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Sydney’s IMAX Is Reopening Just In Time For Taylor Swift's New Concert Film

10 October 2023 | 10:08 am | Jessie Lynch

Taylor Swift's concert film, The Eras Tour, is set to debut on Friday (Oct. 13).

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Sydney's iconic IMAX cinema, located in Darling Harbour, is set to make a triumphant return after being closed for seven years – and it just so happens that the reopening coincides perfectly with the release of Taylor Swift's latest concert film.

The IMAX is housed within the Ribbon building, situated between two Western Distributor overpasses, and it is set to open its doors to the public once again on Wednesday (Oct. 11).

Moviegoers will have the opportunity to experience James Cameron's highly-anticipated film Avatar: The Way of Water during its inaugural screenings.

Event Cinemas' Director of Entertainment for Australia, Luke Mackey, expressed his excitement about the grand reopening, saying, "It's been a long wait. We've missed some great content, which we plan on bringing back for people to watch in IMAX."

The reopening week at IMAX Sydney promises a diverse lineup of films, ranging from Hollywood blockbusters like The Creator and Oppenheimer to documentaries like Superpower Dogs. However, the highlight for many is undoubtedly Taylor Swift's concert film The Eras Tour, which is set to debut on Friday (Oct. 13).

IMAX Sydney offers patrons a range of seating options, with ticket prices starting at $19 for documentaries and $38 for feature films. Moviegoers can choose from standard seats, fully reclining seats, and even couples' seats.

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For those seeking a truly boujee experience, a four-seat private box is available, complete with complimentary nibbles in the cinema bar, a glass of champagne upon arrival, the option of pre-film food delivery, a footrest, and a cozy blanket for added comfort. Prices for the private box experience start at $299 for feature films.

The original IMAX cinema in Darling Harbour became a beloved landmark when it first opened its doors way back in 1996. Initially focusing on giant-screen documentaries, it quickly expanded its offerings to include Hollywood blockbusters like Avatar, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises. It consistently ranked among the top five IMAX cinemas globally for ticket sales.

However, the cinema closed its doors in 2016 with the promise of a new IMAX replacing it within three years. Delays in construction, attributed to the collapse of two builders, Grocon and Probuild, were eventually overcome, and the project was completed by Multiplex.

The new IMAX Sydney boasts a more traditional layout with a high bank of seats and a slightly curved screen spanning 692 square meters. While slightly smaller than its predecessor, it remains one of the largest IMAX screens globally, offering an immersive viewing experience enhanced by dual laser projectors and IMAX precision sound.

Luke Mackey emphasized the advantages of the new IMAX, stating, "It's way better because of the dual laser projectors and the IMAX precision sound. So it's a much better experience overall."

IMAX Melbourne, which boasts a larger screen at 736 square meters and the capability to screen IMAX 1570 Film, is another thriving IMAX venue, attracting audiences seeking the best in cinematic experiences.

Mackey believes that the new IMAX Sydney will draw movie enthusiasts from across the city, including school groups and tourists. He sees it as a destination for those seeking a special cinematic experience, akin to drive-in or 4DX cinemas with moving seats and special effects.

“It’s like a drive-in or 4DX [cinemas with moving seats and wind, fog, water and other special effects], people will travel for a special experience,” he said. “And people are going ‘I still want to spoil myself and have an experience where I can step out from what I’m doing day to day.’ ” he said.

As Taylor Swift fans eagerly await the release of her concert film, The Eras Tour, it is expected that Swifties will flock to IMAX Sydney.

"I plan on booking very quickly," Mackey added.

To nab a ticket for The Eras Tour, head to IMAX Sydney’s website.

Check out the trailer for The Eras Tour.