The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX at The Liberty Science Center

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Stories
The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX at The Liberty Science Center
  • TDKR is the largest film ever shown at the LSC
  • It will arrive in approx. 50 reels that must be assembled by hand
  • Once assembled, the film will weigh over 600lbs (including platter weight)

Of all the films I was most excited for this summer (Prometheus, Battleship, Men in Black III) none could compare to TDKR.

Lets face it, Battleship was fun but didn’t offer anything new as far as alien invasions go, MIBIII brought back the Will Smith we know and love but didn’t exactly live up to the first film in the series, and Prometheus was just straight-up garbage.

‘Dark Knight’ is the only hope we have left for the summer folks. By now The Avengers is nothing more than a fleeting memory and it’s been weeks since a blockbuster worth seeing has hit theaters.

Enter TDKR in glorious 2D IMAX.

The Liberty Science Center is one of those places you probably visited once in 3rd grade, once in 4th grade, once in 5th grade and then never returned to.

For years its crown jewel was the Touch Tunnel. A brilliant piece of engineering that put small children in a pitch black maze and dared them to find their way out. Somewhere in the hysteria of screaming little girls and socks that smelled like death you were supposed to learn something about being blind, but damned if I learned anything except that dark corridors are a great way to scare the be-Jesus out of 10-year-olds.

As if finding your way out of the tunnel with your street-cred intact wasn’t challenging enough, your screams of terror were also broadcast via hidden cameras live to your parents, who patiently waited outside while you convinced yourself you would live through this journey to fight another day.

Besides the tunnel, there was really only one other reason to visit the LSC: Its beautiful 88 foot dome IMAX theater.

As a kid the theater felt like a cathedral, re-visiting it now 15 years later it seems smaller, but no less otherworldly. Its round walls still stretch high into the sky with cool red, white, and blue lights revealing their edges. The carpet is the same navy blue it has always been and the seating, over-sized chairs that were ahead of their time when installed, are still there.

It’s hard not to get nostalgic when I think about the thing. I saw my first IMAX movie here (Everest [1998]) and remembered the experience for years to come.

Now I’m standing in one of the biggest projection rooms in North America with Joseph Colombo, the LSC’s associate director of technology services, and the IMAX projector’s massive system is whirring away: