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Why didn’t Carmike include an IMAX screen in the megaplex being built at Monkey Junction?

Jim Brumm
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The company offers a premium theater environment with its BigD Digital Experience.

Carmike Cinemas doesn’t use the IMAX technology in any of its theaters, spokesman Robert Rinderman explained. Instead the company offers a premium theater environment with its BigD Digital Experience, he said.

The entertainment complex planned for construction at The Villages at Myrtle Grove next to the Monkey Junction Post Office will feature 10 screens with total seating for 1,800 and will be highlighted by a state-of-the-art BigD auditorium, the company said when it announced the project last summer.

The Monkey Junction theater is one of seven Columbus, Ga.-based Carmike expects to open this year, Rinderman said.

He said the opening of the new Monkey Junction complex had slipped from the summer 2012 projected in the July 2011 announcement, adding it could come as late as early 2013.

All screens at the new complex will be digital, the company’s announcement said, adding several will be 3-D compatible, including the BigD auditorium that “will showcase our large format digital experience featuring a bigger screen, bigger sound and luxurious theater seating for cutting edge presentation and the definitive enjoyment of our audiences.”

The BigD Experience will feature many enhanced theater amenities including a wall-to-wall screen measuring 60 feet wide and over three stories tall powered by a cutting-edge Christie Brilliant 3-D flash projector, which is also capable of projecting 2-D images.

The end result is a light output of 30,000 lumens, creating a picture quality with noticeably higher resolution than HD, Carmike explained.

The new environment will be further embellished by the comfort of plush leather high-back rocking seats placed for optimal viewing in a stadium seating configuration, the company said.

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