On the occasion of its grand reopening the IMAX(R) TELUS theater invites
astronaut Julie Payette and entire crew of Endeavour to witness the launching
of the movie Space Station 3D!

MONTREAL, Nov. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - IMAX(R)TELUS theater at the Montréal Science Center is proud to announce its grand reopening with the launch of Space Station 3D. A masterpiece and huge success at IMAX(R) box offices worldwide, Space Station 3D offers an extraordinary IMAX(R) 3D experience and was selected to best illustrate the unequaled quality of the IMAX(R) process. On this occasion, the IMAX(R)TELUS theater hosted a press event today, in presence of Julie Payette, renowned Canadian Space Agency astronaut, as well as the other her six crew members of the Mission STS-127, which traveled last summer to the International Space Station aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour. Interesting enough, Mark Polansky, Commander of the Mission STS-127, also happens to appear the movie Space Station 3D. Montreal Science Centre invested more than 1.5 million dollars to rejuvenate its IMAX(R) equipments, including a brand new 454-square-meter giant screen, the equivalent of seven stories high!

SPACE STATION 3D (on screen since October 31st)

In 2002, the world premier of Space Station 3D was launched in grand style to the Montreal public. Selected for its exceptional technical quality, it invites the audience to allow itself to be transported by the experience. The first movie about space in 3D, produced and directed by Canadian filmmaker Toni Myers, Space Station 3D is an exceptional work of art with unparalleled quality depicting the construction and operations of the International Space Station (ISS), the most significant technological achievement since man walked on the moon. Filmed between December 1998 and July 2001 and over the course of seven expeditions to the orbital platform, the operation required two teams to stay and work, in permanence, on board the station: it needed the collaboration of 16 countries. This cinematographic odyssey truly gives the spectator the feeling of being weightless on the shuttle, more than 320 kilometers from earth. The year it was released, the movie was awarded the prize for "Best Film" and "Best Cinematography" by the Giant Screen Theater Association. To date, Space Station 3D was shown in more than 225 IMAX(R) theatres around the world and viewed by over 20 million spectators.

    "This movie literally takes you into space; it's just like being there!"
    -Julie Payette, Astronaut, Canadian Space Agency

    Press screening of the original English version will be presented on
    Wednesday, November 4th, at 11:05 a.m.


UNDER THE SEA 3D (on screen since October 31st)

Due to the great success of Under the Sea 3D, IMAX(R)TELUS theater is bringing this film back to the screen. Filmed entirely with IMAX(R) 3D cameras for a vivid, immersive viewing experience unlike any other, this film will transport audiences to some of the most exotic and isolated undersea locations on Earth, including Southern Australia and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as Papua New Guinea and Indonesia in the famed Coral Triangle, for face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea. Under the Sea 3D is directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Howard Hall, produced by Toni Myers and producer for Howard Hall Productions Michele Hall.

SANTA VS THE SNOWMAN 3D (on screen November 14th)

To complete the hat trick, this holiday IMAX(R)TELUS is bringing back classic for the 7th consecutive year: Santa Vs the Snowman 3D. The little ones will take great joy in following the adventures of the lonely snowman that, time after time, is delighted by Santa's magical village but envious of all the attention that is bestowed on Santa, he becomes moved by the kindness of the big character with the white beard. Produced by Steve Oedekerk, from the same team that created the film Jimmy Neutron.

    Two press screenings are scheduled on Monday November 9th at 10 a.m.
    (f.v.) and 2:30 p.m. (o.e.v.)


Developed in 1968 by Canadian filmmakers, Montrealers Graeme Ferguson, Robert Kerr and Roman Kroitor, the IMAX(R) technology never ceased to evolve. As the years past, many precisions were made which optimized recording techniques, sound recordings and distribution, and the quality of the image, all made possible by the equipment used for the theatre's acoustic and the projection room's performance. Studies were made on the IMAX(R)TELUS theatre to optimize on the spectator's field of vision, regardless of where they are sitting. Thanks to the pronounced rows angle of inclination, and the incomparable resolution of the 70mm reel, the audience has the sensation of being literally thrown into the heart of the images being projected on the screen. The gigantic 454 square meter screen (7 stories high) is covered in silver paint designed specifically for the IMAX(R) screens giving them brilliance and maximizing the polarization of the image. Millions of minuscule holes perforate the screen allowing the sound to come through, completely submerging the audience and totally immersing them into a sound universe. The quality of IMAX(R) sound is yet to be equaled to this day: from the flapping of butterflies' wings to the crashing sound of thunder, the reproduction is perfectly timed with the image the audience sees on screen. Until the invention of the IMAX(R) 3D technology, no film has been able to recreate such a perfect illusion of three-dimensional depth in movies.

     So buckle-up, and get set for a breathtaking journey into space, as
                             if you were there!


     To download pictures of the movie in high resolution, please visit:


The Montréal Science Centre, a complex dedicated to science and technology, greets more than 700,000 visitors annually. It distinguishes itself though its interactive approach, its emphasis on innovation, and the know-how of local people. The Old Port of Montréal Corporation manages the Montréal Science Centre.

The Montréal Science Centre acknowledges its IMAX(R)TELUS Theatre partners: Telus, title sponsor and Desjardins Group, presenting sponsor for the regular programming, as well as the presenting sponsors of the Centre: Telus and Hydro-Québec as well as its principal partner, the Government of Canada.


For further information: For further information: Media contact: Isabelle Brien, Communications Popcorn, O: (514) 448-5656, ext. 205; C: (514) 293-1683, ibrien@communicationspopcorn.com; Source and Infos: Julie Mailhot, Old Port of Montréal Corporation, O: (514) 283-8085, C: (514) 838-4524, jmailhot@oldportofmontreal.com; Reservations: (514) 496-4724, 1-877-496-4724, www.centredessciencesdemontreal.com

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