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'Polar Express' Makes Cinematic History as World's First Feature Film in IMAX 3D
IMAX
November 1, 2004

THE POLAR EXPRESS: AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE MAKES CINEMATIC HISTORY AS THE WORLD'S FIRST HOLLYWOOD FEATURE FILM IN IMAX® 3D

Widest Worldwide IMAX Digitally Re-Mastered Release Tickets are on Sale Now at Select IMAX® Theatres Opening Starting November 10th

Los Angeles, California, November 1, 2004 -- Warner Bros. Pictures will release The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience, the first Hollywood full-length feature ever converted into IMAX® 3D, beginning Wednesday, November 10th. The highly anticipated film is the widest worldwide release ever for an IMAX digitally re-mastered movie, with more than 70 IMAX® Theatres opening the film simultaneously with the 35mm release. This breakthrough in filmmaking combines innovative Performance Capture technology, state-of-the-art CGI and the magic of IMAX 3D technology. The resulting 3D images enable audiences to experience the adventure, drama and emotion of The Polar Express with the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®. With IMAX 3D, images virtually leap off the IMAX screen with a blend of realism and fantasy unlike anything seen before.

"The Polar Express is the perfect match for the depth and visual impact of IMAX 3D," says Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. "Every scene is dazzlingly vivid and cast on a grand scale. As filmgoers ourselves, we're very excited and proud to offer this state-of-the-art theatrical experience to audiences through our continuing partnership with IMAX. The fact that The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience is the widest IMAX digitally re-mastered release to-date is testament to the excitement building around this spectacular holiday film."

The Polar Express has undergone a process by which the conventional 2D, computer-generated film is converted into 3D and then digitally re-mastered into IMAX's larger than life format using IMAX DMR® technology. Once the IMAX DMR process is complete, the film format for The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience will be 10 times larger than its original. With special IMAX 3D glasses, the movie appears to have depth beyond and in front of the screen -- adding to the already stunning visual clarity. When combined with the more than 12,000 watts of digital surround sound in IMAX theatres, moviegoers to The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience are guaranteed an immersive and extraordinary cinematic experience.

The Academy Award®-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Cast Away) reunite for this inspiring holiday adventure based on the classic Caldecott Medal-winning children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience will be playing at the following IMAX 3D Theatres, unless otherwise noted:

Opening November 10, 2004

UNITED STATES

California
Cathedral City -- Desert IMAX Theatre
Dublin -- Regal Hacienda Crossings IMAX
Irvine -- Edwards Irvine Spectrum IMAX
Los Angeles -- IMAX Theatre at The Bridge: cinema de lux
Los Angeles -- Universal CityWalk IMAX Theatre
Ontario -- Edwards Ontario Palace IMAX
San Francisco -- Loews IMAX Theatre at Metreon
San Jose -- Hackworth IMAX DOME Theatre, The Tech Museum of Innovation
Santa Clarita -- Edwards Valencia IMAX

Colorado
Colorado Springs -- Cinemark IMAX Theatre at Cinemark Carefree Circle
Denver -- UA Colorado Center IMAX Theatre

Connecticut
Hartford -- IMAX Theatre at Showcase Cinemas Buckland Hills

Florida
Fort Lauderdale -- Blockbuster IMAX Theater at Museum of Discovery and Science
Tampa -- Regal Channelside Cinemas IMAX

Georgia
Atlanta -- Regal Mall of Georgia IMAX

Idaho
Boise -- Edwards Boise Stadium IMAX

Illinois
Chicago -- Navy Pier IMAX Theatre
Lincolnshire -- Regal Lincolnshire IMAX
Woodridge -- Cinemark IMAX Theatre at Seven Bridges

Kentucky
Louisville -- IMAX Theatre at Showcase Cinemas Stonybrook

Massachusetts
Boston -- Simons IMAX Theatre at the New England Aquarium
Reading -- Comcast IMAX 3D Theater at Jordan's Furniture
Natick -- Comcast IMAX 3D Theater at Jordan's Furniture

Michigan
Dearborn – The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre
Grand Rapids -- IMAX Theatre at Celebration! Cinema
Lansing -- IMAX Theatre at Celebration! Cinema

