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Cinesphere is the world's first permanent IMAX movie theatre. Built in 1971, its design is of a triodetic-domed structure, akin to a geodesic dome, similar to that of the later Spaceship Earth, the icon of Walt Disney World's Epcot theme park. The theatre is located on the grounds of Ontario Place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Facts and figures
- Building shape: Spherical triodetic dome
- Building size: 62-foot (18.9 m) outer radius, and a 56-foot (17.1 m) inner radius
- Building construction material: Dome is supported by prefabricated steel aluminum alloy tubes
- Architect: Eberhard Zeidler
Gow Hastings (2011 interior renovations)
- Screen size: 80 feet (24 m) wide by 60 feet (18 m) high
- Seating capacity: Original 752, after 3D renovation in 2011: 615
- First film: North of Superior
- In 1991, the sound system was upgraded adding digital capabilities
- Film format - 15 perforation 70 mm IMAX
- Sound formats: IMAX
- In 2011, the original projection system was replaced with an IMAX GT 3D system and new NEXIOS playback system.
- In celebration of its 40th Anniversary in 2011 the theatre closed for 6 months to undergo extensive renovations.
- On February 1, 2012 the province of Ontario announced that Cinesphere would close while Ontario Place is under renovation
- On July 31, 2014, the province announced plans to revitalize the area as an urban park with the Cinesphere and pods retained
- During the renovations, the theatre was used as a test ground for IMAX's new laser projection system. Thus, it could be possible that the projection system has already been replaced after only a year upgrading to 3D.