<strong><em>Avatar</em></strong> to open in record number of IMAX Theaters
IMAX Corporation and Twentieth Century Fox today announced that James Cameron's Avatar will open in 178 IMAX theaters domestically on December 18, 2009, simultaneously with the motion picture's premiere in conventional theaters. The IMAX 3D release will also open in 83 IMAX theaters internationally starting on December 16th, for a total of 261 theaters, making this the Company's widest release to date.

Avatar is directed and written by Academy Award Winner James Cameron and stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver. Avatar has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of "The IMAX Experience."

"Our goal with Avatar is to revolutionize live-action 3D moviemaking, and it looks and sounds incredible in IMAX 3D," said director James Cameron. "The larger field of view and powerful surround sound of an IMAX theater will immerse the audience in a way that cannot be experienced anywhere else."

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"This movie represents the essence of The IMAX Experience, which is to transport people to places they normally couldn't go," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "Moviegoers can experience this movie in IMAX 3D in more theaters than ever before, and we're already seeing strong pre-sales and sold out shows beyond opening weekend."

"James Cameron is a genius filmmaker. His vision and 3D expertise has made 'Avatar' a natural fit for IMAX," added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "Every aspect of this film was meticulously designed for 3D, so when audiences experience this revolutionary film in an IMAX 3D theatre, they will feel as if they are actually IN the movie."

Avatar is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. More than ten years in the making, Avatar marks Cameron's return to feature directing since helming 1997's Titanic, the highest grossing film of all time and winner of eleven Oscars including Best Picture. WETA Digital, renowned for its work in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong, will incorporate new intuitive CGI technologies to transform the environments and characters into photorealistic 3D imagery that will transport the audience into the alien world rich with imaginative vistas, creatures and characters.

"Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience" is scheduled to play day-and-date at the following IMAX Theatres beginning December 18th.

