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Avatar to Open in Record Number of IMAX Theatres on December 18

IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) and Twentieth Century Fox today announced that James Cameron's Avatar will open in 178 IMAX(R) theatres domestically on December 18, 2009, simultaneously with the motion picture's premiere in conventional theatres. The IMAX(R) 3D release will also open in 83 IMAX theatres internationally starting on December 16th, for a total of 261 theatres, making this the Company's widest release to date.

Press Release from IMAX CorporationLOS ANGELES, Dec. 14, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) and Twentieth Century Fox today announced that James Cameron's Avatar will open in 178 IMAX(R) theatres domestically on December 18, 2009, simultaneously with the motion picture's premiere in conventional theatres. The IMAX(R) 3D release will also open in 83 IMAX theatres internationally starting on December 16th, for a total of 261 theatres, making this the Company's widest release to date.

Avatar is directed and written by Academy Award Winner James Cameron and stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, MichelleRodriguez and Sigourney Weaver. Avatar has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAXExperience(R).

"Our goal with Avatar is to revolutionize live-action 3D moviemaking, and it looks and sounds incredible in IMAX 3D," said director James Cameron. "The larger field of view and powerful surround sound of an IMAX theatre will immerse the audience in a way that cannot be experienced anywhere else."

"This movie represents the essence of The IMAX Experience, which is to transport people to places they normally couldn't go," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "Moviegoers can experience this movie in IMAX 3D in more theatres than ever before, and we're already seeing strong pre-sales and sold out shows beyond opening weekend."

"James Cameron is a genius filmmaker. His vision and 3D expertise has made Avatar a natural fit for IMAX," added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "Every aspect of this film was meticulously designed for 3D, so when audiences experience this revolutionary film in an IMAX 3D theatre, they will feel as if they are actually IN the movie."

Avatar is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As anAvatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. More than ten years in the making, Avatar marks Cameron's return to feature directing since helming 1997's Titanic, the highest grossing film of all time and winner of eleven Oscars(r) including Best Picture. WETA Digital, renowned for its work in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and King Kong, will incorporate new intuitive CGI technologies to transform the environments and characters into photorealistic 3D imagery that will transport the audience into the alien world rich with imaginative vistas, creatures and characters.

Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience is scheduled to play day-and-date at the following IMAX(R) Theatres beginning December 18th.

