IMAX replaces world's largest screen: pics

IMAX replaces world's largest screen: pics

Summary: IMAX Darling Harbour is home to the world's largest screen, measuring 29.5 metres high and 35.7 metres wide. It's been in place for 16 years, and now it's time for a replacement. Go behind the scenes with our photo tour, and find out why the CEO of IMAX Australia is against switching from film to digital.

SHARE:
4

 |  Image 1 of 10

  • Thumbnail 1
  • Thumbnail 2
  • Thumbnail 3
  • Thumbnail 4
  • Thumbnail 5
  • Thumbnail 6
  • Thumbnail 7
  • Thumbnail 8
  • Thumbnail 9
  • Thumbnail 10
  • (Credit: Chuong Vu/ZDNet Australia)

    Riggers work in the pit of the IMAX theatre to rig the 800-kilogram screen for its hoisting high above the floor.

  • (Credit: IMAX Theatre Sydney)

    The screen is made from a material that was described as "not dissimilar from the vinyl material used for ute covers". It took 31 riggers to get it from the floor to the ceiling.

    IMAX Australia told ZDNet Australia that the screen is being replaced due to the fact that the old screen was at the end of its life. The new screen is designed to reflect brighter images. By doing so, the 3D experience — which is made dimmer by watchers wearing glasses — will improve.

Topics: Hardware, Tech Industry

Luke Hopewell

About Luke Hopewell

A fresh recruit onto the tech journalism battlefield, Luke Hopewell is eager to see some action. After a tour of duty in the belly of the Telstra beast, he is keen to report big stories on the enterprise beat. Drawing on past experience in radio, print and magazine, he plans to ask all the tough questions you want answered.

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

4 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • its great to see the new sereen.surely it will improve picture quality.please upgrate the sound quality. i have been watching imax movies an documenteary since 1998.but last couple of years the sound quality not any close to 1998.it is so mack dated.compaire to #35 ticket price it has to 10 times better then it is now.
    anthoney1
  • Just to nitpick - the format is actually 15/70mm (as in 15 sprockets, 70mm film neg), not 1570mm!
    NickD2039
    • He he he... Great pick and very funny. Can you imagine a 1.5 metre wide film? Imagine the size of the spool!!!
      pleitch-38f49
    • thanks for clarifying i thought 1.5 meters ? it can only be that long
      conio-bc348