Replacing the world's largest IMAX screen (photos)

Replacing the world's largest IMAX screen (photos)

Summary: The world's largest IMAX screen has been in place for 16 years, and now it's time for a replacement. Go behind the scenes and see how it was accomplished.

TOPICS: Hardware

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  • 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.

    Credit: IMAX Theatre Sydney

  • The material the screen is made from has billions of tiny holes in it so that the five speakers mounted behind it can project the booming sound through.

    Credit: IMAX Theatre Sydney

  • The hoisting begins. Once the screen is fixed to the rigging, it will be painted with 350 kilograms of high-gain, silver gloss paint.

    The paint rig is a large piece of scaffolding put together inside the theatre. Attached to it is a carriage that will move along a track on the floor to paint up and down the screen over the next four days.

    Credit: IMAX Theatre Sydney

Topic: Hardware

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