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Last $35.99 USD
Change Today -0.11 / -0.30%
Volume 490.2K
IMAX On Other Exchanges
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Phone: 905-403-6500

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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 the immersive 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’. Key international growth markets include Greater China (which includes the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau), India, Latin America (which includes South America, Central America, and Mexico), and Eastern and Western Europe. As of December 31, 2013, the company had 173 theaters operating in Greater China and an additional 239 theaters (includes 2 upgrades). It had 62 laser-based digital theater systems in its backlog. The company is also undertaking new lines of business, particularly in the area of in-home theater entertainment. In 2013, the company announced two new initiatives, including a joint venture with TCL Multimedia Technology Holding Limited, to design, develop, manufacture, and sell a premium home theater system and an investment in PRIMA Cinema Inc., a maker of proprietary systems that transmit current theatrical releases for home viewing. The company also markets and sells a niche product, the IMAX Private Theatre, a cinema-grade, ultra-premium home theater system. In addition to the design and manufacture of premium theater systems, the company is also engaged in the production and distribution of original large-format films, the provision of services in support of the IMAX theater network, the provision of post-production services for large-format films, the operation of three IMAX theaters, and from time-to-time the conversion of two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) Hollywood feature films for exhibition on IMAX theater systems worldwide. Product Lines The company’s theater systems include specialized IMAX projectors, advanced sound systems, and specialty screens. Its activities include 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 Systems, Theater System Maintenance, and Joint Revenue Sharing Arrangements The company’s primary products are its theater systems. The company’s digital projection systems include a projector that offers superior image quality and stability and a digital theater control system; a 6-channel, digital audio system delivering approximately 12,000 watts of sound; and a screen with a proprietary coating technology, and if applicable, 3D glasses cleaning equipment. Its 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 and include a rolling loop 15/70-format projector and require the use of analog film prin


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