July 3, 1996 |
Not long after the invention of photography came stereographs--twin black-and-white images that, when seen through a special viewer, fused into one three-dimensional scene. It was a simple technique but an overwhelmingly popular one, and stereo viewers were common in middle-class American homes by the late 1800s. Things have come a long way since then, of course.
May 22, 1996 |
Imax Loses Suit Affecting Rival Iwerks: Toronto-based Imax, the market leader in putting large-format films on huge movie screens, alleged that Cinema Technologies Inc. had misappropriated trade secrets. CTI is the sole supplier of the large-format cameras used by Burbank-based Iwerks Entertainment. In a summary judgment, U.S. District Judge D. Lowell Johnson of San Francisco ruled against Imax.
May 3, 1996 |
Early reports suggest that the high-tech, giant-screen, 3D motion picture screen at the Irvine Entertainment Center has been a success. Operated by Newport Beach-based Edwards Theatres Circuits Inc., the Imax theater that opened March 15 recorded the highest-ever opening weekend for an Imax theater. The three-day opening drew 12,632 patrons, generating $95,437 in gross ticket revenue. On average, 95% of available seats were filled in the 460-seat theater.
April 19, 1996
Edwards Theatres Circuit Inc. has signed an agreement to operate its second Imax 3D theater as part of a new, 24-screen complex being built in Ontario. Edwards has also entered into a nonbinding agreement with Toronto-based Imax to open up to five additional Imax 3D theaters over the next seven years. The Ontario theater is scheduled to open late this year or early next. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
March 11, 1996 |
The Big Picture: The West Coast's first 3-D Imax theater will open Friday at the Irvine Entertainment Center near the El Toro Y, where the 5 and 405 freeways meet. Edwards Theaters Circuit Inc., the Newport Beach-based operator, is hoping the massive screen, with its high-tech sight-and-sound system, will find a place among Southern California's wealth of tourist attractions and generate annual ticket sales of $5 million.
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February 13, 1996 |
It had traveled the 2,500 miles from Toronto--very, very carefully--and was lowered into place through a hole specially cut in the theater roof. But an accident was not the main worry for those responsible for installing the first giant IMAX 3-D movie projector on the West Coast. The real threat is dust. "One speck of dust in there would look like a football on the screen," said Larry Porricelli, general manager of Edwards 21 Cinemas at the Irvine Entertainment Center.