IMAX Movies Overview | IMAX Victoria Royal BC Museum (2022)

Hidden Pacific

RATED: G | RUNTIME: 40 min. | STUDIO: Giant Screen Films | RESERVED SEATING Y/N: No

Hidden Pacific is a pioneering film that profiles some of the Pacific Ocean’s most beautiful islands and marine national monuments — breathtaking places that will leave audiences with a deep-felt appreciation for the beauty of nature untouched by civilization. The storied histories of Palmyra, Midway and other atolls – from the WWII Pacific Theater to their present environmental recovery and ecological research initiatives – provide the platform from which the film explores a diversity of science and human stories.


RATED: G | RUNTIME: 40 min. | STUDIO: K2 Studios | RESERVED SEATING Y/N: No | Now Playing

Life happened in the Serengeti on an unprecedented scale. It’s home to most of Africa’s iconic animals, and hosts one of the world’s greatest natural events — the annual wildebeest migration. Nature has orchestrated a perfect symphony in which every species has a very distinct role to play in a larger story — the balance of an entire ecosystem. We’ll see it through the eyes of the youngest members of our animal cast as they imitate their parents, and learn about the mighty roles they’ll play.

Dinosaurs of Antarctica


DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA introduces audiences to the amazing and bizarre prehistoric creatures that inhabited Antarctic forests and swamps hundreds of millions of years ago. DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA is an epic chronicle of a prehistoric world now lost to ice, a 250 million year odyssey from the Permian ice age through the warm and lush Age of Dinosaurs – and back again to the frozen desert we know today. The film’s next level CGI takes audiences on the hunt with Cryolophosaurus, the largest known early Jurassic carnivore on Earth. Moving further back in time, Antarctosuchus, a colossal amphibian unique to Antarctica, lurks below the surface of an ancient river. From glaciers to Glacialisaurus, the film brings Antarctica’s dramatic transformation to life with a cast of bizarre, new-to-science dinosaurs and a team of paleoecologists working to reconstruct Antarctica’s hidden-greener-past. Traveling through deep time, the film explores the causes and repercussions of a changing climate, investigating the end of Earth’s last ice age and seeking clues to the future as we face human-triggered warming today.

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Train Time

RATED: G | RUNTIME: 43 min. | STUDIO: The Stephen Low Company | RESERVED SEATING Y/N: No

Train Timefollows the trek of a modern freight trainthrough the communities it serves, revealing the beauty, vastness and diversity of the American landscape and the evolving role and remarkable heritage of railroading—a profession integral to the fabric of modern civilization. On a stunning and kinetic rail journeyacross the North American continent,Train Timereveals the hidden inner workings of a modern railroad. Created for giantscreens by the director of the celebrated IMAX® ExperienceRocky Mountain Expressand his team,Train Timeis captured on 15/70mm motion picture film, the world’s largest filmformat.


RATED: G | RUNTIME: 44 min. | STUDIO: MacGillivray Freeman | RESERVED SEATING Y/N: No | Opens October 7

Narrated by internationally acclaimed actor Liam Neeson, Everest is the story of the world’s tallest mountain and one of the greatest human adventures ever filmed for IMAX® and giant screen theatres. A dramatic, true account of dizzying achievement, Everest follows the expedition of four climbers on their journey to the summit of Everest, just days after the infamous 1996 tragedy in which eight climbers lost their lives in a deadly storm. Featuring the first-ever IMAX images brought back from the mountain’s summit, Everest is also the fascinating story of how this iconic mountain was formed, how high altitude challenges a climber’s mental and physical capabilities and how Sherpa culture and tradition permeates the Everest experience. Above all else, Everest is a story of triumph over adversity and of the true power and resilience of the human spirit. Originally released in 1998 to critical acclaim, Everest shattered all previous giant screen attendance records and became the most successful giant screen film in history. Now digitally remastered in 16k resolution in celebration of the 25th anniversary of this historic expedition.


RATED: PG | RUNTIME: 129 min. | STUDIO: Universal Pictures | RESERVED SEATING Y/N: Yes | Opens September 22

Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your-seat suspense quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the movie industry. When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town’s chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, Jaws remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history.

National Day(s) for Truth and Reconciliation: Documentaries at IMAX Victoria

IMAX Movies Overview | IMAX Victoria Royal BC Museum (1)

(Video) IMAX Projection Booth / Projectionist .. Showing 70mm and Digital Films at the Royal BC Museum

Sept 26-29, 2022. 7:15pm

All films are Reserved Seating and CC is available. There is no charge for the film but tickets must be reserved.

