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Last $26.88 USD
Change Today -0.94 / -3.38%
Volume 780.7K
IMAX On Other Exchanges
As of 4:15 PM 02/8/16 All times are local (Market data is delayed by at least 15 minutes).
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2525 Speakman Drive

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Phone: 905-403-6500

Fax: 905-403-6450

IMAX Corporation, together with its wholly-owned subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment technology company specializing in motion picture technologies and presentations. The company offers a cinematic solution combining proprietary software, theater architecture and equipment to create motion picture experience. The company’s principal businesses are the design and manufacture of premium theater systems (IMAX theater systems) and the sale, lease or contribution of those systems to customers under theater arrangements; and the Digital Re-Mastering of films into the IMAX format and the exhibition of those films in the IMAX theater network. The company’s customers who purchase, lease or otherwise acquire the IMAX theater systems are theater exhibitors that operate commercial theaters (particularly multiplexes), museums, science centers, or destination entertainment sites. The company refers to all theaters using the IMAX theater system as IMAX theaters. The company has identified approximately 1,700 IMAX zones worldwide. Key international growth markets include Greater China (which includes the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau), Japan, Latin America (which includes South America, Central America and Mexico) and Eastern and Western Europe. As at December 31, 2014, the company had 234 theaters operating in Greater China and an additional 217 theaters (including 2 upgrades). The company’s major single international partnership is in China with Wanda Cinema Line Corporation (Wanda). Wanda’s total commitment to the company is for 210 IMAX theater systems, of which 195 theater systems are under the parties’ joint revenue sharing arrangement. Product Lines The company’s theater systems include specialized IMAX projectors, advanced sound systems and specialty screens. The company derives its revenues from IMAX theater systems (design, manufacture, sale or lease of, and provision of services related to, its theater systems); films (production and digital re-mastering of films, the distribution of film products to the IMAX theater network, post-production and print services for films); joint revenue sharing arrangements (the provision of its theater system to an exhibitor in exchange for a certain percentage of theater revenue and, in some cases, a small upfront or initial payment); theater system maintenance (the use of maintenance services related to its theater systems); and other activities, which include theater operations (owning equipment, operating, managing or participating in the revenues of IMAX theaters), the sale of after-market parts and camera rentals. IMAX Theater Systems, Theater System Maintenance and Joint Revenue Sharing Arrangements The company’s primary products are its theater systems. Its digital projection systems include a projector; a 6-channel, digital audio system delivering up to 12,000 watts of sound; a screen with a proprietary coating technology, and, if applicable, three-dimensional (3D) glasses cleaning equipment. The company’s digital projection system also operates without the need for analog film prints. Traditional IMAX film-based theater systems contain the same components as the digital projection systems but include a rolling loop 15/70-format projector and require the use of analog film prints. As part of the arrangement to sell or lease its theater systems, the company provides extensive advice on theater planning and design and supervision of installation services. Theater systems are also leased or sold with a license for the use of the world-famous IMAX brand. IMAX theater systems consist of various configurations, including IMAX digital systems, which are digital-based theater systems; IMAX GT projection systems, which are film-based theater systems for IMAX theaters; IMAX SR systems, which are film-based theater systems for smaller theaters than the IMAX GT systems; and theater systems featuring heavily curved and tilted screens that are used in dome-shaped theaters. The company has installed one digital laser-based theater system and is expecting the roll-out of additional laser systems in 2015. The company provides digital sound


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