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Posted at 2:07 PM ET, 02/22/2010

Imax, coming soon to a NoVa theater near you

By Jen Chaney

"Alice" fans, you now have another option if you want to go through the looking glass, Imax-style.

AMC Tysons Corner
plans to open a new Imax auditorium next Friday to coincide with the release of Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" in Imax 3D. In addition to the trippy Mad Hatter tale, other upcoming releases on the shopping mall cineplex's massive, immersive Imax screen may include include "Shrek Forever After," "Iron Man 2" and "Toy Story 3."

This is good news for people who like their movies huge but don't always feel like traveling to one of the Smithsonian Imax venues to see them that way.The Tysons locations joins several other local theaters -- including AMCs Columbia, Hoffman Center and Potomac Mills -- that also have Imax screens as part of their multiplex mix.

So let me get this straight. D.C. has two Imax theaters, NoVa has three and Maryland has ... one? In Howard County? What, don't people in MoCo and Prince George's also deserve to see the Cheshire Cat's grin blown up to an overwhelmingly toothy degree?

-- Jen Chaney

By Jen Chaney  | February 22, 2010; 2:07 PM ET
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1) Maryland has a real IMAX screen in baltimore

2) White Marsh also has one of these new fake screens

3) These new "IMAX" screens at the multiplexes are fake. They're no where near the size of real IMAX screens, and they're more expensive than a real IMAX screen. Thankfully the Baltimore screne will have "Alice" as it looks liek the Smithsonian either doesn't want it or was blocked from getting it by AMC.

Posted by: EricS2 | February 22, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

To be fair, these are "liemax" theaters. Not to be compared to the ones at the Smithsonian locations by any stretch of the imagination.

Posted by: spiggah | February 22, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Also, unless the film was made in IMAX format, it's just the same print *bigger*.

Posted by: dkorn | February 22, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad that DCist called out the Going Out Guide regarding IMAX:

Posted by: subwayguy | February 23, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Yes, I agree with the above posters. Fake IMAX.

Posted by: wp112310 | February 25, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

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