Mon Sept 26th, 7:15pm. NDTR Short Doc Series.

Mary Two-Axe Earley: I am Indian Again (34 minutes)

Yuxwelupton: Man of Masks (21 minutes)

Holy Angels (14 minutes)

Second Stories – It Had to be Done (22 minutes)

Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair (29 minutes)

Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again

Time: 34 min

Trigger Warning: Films contain sensitive subject matter which may be triggering for some. Viewer discretion is advised.

There will be cultural support workers on site throughout the screening of these films.

Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Againshares the powerful story of Mary Two-Axe Earley, who fought for more than two decades to challenge sex discrimination against First Nations women embedded in Canada’sIndian Actand became a key figure in Canada’s women’s rights movement.

Yuxwelupton: Man of Masks

Time: 21 min

Trigger Warning: Films contain sensitive subject matter which may be triggering for some. Viewer discretion is advised.

There will be cultural support workers on site throughout the screening of these films.

Yuxweluptun is a modernist whose artistic influences come from his home in Vancouver, British Columbia. His surrealist canvases deal with ozone depletion, land claims, Aboriginal rights, clear-cut logging and racism. Interviews with Yuxweluptun, striking images of his paintings and a visit to his virtual reality longhouse provide a glimpse into contemporary First Nations art making and the politics of the artist.

Holy Angels

Time: 14 min.

Trigger Warning: Films contain sensitive subject matter which may be triggering for some. Viewer discretion is advised.

There will be cultural support workers on site throughout the screening of these films.

(Video) End of an Era: Final tour of the Royal BC Museum's 3rd floor before demolition

Jay Cardinal Villeneuve’s short documentaryHoly Angelspowerfully recaptures Canada’s colonialist history through impressionistic images and the fragmented language of a child.

Second Stories– It Had To Be Done

Time: 22 min.

Trigger Warning: Films contain sensitive subject matter which may be triggering for some. Viewer discretion is advised.

There will be cultural support workers on site throughout the screening of these films.

Second StoriesIt Had To Be Doneexplores the legacy of residential schools through the eyes of two extraordinary women who not only lived it firsthand, but who, as adults, made the surprising choice to return to the school that had affected their lives so profoundly. This intimate and moving film affirms their strength and dignity in standing up and making a difference on their own terms.

Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair

Time: 29 min.

Trigger Warning: Films contain sensitive subject matter which may be triggering for some. Viewer discretion is advised.

There will be cultural support workers on site throughout the screening of these films.

Alanis Obomsawin shares the powerful speech the Senator gave when he accepted the WFM-Canada World Peace Award, interspersing the heartbreaking testimonies of former students imprisoned at residential schools. The honouring of Senator Sinclair reminds us to honour the lives and legacies of the tens of thousands of Indigenous children taken from their homes and cultures, and leaves us with a profound feeling of hope for a better future.

Tuesday September 27th, 7:15pm

This film is Reserved Seating and CC is available. There is no charge for the film but tickets must be reserved.

We Were Children

Time: 83 min.

Trigger Warning: This film contains disturbing content and is recommended for audiences 16 years of age and older. Parental discretion, and/or watching this film within a group setting, is strongly advised. If you need counselling support, please contact Health Canada.

There will be cultural support workers on site throughout the screening of these films.

In this feature film, the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is conveyed through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. As young children, Lyna and Glen were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools, where they suffered years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, the effects of which persist in their adult lives.We Were Childrengives voice to a national tragedy and demonstrates the incredible resilience of the human spirit.

Reserve Free Tickets

(Video) RBCM@Home: A Virtual Visit to IMAX Victoria

Wednesday September 28th, 7:15pm

This film is Reserved Seating and CC is available. There is no charge for the film but tickets must be reserved.

Picking up the Pieces: The Making of the Witness Blanket

Time: 86 min.

Trigger Warning: This film shares traumatic stories of Indian residential school survivors. Please watch and share with gentleness. If you or your family members have a history with residential schools, make sure before watching that you can connect with support. A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former students and those affected.

There will be cultural support workers on site throughout the screening of these films.

Picking Up the Pieces: The Making of the Witness Blanket- Each object has a story to tell, each survivor has something to say. The 90‐minute feature documentary filmPicking Up the Pieces: The Making of the Witness Blanketweaves those stories with artist Carey Newman’s personal journey, examining how art can open our hearts to the pain of truth and the beauty of resilience. TheWitness Blanketstands as a national monument to recognize the atrocities of the Indian residential school era, honour the children, and symbolize ongoing reconciliation.

