Sunday, August 17, 2008

IMAX Is the Way to Go, I'm Telling You

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 8/17/2008 No comments
Exactly a month ago, I blogged about how you should "Experience Movies Differently In Charlotte," with one of those ways being the IMAX Dome Theatre at Discovery Place in uptown. Well, yesterday I took my own advice and went to see Dark Knight at the IMAX. My brother and I took our three nephews (ages 9, 11, and 12) and my girlfriend met us there. None of us had seen Dark Knight yet. I'm glad we saw it there.

The reason I'm on here talking about IMAX again is because I don't hear enough people, at least not my friends, talking about it. When most speak of going to the movies they usually talk about going to one of the AMC theaters on South Boulevard, at Concord Mills or Northlake malls, or one of the other multiplexes around town. Those are all fine and dandy and show a large variety of movies so it usually makes most sense to go to the one nearest you. IMAX only shows one mainstream film at a time (the other two that play are usually science or history films, often coinciding with an exhibit at Discovery Place).

It felt like he was looking at me.

So you don't have a whole lot of options at IMAX, but if you were planning to see Dark Knight, I promise you would have enjoyed it more there. (I'm speaking in past tense because many of you have likely seen it already. It spent four weeks as the number one movie in the country until Tropic Thunder knocked it off this weekend.) The three-story screen, which hovers above you, makes you feel as if you're in the movie. And that's a great experience for an action-packed movie like Dark Knight.

I'm not sure what the next movie to show at the IMAX will be. One of them probably would've been Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, originally scheduled to be released November 21, but on Thursday Warner Bros. announced it would be moving the release date to next summer. (Click here to read how that move left Entertainment Weekly with egg on its face).

So my point is, do yourself a favor and put the IMAX theater on your radar from now on. I want to see more people my age there instead of throngs of kids like the ones who sat behind us kicking the seat (we went in the afternoon, so I'm sure the night showings have more adults).


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