Jakarta Opens Volcanoes of the Deep Sea

Jakarta Opens Volcanoes of the Deep Sea

The Stephen Low film Volcanoes of the Deep Sea will be exhibited at the Keong Emas IMAX Theatre in Jakarta, Indonesia from June 15th, 2015 through June 14th, 2016. Premiered in 2003, the groundbreaking giant screen film presented the first extensively lit and filmed scenes of life thriving on hydrothermal vents in the deep Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

theater-jakarta-keong-emasOpened in 1984, the Keong Emas (“Golden Snail”) IMAX theatre in Jakarta is among the largest IMAX theatres in the world with a screen dimension of 21,5 metres high x 29,3m metres wide. The iconic theater, shaped like a shell, draws its architectural design inspiration from an historic Javanese story about a beautiful princess (Dewi Sekartaji) who is magically transformed and kept in a golden snail shell.

Keong Emas IMAX Theatre

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Laser Locomotive “Absolutely Stunning”

Laser Locomotive “Absolutely Stunning”

Laser projection has entered the giant screen market with a woosh and a blast of steam. “IMAX with laser” was demonstrated at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA earlier this month using scenes from the Stephen Low film Rocky Mountain Express as well as several recent Hollywood releases.

Developed in collaboration with technology partner Barco, IMAX Corporation’s latest advance combines the power of laser with new patented projection technologies to boost the brightness, contrast, colour gamut and overall clarity of large format digital cinema. It wasn’t any wonder that IMAX Corporation chose Rocky Mountain Express to highlight the true power of the new technology. Captured entirely in 15 perforation/70mm motion picture film and with the support of a helicopter and gyrostabilized Spacecam-mounted IMAX® camera, the Rocky Mountain Express delivers kinetic ride factor and the wide, sweeping vistas of the western landscape with crisp, compelling detail. Scanned from the original negative at an astounding 8K resolution, the film demonstrates the true screen power of IMAX with laser. 

Reports Germain Lussier of slashfilm.com, “During the Furious 7 trailer, the detail and contrast was crisper but not in a way that made your jaw drop. Then, showing a scene from Rocky Mountain Express…the image was absolutely stunning. Think along the lines of the bump from DVD to Blu-ray, with white smoke that looked 3D it was so white, and details in every single tree in the environment.” The consensus among those that have seen the new IMAX technology is that is it here to stay and represents a veritable leap in digital cinema presentation. When matched with superior film capture and cinematography, laser projection really shines.

The IMAX Experience Rocky Mountain Express premiered in 2011 and has since wowed audiences around the world. The film propels audiences on a steam locomotive excursion through the Canadian Rockies and tells a moving story of the epic 19th-century building of one of North America’s first transcontinental railways. Rocky Mountain Express has been hailed by audiences and media as one of the best IMAX films of all time and garnered Best Film and Best Cinematography awards from the Giant Screen Cinema Association (2012).


“Is IMAX Laser Projection the Future of Movies?” by Germain Lussier, www.slashfilm.com

“Laser is Coming”, www.imax.com

Rocky Mountain Express film page

Rocky Mountain Express Spans the Globe

Rocky Mountain Express Spans the Globe

The film that brought the steam age back to life continues to fire the imagination of audiences around the world. Rocky Mountain Express will now soon be transporting giant screen audiences in Paris, Singapore and Melbourne (dates below).

Poster for Rocky Mountain Express, an IMAX Experience.Rocky Mountain Express propels audiences on a train journey through the Canadian Rockies and relates the epic story of the building Canada’s first transcontinental railway. The film premiered at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in the fall of 2011 and has been extensively exhibited in IMAX and other giant screen theaters across North America, also reaching audiences in Beijing, The Hague, Lucerne, and Mexico. (See the full list of exhibiting theaters). The film was awarded Best Film and Best Cinematography by the Giant Screen Cinema Assocation (2012) and has received wide critical acclaim from media, theaters and theater-goers alike.

Audience demand for the film has been brisk — our team has been avalanched by tens of thousands of requests for a Blu-ray edition. A home video version of the film is planned, however a final date for release is pending. In the meantime, experiencing the film on the giant screen is still the ultimate way to be transported back to an extraordinary era of steam-powered travel.

 International Locations

Internationally, the film is currently exhibiting in Lucerne, Switzerland and Beijing, China, with the following additional upcoming locations:

Paris, France – La Geode – Opening April 4th, 2015

Singapore – Shaw Theatres – Opening April 24th, 2015

Melbourne, Australia – IMAX Melbourne Museum – March 26th, 2015 to March 26th, 2016

Check your local theater for exact dates and showtimes.

 North American Locations

In North America, the film is on the daily schedule or on regular rotation at theaters in Birmingham AL, Cincinnati OH, Dearborn MI, Gatineau QC, Kansas City MO, Omaha NB, Pensacola FL, Pittsburgh PA, St.Louis MI, Salt Lake City UT, San Jose CA, Seattle WA, Victoria BC.

Most recently the film opened in Erie PA at The Big Green Screen at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (running January 20, 2015 to July 31, 2015).

Check your local theater for exact dates and showtimes.

Rocky Mountain Express



For more on Rocky Mountain Express, visit our film page and the official film site.