 16 is not full-sized. The State Museum in downtown Indianapolis is the only full sized IMAX in Indiana.

  • whatt | July 16, 2012 2:23 PMReply

    What about the whitaker center in harrisburg, pa? It's 65 ft tall isn't imax also 65mm?? Plus it was on this list to see the prologue on mission impossible 4 in true imax?

  • sjvp | July 16, 2012 1:21 PMReply

    What about the Giant Screen in Birmingham Uk?

  • Dewsterling | July 16, 2012 1:00 PMReply

    The Cannery Row theater is not IMAX. It's XD.

  • Retiree | July 16, 2012 12:59 PMReply

    Monterey, CA's Cannery Row theater is Cinemark XD now. Isn't that the same as the "fake" IMAX Digital?

  • Mel | July 16, 2012 12:55 PMReply

    Hamilton 16 IMAX in Noblesville, IN is 70mm, so should be a full-sized screen as well.

  • Alonso | July 16, 2012 12:51 PMReply

    The New Orleans location isn't screening TDKR... it's an aquarium.

  • Will Dearborn | July 16, 2012 12:42 PMReply

    The OMNI IMAX at the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History *will* be screening The Dark Knight Rises in all it's 70mm glory. You should add it to the list. http://www.fwmuseum.org/

  • Ben | July 16, 2012 12:41 PMReply

    Michigan list is also incorrect. RC (Rave Cinemas) Ann Arbor 20 is also a digital IMAX and therefore not a true 15/70.

    The official website for the film seems to actually have a better list: http://www.thedarkknightrises.com/imax.html

  • J | July 16, 2012 12:29 PMReply

    Wait, Austin - Bob Bullock. Is that not a 70mm display? I don't think this list is complete.

  • SydneyBlue120d | July 16, 2012 12:25 PMReply

    Well, one of the largest screen in the world is in Italy, the famous Sala Energia at Arcadia Melzo
    http://www.arcadiacinema.com/index.php?id_menu=32 boosting a 30mt X 16.50mt (nearly 500mq!) and is running a couple of stacked Christie 4K DLP Projectors. Personally I'd prefer a Sony SXRD 4K screen however: While much smaller, the image quality is much better than DLP or 70mm.

  • The D | July 20, 2012 6:29 PM

    The image quality from a 4K projector is in NO WAY comparable to 15/70mm film. Do your homework

  • swell | July 16, 2012 12:16 PMReply

    Wichita claims to have the largest IMAX in the country, but it's digital. So, if the digital "print" is pulled from a 70 mm source, why is it getting short shrift from Nolan and Co. (the 8 minute preview from several months didnt screen here)? Actual question, if you have the time. Is the image fidelity really taking a shot? A quick google search will show its not exactly a "baby IMAX"... http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/print-edition/2010/12/24/worlds-largest-imax-screen-well-maybe.html

  • gaston213 | July 16, 2012 12:16 PMReply

    You should also add the Bob Bullock IMAX in Austin. It's a true 70mm IMAX (the only real IMAX in Austin)

    I only point that out because they have almost stopped running remastered 35mm "IMAX experience" films because AMC and Regal's fake imax screens have cannibalized their business.

    http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/the_museum/about_the_imax_theatre.html

  • Sean Young | July 16, 2012 12:02 PMReply

    You can add Regal Opry Mills 20 & IMAX - Nashville TN to that list.

  • Matt | July 16, 2012 11:58 AMReply

    The Bob Bullock IMAX Theater in Austin, Texas will be playing this in 70mm IMAX.

  • Bryant | July 16, 2012 11:57 AMReply

    I take that back -- New Rochelle may be for real. Apologies to the good people of New Rochelle, as I've never been to your IMAX Theater.

  • John Kinsella | July 16, 2012 11:57 AMReply

    No MD, VA, or DC? WTF?

  • cory everett | July 16, 2012 12:07 PM

    The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located in Chantilly, Virginia is true 70mm IMAX. Screen is a good size too. http://airandspace.si.edu/visit/theaters/uhc/

  • Bryant | July 16, 2012 11:53 AMReply

    Yeah, this list is no good. Neither of the two theaters listed in Westchester County (White Plains, NY and New Rochelle, NY) is 15/70 IMAX, although the one right across the Hudson in West Nyack is the real deal.

  • John | July 16, 2012 11:51 AMReply

    you're actually wrong on your Pennsylvania list. The Tarentum IMAX is Fake-IMAX. The screen was converted to IMAX digital on 3/11/2011. so this is fake IMAX.

  • JOHN | July 16, 2012 12:44 PM

    Well I'm taking no chances as I'm driving 2 hours to catch this. Going to Carnegie Science Museum for the four-story IMAX Dome Theater. One of only 50 theaters of its kind in North America. It was selected to show the prologue so I know it's a legit option...

  • Jack | July 16, 2012 12:10 PM

    Actually, the Tarentum IMAX is in fact converting to 70mm IMAX just for the movie. Normally, you're correct, it's Digital IMAX, but I recently contacted them and they are in fact converting to 70mm just for Dark Knight Rises. I checked on the official website of Dark Knight Rises and it too listed as Tarentum to see 70mm IMAX. Plus the screen is full IMAX so that's pretty awesome.

  • JOHN | July 16, 2012 11:53 AM

    see here for a more helpful list:
    http://www.lfexaminer.com/ImaxMapUS.htm
    be sure that you’re paying for a genuine IMAX experience.

  • J. Warner | July 16, 2012 11:51 AMReply

    ... Wait, Oregon doesn't have one true, full-size IMAX screen?

  • db | July 16, 2012 12:17 PM

    I think the one at OMSI would qualify as full-size IMAX but it doesn't look like it's playing there.

  • haydude | July 16, 2012 12:05 PM

    No, Oregon doesn't and its a real shame- driving to Washington to see it in its full glory..

    This list is a little suspect- I am going by this one -

    http://www.thedarkknightrises.com/imax.html

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