Help Save the IMAX 70MM Film Projector at 'Edwards Irvine Spectrum'!

Help Save the IMAX 70MM Film Projector at 'Edwards Irvine Spectrum'!

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ImAFilmEditor . started this petition to Chief Executive of IMAX Corporation Richard L. Gelfond and

Hello, I am an aspiring film editor who is inspired greatly by IMAX. 'Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 IMAX & RPX’ has been the home of a true 8 Story Tall IMAX 70MM Film screen and projector ever since it’s grand opening in 1995. I remember my first movie going experience was in that theater in IMAX while watching Disney’s “Fantasia 2000” on IMAX 70MM Film when it opened in 1999; and ever since then I have never looked at going to the movies the same ever again! I bring up this pressing issue because I’m very close with the IMAX division at the theater and I have heard that by the end of 2018 the IMAX 70MM Film projector will be completely disassembled and discarded out of the this historic theater; reason being that staff feels in training new hires with the skills required to thread and project film is a waste of time. Case in point, I've helped out at certain IMAX installations at this location through my love of the format and experience in my filmmaking career. Only two members at the location know how to thread and properly set up IMAX 70MM Film Prints and honestly, through my eyes, have just come to be lazy about it. It's very disappointing for me to have learn about this, as I'm sure it is for you the reader.

The IMAX Theatre at ‘Irvine Spectrum’ has been the hotspot to the biggest movie going events and openings of all time. With the release of “The Dark Knight”, the first commercial Hollywood film to shoot select sequences with IMAX 70MM Film Cameras, this theater in particular made people aware of IMAX’s true potential and the most incredible way to watch movies; when shot with an IMAX 70MM Film Camera. And ever since then, IMAX 70MM Film releases (such as “The Dark Knight Rises”, “Interstellar”, “Star Trek: Into Darkness”, “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol”, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, “Dunkirk”, and much much) more saw filmgoers driving from the Los Angeles and San Diego areas for these true IMAX screenings. ‘Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 IMAX & RPX’ has even hosted guests who have traveled from out of state to experience the biggest films shot with IMAX Cameras. Los Angeles houses an IMAX 70MM Film Projector at ‘AMC At Universal City Walk’. But the issue with that location is that it’s IMAX screen is almost half the actual size and it does not give an audience the true geometry of the IMAX Experience. IMAX was founded upon the principle of filming and presenting IMAX captured films to its truest and highest quality form; even if shot with a digital IMAX camera or simply an IMAX DMR conversion. With all of these digital IMAX or ‘LieMAX’ screens taking over the industry, these new generation of moviegoers are being cheated out of experiencing the truest and most beautiful way to experience movies in IMAX.

As a filmmaker myself, I can truly relate to my fellow filmmakers who really appreciate celluloid film, especially IMAX 70MM Film, and how beautiful and rich an actual celluloid film presentation is. IMAX 70MM Film is still scientifically the highest resolution you can film and present movies in; even beyond the state of the art digital presentations. I’ve been very lucky to obtain some very special IMAX 70MM Prints over time and I have to tell you all that it’s a true privilege to preserve these beautiful pieces of art that these theaters and employees treat the IMAX format as if it's a waste of time and irrelevant. Myself, my fellow filmmakers, IMAX fans, and especially the O.G. employees at IMAX, know the importance of preserving IMAX 70MM Film for generations to come! So please stand with me and don’t let one of the very few last true IMAX 70MM Film projectors and screens be taken away from arguably the most famous IMAX theater in Southern California; and from an audience that truly respects and appreciates it’s majesty! Please sign and share; and please help prevent this horrible incident from occurring in the cinematic and moviegoing community!

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