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Watching non-3D films at the (Waterloo) IMAX: visibility and aspect ratios

I've only seen one film at the IMAX and that was a 3D flick (Ghosts of the Abyss).

It was good but we were sat by the aisle and what I remember most was there being a massive hand-hold barrier thing beside each seat which got in the way of the picture on the left.

Now of a 60 min 3D film this was just about bearable but I am now considering seeing the Dark Knight there and if that happened it would do a good job of ruining the screening for me. So was I unlucky? Or do they drop those barriers if it's not 3D since they don't expect you to upchuck if you're feeble of stomach and mind? Otherwise I'm guessing you need to be quite far into the row to make sure of nothing getting on the edge of the screen.

This also leads to my second question: presumably TDK on IMAX is a 4:3 presentation. I'm a really big fan of 2.35:1 as I find it feels really cinematic and would pretty much prefer that every movie was filmed like that, but then the IMAX is a massive screen. They've presumably had to make some sort of compromise on the OAR to show it at the IMAX or is it just 2.35:1 in the middle of the IMAX screen, and if it is in 4:3 am I likely to feel it loses something due to my 2.35:1 fascism or have others who feel like me found it doesn't matter when the thing kicks off?

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Normal films shown at the imax are in their normal aspect ratio - so it leaves a gap top and bottom, but is still huge. I'd assume the real IMAX bit for TDK will fill the entire screen, though. I'd imagine the clarity of the film will push aside any worries of aspect ratio for those parts.
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Are you saying TDK will be in multiple aspect ratios?
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I saw the last Harry Potter there which had the last reel in Imax 3D, after having seen it in digital at the Odeon LS. I don't remember much different between the two, I think the Imax version was hard masked top and bottom so as not to fill the screen but it looked OK; wasn't as small as their 35mm picture is. A logo of a head with glasses on appeared in the picture bottom left shortly before it was going to go 3D I think, to tell you to get the glasses ready.

But I'm not sure for TDK, I think I heard that parts were specifically filmed for Imax (proper Imax camera etc) whereas I think the 3D parts of Harry Potter were just digitally manipulated?

I haven't noticed the barriers there intruding into the picture, but they have always been there when entering/exiting, I'm pretty sure they don't have the staff to remove and refit them! I think you must have been unlucky with the seat choice. Well, you say the barriers are by each seat, they're not, they're just along the staircases/aisles? Were you sat right on an aisle?

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Were you sat right on an aisle?
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It was good but we were sat by the aisle
Yes.

I actually wondered if they were meant to lower into the ground mechanically rather than being removed.

I didn't realise they filmed bits of TDK differently for IMAX. Sounds interesting.

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Are you saying TDK will be in multiple aspect ratios?
Think so - because of the special camera for Imax - however, if anyone has seen the preview that was with I Am Legend, they'll be able to confirm.

And I think the barriers are there because the stairs are so steep - so if you leave for the loo you don't feel like you're going to fall to your death...
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Its confirmed in reviews that TDK swops between 1.44:1 and 2.40:1 ratios in the IMAX presentation.
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OK, here's a question: does Waterloo station have big lockers for hire that the public can use?

Want to see the Dark Knight on the IMAX but I'm on holiday the weekend it comes out. I could see it on the way home as I plan on getting the Gatwick express and could probably go via Waterloo but I'll have a big bloody suitcase with me. Only other option is to go a week later, but I don't wanna!
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OK, here's a question: does Waterloo station have big lockers for hire that the public can use?

Want to see the Dark Knight on the IMAX but I'm on holiday the weekend it comes out. I could see it on the way home as I plan on getting the Gatwick express and could probably go via Waterloo but I'll have a big bloody suitcase with me. Only other option is to go a week later, but I don't wanna!
They have a left luggage area.
http://www.excess-baggage.com/statio...s.php#waterloo

What day was you planning to see it as it is mostly sold out now on the opening weekend.

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They have a left luggage area.
http://www.excess-baggage.com/statio...s.php#waterloo

What day was you planning to see it as it is mostly sold out now on the opening weekend.
Thanks for the info guys.

Was thinking of the Sunday (the 27th?), anytime of the day really as I land quite early.
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