IMAX is a motion picture film format and exhibition standard that was conceived at Montreal’s Expo 67 by Graeme Ferguson and Roman Kroitor who, that same year, established the Multiscreen Corporation, which later became the IMAX Corporation with Robert Kerr and William C. Shaw. As a 65mm format whose screen size is equivalent to an eight-storey building, IMAX has the capacity to record and display images of far greater size and resolution than other conventional film systems.
In the early years of IMAX, films were made for specific theatres and specific contexts (expositions, theme parks, etc.), and many of these have not been screened elsewhere. Our project aims to (re)discover some of these early films and the transnational collaborations and contexts that made them possible.