The advanced ticket sales for
Disney's IMAX release of FANTASIA/2000 have already seen strong numbers. In
Reuters Magazine, Brian Weisfeld, senior vice president of operations for
Toronto-based IMAX Corp., said advanced ticket sales were as high as
$80,000 in some IMAX-operated theaters versus a more normal $4,000. IMAX,
the owner and franchiser of more than 180 IMAX theaters worldwide, hopes
that FANTASIA/2000 will attract other major films to their eight story
screens. Travis Reed, president of Loews Cineplex Entertainment U.S., said
the three IMAX theaters it operates under a franchise with IMAX, were also
seeing gigantic advance ticket sales such as in New York, which brought in
$225,000, San Francisco, which brought in $100,000, and Chicago which
brought in $70,000. The animated wonders of FANTASIA/2000 are already
intriguing ticket-buyers, hopefully the highly-anticipated flick will draw
other Hollywood spectacles to IMAX screens, which generally only see the
likes of nature and science films.
Read more about the new FANTASIA/2000 in the following articles:
In "Fantasia 2000: Millennium Magic For A New Generation," Laura Schiff
describes the delights that are awaiting us in the new year as she outlines
the sequences, actors and artistic talent behind Fantasia/2000.
As Fantasia/2000's premiere date approaches, J.B. Kaufman finds
Fantasia's roots and reveals Disney's hopes for their second chance at
awakening Walt's dream in "A New Life For Fantasia."