Richard Gelfond
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United States

IMAX

Richard
Gelfond

CEO

Gelfond has made big-screen company IMAX the default choice for popcorn movies, becoming one of the few household names in exhibition — and it’s a fanboy favorite. In IMAX’s case, imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, as AMC, Regal and others tried to create in-house alternatives to the service without achieving the same success. Thanks to Gelfond, IMAX developed a business model that allows studios and filmmakers to collaborate on special large-format releases, which often requires convincing directors to integrate the technology into their filmmaking. “Avengers: Infinity War” and “First Man” were shot with IMAX cameras, with the former being the first major motion picture to exclusively use the technology. Alas, the move into virtual reality has yet to catch on, with IMAX closing VR centers in New York and Shanghai.

 

Career

  • IMAX

Education

  • Stony Brook University (NY, USA)

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IMAX to Open First European Virtual-Reality Center in Manchester, England

IMAX to Open First European Virtual-Reality Center in Manchester, England

IMAX's first virtual-reality entertainment center in Europe will open in Manchester, in northern England, by the end of the year, the company announced Tuesday. The pilot IMAX VR center will be housed in Manchester's Printworks multiplex as part of a deal with the site’s owner, European exhibitor Odeon and UCI Cinemas Group.The center will deliver “immersive, multi-dimensional VR experiences, including entertainment content and games,” IMAX said. In an interview with Variety, CEO Richard L. Gelfond said Manchester was chosen over London...

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