This year marks the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s iconic science fiction masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey” and Warner Bros. Pictures is bringing the film to IMAX theatres across North America for one week only, beginning on August 24th. This marks the first time ever that moviegoers will have the opportunity to view the film on the largest possible screen, and it’s a great chance for sci-fi fans of all ages to experience the film. The announcement was made today by Jeff Goldstein, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The IMAX engagement comes on the heels of the widely successful “unrestored” 70mm film release of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which was overseen by acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, a lifelong admirer of Kubrick.
As part of the week-long IMAX release, four select theatres will be showcasing the feature on IMAX 70mm film: AMC Universal Citywalk IMAX, Universal City, AMC Lincoln Square IMAX, New York City, AMC Metreon IMAX, San Francisco, and Ontario Place Cinesphere IMAX, Toronto. The IMAX 70mm film print, to be shown exclusively in these four locations, was created from the recently released “unrestored” 70mm print—a true photochemical film recreation struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative with no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits. The additional IMAX theaters will be presenting a brand new 4K restoration of “2001: A Space Odyssey” in IMAX with Laser and IMAX Xenon projection formats.
Tickets for the IMAX engagement go on sale this Friday, August 3rd.
Widely considered among the greatest films of the 20th century, “2001: A Space Odyssey” was originally released on April 4, 1968. “2001: A Space Odyssey” was directed and produced by Kubrick from a screenplay he co-wrote with legendary science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke. The film stars Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood. The film currently sits at number 15 on AFI’s Top 100 movies of all time. If you are a fan of the film, I highly reccomend listening to Paul Scheer and Amy Nicholson talking about the project on their new Podcast “Unspooled“.