'Game of Thrones' to Screen in IMAX Theaters

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The season 5 trailer will also debut on the large format

HBO's Game of Thrones is getting the big screen treatment. The really big screen treatment.

The final two episodes of last year's fourth season will screen on IMAX screens beginning Jan. 23 and will be followed up by the first season five teaser.

This is to be the first time a television show has screened in the IMAX format.

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The episodes, which are being digitally remastered into the IMAX format, will be available for viewing for one week in up to 150 theaters in the U.S through Jan. 29. Fans will be able to check the IMAX website Tuesday for ticketing information.

The two episodes screening are among Thrones' most cinematic ever, in particular “The Watchers on the Wall,” whose epic battle sequences saw it compared to Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films. Neil Marshall, the director of the episode, told The Hollywood Reporter at the time that he shot the episode as he would a film. 

"I directed it to be very cinematic. I wanted it to be epic and to shoot to that scope," he said.

The other episode to screen is the season four finale, "The Children,' which is also considered among the series' most ambitious

"IMAX always seeks innovative ways to provide moviegoers a unique and differentiated experience, and today’s partnership with HBO and Game of Thrones achieves just that," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “This deal also furthers our efforts to offer exhibitors the opportunity to participate in alternative forms of content in a new and exciting way. As part of our broader strategy, we will continue to look for one-of-a-kind ways to provide consumers with special IMAX experiences.”

A release date for Game of Thrones season five has not yet been revealed. 

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