Thursday September 29th, 7:15pm

This film is Reserved Seating and CC is available. There is no charge for the film but tickets must be reserved.

The Road Forward

Time: 101 min.

Trigger Warning: Films contain sensitive subject matter which may be triggering for some. Viewer discretion is advised.

This film contains sensitive subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised. There will be cultural support workers on site throughout the screening of these films.

The Road Forward, a musical documentary by Marie Clements, connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today. Clements paints an electrifying picture of how a tiny movement, the Native Brotherhood and Native Sisterhood, became a powerful voice for social, political and legal advocacy, eventually effecting profound change at the national level.The Road Forwards stunningly shot musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, seamlessly connect past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats. The Road Forwardis a rousing tribute to the fighters for First Nations rights, a soul-resounding historical experience, and a visceral call to action.

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(Video) This Week in History - Season 9 Episode 7: Victoria’s IMAX Theatre


How big is the Victoria IMAX? ›

Home of the largest IMAX screen in British Columbia, measuring 61' high x 85' wide (18.59m x 25.9m), IMAX Victoria in the Royal BC Museum is now home to one of only thirty-five IMAX 4K Laser Projections Systems in the World.

What does IMAX include? ›

  • SOUND. HEART-POUNDING AUDIO. Pin-Point Accuracy. Laser-aligned audio placement. ...
  • PICTURE. AWE-INSPIRING IMAGES. Heightened Realism. Custom, reflective screens are extra bright. ...
  • THEATRE. IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES. Picture Perfect. Real-time system adjustments. ...
  • CAMERA. MOVING PICTURES. Highest Quality 3D.

When did IMAX Victoria Open? ›

About IMAX® Victoria

The Theatre opened in June 1998 and hosted more than 80,000 people in the first month. Local residents and visitors loved the new theatre in town and its first feature film, Whales. Since that time more than 7 million have enjoyed the IMAX® Experience.

Are IMAX tickets worth it? ›

It is one of the best 3D experiences money can buy—the best, if you ask any IMAX fan. IMAX does not just provide more pixels. IMAX showings show you up to 40% more of the image captured by the film cameras. They do this with super-massive screens and their exclusive 1.43:1 aspect ratio.

Can you bring food into the IMAX? ›

Can I bring in outside food or drinks? We do not allow any outside food or drinks into the theatre. Do you allow bags in the IMAX theatre?

What is Ultra AVX VS IMAX? ›

IMAX has the signature IMAX aspect ratio, whereas Ultra AVX has the same aspect ratio as a standard theater (the same as Cinemark XD, Regal RPX, Marcus UltraScreen DLX, etc.). Ultimately, you should choose between Ultra AVX and Digital IMAX based on the convenience of the theater location and the comfort of the seats.

Where should you sit in IMAX? ›

In terms of the mechanics of movie projection and sound, the best overall spot is in the center of the theater, a few rows from the back. Sitting in this space gives you the clearest sound and picture, with the least overall distortion. We recommend that everyone try sitting here at least once!

Do you wear glasses for IMAX? ›

1 answer. Not all IMAX movies require 3D glasses. The movies that are specifically noted as '3D' do require you to where the 3D glasses. if 3D is not notes, you don't need the 3D glasses.

What's so special about IMAX? ›

IMAX movies are shot using cameras that can record using a larger frame, usually three times the theoretical horizontal resolution of a conventional 35mm film. These cameras are capable of capturing footage with a very high amount of detail and clarity.

Whats in the movies now? ›

Now Playing
  • Don't Worry Darling (2022)
  • The Woman King (2022)
  • Barbarian (2022)
  • Pearl (2022)
  • See How They Run (2022)
  • Avatar (Re-release 2022)
  • Bullet Train (2022)
  • DC League of Super-Pets (2022)

Is Top Gun in 3D? ›

Top Gun: An IMAX 3D Experience.

Is IMAX publicly traded? ›

IMAX Corporation is a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: IMAX).

Is IMAX or 4DX better? ›

IMAX, unliked 4DX is a technology that is embraced by filmmakers as it allows audiences to see a good 25% more of the picture. A curved giant screen allows you to see much more than you would during a normal theatrical showing on a normal screen.

How is IMAX different from regular? ›

Projection Technique

Most IMAX movie theatres use a high-powered laser light engine. Unlike the traditional xenon lamps, IMAX lasers have a twin 4K proprietary digital projectors to light the huge screen, thereby giving the sharpest, brightest, clearest and the most vivid screen images ever.

