Harry Potter 3 IMAX at the Science Museum

Posted by dormouse (28th May 2004, 16:43) -

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will be showing at the Science Museum's IMAX theatre (2D but big screen) from 19 July; £10/£8. But before that, starting tomorrow, the Lion King will be showing (£8.50/£7).

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 John Kirk ( 28th May 2004, 17:49, Rank: Patrician )  reply

Ah, that's interesting about "The Lion King". Disney came up with a plan a couple of years ago where they would remaster their "classic" films, do an IMAX release, then put them out on DVD. So, they did "Beauty and the Beast" in 2002, "The Lion King" last year, and they were going to carry on with "Aladdin" this year and "The Little Mermaid" next year. Apparently they've done the remastering process for those latter two films, so the DVD releases are still on, but they won't do an IMAX release due to disappointing ticket sales from the previous two films. Personally, I really enjoyed seeing BatB in IMAX (particularly the scenes in the library - huge bookshelves!), although I didn't go to see "The Lion King", and I was looking forward to seeing the next two. So it may be that if this re-release sells more tickets then Disney will reconsider the next two films.

As for "Harry Potter", I'm certainly looking forward to seeing that film. When I first read that book, I thought that a scene near the end (around the lake) would work very well as a film. However, it also struck me that it could go one of two ways - either a "rock video" approach, with shadowy figures gliding through knee-deep mist, or the "BBC Dr Who special effects" approach, where a cloak is thrown back to reveal a plastic looking hand/face underneath, accompanied by a discordant clang on a synthesiser. (Hopefully that's clear to people who've read the book, while being suitably spoiler-free.) However, I don't think I'll wait a month to watch it for the first time, so I'll see how well it works at an ordinary cinema as to whether I want to watch it twice.

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 John Kirk ( 28th May 2004, 17:54, Rank: Patrician )  reply

Ah, and I see that "Harry Potter" is also showing at the Bfi IMAX (near Waterloo): (, starting on the same date. They have cheaper tickets (7.90 adult, 6.50 concessions), although it's further from college, so swings and roundabouts there.

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 dormouse ( 2nd Aug 2004, 15:52, Rank: Jedi )  reply

2 tickets for the price of one till end of August: (

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