IMAX upgrade to close theatre 2 months
Source: Pensacola News Journal
The National Naval Aviation Museum announced the first major upgrade to its IMAX theatre in nearly 20 years which will include installing a giant screen.
The National Naval Aviation Museum is about to undergo a state-of-the-art transformation to convert its IMAX screenings from film to digital.
The Naval Aviation Memorial Theatre will close for two months beginning in January to undergo an extensive renovation for its first major upgrade in nearly 20 years. Construction is expected to last through March.
The upgraded theater will feature a premium laser-illuminated 2D projection system boasting full 4K resolution — nearly 9 million pixels on-screen. It will be the first of its kind installed in an institutional theater in the world and will have the capability of showing Hollywood feature films.
“The conversion of our theater from film to D3D’s digital laser projection system will improve the quality of the programs we can offer and enhance the experience of our nearly one million visitors annually,” said Lt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen, president and CEO of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation.
The new theater will be fully ADA compliant and will feature LED lighting, wider seating with armrests, double cup-holders and custom tables between most seats, new carpeting, and a rubberized flooring. The lobby will also receive a face-lift and new amenities. The theater will be energy efficient, using an LED dimming system that will reduce electrical energy consumption by 80 percent.
“This conversion allows us to take a 20-year-old theater and make it relevant for the next 20 years. This is a win-win for us,” furthered Thiessen.
The holiday film, “The Light Before Christmas,” a 40-minute magical animated wintry journey, will run daily at 10 a.m. through Dec. 24. The Museum Foundation’s flagship film, “The Magic of Flight,” will continue to run daily through December. It will be converted to the new 4K digital format for exhibition when the theater reopens. The tentative final film screening of “The Magic of Flight” will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 31.
The museum is scheduled to reopen the theater in March with a grand opening ceremony.
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