IMAX enables you to experience films to the fullest at Vue.
Jon Favreau directed the film with the intent of creating the most immersive experience possible and has specially formatted The Lion King exclusively for IMAX theatres. This means that only in IMAX during select musical sequences the picture will expand vertically to fill the entire IMAX screen up to a 1.43:1 aspect ratio, for a truly immersive experience. IMAX provides audiences with the biggest screens, greater scope, breathtaking detail, crisp image quality and powerful sound.
Vue IMAX movies
Immerse yourself completely in the big screen experience with Vue IMAX. Every aspect of our IMAX screenings is designed to pull you into the film. Indulge in a journey that awakens your senses as IMAX transports you into a new reality using ear-tingling audio, super-sized screens, and breath-taking imagery.
From laser-aligned audio placement to state-of-the-art projection, our IMAX screens use technology to amplify every cinematic detail. Laugh louder, jump higher, feel deeper. Vue IMAX will intensify every heartbeat to create a big screen experience you’ll never forget.
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Chase villains, cheer heroes, change your mind about what a big screen experience should feel like. Explore the latest IMAX releases at Vue.
What’s the IMAX experience like?
The IMAX experience is all-encompassing. Each aspect of the film you’re watching has been amplified, causing the sights and sounds to wrap around you and pull you closer into the story.
When you’re in one of Vue’s IMAX screens, you’ll be able to feel the difference. Pristine sound and flawless imagery come together in a purpose-built setting, allowing you to be utterly consumed by what’s happening in front of you.
Where was the first ever IMAX cinema and what was the first ever IMAX movie screening?
IMAX began in the late 1960s, with a team of Canadian filmmakers who were keen on experimenting with multiple projectors and specially designed screens to deliver a different kind of cinema experience.
After years of trial, error, and innovation, they debuted their unique camera, projector, and dome-shaped screen with the film Tiger Child at EXPO ’70 in Osaka, Japan. It was such a success they brought IMAX home with them to Toronto’s Ontario Place Cinesphere, where they opened the first permanent IMAX installation – which is still running today.
Initially, IMAX movies focussed on capturing and relaying real life back to audiences – think nature documentaries and music concert footage. But in the 1990s, filmmakers began to see the potential that IMAX could bring to different types of storytelling.
1995’s Wings of Courage was the first drama that was filmed specifically for IMAX, while the IMAX-aimed short films More (1998) and The Old Man and The Sea (1999) were both nominated for Academy Awards. Disney got on board in 2000 with the release of Fantasia 2000, the first animated feature film created for IMAX screens.
The development of IMAX’s Digital Media Remastering (DMR) process changed the game once again, allowing studios to edit existing footage into IMAX-compatible films. Filmmakers saw the opportunity immediately and jumped at the chance to pull audiences even further into the action –the 2003 Matrix sequels and 2004’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban were released in IMAX to enormous box office success.
Once filmmakers had a taste of what IMAX could offer, and audiences had a taste of the results, there was no going back. Nearly 50 years on from the first IMAX film, the tech behind the movie magic is getting increasingly sophisticated in order to capture and deliver big screen moments in hair-raising detail for audiences around the world.