See The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX – or don’t

Like many other nerds, I am anxiously awaiting the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, the highly anticipated final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Nolan shot over an hour of the film using IMAX cameras, whose frame is about 10 times the size of that of a standard movie camera. Critics have raved about the look of the film, and the director himself noted that those who view the film in IMAX “are going to see something they can’t see anywhere else and will have never seen before, frankly.”

But hold on, there’s a catch. A quick look at movie listings on Fandango would lead you to believe that you can see The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX in any number of local multiplexes. However, in most of these places, you would be watching a digital print of the film being shown with an IMAX brand digital projector. A True IMAX venue has screens that are at least 72 feet wide by 52 feet tall, while IMAX Digital screens are significantly smaller. You’ll still pay more though; theaters charge around $5 more for tickets to movies shown in IMAX Digital.

So if you’re in the Philadelphia area, you can either make the trek out to the UA King of Prussia IMAX or get tickets at the Tuttleman IMAX at the Franklin Institute. Or if you’re more adventurous, you can take a ride to the Tropicana IMAX in Atlantic City and make a weekend of it.  I’m not a huge fan of I-76 so King of Prussia is out for me. I’m also old, so probably no trip to AC tomorrow night. And I have a feeling that the dome shaped theater at the Franklin Institute might make me nauseous, so I’ll be watching on a standard sized screen. I’m sure it will still be awesome.

Here’s where you can see The Dark Knight Rises in True 70mm IMAX

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