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At $26.75 a Movie Ticket, Luxury ‘Dunkirk’ Screenings Give Hollywood Hope

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  • Film format promises viewers more vivid, expansive picture
  • WWII epic gives Imax a win during a difficult summer


Photographer: Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Pictures via Everett Collection

At $26.75 each, tickets for 70-millimeter screenings of “Dunkirk” at Universal City in Los Angeles are among the most expensive in the country. Splurge for popcorn and a soda and you’re in for more than $40.

Yet the moviegoing elite has been clamoring to see the World War II epic on 125 specially outfitted U.S. theaters designed to show the feature the way director Christopher Nolan wanted -- on an extra big screen using conventional film projectors that render better pictures than today’s digital variety. No 3-D glasses, no vibrating chairs.