Screening Guide + Theater List for 'Interstellar' Arriving Early on Film
by Alex Billington
October 1, 2014
It's official - after scooping the early release news yesterday, a press release today confirms that Christopher Nolan's Interstellar will be released two days early. Screenings will begin on Tuesday, November 4th starting at 8PM all over the world (info on tickets here), mostly in 70mm IMAX locations. The press release reveals that many locations, including 35mm film and digital IMAX, will be screening starting November 5th before the full opening on Friday, November 7th. To compliment the announcement, the official site is now updated and includes a guide for the formats that Interstellar is available in. Most movie fans know the differences anyway, but it's a helpful guide for anyone still confused by the choice of format. Read on!
Interstellar was filmed in both 65mm IMAX and 35mm on film, and is one of the last few movies still being released on film. Last week wrote about the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX installing a special 70mm projector just so that Interstellar could be shown on film at that location. However, there are a number of options to choose from when it comes to actually seeing the movie. It will be hard to get into 70mm IMAX screenings, but that's the best way to see this one. Tickets are already on sale for most early IMAX locations, including the 8PM on Tuesday night shows. Get your tickets here. Below is a screenshot of the guide, also included with interactive theater listings on this website. Choose which way you want to see it and find a theater now.
The advance showings will play in select theaters in more than 225 locations across the U.S. and Canada.
So there you have it. 70mm IMAX is the way to go, but there aren't many locations. Get your tickets now.
This is a very interesting and very smart strategy considering how easy it is to confused audiences with so many options. The hardcore movie geeks will be talking about 70mm/IMAX all day, but for everyone else, at least choosing a better format than "digital" is a big step in the right direction. Nolan shot this on film and wants everyone to experience in on film, perhaps as a final example of the changing times, and they're really going out of their way to make sure people know this is the best way to see Interstellar. For now the priority is making sure everyone gets tickets, plus a reminder there are always different options. In the press release:
"To see Christopher Nolan's INTERSTELLAR on the big screen is an unforgettable movie going experience," said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures. "From IMAX to traditional film and digital projection, we are pleased that audiences will have the opportunity to see this awe-inspiring film in a wide variety of formats and we are very excited to be making the film available 2-days early for moviegoers."
For those who want to see this in 70mm in IMAX, there are roughly 50 locations - full list is available here. They include: the CityWalk IMAX & TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles; the UA Stadium 9 + IMAX in Denver; the Museum of Natural History plus Air & Space Museums in Washington DC; the Navy Pier IMAX in Chicago; the AMC Lincoln Square IMAX in New York City; the Scotiabank IMAX in Toronto; and the Boeing Pacific Science Center IMAX in Seattle. More locations are available, with additional non-70mm IMAX available as well. We're planning to be at the 8PM show in NYC to kick this off.
Interstellar is directed by British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of the films Doodlebug, Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. The screenplay is by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, based on scientific theories by Caltech astrophysicist Kip Thorne and follows a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Matthew McConaughey stars in the film which Paramount Pictures releases on November 7th. For more information and to see a visualization of the stars, visit interstellarmovie.com. Or follow @Interstellar