EDINBURGH is to get its first IMAX cinema under a deal struck by two major international firms.
The huge “immersive” three-dimensional screen will be installed at the Cineworld complex at Fountainbridge.
Bosses want the facility open by next month, and will celebrate its unveiling by screening advance previews of a Hollywood blockbuster.
It is hoped the addition will boost the viewing experience for cinema-goers in Edinburgh, and improve attendances for movies and other events the IMAX may screen.
IMAX screens are known for the clarity of their picture, as well as the sheer size of the screen, which is considerably larger than traditional screens.
Lindsay Cook, Cineworld’s general manager in Edinburgh, said to celebrate its opening it would be screening Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, from December 21, five days ahead of its general release in the UK.
He added: “We couldn’t be more excited to be bringing this uniquely immersive cinema experience to our customers.
“And what better way to premiere Cineworld’s first IMAX screen than an advance showing of a huge blockbuster like this?”
Its installation will boost entertainment options in the Capital.
Critics have often said there are more options in Glasgow, which had IMAX more than a decade ago as part of a Clydeside regeneration, but this will improve leisure options in the Capital.
The two companies will open cinemas in Nottingham and Sheffield once the Edinburgh project is complete, taking the total number of IMAX screens in the UK to 19.
IMAX chief executive Richard Gelfond said: “Cineworld is an ideal partner for IMAX as we expand our joint business in the UK.
“Their commitment to state-of-the-art entertainment, top-notch customer service and market growth is a perfect fit with the IMAX brand.”