UNITED STATES

Arizona

Mesa - Dickinson Gateway 12 IMAX Theatre

Phoenix - AMC Deer Valley 30 with IMAX

Phoenix - AMC Desert Ridge 18 with IMAX

Tempe - Harkins IMAX at Arizona Mills

Arkansas

Little Rock - Dickinson Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre

California

Alhambra - Edwards Renaissance Stadium 14 + IMAX

Aliso Viejo - Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20 & IMAX

Anaheim - CinemaFusion 14 + IMAX

Arcadia - AMC Santa Anita 16 & IMAX

Burbank - AMC Burbank 30 & IMAX

Camarillo - Edwards Camarillo Palace Stadium 12 & IMAX

Cathedral City - Desert IMAX Theatre

Covina - AMC Covina 30 with IMAX

Cupertino - AMC Cupertino 16 & IMAX

Dublin - Regal Hacienda Crossings Stadium 21 & IMAX

El Dorado Hills - Regal Cinemas El Dorado Hills Stadium 14 & IMAX

Emeryville - AMC Bay Street 16 & IMAX

Escondido - Regal Escondido Stadium 16 & IMAX

Fairfield - Edwards Fairfield Stadium 16 & IMAX

Fresno - Fresno Stadium 21 + IMAX

Irvine - Edwards Irvine Spectrum IMAX

Long Beach - Edwards Long Beach 26 & IMAX

Los Angeles - AMC Century City 15 & IMAX

Los Angeles - IMAX Theatre at The Bridge: cinema de lux

Los Angeles - AMC Universal CityWalk Stadium 19 with IMAX

National City - AMC Plaza Bonita 14 & IMAX

Ontario - Edwards Ontario Palace 22 & IMAX

Riverside - AMC Tyler Galleria 16 with IMAX

Rowland Heights - AMC Puente Hills 20 with IMAX

Sacramento - Esquire IMAX

San Diego - AMC Palm Promenade 24 & IMAX

San Diego - Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 & IMAX

San Francisco - AMC Loews Metreon 16 with IMAX

San Jose - AMC Eastridge Mall 15 & IMAX

Santa Clara - AMC Mercado 20 & IMAX

Simi Valley - Regal Civic Center Plaza 16 & IMAX

South Gate - Edwards South Gate Stadium 20 & IMAX

Stockton - Regal City Centre Stadium 16 & IMAX

Temecula - Temecula Stadium15

Torrance - AMC Del Amo 18 & IMAX

Woodland Hills - AMC Promenade 16 & IMAX

Colorado

Colorado Springs - Carefree Circle 16 + IMAX

Denver - UA Colorado Center Stadium 8 & IMAX

Highlands Ranch - AMC Highlands Ranch 24 & IMAX

Westminster - AMC Orchard 12 & IMAX

Westminster - AMC Westminster Promenade 24 & IMAX

Connecticut

Manchester - IMAX Theatre at Cinema de Lux Buckland Hills 18

Florida

Altamonte Springs - AMC Altamonte Mall 18 & IMAX

Aventura - AMC Aventura 24 & IMAX

Fort Myers - Regal Gulf Coast Town Center Stadium 16 & IMAX

Ft. Lauderdale - AutoNation IMAX - MODS

Jacksonville - AMC Regency 24 & IMAX

Oldsmar - Woodlands Square 20 with IMAX

Orange Park - AMC Orange Park 24 & IMAX

Orlando - AMC Loews Universal Cineplex 20 & IMAX

Orlando - Regal Waterford Lakes Stadium 20 & IMAX

Orlando - Pointe Orlando Stadium 20 + IMAX

South Miami - AMC Sunset Place 24 & IMAX

Tallahassee - AMC Tallahassee Mall 20 with IMAX

Tampa - AMC Veterans 24 & IMAX

West Palm Beach - Muvico Parisian IMAX

Georgia

Augusta - Regal Augusta Exchange Stadium 20 & IMAX

Buford - Mall Of Georgia Stadium 20 + IMAX

Kennesaw - AMC Barrett Commons 24 & IMAX

Morrow - AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 & IMAX

Hawaii

Honolulu - Regal Dole Cannery 18 & IMAX

Idaho

Boise - Edwards Boise Stadium 22 & IMAX

Illinois

Batava - Randall 14 + IMAX

Chicago - Navy Pier IMAX Theatre

Hodgkins - Loews Quarry Cinemas 14 with IMAX

Lincolnshire - Lincolnshire Stadium 20 + IMAX

South Barrington - AMC Barrington 30 & IMAX

Woodridge - Cinemark 16 + IMAX

Indiana

Evansville - Showplace East 18 + IMAX

Indianapolis - Showplace 16 + IMAX

Noblesville - Hamilton 16 IMAX

Portage - Portage 15 + IMAX

Iowa

Council Bluffs - Kerasotes Star Cinemas 16 & IMAX

Kansas

Olathe - AMC Studio 30 & IMAX

Kentucky

Newport - Newport Levee 20 with IMAX

Louisiana

Harahan - Elmwood Palace 20 with IMAX

Maine

Saco - Cinemagic & IMAX in Saco

Maryland

Baltimore - AMC Loews White Marsh 16 & IMAX

Columbia - AMC Columbia 14 & IMAX

Massachusetts

Danvers - AMC Liberty Tree Mall 20 & IMAX

Methuen - Loews Methuen 20 with IMAX

Natick - Jordan's Furniture IMAX - Natick

Reading - IMAX 3D Theatre in Reading - Jordan's Furn

Michigan

Auburn Hills -Lakes 25 with IMAX

Grand Blanc - NCG Trillium Cinema + IMAX

