Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Opens in IMAX(R) Theatres on November 7
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. today announced that the studio’s highly anticipated fall movie, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, will open domestically on November 7, 2008 in a record 130 IMAX(R) theatres, including 35 new locations equipped with IMAX’s digital projection system, in conjunction with the film’s nationwide release. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is the second of five DreamWorks Animation films slated for release in IMAX theatres from June 2008 to May 2010.
The film will also open in 30 IMAX theatres internationally during the days and weeks following the domestic launch. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience(R) with IMAX DMR(R) technology.
“This movie looks and sounds incredible in IMAX and we’re very excited to offer fans a premium way to embark on this next big adventure with all the lovable characters from Madagascar,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation. “We always strive to deliver a premium entertainment experience to our audience and that’s what IMAX is all about.”
“Our fantastic relationship with DreamWorks Animation has given moviegoers a whole new way to experience top notch animated movies and we’re very excited to share this next highly anticipated Madagascar adventure with IMAX fans worldwide,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “With crystal clear images, powerful digital surround sound and IMAX’s immersive theatre geometry, audiences watching Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: The IMAX Experience will be transported to the vast planes of Africa alongside the film’s star characters, Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria.”
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa joins four other DreamWorks Animation movies previously announced and slated for release in IMAX’s format, including Kung Fu Panda, as well as the studio’s first three 3D titles, Monster vs. Aliens (March 2009), How to Train Your Dragon (March 2010) and Shrek Goes Fourth (May 2010).
About Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
In Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, all of the loveable characters are back – Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo, King Julien, Maurice and the penguins. Left marooned on the distant shores of Madagascar, the New Yorkers have hatched a plan so crazy it just might work. With military precision, the penguins have repaired an old crashed plane-sort of. Once aloft, this unlikely crew stays airborne just enough to make it to the wildest place of all-the vast plains of Africa itself. Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric The Entertainer and Andy Richter all return to their original roles. The film is produced by Mireille Soria and Mark Swift and co-directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath.
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: The IMAX Experience is scheduled to play day-and-date at the following IMAX(R) Theatres beginning on November 7th.
UNITED STATES Arizona Mesa - Gateway 12 IMAX Theatre Phoenix - AMC Deer Valley 30 with IMAX Arkansas Little Rock - Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre California Anaheim - The Movie Experience 14 at Anaheim Gardenwalk Arcadia - AMC Santa Anita 16 & IMAX* Burbank - AMC Burbank 16 & IMAX Cathedral City - Desert IMAX Theatre Dublin - Regal Hacienda Crossings IMAX Emeryville - AMC Bay Street 16 & IMAX Fresno - Edwards Fresno Stadium 22 & IMAX Irvine - Edwards Irvine Spectrum IMAX Los Angeles - AMC Century City 15 & IMAX Los Angeles - AMC CityWalk Stadium 19 with IMAX Los Angeles - IMAX Theatre at The Bridge: cinema de lux Ontario - Edwards Ontario Palace IMAX Sacramento - Edwards Fairfield Stadium & IMAX Sacramento - Regal Cinemas El Dorado Hills & IMAX San Diego - San Diego IMAX at Mira Mesa 18 San Jose - AMC Eastridge Mall 15 & IMAX San Francisco - AMC Loews Metreon 16 with IMAX Simi Valley - Civic Center Stadium 16 Stockton - Regal City Centre Stadium 16 & IMAX Torrance - AMC Del Amo 18 Colorado Colorado Springs - Cinemark IMAX Theatre at Cinemark Carefree Circle Denver - AMC Orchard 12 Denver - UA Colorado Center IMAX Connecticut Manchester - IMAX Theatre at Showcase Cinemas Buckland Hills Florida Altamonte Springs - AMC Altamonte Mall 18 & IMAX Aventura - AMC Aventura Mall 24 & IMAX Fort Myers - AMC Gulf Coast Town Center Stadium 16 & IMAX Fort Lauderdale - AutoNation(R) IMAX(R) Theater at Museum of Discovery and Science Jacksonville - AMC Regency 24 & IMAX Orange Park - AMC Orange Park 24 & IMAX Orlando - AMC Pointe Orlando 20 & IMAX St. Augustine - World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theatre St. Petersburg - Muvico Baywalk 20 & IMAX Tampa - Channelside Cinemas IMAX Tampa - AMC Veterans 24 & IMAX West Palm Beach - Muvico Parisian 20 & IMAX Georgia Augusta - AMC Augusta Exchange Stadium 20 & IMAX Buford - Regal Mall of Georgia IMAX Idaho Boise - Edwards Boise Stadium IMAX Illinois Batavia - Randall 15 IMAX Chicago - Navy Pier IMAX Theatre Lincolnshire - Regal Lincolnshire IMAX Woodridge - Cinemark IMAX Theatre at Seven Bridges Indiana Evansville - IMAX Theatre at Showplace Cinemas East Indianapolis - IMAX Theatre ShowPlace 16 Noblesville - Hamilton Towne Center 16 + IMAX Portage - Portage 16 IMAX Iowa Council Bluffs - Star Cinemas Council Bluffs Des Moines - Science Center of Iowa Blank IMAX Dome Theater Kansas Olathe - IMAX Theatre at AMC Studio 30 Kentucky Louisville - Stonybrook IMAX Maryland Baltimore - Maryland Science Center IMAX Theatre Baltimore - AMC White Marsh 16 & IMAX Columbia - AMC Columbia 14 & IMAX Massachusetts Natick - Verizon IMAX 3D Theater at Jordan's Furniture - Natick Reading - Verizon IMAX 3D Theater at Jordan's Furniture - Reading Michigan Dearborn - The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre Grand Blanc - NGC Trillium IMAX Theatre Grand Rapids - IMAX Theatre at Celebration! Cinema Lansing - IMAX Theatre at Celebration! Cinema Sterling Heights - IMAX Theatre at AMC Forum 30 Ypsilanti - Showcase Cinemas Ann Arbor Minnesota Apple Valley - Great Clips IMAX Theatre Missouri Kansas City - AMC BarryWoods 24 & IMAX St. Louis - Ronnies 20 Cine IMAX Nevada Henderson - Regal Sunset Station 13 & IMAX* Las Vegas - Brenden Theatres and IMAX at the Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas - Red Rock Stadium 16 & IMAX Las Vegas - Regal Aliante Stadium 16 & IMAX* New Hampshire Hooksett - Cinemagic IMAX Theatre New Jersey Atlantic City - IMAX Theatre at Tropicana Casino and Resort Cherry Hill - AMC Cherry Hill 24 & IMAX Hamilton - AMC Hamilton 24 & IMAX New York Albany - Crossgates Mall 18 & IMAX Brooklyn - UA Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14 & IMAX Deer Park - Regal Deer Park Stadium 16 & IMAX Garden City - Grumman IMAX at Cradle of Aviation New Rochelle - Regal New Roc City IMAX New York City - AMC Loews IMAX Theatre, Lincoln Square New York City - AMC Empire 25 & IMAX West Nyack - IMAX Theatre at Palisades Center White Plains - IMAX Theatre at City Center: Cinema de lux Williamsville - Regal Transit Center & IMAX North Carolina Charlotte - Charlotte Observer IMAX Dome Theatre, Discovery Place Raleigh - Wachovia IMAX Theatre at Marbles Kids Museum Ohio Cincinnati - Cinema De Lux 18: Springdale IMAX Theatre Columbus - IMAX Theatre at AMC Easton Town Center 30 Oklahoma Tulsa - Cinemark IMAX Theatre at The Tulsa Oregon Tigard - Portland IMAX at Bridgeport Village Stadium 18 Pennsylvania Bensalem - AMC Neshaminy 24 & IMAX Harrisburg - Select Medical IMAX Theater at The Whitaker Center King of Prussia - UA King of Prussia IMAX Philadelphia - Tuttleman IMAX Theatre, Franklin Institute Reading - RC Reading 11 & IMAX Tarentum - Cinemark IMAX Theatre at the Galleria Pittsburgh Mills Rhode Island Providence - Providence Place Cinemas 16 & IMAX Tennessee Knoxville - Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 & IMAX Nashville - Regal Opry Mills 20 & IMAX Texas Colleyville - Colleyville Cinema & Grille IMAX Theatre Dallas - Cinemark IMAX Theatre at Cinemark 17 Houston - AMC Gulf Pointe 30 & IMAX Houston - Edwards Marq*E IMAX Houston - Wortham IMAX