Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk Opens Tonight in IMAX, 70mm, 35mm & Digital


It’s been over 989 days since the last Christopher Nolan film debuted in theaters, and 570 days since Dunkirk was announced. But the wait is over, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is here! Shot on a combination of IMAX 65mm film, and Standard 65mm film, the WWII action-thriller is starting early showings in theaters across the globe today in a number of unique ways.

The best way to see it would be on IMAX 70mm film. This is presented in a massive 1.43:1 aspect ratio with a theoretical resolution of 8K-12K. However, the number of theaters supporting that format are limited. IMAX with Laser is the company’s replacement for IMAX film, properly filling large format screens with the immersive 1.43:1 ratio that 80% of Dunkirk was filmed in. It is a 4K digital presentation, but the deep blacks and rich colors that laser offer is often compared to IMAX 70mm. A list of IMAX theaters playing either of these two options can be found here.

There are also a good amount of theaters playing Dunkirk on Standard 70mm film, which will have an aspect ratio of 2.20:1 with a theoretical resolution of 5K-6K. A list of theaters playing 70mm can be found here. If you can’t find an IMAX 70mm, IMAX with Laser, or Standard 70mm theater, we recommend Digital IMAX. This is likely what your local multiplex IMAX theater is. These screens are traditionally smaller, but will present the film in a 1.91:1 aspect ratio, and feature the powerful IMAX sound mix.

The last film option is 35mm, which was the common format most films were presented on before the digital projection revolution. These theaters are limited as well, but a great option for film purists. And lastly there is Digital 4K. This too is a wonderful option, as even the majority of films released today are only mastered in 2K. If your local theater has a digital projector, most likely this is how you will be seeing the film.

So there you have it – the many ways to see Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. We’ll be seeing it in IMAX with Laser at the AutoNation IMAX Theatre in Florida. The reviews are overwhelmingly positive, so we recommend ordering your tickets in advance! We hope you all have a wonderful and safe time at the movies. Be sure to head over to the forums to discuss everything once you’ve seen it!

by Teddy Blass
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