UNITED STATES

ArizonaMesa - Dickinson Gateway 12 IMAX TheatrePhoenix - AMC Deer Valley 30 with IMAXPhoenix - AMC Desert Ridge 18 with IMAXTempe - Harkins IMAX at Arizona MillsArkansasLittle Rock - Dickinson Chenal 9 IMAX TheatreCaliforniaAlhambra - Edwards Renaissance Stadium 14 + IMAXAliso Viejo - Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20 & IMAXAnaheim - CinemaFusion 14 + IMAXArcadia - AMC Santa Anita 16 & IMAXBurbank - AMC Burbank 30 & IMAXCamarillo - Edwards Camarillo Palace Stadium 12 & IMAXCathedral City - Desert IMAX TheatreCovina - AMC Covina 30 with IMAXCupertino - AMC Cupertino 16 & IMAXDublin - Regal Hacienda Crossings Stadium 21 & IMAXEl Dorado Hills - Regal Cinemas El Dorado Hills Stadium 14 & IMAXEmeryville - AMC Bay Street 16 & IMAXEscondido - Regal Escondido Stadium 16 & IMAXFairfield - Edwards Fairfield Stadium 16 & IMAXFresno - Fresno Stadium 21 + IMAXIrvine - Edwards Irvine Spectrum IMAXLong Beach - Edwards Long Beach 26 & IMAXLos Angeles - AMC Century City 15 & IMAXLos Angeles - IMAX Theatre at The Bridge: cinema de luxLos Angeles - AMC Universal CityWalk Stadium 19 with IMAXNational City - AMC Plaza Bonita 14 & IMAXOntario - Edwards Ontario Palace 22 & IMAXRiverside - AMC Tyler Galleria 16 with IMAXRowland Heights - AMC Puente Hills 20 with IMAXSacramento - Esquire IMAXSan Diego - AMC Palm Promenade 24 & IMAXSan Diego - Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 & IMAXSan Francisco - AMC Loews Metreon 16 with IMAXSan Jose - AMC Eastridge Mall 15 & IMAXSanta Clara - AMC Mercado 20  & IMAXSimi Valley - Regal Civic Center Plaza 16 & IMAXSouth Gate - Edwards South Gate Stadium 20 & IMAXStockton - Regal City Centre Stadium 16 & IMAXTemecula - Temecula Stadium15Torrance - AMC Del Amo 18 & IMAXWoodland Hills - AMC Promenade 16 & IMAXColoradoColorado Springs - Carefree Circle 16 + IMAXDenver - UA Colorado Center Stadium 8 & IMAXHighlands Ranch - AMC Highlands Ranch 24 & IMAXWestminster - AMC Orchard 12 & IMAXWestminster - AMC Westminster Promenade 24 & IMAXConnecticutManchester - IMAX Theatre at Cinema de Lux Buckland Hills 18FloridaAltamonte Springs - AMC Altamonte Mall 18 & IMAXAventura - AMC Aventura 24 & IMAXFort Myers - Regal Gulf Coast Town Center Stadium 16 & IMAXFt. Lauderdale - AutoNation IMAX - MODSJacksonville - AMC Regency 24 & IMAXOldsmar - Woodlands Square 20 with IMAXOrange Park - AMC Orange Park 24 & IMAXOrlando - AMC Loews Universal Cineplex 20 & IMAXOrlando - Regal Waterford Lakes Stadium 20 & IMAXOrlando - Pointe Orlando Stadium 20 + IMAXSouth Miami - AMC Sunset Place 24 & IMAXTallahassee - AMC Tallahassee Mall 20 with IMAXTampa - AMC Veterans 24 & IMAXWest Palm Beach - Muvico Parisian IMAXGeorgiaAugusta - Regal Augusta Exchange Stadium 20 & IMAXBuford - Mall Of Georgia Stadium 20 + IMAXKennesaw - AMC Barrett Commons 24 & IMAXMorrow - AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 & IMAXHawaiiHonolulu - Regal Dole Cannery 18 & IMAXIdahoBoise - Edwards Boise Stadium 22  & IMAXIllinoisBatava - Randall 14 + IMAXChicago - Navy Pier IMAX TheatreHodgkins - Loews Quarry Cinemas 14 with IMAXLincolnshire - Lincolnshire Stadium 20 + IMAXSouth Barrington - AMC Barrington 30 & IMAXWoodridge - Cinemark 16 + IMAXIndianaEvansville - Showplace East 18 + IMAXIndianapolis - Showplace 16 + IMAXNoblesville - Hamilton 16 IMAXPortage - Portage 15 + IMAXIowaCouncil Bluffs - Kerasotes Star Cinemas 16 & IMAXKansasOlathe - AMC Studio 30 & IMAXKentuckyNewport - Newport Levee 20 with IMAXLouisianaHarahan - Elmwood Palace 20 with IMAXMaineSaco - Cinemagic & IMAX in SacoMarylandBaltimore - AMC Loews White Marsh 16 & IMAXColumbia - AMC Columbia 14 & IMAXMassachusettsDanvers - AMC Liberty Tree Mall 20 & IMAXMethuen - Loews Methuen 20 with IMAXNatick - Jordan's Furniture IMAX - NatickReading - IMAX 3D Theatre in Reading - Jordan's FurnMichiganAuburn Hills -Lakes 25 with IMAXGrand Blanc - NCG Trillium Cinema + IMAXGrand Rapids - Celebration! Cinema IMAX TheatreLivonia - Livonia 20Sterling Heights - AMC Forum 30 & IMAXYpsilanti - National