Only Two UK Cinemas Are Showing Star Wars: The Force Awakens in All its Glory

By Gary Cutlack on at

Have you already bought your tickets to see The Force Awakens, even though no one's reviewed it and it might be rubbish? Oh dear. In fact, double oh dear, because unless you're seeing it in laser-projected IMAX format, you won't be seeing it best.

To be the best at looking at Star Wars, you need to be looking at it on an IMAX display, because JJ Abrams is thought to have shot at least one (1) scene at full-width 70mm IMAX resolution. Which means you need a non-cropped IMAX display to enjoy it properly. Not only that, but Abrams himself suggests that only IMAX screens with 70mm IMAX output generated by laser projection is good enough for his retread of the 1970s.

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He told the Associated Press: "As someone who really hasn’t been the most vocal advocate of 3D, the strangest thing happened to me on this. When I was watching the reels in 3D, there were a number of shots -- and I know this sounds insane -- that I hadn’t understood in the three-dimensional space quite the way I did when I saw them in 3D. I actually felt that there were things that were playing better in 3D. I had never felt that before. And if people have access to a theater that has laser projection, it is shockingly better."

So, here's that list of full-res UK laser projection IMAX screens if you want a "shockingly better" few bits of Star Wars:

  1. Empire Leicester Square IMAX
  2. Cineworld Sheffield IMAX

So two screens, plus there's a 70mm 2D IMAX actual film print being shown at London's Science Museum. Get there and then get your smug Star Wars face on.

For the state of Star Wars screenings around the globe, check out iO9.


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