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955 Lakeshore Blvd W
Toronto ON M6K 3B9
(416) 314-9900

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 Opened: 1971
Capacity: 752 seats
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Located in Ontario Place on Lake Ontario, Cinesphere was opened in 1971 as one of the world's most advanced theatres. It was built to be able to house any of the existing film formats and be adaptable to any future ones, at that, including many experimental formats shows at Expo '67 in Montreal and Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan. The theater was the very first permanent Imax theater in the world and is home to the first Imax projector.

The theater is inside of a triodetic dome structure and is actually a dome inside of a dome. Cinesphere introduced many innovations to the theater experience, including a single large screen that is 84 feet wide and 64 feet high; 752 armchair seats; swiveling chairs along the outer edges of rows so that audience members can have an equally good perspective to the screen; and a steep rake to the seating, ensuring an unobstructed view of the screen.

Digital sound was added in 1991 for the Toronto premier of Rolling Stones at the Max, and the theater can currently present films with Imax, DTS and Dolby digital systems.

In addition to the original Imax projector (which has had many modifications and improvements since 1971), are two Norelco projectors capable of 35mm and 70mm film presentations. Many conventional Hollywood films are shown in the evening.

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