Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Avengers: IMAX or Cinerama?

For those of you debating exactly which theater will give you the most bang for your buck when you go watch The Avengers, I have put together some information that may be helpful for you.

Final screenings of The Avengers:

Cinerama - Thursday, June 7th at 7:00pm
Paccar IMAX - Thursday, June 14th at 9:00pm
(Subject to change, check theater listings for more information)

Now, I'm not going to compare every screen in the greater Seattle area, but I am going to give you the lowdown on the two big players. The Seattle Cinerama and the Pacific Science Center IMAX theaters. Right off the bat, you're thinking..."No contest, IMAX wins every time!".

Clearly you need to read my other blog post regarding IMAX.
You can read it HERE, but finish this article first.

Normally, I would agree with the IMAX sentiment assuming the movie is playing in the unbelievably awesome "Boeing IMAX Theater", but this time around "The Avengers" will be playing in the Science Center's still-awesome-but-not-nearly-as-impressive "PACCAR IMAX Theater".

Oh, you didn't know there was more than one IMAX screen at the Science Center? Well, now that you know, I'm going to keep this simple and just throw down some basic theater screen stats for you to review.

The PACCAR IMAX Theater:
Height: 35 feet
Width: 60 feet
Capacity: 350
Adult 3D Ticket: $14.25

The Seattle Cinerama:
Height: 30 feet
Width: 68 feet
Capacity: 808
Adult 3D Ticket: $15.00

For those really wondering, here is one more.

Regal Thornton Place IMAX Theater:
Height: 28.5 feet
Width: 48 feet
Adult 3D IMAX Ticket: $18.00!!

The last set of stats is basically what you will also find at the Southcenter Mall IMAX, Alderwood Mall IMAX, and the Lincoln Square IMAX theaters. If you live in one of those areas, save yourself some cash for popcorn or candy and go to a non "IMAX" screen.

Want to know more about IMAX screens that aren't even anywhere near as big as the non-IMAX Cinerama screen? Go ahead and check out the other blog post I mentioned earlier. You may never go back to any of the mall "IMAX" theaters ever again. At least I hope you don't.

For my money, the Cinerama is the logical choice as it not only has a very comparable screen size to the PACCAR IMAX, but you also get a huge auditorium with comfortable seats and reasonable concession prices. Hopefully I have given you enough information to make the best choice, but whatever you do, go see The Avengers in a movie theater!

Here's some pictures of the Cinerama.


  1. I'll try this again.

    If a film I wish to see is playing at the Cinerama,I prefer to see it there. It's the BEST place to see a movie in Seattle. If a regular film is playing at the IMAX. I prefer the Cinerama. To me,it has a Better screen,Sound System,Seating,Projection System. It can't be beat.

    If a movie has some scenes shot with a IMAX camera. I still prefer to see it at the Cinerama. If a movie has a significant amount of footage shot with an IMAX camera,I will see it at the IMAX. Or,if it is a straight out IMAX film.

    Thrill wrote this.

  2. Du ma, Cinerama all the way!


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