By Lawrence Toppman
Observer Movie Critic
The first commercial IMAX theater in the Piedmont should be open by July. Regal Entertainment Group is installing a digital IMAX projector at its Stonecrest venue, off Rea Road near I-485.
The system will be installed sometime in the second quarter, as part of a Regal IMAX conversion that also includes three theaters in Southern California and one in Seattle.
This will be the second large-format screen in Charlotte; Discovery Place shows these movies on its Omnimax dome. But the science museum has traditionally booked shorter films with educational content, alternating them with big studio releases. Regal's screen will be devoted to the latter.
According to a release from Dick Westerling, Regal's vice president of marketing and advertising, Stonecrest will show “Hollywood blockbusters that have been digitally remastered into … IMAX, as well as original documentary-style IMAX content. Films are projected on a specially-designed screen that is slightly curved and moved forward to further immerse the audience.”
The converted theater will also offer IMAX 3-D. (You'll still have to wear the polarized glasses.)
Upcoming IMAX releases include “Star Trek” on May 8, “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” on May 22, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” on June 24 and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” on July 17. For details or tickets, go to www.REGmovies.com/Imax.