Tikahtnu Commons Stadium 16 & IMAX

1102 North Muldoon Road,
Anchorage, AK 99506

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Regal Entertainment’s new theatre opening in 2010.

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CSWalczak on June 9, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Anyone who has seen genuine, authentic IMAX can tell. As other posters have noted, whether you call them IMAX digital, IMAX-lite, Lie-MAX, or fake IMAX, in most cases these Regal IMAX screens are just bigger-than-average screens that use digital projectors from the IMAX Corp. Classic IMAX screens are several stories tall and (at least originally) projected only 15 perf/70mm film running horizontally.

I don’t think this would be as irritating to those of us who see this as a degradation or misuse of the IMAX brand if only IMAX and the theater chains with which they have agreements would use a name that did not suggest that these were classic IMAX installations. Surely some marketing guru could have come up with something. Competing chains have come with their own proprietary names for similar big screens, such as Consolidated’s Titan XC screens and AMC’s ETX screens. An additional annoyance here is that most of these big screens are not any larger than many of the screens installed in the classic roadshow days or in single screen houses built in 1960s. But many of these “experiences” now require a premium-priced ticket and many of these big screens do not have proper masking for all screen ratios which results in a cropped image in some cases.

John Fink
John Fink on June 9, 2010 at 9:18 pm

To be fair my local Regal has a genuine IMAX built before the push to retrofit (Transit Center 18, Williamsville/Buffalo, NY) – they exist but the retrofits has taken over. My major objection to this theater and I hope I’m wrong (I probably won’t have an occasion to be in Anchorage, AK to see it in person, but then again stranger things have happened) – is that it looks to be a new retrofit. There are a few pictures online at:

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Okay – so first clue – no “cliff” the way in classic IMAX theaters the audience is elevated from the street (there is a drop off between the first row and the screen). Second clue if you look at the photos – the theater that may actually be the IMAX auditorium is the same height as its neighbor across the lobby. The are also pictures of the IMAX auditorium as well, but those can be misleading.

Man I hope I’m wrong on all counts, but this looks like it was an afterthought which is a shame. IMAX should be the star attraction and it should be larger than life! It should be included in the early planning stages and these auditoriums should be larger than life monsters that aren’t comparable in size to other auditoriums.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 10, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Thanks CWalczak and JohnJ.Fink. Guess one day i will have flop down 12 bucks to see the IMAX movie.

TLSLOEWS on June 10, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Try it Mike you might like it.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 10, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Yeah, but i think what we have here is an IMAX rip off.We don’t have no seven story screen like C Walczak was writing about.Atlanta would have it,but not here.

CSWalczak on June 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm

I did not want to suggest that these faux-IMAX installations can’t be an enjoyable place to see a film. My objection, and that of others, is to call them IMAX is misleading.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 10, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Thanks Cwalczak,I am sure the Regal here is using some type of Imax.I guess i have seen it at Disney World or Universal Studios while visiting those parks and probably did not realize it.

CSWalczak on June 10, 2010 at 6:54 pm

MR, the IMAX technology used at Universal and some other locales,is, in most cases, a variation of their OMNIMAX installations which requires a domed screen and a fisheye projection lens. Let me refer you to the IMAX entry on Wikipedia, as we are getting way off topic here.

dickneeds111 on July 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm

To Mike R. I believe that this may be a legal IMAX. If what I read is right the screen is 70'x40'. Most retrofit theatres are only about 40-45; wide. We have 3 real Imax theatres and 1 Omnimax here in the Boston area. We also have several retrofit Imax and some Regal RPX.Also if you are only plopping down $12.00 that is cheap. By the way IMAX real or otherwise is not worth all that money. I would rather see them bring back Cinerama and Todd A O and other 70mm formats.

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