Amusement Showcase Ann Arbor & IMAXMinnesotaApple Valley - Great Clips Imation IMAXEdina - Southdale 16 with IMAXRoseville - AMC Rosedale 14 & IMAXMissouriIndependence - AMC Independence Commons 20 & IMAXKansas City - AMC BarryWoods 24 & IMAXNevadaHenderson - Regal Sunset Station Stadium 13 & IMAXLas Vegas - Brenden Palms 13 + IMAXLas Vegas - Regal Red Rock Stadium 16 & IMAXNorth Las Vegas - Regal Aliante Stadium 16 & IMAXNew HampshireHooksett - Cinemagic & IMAX in HooksettNew JerseyAtlantic City - IMAX & the TropicanaCherry Hill - AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24 & IMAXElizabeth - Jersey Gardens 20Hamilton - AMC Hamilton 24 & IMAXNew Brunswick - Loews New Brunswick 18 with IMAXParamus - Garden State 16Rockaway - Rockaway 16 with IMAXNew YorkAlbany - Regal Crossgates Mall 18 & IMAXBrooklyn - Sheepshead Bay 14 with IMAXDeer Park - Deer Park Stadium 16 and IMAXNew Rochelle - New Roc City Stadium 18 + IMAXNew York City - Empire 25 & IMAXNew York City - AMC Loews 34th Street 14 & IMAXNew York City - AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 & IMAXRochester - Tinseltown 16 + IMAXStony Brook - AMC Stony Brook 17 & IMAXWest Nyack - IMAX Theatre at Palisades CenterWhite Plains - City Center 15 IMAXWilliamsville - Transit Center Stadium 18 + IMAXNorth CarolinaCharlotte - Regal Stonecrest At Piper Glen Stadium 22 & IMAXConcord - AMC Concord Mills 24 & IMAXRaleigh - Wachovia IMAX TheatreOhioColumbus - Easton Town Center 30 & IMAXColumbus - Lennox Town Center 24 with IMAXOklahomaOklahoma City - Quail Springs 24Tulsa - Cinemark 17 + IMAXOregonTigard - Regal Bridgeport Village Stadium 18 & IMAXPennsylvaniaBensalem - AMC Neshaminy 24 & IMAXHomestead - AMC Waterfront 22 & IMAXKing of Prussia - UA King of Prussia Stadium 16 & IMAXReading - RC Reading Movies 11 + IMAXTarentum - Pittsburgh Mills Mall 17 + IMAXRhode IslandProvidence - Providence Place Cinemas 16 & IMAXSouth CarolinaCharleston - Southeast CinemasTennesseeKnoxville - Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 at Turkey CreekNashville - Regal Opry Mills 20 & IMAXTexasAustin - IMAX Theater Austin - Bob BullockColleyville - Colleyville Cinema Grille & IMAXDallas - Cinemark IMAX Theatre at Cinemark 17Frisco - Stonebriar 24 with IMAXGarland - AMC Firewheel 18 & IMAXHouston - AMC Gulf Pointe 30 & IMAXHouston - Edwards Houston Marq*e 23 & IMAXMesquite - AMC Mesquite 30 & IMAXSan Antonio - Santikos Palladium 18 IMAX TheatreSugar Land - AMC First Colony 24 & IMAXTomball - Silverado 19 IMAXUtahSandy - Jordan Commons 16 + IMAXVirginiaAlexandria - AMC Hoffman Center 22 & IMAXHampton - Hampton Towne Centre 24 with IMAXHampton - VASC IMAX TheatreMidlothian - Regal Commonwealth 20 & IMAXVirginia Beach - AMC Lynnhaven 18 & IMAXWoodbridge - AMC Potomac Mills 18 & IMAXWashingtonBellevue - Lincoln Square Cinemas IMAX TheatreKent - Kent Station 14 with IMAXLacey - Regal Martin Village Stadium 16 & IMAXSeattle - Boeing IMAX - Pacific Science CenterSeattle - Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAXSpokane - River Park Square 20 with IMAXTukwila - AMC Southcenter 16 & IMAXWisconsinFitchburg - Kerasotes Star 18 & IMAXWauwatosa - Mayfair Mall 18 with IMAXCANADAAlbertaCalgary - Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Chinook IMAX TheatreEdmonton - Cineplex Scotiabank West Edmonton Mall IMAX TheatreBritish ColumbiaLangley - Cineplex Colossus Langley IMAX TheatreRichmond - Cineplex SilverCity Riverport IMAX TheatreNova ScotiaHalifax - Empire 17 & IMAX TheatreOntarioGloucester - Cineplex SilverCity Gloucester IMAX TheatreMississauga - Cineplex Coliseum Mississauga IMAX TheatreToronto - Scotiabank Theatre Toronto & IMAXWoodbridge - Cineplex Colossus Woodbridge IMAX TheatreQuebecMontreal - Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Montreal IMAX TheatreQuebec City - IMAX Le Theatre At QuebecINTERNATIONALArgentinaBuenos Aires - IMAX Showcase Norte*AustraliaMelbourne - Highpoint Hoyts IMAX^Melbourne - Melbourne Museum IMAX^Perth - Carousel Hoyts IMAX^Sydney - Entertainment Quarter