Imax converts ‘Batman Begins’ to digital

Nolan's Bat trio to screen July 19 before midnight 'Dark Knight Rises'

Batman fans will be able to experience Christopher Nolan’s complete “Dark Knight” trilogy in digital Imax, as the large-screen exhib is creating a digital master for the first installment, “Batman Begins.”

Warner Bros. has partnered with AMC Theaters to screen the trilogy at a 296 AMC locations in the U.S., of which 76 will now be in Imax.

Trilogy screenings for regular and Imax houses will begin at 6 p.m. on July 19, leading up to midnight showtimes of “The Dark Knight Rises.”

“As anticipation for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ has risen, our guests have made their voices heard about the kind of experience they expect for this installment of what’s become a legendary franchise,” said AMC programming prexy Robert Lenihan. “We have been working to ensure we could provide our guests an event that was truly, completely in Imax.”

“Batman Begins” originally screened at 55 film-only Imax locations when it launched Stateside on June 15, 2005. Pic wound up with $16 million from Imax; total domestic cume was $205 million. “The Dark Knight,” meanwhile, currently stands as the fourth-highest domestic grosser with $533 million.

The Imax “Dark Knight” package costs $40 per ticket vs. $25 for non-Imax screenings. Both limited-seating engagements include a collectible lanyard and commemorative poster, as well as a $5 voucher for AMC Stubs members to be used that day.

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