What's the difference between standard and IMAX movies? ›

The main difference between Imax and Standard is that Imax is a high-resolution screen display of seventy mm film format, whereas Standard is a regular resolution audio-visual quality with the film format of thirty-five mm.

Can you bring a water bottle to a movie Theatre? ›

Generally, movie theaters allow water bottles in, as long as they are accompanied by water, and not some other outside beverage not purchased at the concession stand.

Can I bring a water bottle into a movie Theatre? ›

AMC, Regal, Cinemark, Marcus, and most other movie theaters have a policy that explicitly forbids outside food and drinks. This includes water bottles, as well. You can often sneak a box of candy or can of soda into the theater without getting caught.

Do IMAX movies have previews? ›

There are approximately 20 minutes of preshow material, including trailers, between the published showtime and the start of the feature film.

Is ScreenX better than IMAX? ›

The biggest difference between ScreenX and IMAX is the format. IMAX is an innovation and improvement on the traditional movie-watching experience while ScreenX is a complete re-imagining of the experience.

Is Ultra AVX worth it? ›

UltraAVX delivers the most powerful picture quality with stunningly crisp, lifelike detail. It also has the most impressive in-theatre sound system, so you'll feel totally surrounded by the music and sound effects for maximum suspense and excitement.

Is IMAX better than Atmos? ›

IMAX Enhanced presents a slightly larger picture compared to other standards. It employs many of the same audio ideas as Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, except it uses DTS:X technology. You still get object-based surround sound and the immersive experience it provides.

Why is there no recliner in IMAX? ›

IMAX does not allow recliners because it does not work for their viewing design criteria. They have a seat that is IMAX approved and is similar to the recliners but only recline partially and do not have a foot rest. However, the front row ONLY of the IMAX auditorium does have full recliners.

Where is the biggest IMAX screen? ›

The world's largest IMAX screen currently stands in Leonberg near Stuttgart, Germany and measures 38 by 22 m (125 by 72 ft). Until 2021, the largest operating IMAX screen was located within the Melbourne Museum in Melbourne, Australia, measuring 32 m × 23 m (105 ft × 75 ft).

What is the best row in a movie theater? ›

While the back may be the safest option comfort-wise, experts say that the middle row has the best seating. According to Groupon, an ideal row in the movie theater is “the center row and the four rows behind it, which is about one-half to two-thirds back.”

How do you watch IMAX with glasses? ›

The simplified version is: use a set of clip-on sunglasses, harvest the lenses from a set of theater glasses, pop the lenses out of the clip-on, use them as a template to cut replacements from the 3D glasses, and pop in your new 3D lenses.

Does IMAX provide 3D glasses? ›

IMAX 3D movies, come with special IMAX 3D glasses that will be loan to you before you enter the hall and are to be returned after the movie. All other 3D movies, you'll need to bring your own RealD 3D glasses.

Why are 3D movies not a thing anymore? ›

Unfortunately, due to the widespread shutdowns that year, and 3D being a format that makes most of its money in the theater, most films were shifted to 2D only streaming releases, even if the 3D version had already been completed. For the most part, 3D stopped cold that year.

Do you need glasses for IMAX 2D? ›

Thanks for your help in advance! Yes, no glasses are needed for 2D IMAX. The reason 3D IMAX needs different glasses to "normal 3D" (guessing you mean RealD 3D) is because it uses different 3D technology.

Is Big D better than IMAX? ›

But both Dolby and IMAX have better quality control over the sound and image than a standard theater. Dolby does offer a crisper, brighter image with deeper blacks than IMAX. But both IMAX with laser and Dolby look great.

What does IMAX stand for? ›

2) Imax is an abbreviation for “Image Maximum

3) Imax Cameras Are Really Hard To Shoot With. For filmmakers, large format means a large number of challenges—Imax cameras tend to be much heavier, louder, and generally more difficult to shoot with than their non-Imax counterparts.

What was the highest grossing movie of 2021? ›

Spider-Man: No Way Home

What good movies are out? ›

30 Most Popular Movies Right Now
  • #1. The Woman King (2022) 94% #1. Critics Consensus: All hail Viola Davis! ...
  • #2. Barbarian (2022) 91% #2. ...
  • #3. Pearl (2022) 88% #3. ...
  • #4. Pinocchio (2022) 27% #4. ...
  • #5. See How They Run (2022) 71% #5. ...
  • #6. Blonde (2022) 51% #6. ...
  • #7. Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) 64% #7. ...
  • #8. Do Revenge (2022) 86% #8.

