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July 23, 2000
I recently attended a public meeting on the Discovery Center, the interactive science education center to be built right here in Thousand Oaks--maybe. Phase 1 is an IMAX theater. We were told that profits from ticket sales will come in after the first year. And these profits will start to fund the construction of the Discovery Center. But only if the profits come in. IMAX theaters have been successful when attached to a museum or other destination--i.e. the Grand Canyon. However, stand-alone IMAX theaters are not profitable.
July 29, 2001
Editor's note: The Thousand Oaks City Council has committed $1 million toward construction of the proposed Discovery Center, which is scheduled to include an Imax theater. It seems that the Thousand Oaks City Council is the only organization in the country that has faith in Imax's profitability. Certainly the stockholders don't. Imax stock hit a low of $1.45 in recent weeks, from the high of $29 when the city approved a project last year; that's a loss of 95%. And even as the stock plummets, the co-presidents of Imax gave themselves a $975,000 bonus.
March 19, 2010
'Hubble 3D' MPAA rating: G Running time: 43 minutes Playing: At the California Science Center Imax Theater, Los Angeles
August 30, 2012
'Home Run Showdown' No MPAA rating Running time: 1 hour, 34 minutes Playing: At the Rave Motion Pictures 18 & Imax, Los Angeles
April 12, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
At 9:30 on a recent Wednesday morning, projectionist John Sittig is stationed in the darkened, submarine-like projection room of the Cinerama Dome at the ArcLight Hollywood. Flanked by whirring machinery, he and his crew are monitoring three synchronized 1961 movie projectors, a vintage sound dubber and 85,000 feet of film (that's 16 miles). In the theater below, a panoramic view of a rustic homestead fills the Dome's expansive curved screen, which is 86 feet wide and 32 feet high.
August 3, 1986
Carl Willis Johnston, who helped develop the wide-screen development systems known as Cinemax and Imax, died Friday of congestive heart failure at Clairemont Community Hospital. He was 67. Johnston had lived in San Diego since November. Before that he had lived in Quail Valley and also in Orange County and the San Gabriel Valley. Through his work at Robert Woltz Associates of Newport Beach, Johnston helped develop the Cinemax and Imax systems that are widely used in movie theaters today.
May 24, 2013 | By Tracy Brown
Featuring a glass atrium with 150 species, Butterfly Wonderland opens in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday, on a five-acre parcel on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The new attraction brings a tropical rainforest environment right into the middle of the Arizona desert. Butterfly Wonderland will also feature educational laboratories, interactive exhibits, and a 3-D movie theater along with a gift shop and café. In addition to seeing more than 3,000 butterflies, visitors can stop by the Rivers of the Amazon to check out some aquatic life, an ant colony , and the Honey Bee Extravaganza exhibit that features of series of beehives (protected by glass, of course)
December 16, 2011 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
They've done without the number this time, but anyone who cares knows that "Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol" is really "Mission Impossible 4," the fourth time Tom Cruise's intrepid Ethan Hunt has taken on the evildoers of the world. And the fourth time a different adventurous director has orchestrated the action. Brian De Palma, John Woo and J.J. Abrams were the choices the first three times around, and the selection here is the most unexpected yet: Brad Bird, making his live-action debut after directing three exceptional animated films: "Ratatouille," "The Incredibles" and "Iron Giant.
May 29, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Director Greg MacGillivray knows a thing or two about shooting large-format films in tough locations: For 1998's "Everest," for example, he designed a lightweight, all-weather Imax camera to take up the highest mountain on Earth. But he says his new Imax movie, "Arabia 3D," opening Friday at the California Science Center, was his hardest endeavor. "At times we were in 120-degree heat" in the Saudi desert, recalled MacGillivray, 65. "When we would change rolls, which is every three minutes, we would actually put a tent over the camera.
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