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IMAX :-(

Postby ApolloXI » Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:01 pm

A right of passage for Space Camp ended this weekend. The IMAX played its last shows over the weekend, it is being replaced by a planetarium. I am sad to see it go, I have many memories of sitting in the curved room watching Space and Aviation related movies. I also have memories working their while I worked at Space Camp, I had seen Kung Fu Panda probably ten times on Space Camp counselor assistance to IMAX.
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Re: IMAX :-(

Postby p51 » Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:29 pm

Dang, I didn't know they were replacing it. I thought they were remodeling it.
Wow, that stinks, as it was always a neat thing to go to SC and watch a space movie, sometimes with Hoot Gibson or Bob Springer in the audience with us!
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Re: IMAX :-(

Postby majtom7 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:10 pm

I suppose it only makes sense as most new IMAX movies are made for flat screens instead of the dome yet the dome is SO MUCH BETTER when the movie is made for it!!!
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Re: IMAX :-(

Postby Hotdog » Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:28 pm

I went by and paid my last respects on Friday. Lots of memories in that theater! :cry:

I snapped these images for posterity on the way out:

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Re: IMAX :-(

Postby SpaceCanada » Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:43 pm

Oh, some of my fondest camp memories and silly inside jokes happened in that theatre. OREOs and IMAX will make me giggle for years to come.

As it will be sad to see IMAX depart (bye bye Canadian technology), I think a planetarium will be a great addition, as I always wondered why there wasn't one in such a large space centre. New planetariums can be impressive.

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Re: IMAX :-(

Postby airkale » Sat Oct 27, 2018 4:49 pm

Man hearing about the closing makes me sad. I always loved watching movies after the day's activities at SC. It was a good way to hang out, cut loose, and see some guys on other teams. The Omnimax theaters were always better than the flat screen counterparts. I just wished the idea would have stood the test of time. Spacedome will be missed.

The pictures Hotdog posted reminded me of the older pictures of the block houses from the Apollo, Gemini and Mercury days and how the Omnimax consoles have that old button and light setup, rather than the computer screens and touchscreens of today.

Maybe they will save some old equipment and it can be part of the museum???

One side note. Without the Spacedome, counselors are going to have to keep the kids occupied a whole bunch more time of the day now. Bummer.
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Re: IMAX :-(

Postby majtom7 » Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:04 am

airkale wrote:One side note. Without the Spacedome, counselors are going to have to keep the kids occupied a whole bunch more time of the day now. Bummer.


Naw, they'll just run them over to the IMAX theatre in Davidson. The longer walk will tire them out more.


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Re: IMAX :-(

Postby airkale » Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:49 pm

I just watched Dream is Alive in omage to the Space Dome tonight. Maybe Hail Columbia tomorrow. Just had a thought, what happens to the films now that the theater is closed? I'd sure love to see them get a new home. We have an Omnimax at the Shreveport La science center. It would be cool if the old guard movies could play once again in a new home.
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Re: IMAX :-(

Postby majtom7 » Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:25 am

airkale wrote:Just had a thought, what happens to the films now that the theater is closed? I'd sure love to see them get a new home. We have an Omnimax at the Shreveport La science center. It would be cool if the old guard movies could play once again in a new home.


My guess is that they'll just use them in the Davidson IMAX.
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