From the Ocala Star Banner
By Rick Allen
There’s no question, this is Ocala’s biggest show; IMAX is in town and already pulling in moviegoers.
The large-screen projection system debuted in Marion County at Regal Cinemas Hollywood 16 theater shortly after noon Friday with the science-fiction space thriller “Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
Moreover, it was in 3-D, a format film critics highly recommend for this movie.
“I wanted an immersive experience, and I got one,” said Marty Hoffert, a retired aerospace engineer who grabbed a seat right up front, within feet of the screen, which is 50 feet wide and 27 feet high.
Recently moved to Ocala, Hoffert said he’s always loved space and wished he could have been an astronaut. But this was almost as good. “That’s the way to watch it, in IMAX,” he added.
Also in the auditorium for the first-ever IMAX presentation in Ocala was Stan Edwards, viewing his first-ever IMAX movie. “It was phenomenal. It really emphasizes the special effects,” he said.
And that’s the goal of installing IMAX at Hollywood 16, said Ross Nunley, vice president of marketing and communications for Regal Entertainment, based in Knoxville, Tenn.
“We’ve viewed our Hollywood theater in Ocala as a real showplace for years,” he said. “This seems like a natural evolution of bringing the premium experience of IMAX to Ocala.”
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