IMAX Wants to Build You a Home Theater
By Rudie Obias
Have you ever wanted to watch the IMAX version of Star Trek Beyond or Interstellar at home instead of dealing with the crowds and headaches at your local cineplex? Now you can: Engadget reports that the company is offering the IMAX Private Home Theatre, a high-definition and officially calibrated theater system—but it'll cost you.
For $400,000, IMAX will install the basic "Palais" package, a complete floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall movie watching experience that includes a curved screen, dual 2D/3D 4K projectors, IMAX’s proprietary sound system, and a touchscreen remote, as well as comfy seating for seven to 18 of your closest family and friends.
If that isn't enough, you can upgrade to the high-end "Platinum" for $1 million. The package includes an IMAX screen that’s more than 10 feet tall and seating for up to 40 people. (By comparison, the IMAX movie screen at AMC Loews Lincoln Square in New York City is 76 feet tall and 97 feet wide.)
While both systems can play anything from karaoke hits to HD TV and Blu-rays, you'll have to shell out a little more cash if you want the latest blockbusters Hollywood has to offer. The set-top box that you'll need in order to download and playback new IMAX movies is an additional $10,000.
“It is the perfect marriage of a lot of trends we are seeing in entertainment consumption and our technology,” Robert Lister, IMAX’s chief business development officer, told Bloomberg. “People are demanding content, when they want it, where they want it, how they want it.”
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