On Friday, the world’s first IMAX projector ran its final show, a special screening of the 1971 film “North of Superior,” the second IMAX production and first “conventional” IMAX film ever made.
Click here for photos of Cinesphere and IMAX Projector #1
According to Gordon McLeod, former Cinesphere Chief Projectionist, on the Film-Tech website: “The machine was originally built and used at the fujitsu pavilion at Osaka 1970 and was then moved to Ontario Place. In 1985 the reel unit and lamphouse were replaced with the prototype MK1 reel unit and the 15K lamphouse (the original was 30K). Later, the machine was the prototype for the 48fps system. Almost everything in it is one of a kind.”
Projector #1 will be replaced by an IMAX GT 3D film system when Cinesphere, located in Toronto’s Ontario Place park, reopens next Summer.