IMAX Celebrates 20 Years at the Top with Everest

Mount Everest, aerial shot

IMAX Melbourne celebrated 20 years of wowing its audience with an exclusive screening of the 1998 documentary Everest, presented on IMAX 1570 film. As the first film showcased at IMAX and still in the top ten most viewed, it features the first giant screen images ever brought back from Mt. Everest.

Released in IMAX theatres in March 1998, it became the highest-grossing film made in the IMAX format and still has a meaningful impact to all its viewers.

IMAX offers the most immersive cinematic experience and is the world’s largest at 32 metres wide and 23 metres high.

An American documentary film, Everest is the dramatic true story of a group of courageous individuals who dared to climb to the highest mountain peak in Nepal.

This was filmed during and after the infamous 1996 tragedy in which eight climbers lost their lives in a deadly storm, never making it back down the mountain.

Directed by Greg MacGillivray and narrated by Liam Neeson, the film educates its audience on how the mountain was formed and how it continues to evolve, how high-altitude challenges a climber’s physical and mental capabilities, and how Sherpa culture and tradition permeates the Mount Everest experience.

Although a special screening, you can still read the newspaper articles featured in The Age framed as a proud reminder of where IMAX began to what the cinematic experience has evolved to today. To another 20 years and beyond – congratulations IMAX.

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