Theatre at Houston Museum of Natural Science San Antonio - Palladium IMAX Theatre Sugar Land - AMC First Colony 24 & IMAX Tomball - Santikos Silverado Station 18 IMAX Utah Sandy - Megaplex 17 IMAX at Jordan Commons Virginia Alexandria - AMC Hoffman 22 & IMAX Chantilly - Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center IMAX Theater Hampton - Riverside 3D IMAX Theater at the Virginia Air & Space Center Richmond - Science Museum of Virginia Ethyl IMAX Dome Virginia Beach - AMC Lynnhaven 18 Virginia Beach -Virginia Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater Woodbridge - AMC Potomac Mills 18 & IMAX Washington Lacey - Martin Village Stadium 16 & IMAX Seattle - Pacific Science Center Boeing IMAX Theatre Spokane - Riverfront Park IMAX Tukwila - AMC Southcenter 16 & IMAX Wisconsin Fitchburg - Star 18 & IMAX CANADA Alberta Calgary - Scotiabank Theatre Chinook Edmonton - Scotiabank Theatre West Edmonton Mall British Columbia Langley - Colossus Langley IMAX Theatre Richmond - Cineplex IMAX Theatre, SilverCity Riverport Nova Scotia Halifax - Empire IMAX, Bayer's Lake Ontario Mississauga - Cineplex IMAX Theatre, Coliseum Mississauga Ottawa - Cineplex SilverCity Gloucester IMAX Theatre Toronto - Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Toronto IMAX Theatre Woodbridge - Cineplex Colossus Woodbridge IMAX Theatre Quebec Montreal - Cineplex Entertainment IMAX Theatre, Scotiabank Theatre Montreal Quebec City - IMAX des Galeries de la Capitale INTERNATIONAL Argentina Buenos Aires - IMAX Center Norte* Ecuador Guayaquil - Fundacion Malecon 2000* Guatemala Guatemala City - Pradera Concepcion Netherlands Amsterdam - Pathe Arena* Philippines Manila - San Miguel Coca-Cola IMAX Theatre* UAE Dubai - Grand Megaplex 21 + IMAX* UK Birmingham - IMAX Theatre at Millennium Point* Bradford - IMAX National Media Museum* Greenwich - Odeon Greenwich* Glasgow - Glasgow Science Center IMAX Cinema* London - BFI London IMAX Cinema* Manchester - ODEON IMAX Cinema Manchester at The Printworks* Wimbledon - Odeon Wimbledon* Ukraine Kiev - Utel IMAX Theatre * denotes later launch
Additional theatres will be confirmed. Please check local listings or IMAX.com for final theatre listings, launch dates and showtimes.
About IMAX Corporation
IMAX Corporation is one of the world’s leading entertainment technology companies, specializing in immersive motion picture technologies. The worldwide IMAX network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event Hollywood films around the globe, with IMAX theatres delivering the world’s best movie presentations using proprietary IMAX, IMAX 3D, and IMAX DMR(R), technology. IMAX DMR is the Company’s groundbreaking digital re-mastering technology that allows it to digitally transform virtually any conventional motion picture into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience. IMAX’s renowned projectors display crystal-clear images on the world’s biggest screens, and the IMAX brand is recognized throughout the world for extraordinary and immersive entertainment experiences for consumers. As of June 30, 2008, there were 302 IMAX theatres operating in 40 countries.
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About DreamWorks Animation SKG
DreamWorks Animation is principally devoted to developing and producing computer generated, or CG, animated feature films. With world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced CG filmmaking technology and techniques, DreamWorks Animation makes high quality CG animated films meant for a broad movie-going audience. The Company anticipates releasing its feature films into both conventional and IMAX(R) theatres worldwide. The Company has theatrically released a total of sixteen animated feature films, including Shrek, Shrek 2, Shark Tale, Madagascar, Over the Hedge, Shrek the Third, Bee Movie and Kung Fu Panda. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa opens in theaters on November 7, 2008 and Monsters vs. Aliens on March 27, 2009. Beginning in 2009, all of the Company’s feature films will be produced in stereoscopic 3D technology.
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