Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2 Coming August 4th to IMAX(R) Theatres in China

New York, New York, UNITED STATES


LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) and Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2: An IMAX 3D Experience, the final installment of the blockbuster film series based on the beloved books by J.K. Rowling, will be released nationwide in China, including on 26 IMAX screens, day-and-date on Thursday, August 4.

Since its launch on July 13, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 has grossed $51.5 million globally in IMAX® theatres through Sunday, July 31. The film surpassed opening weekend IMAX box office records globally by generating $23.2 million of its record-setting estimated worldwide gross of more than $481 million, for an IMAX per-screen average of $59,000.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2: An IMAX 3D Experience has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® through proprietary IMAX DMR® technology. With crystal clear images, laser-aligned digital sound and theatre geometry that maximizes field of view, IMAX provides the world's most immersive movie experience.

About Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series. In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climatic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, reprising their roles as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The film's ensemble cast also includes Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Ciarán Hinds, John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Matthew Lewis, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, David Thewlis, Julie Walters and Bonnie Wright.

The film was directed by David Yates, and produced by David Heyman, David Barron and J.K. Rowling. Screenwriter Steve Kloves adapted the screenplay, based on the book by J.K. Rowling. Lionel Wigram is the executive producer.

Behind the scenes, the creative team included director of photography Eduardo Serra, production designer Stuart Craig, editor Mark Day, composer Alexandre Desplat, visual effects supervisor Tim Burke, and costume designer Jany Temime.

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents a Heyday Films Production, a David Yates Film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, which marks the last installment in the most successful film franchise of all time. The film is being released in theatres and IMAX, in 3D and 2D. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is being distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2: An IMAX 3D Experience is scheduled to play day-and-date at the following IMAX® 3D theatres beginning Thursday, August 4:

Beijing
Beijing CBD Wanda IMAX Theatre
Shijingshan Wanda IMAX Theatre
Beijing UME Huaxing IMAX Theatre
Changchun
Changchun Wanda IMAX Theatre
Changsha
Changsha Wanda IMAX Theatre
Chongqing
Lumiere Chongqing Jinyuan Mall IMAX Theatre
Fuzhuo
Fuzhuo Financial Street Wanda IMAX Theatre
Guangzhou
Guangzhou Wanda IMAX Theatre
Hangzhou
Hangzhou Broadway MixC Mall IMAX Theatre
Hangzhou Cinyo IMAX Theatre
Hefei
Hefei Wanda IMAX Theatre
Jinan
Jinan Wanda IMAX Theatre
Kunming
Kunming Broadway IMAX Theatre
Nanjing
Nanjing Jianye Wanda Plaza IMAX Theatre^
Ningbo
Ningbo Yinzhou Wanda Plaza IMAX Theatre^
Qingdao
Qingdao Wanda IMAX Theatre
Shanghai
Shanghai Jiangqiao Wanda IMAX Theatre
Shanghai Peace IMAX Theatre
Shanghai Stellar Super Brand Mall IMAX Theatre
Shanghai Wujiaochang Wanda IMAX Theatre
Shenzhen
UA KK Mall IMAX Theatre
Suzhou
Suzhou Science + Cultural Arts Center IMAX Theatre
Tianjin
China Film Tianjin IMAX Theatre
Wuhan
Wuhan Studio City IMAX Theatre
Wuxi
Wuxi Big World IMAX Theatre
Xi'an, Shaanxi
Daming Palace Relics Park IMAX Theatre

Please check local listings or IMAX.com for final theatre listings, launch dates and showtimes.

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About IMAX China

IMAX China is a wholly-owned subsidiary of IMAX Corporation, and is incorporated under the laws of Hong Kong. IMAX China was established by IMAX Corporation specifically to oversee the expansion of IMAX's business throughout Greater China.

About IMAX Corporation

IMAX Corporation is one of the world's leading entertainment and technology companies, specializing in the creation and delivery of premium, awe-inspiring entertainment experiences. With a growing suite of cutting-edge motion picture and sound technologies, and a globally recognized entertainment brand, IMAX is singularly situated at the convergence of the entertainment industry, innovation and the digital media world. The industry's top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and as such, the IMAX network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe. The Company's new digital projection and sound systems - combined with a growing blockbuster film slate - are fueling the rapid expansion of the IMAX network in established markets such as North America, Western Europe, and Japan, as well as emerging markets such as China and Russia. IMAX theatres deliver the world's best cinematic presentations using proprietary IMAX®, IMAX 3D®, and IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-Mastering) technologies. IMAX DMR enables virtually any motion picture to be transformed into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®. 

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo and Shanghai. As of June 30, 2011, there were 560 IMAX theatres (417 commercial multiplex, 25 commercial destination and 118 institutional) operating in 46 countries.

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