IMAX vs IMAX “Size Matters”

When it comes to the movie experience, it doesn’t get any better than the Imax, digital picture and sound  projected onto  giant screens. 

But not all Imax theaters are equal.

Thor was the movie this weekend, and it was showing at both Sacratomatoville  Imax theaters.   Meeting friends I bought my ticket via Fandango for the Imax  in El Dorado Hills.                                   Upon entering the theater I was immediately disappointed by the size the screen and the theater.

The theater (they call them Auditoriums) was ordinary sized, similar to what you would find in any multiplex in the area.   The screen was large, and larger than a normal theater screen, but not nearly as large as the Imax Esquire downtown.

 In fact the Imax screen in El Dorado Hills, are about the same size as the  THX screens at the Palladio 16 down the hill in Folsom

The Palladio is the only complex in the area with all digital theaters.

Thor was great, the sound in the Regal Imax was fantastic, but for the ultimate movie experience, its the Imax Esquire downtown.

Update 12/22/15

The Esquire Imax Screen measures sixty feet by 80 feet which is a few feet smaller than an entire Basketball Court.  The Sacramento theater is one of nine Imax theaters in the state that uses Imax’s 1570 (true 70 millimeter) Digital Projector which is the systems premier projection system.  Which is considerable brighter that El Dorado Hills Digital System also used at other Sacramento Theaters.

There are certain disadvantages with the downtown Imax, the seats are preassigned and parking, well its downtown.    The prices are the same for either Imax, it will cost you nearly twenty bucks per seat, but at the end of the day size matters.




Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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