Confession time: I have yet to see a movie on IMAX.
Firstly, I’m lazy. I hardly ever go to the cinema in the first place, but when I do I go to the closest one to my house. The closest IMAX theatre to me is in Pretoria which is just way too far to drive. Secondly, I’m cheap. Cinema tickets are expensive when you don’t have all the different benefits cards that give you discounts, and if I went to the movies as often as I’d like, I’d probably be broke. IMAX tickets are even more expensive than your regular tickets, with their own special IMAX 3D glasses that you need as well. Oh right, and the 3D. Thirdly, I really, really don’t like 3D.
But, from what I’ve read (in press releases and otherwise), the visual quality is incredible, the sound is amazing, and the screen itself is so freaking huge you can’t help but get suckered in to the movie you’re watching.
So I want to know from everyone that’s been to see a movie on IMAX, is it worth it? Are you so enamoured with IMAX that you’d go see whatever’s showing, or do you save it for specific movies? What are your thoughts on the whole experience?
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Last Updated: April 8, 2015
April 8, 2015 at 10:36
Without a doubt yes. If you really don’t think it is worth it, watch a movie on IMAX, and then watch it again on normal. We did that with Winter Soldier, and the normal screen looked blurry because we had tainted our eyes with sexy quality. My wife and I don’t even watch movies anymore if they’re not on IMAX because I feel like I am being robbed whenever I do.
April 8, 2015 at 11:09
I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy on IMAX 3D twice…and dodged the same thrown weapon both times even though I was waiting for it. Can’t help but get drawn into it.
I am not a fan of 3D life action movies, but on the new IMAX it isn’t an issue. Really enjoy it. Really want to watch Avengers 2 there as well if only bookings will open…
I don’t watch movies on the medium screen anymore. With discount cards, it’s really not that bad, unless you get suckered into buying drinks and popcorn for ridiculous prices, which I usually end up doing as well anyway. Very glad IMAX is back.
Kromas is drunk with power!
April 8, 2015 at 11:25
I find IMAX spoils (enhances some would say) the experience. If you are too busy looking at all the pretty stuff you miss a hell of a lot of story. I call it Avatar sickness.