Regina IMAX showing Batman movie on opening night
This Friday for the first time the Saskatchewan Science Centre's IMAX theatre will show a theatrical film the same date it's released across the country.
Lucky for them it will be a superhero taking to the super-sized screen. Two late shows on Friday have already sold out for the new Batman movie: 'The Dark Knight Rises'.
Over the past several years the theatre has shown Avatar and Harry Potter but it has always been months after fans saw the blockbusters in regular theatres.
Manager of communications for the Science Centre Collette Parks, says good attendence could help them present more first run Hollywood films in the future.
"The summer season is a great time for us to open a film like this,' she explained. "During the winter we get a lot of our traffic from the school groups and so the 40 minute nature and science documentary works really well for the kids. In the summer we have a little bit more freedom here with the tourist traffic."
Parks says the theatre's focus remains on educational films, but with success they are hoping to have more freedom to bring back blockbuster movies.
"We are hoping to bring more films in like this. We brought in Avatar a couple years ago when we switched to 3D and that was huge, every show in the last week that we had that was sold out and it had already been out for a year," Parks said.
So far it looks even better for Batman, pre-sales for The Dark Night Rises are again breaking records for the theatre with two shows sold out, Parks warns that fans can expect a long line for the midnight showing.
Edited by CJME's Adriana Christianson