Hoyts IMAX^Sydney - LG IMAX Theatre Sydney^AustriaGraz - Cineplexx 8055 GrazVienna - Cineplexx Apollo Das KinoBrazilCuritiba - Palladium Shopping Center IMAXSao Paolo - Bourbon Shopping Center Espaco Unibanco Pompeia IMAXBulgariaSofia - Mtel IMAXChinaBeijing - Beijing UME Huaxing Cineplex*Beijing - Shijingshan Wanda Cinema*Beijing - China National Film Museum*Changchun - Changchun IMAX Theatre*Changsha - Changsha IMAX Theatre*Dongguan - Dongguan Wanda Theatre*Kunming - Kunming Broadway IMAX Theatre*Shanghai - Shanghai Peace IMAX*Tianjin - China Film Cinema IMAX Theatre*Wuhan - Studio City Wuhan*Wuxi - SUC Wuxi IMAX*ColombiaBogota - Centro Commercial Plaza de las AmericasCosta RicaSan Jose - Centro Comercial Avenida Escazu Cine IMAXCzech RepublicPrague - Oskar IMAX Palace Flora^FranceParis - Gaumont Disney Village^GermanyBerlin - CineStar Potsdamer Platz IMAX 3D^GuatemalaGuatemala City - Pradera ConcepcionHong KongKowloon - UA MegaBox IMAX Theatre^Hong Kong SAR - I Square - Lark Intl. Multimedia Ltd.^HungaryBudapest - Cinema City Arena IMAX Hungary^IndiaHyderabad - Prasad IMAX Theatre*Mumbai - Big Cinemas IMAX Theatre*JapanKanagawa - 109 Cinemas Kawasaki*Minoh - 109 Cinemas Minoh*Nagoya - 109 Cinemas Nagoya*Saitama - 109 Cinemas Shobu*KoreaDaegu - CGV Daegu^Gwangju - CGV Gwangju^Ilsan - CGV Ilsan^Seoul - CGV Wangsipni^Seoul - CGV Yongsan^KuwaitSafat - 360 Shopping Mall - Kuwait National Cinema Company^MexicoGuadalajara - Cinepolis Galerias^Juarez - Cinepolis Las Misiones Cd. Juarez IMAX Theatre^Mexico City - Cinepolis Perisur IMAX Theatre^Mexico City - Cinepolis Universidad IMAX Theatre^Monterrey - Galerias Valle Oriente^Toluca - Cinepolis Galerias Metepec IMAX Theatre^NetherlandsAmsterdam - Pathe Arena^Rotterdam - Pathe Schouwburgplein^New ZealandAuckland - SKYCITY IMAX Queen Street^PhilippinesManila - San Miguel Coca-Cola IMAX^Manila - SM City North Edsa Mall IMAX^PolandKatowice - Orange IMAX Katowice*Krakow - Orance IMAX Krakow*Lodz - Orange IMAX Manufaktura*Poznan - Poznan IMAX*Warsaw - Orange IMAX Sabyda*QatarDoha - Villagio Shipping Mall IMAX^RomaniaBucharest - Cinema City IMAX Bucharest^RussiaMoscow - KinoStar City @ Mega Belaya Dacha^Moscow - Nescafe IMAX^Perm - Kristall IMAX^St. Petersburg - Coca-Cola IMAX Kinostar City^Ufa - ZAO Kompaniya Perspektiva Ufa IMAX Theatre^South AfricaDurban - Gateway IMAXPretoria - Menlyn IMAXTaiwanTaipei - Samsung IMAX Theatre Miramar CinemaTaipei - ViewshowThailandBangkok - KrungSri IMAX Siam Paragon^TurkeyIstanbul - AFM IMAX Istinye ParkUKBirmingham - Birmingham IMAX Millennium Point^Bradford - National Media Museum IMAX Bradford^Cardiff - Cardiff^Gateshead - Metrocentre^Glasgow - Glasgow Science Centre IMAX Cinema^Greenwich - ODEON Greenwich IMAX^London - BFI London IMAX Cinema^Manchester - Manchester IMAX @ The Printworks^Wimbledon - ODEON Wimbledon IMAX^UkraineKiev - Utel IMAX Theatre^United Arab EmiratesDubai - Grand Megaplex 21 & IMAX^

^ denotes earlier launch  *denotes later launch

Additional theatres will be confirmed. Please check local listings or IMAX.com for final theatre listings, launch dates and showtimes.

About IMAX Corporation

IMAX Corporation is one of the world's leading entertainment technology companies, specializing in immersive motion picture technologies. The worldwide IMAX network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event Hollywood films around the globe, with IMAX theatres delivering the world's best cinematic presentations using proprietary IMAX, IMAX 3D, and IMAX DMR technology. IMAX DMR is the Company's groundbreaking digital re-mastering technology that allows it to digitally transform virtually any conventional motion picture into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience. The IMAX brand is recognized throughout the world for extraordinary and immersive entertainment experiences for consumers. As of September 30, 2009, there were 403 IMAX theatres (280 commercial, 123 institutional) operating in 44 countries.

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