The IMAX Experience

Through IMAX technology, your senses are almost overwhelmed by sight and sound. The larger-than-life Niagara Falls IMAX® Experience brings reality to life on a screen over six stories high. With 12,000 watts of floor shaking digital surround sound, when you visit the IMAX Theatre in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, you’ll feel like you’re there. Whether it’s going over Niagara Falls, scaling the top of Mount Everest or speeding around the Indy track at 230 miles per hour, IMAX movie theaters are guaranteed to take you places you’ve never been before.

The Theatre Geometry

Forty-five hundred times larger than an average TV screen, giant flat screens soar up to six stories high and have a slight curvature that extends beyond the field of geometric recognition. Because these screens fill your peripheral vision, you feel like you’re right in the action. IMAX screens are painted silver to maximize the amount of light reflected back to the audience.

The Sound

The six-channel, multi-way digital IMAX speaker system with sub-bass utilizes 44 speakers grouped into six clusters behind the screen and at the rear of the theatre to deliver uncompressed sound that is simply unsurpassed in depth and clarity. 16 amplifiers generate more than 12,000 watts of power, not volume, to provide the audience with life-like sound. IMAX’s proprietary loudspeaker system delivers exacting volume and quality at every seat throughout the theatre. From a small drop of rain to an enormous clap of thunder, you’ll hear every shade and subtlety, regardless of where you are sitting.

IMAX Facts

  • The screen is 4500 times bigger than an average TV screen.
  • The film is strong enough to pull a truck.
  • A 2D IMAX camera weighs approximately 80 pounds. That means if wildlife shows up, you can’t grab a camera and follow it as you can with video or 16mm. The 3D IMAX camera is the size of a hotel mini-bar refrigerator and weighs 265 pounds.
  • Light from the 15,000-watt lamp in an IMAX® projector is so bright that if it were on the moon we could see it from earth with the naked eye.
  • If a large log were held in front of the light beam from the projector, it would spontaneously combust.
  • The l5/70 film frame used by the IMAX® projection system is 10 times the size of a conventional 35mm frame.
  • Sonics Proportional Point Source™ (PPS) loudspeaker system was specifically designed for IMAX® theatres. The system typically uses 44 laser focused speaker drivers located throughout the theater to fully envelope the audience.