IMAX Melbourne

The IMAX theatre Melbourne features crystal clear images projected onto a screen ten times larger than traditional cinema format.

IMAX Melbourne opened in 1998, and has attracted more than 3 million viewers to date. Located within Melbourne Museum at the Rathdowne Street end in Carlton, the theatre is conveniently located only 10 minutes walk from the city centre.

IMAX theatre screens are the biggest in the world. Up to eight storeys high, they are ten times larger than a traditional cinema screen and fill the whole field of human vision. With thousands of small perforations they allow sound from speakers positioned behind the screen to play their key role in the total surround sound system. Film soundtracks are delivered through a mighty 15,000 watt digital surround sound system.

Melbounre IMAX theatre use state-of-the-art electronic headsets, complete with infra red sensors to detect the left and right eye images, bringing 3D entertainment a long way from the cardboard glasses of the 1950s.

This produces images rich in clarity and definition with pictures so real you want to touch them, intensified by digital surround sound.

3D technology is based on human vision. It mimics the way we see the real world. When you look at an object each eye sees a slightly different view and our brain fuses these together into a single 3D image.

The two lenses on the IMAX 3D camera roughly match the distance between our eyes and so each lens ”sees” a slightly different view. The images are photographed onto two separate rolls of film - corresponding to a right eye and left eye image - which run simultaneously through the camera.

Infra red sensors in the headsets worn by viewers alternately switch off the left and right eye liquid crystal lenses in sync with the images projected, creating the illusion of three dimensions.

IMAX Melbourne is open every day of the year except Christmas day. Imax Melbourne session times screen films on the hour, every hour, from 10am to 10pm.