Grand Rapids - Celebration! Cinema IMAX Theatre

Livonia - Livonia 20

Sterling Heights - AMC Forum 30 & IMAX

Ypsilanti - National Amusement Showcase Ann Arbor & IMAX

Minnesota

Apple Valley - Great Clips Imation IMAX

Edina - Southdale 16 with IMAX

Roseville - AMC Rosedale 14 & IMAX

Missouri

Independence - AMC Independence Commons 20 & IMAX

Kansas City - AMC BarryWoods 24 & IMAX

Nevada

Henderson - Regal Sunset Station Stadium 13 & IMAX

Las Vegas - Brenden Palms 13 + IMAX

Las Vegas - Regal Red Rock Stadium 16 & IMAX

North Las Vegas - Regal Aliante Stadium 16 & IMAX

New Hampshire

Hooksett - Cinemagic & IMAX in Hooksett

New Jersey

Atlantic City - IMAX & the Tropicana

Cherry Hill - AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24 & IMAX

Elizabeth - Jersey Gardens 20

Hamilton - AMC Hamilton 24 & IMAX

New Brunswick - Loews New Brunswick 18 with IMAX

Paramus - Garden State 16

Rockaway - Rockaway 16 with IMAX

New York

Albany - Regal Crossgates Mall 18 & IMAX

Brooklyn - Sheepshead Bay 14 with IMAX

Deer Park - Deer Park Stadium 16 and IMAX

New Rochelle - New Roc City Stadium 18 + IMAX

New York City - Empire 25 & IMAX

New York City - AMC Loews 34th Street 14 & IMAX

New York City - AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 & IMAX

Rochester - Tinseltown 16 + IMAX

Stony Brook - AMC Stony Brook 17 & IMAX

West Nyack - IMAX Theatre at Palisades Center

White Plains - City Center 15 IMAX

Williamsville - Transit Center Stadium 18 + IMAX

North Carolina

Charlotte - Regal Stonecrest At Piper Glen Stadium 22 & IMAX

Concord - AMC Concord Mills 24 & IMAX

Raleigh - Wachovia IMAX Theatre

Ohio

Columbus - Easton Town Center 30 & IMAX

Columbus - Lennox Town Center 24 with IMAX

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City - Quail Springs 24

Tulsa - Cinemark 17 + IMAX

Oregon

Tigard - Regal Bridgeport Village Stadium 18 & IMAX

Pennsylvania

Bensalem - AMC Neshaminy 24 & IMAX

Homestead - AMC Waterfront 22 & IMAX

King of Prussia - UA King of Prussia Stadium 16 & IMAX

Reading - RC Reading Movies 11 + IMAX

Tarentum - Pittsburgh Mills Mall 17 + IMAX

Rhode Island

Providence - Providence Place Cinemas 16 & IMAX

South Carolina

Charleston - Southeast Cinemas

Tennessee

Knoxville - Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 at Turkey Creek

Nashville - Regal Opry Mills 20 & IMAX

Texas

Austin - IMAX Theater Austin - Bob Bullock

Colleyville - Colleyville Cinema Grille & IMAX

Dallas - Cinemark IMAX Theatre at Cinemark 17

Frisco - Stonebriar 24 with IMAX

Garland - AMC Firewheel 18 & IMAX

Houston - AMC Gulf Pointe 30 & IMAX

Houston - Edwards Houston Marq*e 23 & IMAX

Mesquite - AMC Mesquite 30 & IMAX

San Antonio - Santikos Palladium 18 IMAX Theatre

Sugar Land - AMC First Colony 24 & IMAX

Tomball - Silverado 19 IMAX

Utah

Sandy - Jordan Commons 16 + IMAX

Virginia

Alexandria - AMC Hoffman Center 22 & IMAX

Hampton - Hampton Towne Centre 24 with IMAX

Hampton - VASC IMAX Theatre

Midlothian - Regal Commonwealth 20 & IMAX

Virginia Beach - AMC Lynnhaven 18 & IMAX

Woodbridge - AMC Potomac Mills 18 & IMAX

Washington

Bellevue - Lincoln Square Cinemas IMAX Theatre

Kent - Kent Station 14 with IMAX

Lacey - Regal Martin Village Stadium 16 & IMAX

Seattle - Boeing IMAX - Pacific Science Center

Seattle - Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX

Spokane - River Park Square 20 with IMAX

Tukwila - AMC Southcenter 16 & IMAX

Wisconsin

Fitchburg - Kerasotes Star 18 & IMAX

Wauwatosa - Mayfair Mall 18 with IMAX

CANADA

Alberta

Calgary - Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Chinook IMAX Theatre

Edmonton - Cineplex Scotiabank West Edmonton Mall IMAX Theatre

British Columbia

Langley - Cineplex Colossus Langley IMAX Theatre

Richmond - Cineplex SilverCity Riverport IMAX Theatre

Nova Scotia

Halifax - Empire 17 & IMAX Theatre

Ontario

Gloucester - Cineplex SilverCity Gloucester IMAX Theatre

Mississauga - Cineplex Coliseum Mississauga IMAX Theatre

Toronto - Scotiabank Theatre Toronto & IMAX

Woodbridge - Cineplex Colossus Woodbridge IMAX Theatre

Quebec

Montreal - Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Montreal IMAX Theatre

