Attack of the Clones: The IMAX Experience

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Size Matters Not — Except on an IMAX Screen

This holiday season, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones will be bigger than ever. Lucasfilm Ltd., The IMAX Corporation and Twentieth Century Fox have announced that Episode II will be coming to IMAX theatres in the United States and Canada starting November 1, 2002.

This is not just the projection of the standard theatrical print on an IMAX screen — the movie will undergo the revolutionary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) process, which enhances the quality of the image and soundtrack to the huge IMAX 15/70 format. This marks the first time IMAX DMR has been used to re-master a film that was digitally captured and created.

Famous Players IMAX

In the Toronto area, you can watch the film at your local Famous Players IMAX screen: the Paramount Toronto, the Coliseum Missisauga and the Colossus Woodbridge.

Schedule of Events

Here are the showtimes for the opening weekend. These are the same for all three theatres.

Thursday, October 31st

10:00 p.m.

This is the "Premiere" showing. Plans are currently for the big activities to be at the Paramount in downtown Toronto, but there will be people and events at the other two theatres as well.

Friday, November 1st

12:30, 3:00, 7:00, 9:40 p.m.

Activities are planned for the final two shows currently.

Saturday, November 2nd

12:30, 3:00, 7:00, 9:40 p.m.

Activities are planned for all shows.

Sunday, November 3rd

12:30, 3:00, 7:00, 9:40 p.m.

Unsure at this time if anything will be planned

As you can see things right now are very tentative. The fanclubs involved are in the process of determining who can help and when. We are also in the final stages of determing what activities will be provided for the patrons.

Local Fanclubs

When Attack of the Clones opens in IMAX theatres, it will be the hub of a great party for fans — one last chance to catch the latest installment of the Star Wars saga on the really big screen with other fans.

Members of FanForce Ontario and the Fighting 501st: Canadian Garrison have been asked by Lucasfilm Ltd. to work with Famous Players to help make this IMAX showing an extra special event. In addition to being there in costume, we will be distributing an exclusive collectible publication.

The eight-page full-color special IMAX edition Bantha Tracks #0 is a sneak preview of the new quarterly newsletter that will be sent to members of the Official Star Wars fan club. It will feature the striking new Episode II IMAX poster on the cover, suitable for display after you've checked out the entertaining articles and special offers inside.

These are going to be very limited, and will only be provided while quantities last!

The fanclubs involved are:

The Toronto Long Line

Toronto Long Line logo

The Toronto Long Line is an informal group of science fiction and fantasy fans who attempt to reclaim some of the magic and enjoyment of the film going experience.

Originally formed as a two-week line to celebrate the release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the group carried on the tradition of meeting with one another for the opening of films. Over the years, the group has extended activities to include gaming, sporting events, local exhibits and conventions.

From large public events to informal get-togethers, chatting over a hot cup of coffee. A fan organization. A film group. A collector's club. The Toronto Long Line is all of those yet none of them. In essence the Toronto Long Line is about taking common interests in the realm of SF & Fantasy and spinning it into friendships.

As an informal group it's difficult to track membership — folks tend drift in and out depending on the event. A typical event will draw between 15-30 people. We have close to 50 people who've attended more than two events. There are no set dates for gathering, but there's usually one a month. Over the past year we've held 15 official gatherings, a half-dozen informal get-togethers, a road-trip to Celebration II and a week long line-up for Episode II, collecting donations for a local food bank.

For more information visit our website or contact our City Representatives TragicLad (Rob) or TheGrandePoobah (David)

Young Jedi Niagara

Young Jedi Niagara founded in January of 2001, raises funds for Women's Place — St. Catharines. Our members represent Star Wars fans of all ages and from all places within the Niagara Region, getting together in their community to have fun and serve a worthy cause.

Beginning with the original founder of the club, Young Jedi Niagara has grown to almost 30 active members; with over a hundred members who receive our regular event notices. We have also raised close to $4,000 for our charity since we started!

We have regular meetings, movie nights, game nights, parties at member's homes, trips to amusement parks, trips to conventions and enter local parades. We also go swimming, bowling, ice-skating, golf and meet for a wide variety of other planned and spontaneous events on an almost weekly basis. Being a member of YJN is like being a member of a Star Wars family!

Of course, we also have fun doing raffles, holding costume contests, and other fund-raising activities. The heart and soul of Young Jedi Niagara is our charity work.

For more information please feel free to contact us at info@youngjediniagara.com

London Rogues

The London Rogues became an official FanForce Chapter on September 26th, 2002 amid ample amounts of spaghetti and chocolate cake. The newest member of FanForce Ontario, the group is working hard to establish themselves both online and in its community. The chapter is expanding its horizons through a new website, exciting events, and an evergrowing number of members.

For more information, visit the website or contact their FanForce City Representative, Lelila (Debbie)

Fighting 501st: Canadian Garrison/Rebel Legion Canada

Rebel Legion logo

Formed in 2000, the Fighting 501st: Canadian Garrison and Rebel Legion are part of the world's premiere Star Wars costuming fan clubs. The clubs members celebrate their love of professional grade costumes, and enjoy sharing it with fans and the public. Both clubs have been featured in various print media (including Star Wars Insider), and have been seen on television.

The 501st represents the Galactic Empire in the Star Wars universe with Stromtroopers, Sith Lords, Bounty Hunters and other Imperial Denizens and the Rebel Legion represents the Rebellion with Jedi, Rebel Pilots, and Senate/Royalty.

Despite being on opposite sides of the galactic conflict, the 501st.ca and Rebel Legion Canada are always eager to volunteer in community events, after all it's fun, and we like helping out! We have in the past have had the privilege to take part in numerous charity events, parades, conventions, and movie premieres.

For more information please visit their website(s), or write to commander@501st.ca

More you say?

Yes, there is going to be a lot more in the upcoming week!

We are in the process of confirming the dates and times for everything, we expect to have that before this week is over.

This page will be updated as more information comes in, so keep looking.