Director Christopher Nolan has teamed up with IMAX to release his latest film, “Oppenheimer,” in a limited run using 15 perf / 70mm film format. Nolan, who is well respected for his support of IMAX filming, views it as the criterion of motion picture photography because it provides unmatched resolution, color, sharpness, and overall quality. The film will be showcased in only 30 locations worldwide, making this release highly exclusive.

Christopher Nolan recently shared insights into the meticulous preparations required to handle the film in this format. In a TikTok promotional video, he demonstrated the immense reel, which stretches approximately 11 miles and weighs over 600 lbs. It showcases the tremendous effort involved in bringing this cinematic experience to audiences.

What Makes the IMAX Filming by Oppenheimer Special?

One notable aspect of “Oppenheimer” is Nolan’s innovative approach to filming scenes in both color and monochrome black-and-white. Unlike previous attempts to retrofit monochrome footage into IMAX, Nolan sought a more authentic approach. This led him to collaborate with Kodak and his cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema to develop a new film format specifically for this purpose.

Reflecting on his inspiration, Nolan stated, “I’ve always been captivated by the aesthetic impact of shifting between color and black-and-white, which I previously experienced in ‘Memento.’ This time, it felt like the perfect opportunity to revisit that approach, given the subjective and objective storytelling elements intertwined in ‘Oppenheimer.'”

Oppenheimer in Imax: Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer in Oppenheimer
Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer in Oppenheimer

Nolan expressed his gratitude to the team at Kodak for rising to the challenge. Together, they successfully achieved the milestone of shooting black-and-white IMAX films for the first time. The results were thrilling and extraordinary, solidifying their love for this format.

To experience “Oppenheimer” in its full-frame IMAX 15 perf / 70mm glory, viewers can find the 30 worldwide locations, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Czechia, on the provided link. Don’t miss Nolan discussing the film with Reece Feldman, and mark your calendars for the IMAX release of “Oppenheimer” on July 16.

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Oppenheimer | IMAX 70mm Theatre Locations

US Theatres:


Harkins Arizona Mills 25 & IMAX – Tempe, AZ


AMC Metreon 16 & IMAX – San Francisco, CA

Universal Cinema AMC at CityWalk Hollywood & IMAX – Universal City, CA

TCL Chinese Theater IMAX – Hollywood CA

Regal Edwards Ontario Palace & IMAX – Ontario, CA

Regal Irvine Spectrum 21 + IMAX – Irvine CA

Esquire IMAX – Sacramento, CA

Regal Hacienda Crossings & IMAX – Dublin, CA


AutoNation IMAX, Museum of Discovery & Science – Fort Lauderdale, FL


Regal Mall of Georgia & IMAX – Buford, GA


IMAX Theatre at Indiana State Museum – Indianapolis, IN


Chrysler IMAX Dome Theatre, Michigan Science Center – Detroit, MI

Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids North & IMAX – Grand Rapids, MI

New York

AMC Lincoln Square 13 & IMAX – New York, NY


Regal UA King of Prussia & IMAX – King of Prussia, PA

Rhode Island

Providence Place Cinemas 16 and IMAX – Providence,  RI


AMC Rivercenter 11 & IMAX – San Antonio, TX

Cinemark 17 & IMAX – Dallas, TX


Regal Opry Mills & IMAX – Nashville, TN


Scotiabank Chinook & IMAX – Calgary, AB

Scotiabank Edmonton & IMAX – Edmonton, AB

Cineplex Cinemas Langley & IMAX – Langley, BC

Cineplex Cinemas Mississauga & IMAX – Mississauga, ON

Cineplex Cinemas Vaughan & IMAX – Woodbridge ,ON

Kramer IMAX, Saskatchewan Science Centre – Regina, SK


BFI IMAX, British Film Institute – London, UK

Vue Manchester IMAX & The Printworks – Manchester, UK

The Ronson Theatre at the Science Museum – London, UK


IMAX, Melbourne Museum – Melbourne, AU

Czech Republic

IMAX Theatre, Palac Flora – Prague

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