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Navy Pier's Fancy, Renovated IMAX Is Finally Reopening On Thursday

By Stephen Gossett in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 6, 2017 4:26PM

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As film geeks who dreamt of seeing Dunkirk in its optimal 70mm-projection splendor know all too well, the renovations-prompted closure of Navy Pier's IMAX screen created a quite literally massive hole for filmgoers. But that's about to end. The Navy Pier IMAX at last reopens tomorrow, September 7, with fancy, new cinematic bells and whistles galore.

The theater sports the city's only IMAX laser projector system, according to AMC, which took over the theater last year. You'll also find 12-channel sound, new rocker seating, a revamped foyer, plus AMC's seemingly standard MacGuffins bar/lounge.

“IMAX with laser takes movie-going to a whole new level and together with the new plush seating, we’re excited to offer our Chicago guests this one-of-a-kind IMAX experience they won’t find in their homes or any other movie theatre in the Midwest," John McDonald, the executive VP of U.S. operations for AMC, said in a release. And while we generally can take our leave the pamper-ization of modern film exhibition, and are still coming to terms with the idea of Navy Pier for the locals, there's no doubt that such a screen will be welcome.

As for those screenings, it looks like we missed the boat (pun fully intended) on Dunkirk, but clown-horror fans will be happy (and terrified) to know that they can see the It remake on laser IMAX now, starting on Thursday. You can find showtimes here.