NORWALK, Conn. -- The latest installment of one of cinema's legendary franchises, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," opens for the first time in Connecticut in 70mm IMAX at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, on Friday, March 25.
The aquarium hosts Connecticut’s largest IMAX theater, with its six-stories-high screen. J.J. Abrams, director of "The Force Awakens," shot key sequences of the movie using IMAX cameras, which are the world's highest-resolution.
"Even if you saw 'The Force Awakens' in your local moviehouse, you have not yet experienced 'The Force Awakens' as you will here at the Maritime Aquarium," said Chris Loynd, the aquarium's marketing director. "Let our dramatic format and giant screen transport you once again to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away."
Only 15 prints were made of the film in the 70mm IMAX film format: most IMAX theaters showed digital versions of the movie. The aquarium is just one of four theaters worldwide currently offering it in this format.
"I'm a huge fan of what IMAX is about," Abrams said. "I wanted to shoot this one sequence in the format to have a movie -- even one sequence of it -- shot using those cameras. You feel it. And it ends up being that much more fun to watch. For fans of 'Star Wars,' they’ll get to experience a sequence in a way they haven't before."
The film's screenplay was written by Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt and is the seventh episode of the "Star Wars" series. Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill return, and Daisy Ridley and John Boyega are introduced.
The film is 135 minutes long and is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence. The first show will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and it will then will play at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets are $12.95 for adults; $11.95 for youth from 13-17 and seniors 65 and over; and $10.95 for children 3-12. Buy them here. You can also reserve tickets or get more information by calling 203-852-0700, ext. 2206.
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