IMAX is going - but would you have used it?

Bournemouth Echo: IMAX is going - but would you have used it? IMAX is going - but would you have used it?

SO it’s bye bye IMAX. The cinema, which opened its doors in 2002 for less than a year, is to be demolished with work due to start in September.

Bournemouth council dismissed the option to reopen the controversial cinema – but would you have used it?

This summer Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises will contain the most IMAX footage ever for a Hollywood feature, with over one hour’s worth.

The film, which is released July 20, was shot using an IMAX camera and an article on The Wall Street Journal just recently highlighted how studios are clamouring to get their films showed in IMAX theatres.

The Dark Knight Rises is the third instalment in Nolan’s Batman series and has already become one of the most anticipated films of the year after the trailer clocked up a record 12.5million downloads on iTunes in 24 hours when it was unleashed last year.

While Ridley Scott’s upcoming space odyssey Prometheus will be released in IMAX 3D when it lands on June 8. You can see the trailers here

Were we too far ahead of our time? Is it a missed opportunity now we want bigger and better cinematic experiences? Tell us what you think below.

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10:22am Fri 27 Apr 12

bmthtony says...

Yes I definately would have used it, lots of the recent big block busters have been released and shown in Imax format. Take a look at the BFI Imax at Waterloo, it is successful and has regular movies showing all the time. Bournemouth for once was ahead of its time, now unfortunately due to narrow sighted council we will be bak in the dark ages!
Yes I definately would have used it, lots of the recent big block busters have been released and shown in Imax format. Take a look at the BFI Imax at Waterloo, it is successful and has regular movies showing all the time. Bournemouth for once was ahead of its time, now unfortunately due to narrow sighted council we will be bak in the dark ages! bmthtony

11:00am Fri 27 Apr 12

ScottL says...

Definitely would have used it. It closed at a time when IMAX wasn't really used in mainstream films, now that it is, it's typical that it's getting knocked down.
Definitely would have used it. It closed at a time when IMAX wasn't really used in mainstream films, now that it is, it's typical that it's getting knocked down. ScottL

11:35am Fri 27 Apr 12

jobsworthwatch says...

But its still an ugly building and in completely the wrong place; an appalling planning decision in the first instance.
But its still an ugly building and in completely the wrong place; an appalling planning decision in the first instance. jobsworthwatch

3:45pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Suedehead says...

We can't turn the clock back so the current position is that there is a building capable of showing IMAX films in Bournemouth. Given a choice between using the current building for it original purpose or having no IMAX cinema at all - and no prospect of one - I would opt for the former.

There is no doubt that building an IMAX cinema when very few suitable films were available was a massive risk and one which has proved very costly. However, if the will had been there, Bournemouth could have been able to exploit the recent demand for the format.
We can't turn the clock back so the current position is that there is a building capable of showing IMAX films in Bournemouth. Given a choice between using the current building for it original purpose or having no IMAX cinema at all - and no prospect of one - I would opt for the former. There is no doubt that building an IMAX cinema when very few suitable films were available was a massive risk and one which has proved very costly. However, if the will had been there, Bournemouth could have been able to exploit the recent demand for the format. Suedehead

4:52pm Fri 27 Apr 12

kjr234 says...

jobsworthwatch wrote:
But its still an ugly building and in completely the wrong place; an appalling planning decision in the first instance.
Totally agree, an Imax cinema can go anywhere and we're talking about a prime location on Bournemouth seafront.
The Imax isn't exactly a tourist attraction and whatever goes in it's place should be aimed at visitors.
[quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: But its still an ugly building and in completely the wrong place; an appalling planning decision in the first instance.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, an Imax cinema can go anywhere and we're talking about a prime location on Bournemouth seafront. The Imax isn't exactly a tourist attraction and whatever goes in it's place should be aimed at visitors. kjr234

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