New Beijing museum to house 2 Imax screens


TORONTO -- Imax Corp. will see two of its super-sized screens go into a museum adjoining the 2008 Olympic Games site in Beijing, the Canadian exhibitor said Wednesday.

Toronto-based Imax said the China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing, now under construction, will eventually house two theaters, the first a 180-degree Dome screen and the other to feature Imax 3-D films.

Both theaters are expected to be up and running by the end of 2008 or early 2009.

Imax opened its first large-format theater in China in 2001 at the China Science and Technology Museum in Shanghai, where it currently maintains a sales office.

The Beijing-based China Science and Technology Museum, a partnership between the China Association for Science and Technology and the Beijing municipal government, is expected to open its doors in 2008 to provide a showcase for Chinese scientific and technology achievements for visitors during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

The latest Imax deal in China brings to 27 the number of giant-screen theaters the Canadian exhibitor expects to open in that market by the end of 2009.

Imax has about 280 theaters in 40 countries.