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USC School of Cinematic Arts Receives Donation of Complete IMAX Theatre System

[quote]The students’ exploration of IMAX filmmaking and immersive storytelling will push the boundaries of the medium, creating experiences we cannot even imagine yet.” — Robert Zemeckis[/quote]

Los Angeles, CA, USA (June 4, 2014) — IMAX Corporation today announced the donation of an IMAX theatre system to the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Cinematic Arts. The theatre, which is the first teaching lab of its kind in a collegiate setting, will be installed in a new auditorium donated by Michelle and Kevin Douglas, IMAX’s largest shareholders, at the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts—a 35,000-square-foot, fully digital training center. The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre and Immersive Media Lab will serve as a research facility and teaching facility for students to learn IMAX filmmaking as well as other immersive entertainment experiences including location-based entertainment and multi-player game design.

“IMAX has been a cinematic innovator since its inception more than 45 years ago,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “We take our commitment to the future of entertainment very seriously and believe that through this gift we can help educate future filmmakers of the world on how to use technology to express their vision in new ways. The Lab will also give students the opportunity to learn about the latest innovations filmmaking, set design, sound and post-production. We are honored to be a part of Zemeckis Center, a world-class, state-of-the-art learning facility and it is our hope that the USC IMAX Lab will help expand every student’s creative potential.”

“Our partnership with IMAX and Michelle and Kevin Douglas is an incredible leap forward in offering students the most cutting edge storytelling technologies,” said alum Robert Zemeckis.  

The Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts is the brainchild of legendary filmmaker and USC alumnus Robert Zemeckis. The Center is the result of an unprecedented collaboration of studios, agencies, corporations and individual leaders throughout the entertainment community. The addition of The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre continues this legacy of collaboration and supports Center’s mission to educate and inspire the next generation of filmmakers and digital artists.

“Our partnership with IMAX and Michelle and Kevin Douglas is critical to the School’s efforts in advancing the field of IMAX filmmaking,” said Elizabeth M. Daley, the Dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. “This gift is not only transformative for the research efforts of the School but, more importantly, puts the cutting-edge immersive storytelling and virtual production tools in our students’ hands.”

“IMAX has remained committed over the years to building strong relationships with today’s leading and most cutting-edge filmmakers. We’ve established a mutual trust that has enabled us to become a part of the creative process, in ways that allow many filmmakers to design their movies with IMAX in mind,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We are honored to be a part of the USC School of Cinematic Arts in providing the filmmakers of tomorrow a hands-on learning opportunity with the IMAX medium and inspire them to follow in the footsteps of today’s most acclaimed filmmakers.”

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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