Six-Story IMAX Screen Goes Under the Knife — Literally

posted: 01/05/16
by: Danny Clemens

It's out with the old and in with the new at the Tennessee Aquarium, where crews spent this morning tearing down a massive, six-story IMAX projection screen.

Local reporters were on hand as a daring trio of workers rappelled down the 66-foot screen, slicing it into smaller pieces in preparation for its complete removal and eventual replacement:

Crews rappelling to cut up and replace 20 year old IMAX screen.

Posted by News 12 Now on Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Don Walker, the aquarium's director of guest services, told local news station WDEF that it is easier to remove smaller sections of the huge screen individually than to transport the entire thing at once:

Over the next few weeks, the aquarium will upgrade its 70mm projection equipment to take advantage of state-of-the-art IMAX with Laser technology, a move that has been hailed as a "quantum leap." In addition to a new six-story screen, the $1.2 million system boasts a 12-channel audio system and two 4K laser projectors.

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In press materials, the aquarium explains that the projectors can deliver a higher perceived resolution that consumer-grade 4K televisions.

"Not only is the contrast, color and brightness better, the image is more stable. Film projection with a Xenon lamp produces some flicker that used to be annoying for some viewers," aquarium director of finance Gordon Stalans says.

"Using pure laser light provides guests with a premium movie experience that's easier on the eyes."

When the IMAX 3D Theater reopens in February, the aquarium will have the distinction of operating the only IMAX with Laser system in the southeastern United States. The facility is looking into the possibility of also using the immersive system to live-stream sporting events, concerts and educational programs.

Video via Sean Phipps/Nooga.com


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