Initially opening in 1971, Cinesphere was created as the world’s first permanent IMAX theatre.
IMAX is a proprietary large-format projection system developed in Ontario, and Cinesphere features a unique and immersive IMAX® theatre experience that allows for screening of films with IMAX’s laser digital and 70mm film technologies. Graeme Ferguson’s North of Superior was the first film commissioned for and screened at Cinesphere at its 1971 grand opening, and it helped put the IMAX format on the map.
In 2014, after being out of operation for several years, the Province of Ontario designated Cinesphere a structure of Cultural Heritage Value. Provincial government funding supporting the revitalization of Ontario Place made Cinesphere accessible once again, with Ontario Place reopening the iconic Cinesphere for both public and private events on November 3, 2018.
Now restored to its original glory – with some modern enhancements – Cinesphere remains the largest IMAX theatre in the province. The theatre is now open year-round and offers a variety of films for all ages. Current capacity holds 615 seats and 527 for 3D viewing.
Ontario Place welcomes everyone to experience films on the big screen, and more, at our waterfront destination IMAX theatre.
IMAX with Laser — Brighter images. Sharper contrast. More colors. Double the sound.
As part of its commitment to pushing boundaries and doing things never before done in cinema, IMAX has undertaken the largest R&D investment in the company’s history to develop its next-generation projection and sound system – featuring groundbreaking laser technology.
Suspend Disbelief with the World’s Most Advanced Cinema Technology
IMAX with laser is more than a handful of new innovations — it’s a re-imagination of the movie theatre experience. Designed from the ground up for IMAX’s largest screens (75 feet or greater in width), the dual 4K laser projection system is equipped with a new optical engine and suite of proprietary IMAX technologies capable of projecting an image with up to a 1.43:1 aspect ratio. Coupled with an incredible new sound system, IMAX with laser will draw audiences into the action like never before.
Brightness: A laser light source provides substantially more brightness than a xenon bulb, and will allow IMAX to fill its largest screens with even sharper and more lifelike images. This is significant for 3D because 3D glasses dim the image. With IMAX’s laser technology, audiences will be able to experience unparalleled brightness in 2D and 3D.
Contrast: Contrast is the difference between the whitest white and the blackest black. IMAX has always delivered the greatest contrast available to filmmakers but now will reach contrast levels substantially higher than ever before. This means more detail in the image, and a heightened level of realism that makes movie-goers forget they are watching a movie.
Color: IMAX with laser allows filmmakers to explore and expand their use of colors by providing a wider gamut of colors, and a more vivid, lifelike image. Audiences will get to experience colors that exist in the real world but have never been seen onscreen.
Sound: IMAX with laser includes a next-generation sound system that features 12 discrete channels plus sub-bass. The enhanced system includes new loudspeakers on the ceiling as well as additional ones on the side. Whether it’s a pin drop or feeling the heart-palpating force of a volcano, audiences will experience a new kind of visceral sound experience.
In addition to these enhancements, the IMAX with laser system features built-in image calibration and audio tuning features. It is also linked to IMAX’s 24/7/365 Network Operations Center, which is constantly monitoring thousands of system components to ensure optimum performance, show after show.
Experience the Difference
Audiences can now experience IMAX with laser for themselves at Cinesphere in Toronto. For more information on IMAX with laser, visit imax.com/laser.
IMAX 70mm Film – Bigger picture. 9x more resolution than 35mm film. A more detailed image.
70mm is a film format with frames that are larger in size and wider in aspect ratio than the standard 35mm film. It expands vertically to fill the entire IMAX screen and show audiences up to 40% more of the image with unprecedented crispness, clarity, and color for a truly immersive experience. Essentially, the difference between 35mm and 70mm is similar to the difference between DVD and Blu-ray, if switching from DVD to Blu-ray also made your television bigger.
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