What is RPX vs IMAX? ›

RPX screens are wider while IMAX screens are higher. This is due to the IMAX larger film format and size. This means you'll enjoy a larger shot in IMAX-filmed movies. IMAX screens are generally 52 by 70 feet, but they have begun approving smaller screen sizes in a bid to stay competitive.

Is Top Gun shot in IMAX? ›

That is an awe-inspiring achievement. However, the movie was not filmed with true IMAX cameras (“Shot With IMAX Film Cameras”) but with IMAX-Certified cameras, which are basically high-end-large-sensor digital cinema cameras that were certified by IMAX. In that case, it is the Sony VENICE (1).

What is a ScreenX movie? ›

ScreenX is the world's first multi-projection theatre technology that provides moviegoers with a 270-degree panoramic viewing experience by expanding the screen onto the side walls of the auditorium.

How does IMAX make money? ›

Imax generates revenues in very simple ways. First,Imax sells and leases its proprietary systems. Then it services those systems; re-masters films to fit the Imax format; makes a few non-Hollywood films; and has revenue-share plans with exhibitors for certain films.

Is IMAX Canadian owned? ›

IMAX is a Canadian corporation that is based in Mississauga, Ontario. The company was founded in 1967 when three filmmakers—Graeme Ferguson, Roman Kroitor and Robert Kerr—incorporated IMAX Corporation.

Is IMAX owned by Disney? ›

LOS ANGELES, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), today announced an agreement to release several of Disney's upcoming films in IMAX® theatres under an extension of the companies' long-running relationship.

Do you wear glasses in 4DX? ›

Do you have to wear 3D glasses for a 4DX film screening? The 4DX experience takes place in a special auditorium at the Kinepolis cinema: thanks to its hinged seats and adapted environment, it plunges the viewers into the universe of the film. However, if the film is not presented in 3D, you don't need to wear glasses.

Does 4DX cause motion sickness? ›

I couldn't wait for their official take of Frozen II in 4DX, and I am happy to report that they both enjoyed it immensely. No motion sickness, no needing to leave the theater. Just all-around enjoyment as we got to experience something that some only dream of – the complete Frozen II experience.

Which 4DX seats are best? ›

Best Seating For 4DX

So while you will still feel the terrifying tickle at your heel, the snow effects will be so far away they will seem like they are part of the film. For both of these reasons, the best seats seem to be somewhere more towards the front, while horizontally positioned in the center of your row.

Does IMAX make you dizzy? ›

Researchers who study this type of nausea call it cybersickness. Dizziness, headaches and nausea happen while watching 3-D or IMAX movies because the brain receives conflicting information from the senses, said professor Andrea Bubka, who researches cybersickness at St.

Is IMAX the same as 4K? ›

Overall, 4K Blu-ray provides a better audio-visual experience than IMAX Enhanced. However, the taller aspect ratio on IMAX Enhanced results in less wasted space on your TV screen. So if screen size is your #1 concern, IMAX Enhanced will shrink the black bars and make your TV appear larger.

Is Batman shot in IMAX? ›

Though The Batman wasn't shot on IMAX, both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises remain popular examples of IMAX camera blockbusters. The Batman delivers what you'd expect from any Batman movie — snazzy vehicles, skin-tight costumes and a somber urban setting with simply too much wet weather.

Which is better IMAX or Dolby cinema? ›

Dolby Cinemas has the better aspect ratio, resolution, and audio quality. Whichever you choose though you are likely to have a good time and feel like you are getting a very special experience. We think Dolby Cinema edges out IMAX slightly, though, for most movies, because of the better visuals and audio quality.

Does IMAX have better sound? ›

While both offer great value, IMAX is better for sound and visuals, and Dolby Cinema has better audio with its advanced audio tech. Dolby Cinema is less accessible than the two, whereas IMAX is easily available in most theatres worldwide.

Are all IMAX theaters the same? ›

There are two different types: IMAX theaters - A standard IMAX theater has a huge rectangular screen. A typical IMAX screen is 16 meters high by 22 meters wide (approximately 52 by 72 feet), but they can be much larger. The largest IMAX screen is 30 meters (98 feet) high.


1. Royal BC Museum, downtown Vicrtoria BC
2. IMAX 4K Laser upgrade time-lapse, from 1570 2D - IMAX Theatre - Royal B C Museum
(Hugh Denbigh)
3. IMAX Lamp Change 1570GT Royal BC Museum
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5. IMAX Melbourne projection room
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6. Royal BC Museum Announcement, May 13, 2022

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