Minnesota
Apple Valley -- Imation IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo

Nevada
Las Vegas -- Brenden IMAX Theatre at the Palms Casino Resort

New York
Buffalo -- Regal Transit Center IMAX
New Rochelle -- Regal New Roc City IMAX
New York -- Loews IMAX Theatre, Lincoln Square
Rochester -- Cinemark IMAX Theatre at Tinseltown USA
West Nyack -- IMAX Theatre at Palisades Center
White Plains -- IMAX Theatre at City Center: Cinema de lux

North Carolina
Raleigh -- IMAX Theatre at Exploris

Ohio
Cincinnati -- IMAX Theatre at Showcase Cinemas Springdale

Oklahoma
Tulsa -- Cinemark IMAX Theatre at The Tulsa

Pennsylvania
King of Prussia -- UA King of Prussia Stadium IMAX
Pittsburgh -- Rangos OMNIMAX Theater at Carnegie Science Center**

South Carolina
Charleston -- The Charleston IMAX Theatre at Aquarium Wharf

Tennessee
Nashville -- Regal Opry Mills IMAX

Texas
Austin -- IMAX Theater at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Dallas -- Cinemark IMAX Theatre at Cinemark 17
Houston -- Edwards Houston Marq*E IMAX
San Antonio -- IMAX Theatre San Antonio Rivercenter

Virginia
Hampton -- Riverside 3D IMAX Theater at the Virginia Air & Space Center

Washington
Seattle -- Pacific Science Center's Boeing IMAX Theater
Spokane -- Riverfront Park IMAX Theatre*

CANADA

Alberta
Calgary -- Famous Players IMAX Theatre, Paramount Chinook
Edmonton -- Famous Players IMAX Theatre, Silver City West Edmonton Mall

British Columbia
Langley -- Famous Players IMAX Theatre, Colossus Langley
Richmond -- Famous Players IMAX Theatre, SilverCity

Nova Scotia
Halifax -- Empire IMAX Theatre

Ontario
Brampton -- Famous Players IMAX Theatre, Silver City
Mississauga -- Famous Players IMAX Theatre, Coliseum Mississauga
Toronto -- Famous Players IMAX Theatre, Paramount Toronto
Woodbridge -- Famous Players IMAX Theatre, Colossus Woodbridge

Quebec
Montreal -- Famous Players IMAX Theatre, Paramount Montreal

Later Opening Dates

UNITED STATES

Indiana
Evansville -- Showplace Cinemas IMAX Theatre

EUROPE

Czech Republic
Prague -- Oskar IMAX Theatre

Poland
Warsaw -- Panasonic IMAX Theatre

Russia
Moscow -- Nescafé IMAX Theatre

Spain
Oviedo -- IMAX Yelmo Cineplex, Los Prados

United Kingdom
London -- bfi London IMAX Cinema
Bristol -- IMAX Theatre At-Bristol
Manchester -- Manchester IMAX at The Printworks

ASIA

India
Hyderabad -- Prasads IMAX Theatre
Mumbai -- IMAX Adlabs Theatre**

Japan
Tokyo -- Mercian Shinagawa IMAX Theatre

Thailand
Bangkok -- Panasonic IMAX Theatre

LATIN AMERICA

Mexico
Mexico City -- Cinepolis Perisur IMAX Theatre

* IMAX 2D Theatre
** IMAX 2D Dome Theatre

Check local listings or IMAX.com for additional theatres, showtimes and opening dates.

About IMAX Corporation
Founded in 1967, IMAX Corporation is one of the world's leading entertainment technology companies. IMAX's businesses include the creation and delivery of the world's best cinematic presentations using proprietary IMAX and IMAX 3D technology, and the development of the highest quality digital production and presentation. IMAX has developed revolutionary technology called IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) that makes it possible for virtually any 35mm film to be transformed into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience. The IMAX brand is recognized throughout the world for extraordinary and immersive family entertainment experiences. As of September 30, 2004, there were more than 235 IMAX theatres operating in 35 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR® and The IMAX Experience® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information can be found at www.imax.com.


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