“IN THE HEIGHTS: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE” OPENS AT THE ESQUIRE IMAX THEATRE ON JUNE 10
The creator of “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Jon Chu, the director of “Crazy Rich Asians” invite you to the event of the summer, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big.
“In The Heights: The IMAX Experience” opens at the Esquire IMAX Theatre on June 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the theater box office and online at www.imax.com/sacramento.
ABOUT “IN THE HEIGHTS”
Lights up on Washington Heights…The scent of cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable and magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos, “Hamilton”), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines, and sings about a better life.
“In The Heights” fuses Miranda’s kinetic music and lyrics with director Chu’s lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience.
The IMAX release of “In The Heights” will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of the IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with the Esquire IMAX Theatre’s six story high and 80 feet wide screen, customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
The Esquire IMAX Theatre is located at 1211 K Street in downtown Sacramento, CA. For information on tickets, showtimes, and safety procedures please call 916-443-IMAX (4629) or visit the website at www.imax.com/sacramento.
ABOUT IMAX CORPORATION:
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube.
Editor’s Note: Information used in this report obtained from IMAX publicity.
OTHER MOVIE NEWS:
TO CELEBRATE “F9” IN THEATERS ON JUNE 25 UNIVERSAL PICTURES FEATURING FREE “FAST FRIDAYS” SCREENINGS
Universal Pictures recently announced that to celebrate the arrival of F9, the newest chapter in the “Fast and Furious” Saga, in theaters June 25, the studio and its theater partners across the U.S. has launched a free nationwide screening series of all eight previous “Fast” films, beginning April 30, 2021.
The eight-week program invites fans to watch all eight previous “Fast” films in participating theaters, free of charge, with one film screening each Friday. The films will be screened in chronological order, beginning with 2001’s “The Fast and the Furious” (April 30) and culminating with 2017’s “The Fate of the Furious” on June 18.
The screening series will launch in more than 500 theaters across the U.S. and will ultimately expand to more than 900 theaters. Theaters that join the screening series after April 30 will begin their screenings with whichever film is already scheduled to screen in that week.
Participating theaters include: AMC Theatres, Regal, Cinemark Theatres, Marcus Theatres, Harkins Theatres, Showcase Cinemas, Santikos Entertainment, B&B Theatres, Cinépolis USA, Georgia Theatre Company, Marquee Cinemas, Epic Theatres, EVO Cinemas, Megaplex Theatres, Maya Cinemas, Xscape Theatres, Silverspot Cinema, Golden Star Theaters, MovieScoop Cinemas and Premiere Cinemas.
Over the course of eight films that have stoked passion in an ever-expanding audience and have earned more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures’ record-smashing, homegrown “Fast” Saga has become the studio’s most-profitable and longest-running franchise. Across social media platforms, the fan following for the movies and cast has grown into the biggest of any active franchise.
On the heels of 2017’s “The Fate of the Furious,” which debuted in theaters as the biggest global opening of all time, the blockbuster franchise has expanded to a multitude of offerings – from toys and video games to an all-new animated series and a successfully launched spin-off franchise.
“The “Fast” films are all about family, and Universal wanted to find a way to thank our huge family of “Fast” fans around the country for their passion and loyalty over the past 20 years,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution. “We’re grateful to our theater partners for their help in making this screening series possible and we are delighted to welcome audiences back to theaters to experience the wild “Fast” ride all over again. And we cannot wait to blow everyone’s minds with the release of “F9 “on June 25.”
Screening tickets will be distributed by each individual theater and will be available the Friday before each weekly screening, starting on Friday, April 30. Visit www.FastFridayScreenings.com for further information on how to receive tickets.
The remaining schedule of screenings is as follows:
Friday 5/7– 2 Fast 2 Furious
Friday 5/14– The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Friday 5/21- Fast & Furious
Friday 5/28– Fast Five
Friday 6/4– Fast & Furious 6
Friday 6/11– Furious 7
Friday 6/18– The Fate of the Furious.
In addition to the screening series, Entertainment Weekly’s popular Binge Podcast will take fans through each of the previous “Fast” films in an eight-week series featuring exclusive conversations with the stars who brought those movies to life. Each episode will focus on one movie in the franchise with a “Fast” cast member from that particular film. Beginning April 30, a new episode will drop each “Fast Friday,” every week, leading up to the release of “F9” on June 25.
No matter how fast you are, no one outruns their past.
F9 is the ninth chapter in the “Fast & Furious” saga, which has endured for two decades and has earned more than $5 billion around the world.
Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena, the upcoming “The Suicide Squad”).
“F9” sees the return of Justin Lin as director, who helmed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth chapters of the series when it transformed into a global blockbuster. The action hurtles around the globe—from London to Tokyo, from Central America to Edinburgh, and from a secret bunker in Azerbaijan to the teeming streets of Tbilisi. Along the way, old friends will be resurrected, old foes will return, history will be rewritten, and the true meaning of family will be tested like never before.
The film stars returning cast members Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster and Sung Kang, with Oscar winners Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron along with Kurt Russell.
“F9” also features Grammy-winning superstar Cardi B as new franchise character Leysa, a woman with a connection to Dom’s past, and a cameo by Reggaeton sensation Ozuna.
“F9” is produced by Neal H. Moritz, p.g.a., Vin Diesel, p.g.a., Justin Lin, p.g.a., Jeff Kirschenbaum, p.g.a., Joe Roth, Clayton Townsend, p.g.a., and Samantha Vincent.
Universal Pictures presents an Original Film/One Race Films/Perfect Storm production in association with Roth/Kirschenbaum Films, a Justin Lin film. www.thefastsaga.com.
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Editor’s Note: Information used in this report obtained from Universal Pictures Publicity.