2001 Centrifuge

2001: A Space Odyssey heads to IMAX for the first time

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Aug 1, 2018

It’s been a big year for 2001: A Space Odyssey. Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi opus celebrated its 50th anniversary and enjoyed the release of an extensive making-of book, the screening of an unrestored 70mm version of the film overseen by none other than director (and 2001 superfan) Christopher Nolan, and now, the opportunity to see 2001 in the biggest format possible. Yes, HAL is heading to IMAX.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is rereleasing the film in a few major markets: select Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Toronto theaters will screen 2001: A Space Odyssey for one week starting on August 24.

AMC Universal Citywalk IMAX in L.A., AMC Lincoln Square IMAX in New York City, AMC Metreon IMAX in San Francisco, and Ontario Place Cinesphere IMAX in Toronto will all host the groundbreaking experience, for which tickets go on sale on August 3.

Those four will show an IMAX offering from the 70mm print of 2001 that Nolan oversaw (which brought in $1.2 million in its limited run this summer), adapted from the version “struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative,” that had no George Lucas-esque trickery or last-minute digital additions to the effects or film.

Less special, but more in line with IMAX’s usual practices, are the 350-plus other IMAX theaters that will show a new digital 4K restoration of the sci-fi masterpiece. That’s all well and good, but when you have the chance to see any Kubrick on film, it’s a must. 2001 on IMAX? Even if the process for changing a regular 35mm or 70mm film to IMAX standards (which you can read about here) involves some serious work in terms of resolution and detail enhancement, this is a cinematic experience that shouldn’t be missed.