Quebec City - IMAX Le Theatre At Quebec

INTERNATIONAL

Argentina

Buenos Aires - IMAX Showcase Norte*

Australia

Melbourne - Highpoint Hoyts IMAX^

Melbourne - Melbourne Museum IMAX^

Perth - Carousel Hoyts IMAX^

Sydney - Entertainment Quarter Hoyts IMAX^

Sydney - LG IMAX Theatre Sydney^

Austria

Graz - Cineplexx 8055 Graz

Vienna - Cineplexx Apollo Das Kino

Brazil

Curitiba - Palladium Shopping Center IMAX

Sao Paolo - Bourbon Shopping Center Espaco Unibanco Pompeia IMAX

Bulgaria

Sofia - Mtel IMAX

China

Beijing - Beijing UME Huaxing Cineplex*

Beijing - Shijingshan Wanda Cinema*

Beijing - China National Film Museum*

Changchun - Changchun IMAX Theatre*

Changsha - Changsha IMAX Theatre*

Dongguan - Dongguan Wanda Theatre*

Kunming - Kunming Broadway IMAX Theatre*

Shanghai - Shanghai Peace IMAX*

Tianjin - China Film Cinema IMAX Theatre*

Wuhan - Studio City Wuhan*

Wuxi - SUC Wuxi IMAX*

Colombia

Bogota - Centro Commercial Plaza de las Americas

Costa Rica

San Jose - Centro Comercial Avenida Escazu Cine IMAX

Czech Republic

Prague - Oskar IMAX Palace Flora^

France

Paris - Gaumont Disney Village^

Germany

Berlin - CineStar Potsdamer Platz IMAX 3D^

Guatemala

Guatemala City - Pradera Concepcion

Hong Kong

Kowloon - UA MegaBox IMAX Theatre^

Hong Kong SAR - I Square - Lark Intl. Multimedia Ltd.^

Hungary

Budapest - Cinema City Arena IMAX Hungary^

India

Hyderabad - Prasad IMAX Theatre*

Mumbai - Big Cinemas IMAX Theatre*

Japan

Kanagawa - 109 Cinemas Kawasaki*

Minoh - 109 Cinemas Minoh*

Nagoya - 109 Cinemas Nagoya*

Saitama - 109 Cinemas Shobu*

Korea

Daegu - CGV Daegu^

Gwangju - CGV Gwangju^

Ilsan - CGV Ilsan^

Seoul - CGV Wangsipni^

Seoul - CGV Yongsan^

Kuwait

Safat - 360 Shopping Mall - Kuwait National Cinema Company^

Mexico

Guadalajara - Cinepolis Galerias^

Juarez - Cinepolis Las Misiones Cd. Juarez IMAX Theatre^

Mexico City - Cinepolis Perisur IMAX Theatre^

Mexico City - Cinepolis Universidad IMAX Theatre^

Monterrey - Galerias Valle Oriente^

Toluca - Cinepolis Galerias Metepec IMAX Theatre^

Netherlands

Amsterdam - Pathe Arena^

Rotterdam - Pathe Schouwburgplein^

New Zealand

Auckland - SKYCITY IMAX Queen Street^

Philippines

Manila - San Miguel Coca-Cola IMAX^

Manila - SM City North Edsa Mall IMAX^

Poland

Katowice - Orange IMAX Katowice*

Krakow - Orance IMAX Krakow*

Lodz - Orange IMAX Manufaktura*

Poznan - Poznan IMAX*

Warsaw - Orange IMAX Sabyda*

Qatar

Doha - Villagio Shipping Mall IMAX^

Romania

Bucharest - Cinema City IMAX Bucharest^

Russia

Moscow - KinoStar City @ Mega Belaya Dacha^

Moscow - Nescafe IMAX^

Perm - Kristall IMAX^

St. Petersburg - Coca-Cola IMAX Kinostar City^

Ufa - ZAO Kompaniya Perspektiva Ufa IMAX Theatre^

South Africa

Durban - Gateway IMAX

Pretoria - Menlyn IMAX

Taiwan

Taipei - Samsung IMAX Theatre Miramar Cinema

Taipei - Viewshow

Thailand

Bangkok - KrungSri IMAX Siam Paragon^

Turkey

Istanbul - AFM IMAX Istinye Park

UK

Birmingham - Birmingham IMAX Millennium Point^

Bradford - National Media Museum IMAX Bradford^

Cardiff - Cardiff^

Gateshead - Metrocentre^

Glasgow - Glasgow Science Centre IMAX Cinema^

Greenwich - ODEON Greenwich IMAX^

London - BFI London IMAX Cinema^

Manchester - Manchester IMAX @ The Printworks^

Wimbledon - ODEON Wimbledon IMAX^

Ukraine

Kiev - Utel IMAX Theatre^

United Arab Emirates

Dubai - Grand Megaplex 21 & IMAX^

^ denotes earlier launch *denotes later launch

Additional theatres will be confirmed. Please check local listings or IMAX.com for final theatre listings, launch dates and showtimes.