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The Dark Knight being re-released in IMAX theaters for 10th anniversary

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The Dark Knight - behind-the-scenes production still of Heath Ledger and Christopher Nolan on bank robbery set
A behind-the-scenes photo of The Joker (Heath Ledger, center) and director Christopher Nolan from the set of The Dark Knight’s opening bank heist scene, which was shot partly on 70 mm IMAX film. You can see an IMAX camera on the left.
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The Dark Knight changed Hollywood in myriad ways when it hit theaters a decade ago, and Warner Bros. Pictures is highlighting one of those elements with an upcoming re-release of the seminal superhero film in IMAX theaters.

Warner announced Wednesday — 10 years to the day after The Dark Knight debuted — that it will bring the movie back for a one-week engagement starting Aug. 24 at four IMAX theaters across North America. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 20, for the first day of showtimes; tickets for future dates will be available later. Each location will only hold one screening of the film per day during the weeklong window, so they’re all sure to sell out quickly. Here are the theaters in question:

  • AMC Lincoln Square, New York
  • AMC Metreon, San Francisco
  • AMC Universal Citywalk, Universal City, California
  • Ontario Place Cinesphere, Toronto

All four locations offer true IMAX screens; the ones in Toronto and Universal City, the smaller of the four, are approximately 60 feet by 80 feet. They also feature IMAX’s latest technology, IMAX with Laser, which uses a pair of side-by-side 4K DLP laser projectors to deliver a brighter, sharper, higher-contrast, wider-color-gamut image than traditional IMAX film or IMAX digital projection is capable of.

However, in a nod to The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan — who is an avowed, ardent supporter of shooting and projecting movies on film — the theaters will show IMAX 70 mm film prints of the movie. (IMAX with Laser did not exist when The Dark Knight premiered in 2008; the technology’s public debut came at the end of 2014.)

Nolan used 70 mm IMAX cameras to shoot six sequences in The Dark Knight, making it the first major feature film to be shot even partially on IMAX. The finished movie contained 28 minutes of IMAX footage, including the opening bank heist and the thrilling chase sequence on the streets of Gotham. Following the success of The Dark Knight, Nolan expanded his use of IMAX cameras where possible, employing them to greater effect in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, 2014’s Interstellar and 2017’s Dunkirk.

Update (July 19): Asked for clarification, a representative for the Ontario Place Cinesphere told Polygon that it will be showing The Dark Knight in IMAX 70 mm film. The Cinesphere is equipped with a new IMAX with Laser setup as well as an IMAX 70 mm film projector.

Correction (July 19): All four locations will be showing The Dark Knight on IMAX 70 mm film, according to a Warner Bros. Pictures representative and the theaters in question. The theaters have been outfitted over the past few years with the new IMAX with Laser projection system, but they also retained IMAX 70 mm film projectors and can switch between the two formats. We’ve edited the article to reflect this.

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