‘Oppenheimer’ to make one last IMAX 70mm impact in Prague later this month

Oppenheimer made an impact at the Golden Globes last weekend, where it won awards for Best Picture – Drama, Director (Christopher Nolan), Actor (Cillian Murphy), Supporting Actor (Robert Downey, Jr.), and Original Score (Ludwig Göransson), and appears poised to score big when Academy Award nominations are announced on January 23.

Now is as good a time as ever to catch up with one of the best films of 2024 if you happened to miss out during the summer, and Cinema City is giving fans the chance to see it one last time in 70mm IMAX, director Christopher Nolan’s preferred format. Oppenheimer will screen one last time at Prague’s IMAX cinema from January 25-28.

The Prague cinema was the only in continental Europe to screen Oppenheimer in 70mm IMAX when it premiered last July and screened through the end of September. Fans from across the EU and even further abroad travelled to Prague just to see Oppenheimer in its intended format.

If you want to catch Oppenheimer in IMAX later this month, act fast. The film sold out Cinema City for weeks when it opened last summer, and can be expected to do the same for its encore engagement this month. Tickets to see Oppenheimer in 70mm IMAX from January 25-28 will be available for sale on the website of Cinema City from January 15 at 4:00 p.m.

“You absolutely fell in love with [Oppenheimer‘s] unique IMAX 70mm format from the midnight premiere until the final screenings,” Cinema City Czech Republic writes on social media. “We were the only cinema in continental Europe to screen it [in this format], and offer the chance to experience the movie in the highest possible quality.”

“Immediately after [screenings] ended, you started writing to us when he would be back there again, and since the story about the father of the atomic bomb completely dominated the 81st Golden Globes, now is the perfect opportunity.”

This may be your last chance to see Oppenheimer in the format for which it was made. Director Nolan and cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema even worked with Kodak to create an entirely new film format to be able to shoot in 70mm IMAX black and white.

The result is stunning, and was easily the best cinematic experience of 2023 (read our review of Oppenheimer in 70mm IMAX here). Catching up with Oppenheimer through other formats later, the movie still holds up thanks to the strength of its story. But the IMAX experience will blow you away.

“We put a lot of effort into shooting the film in a way that we can get it out on these large format screens. It really is just a great way of giving people an experience that they can’t possibly get in the home,” Nolan told the Associated Press last year.

“The sharpness and the clarity and the depth of the image is unparalleled. The headline, for me, is by shooting on IMAX 70mm film, you’re really letting the screen disappear. You’re getting a feeling of 3D without the glasses. You’ve got a huge screen and you’re filling the peripheral vision of the audience. You’re immersing them in the world of the film.”


Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at expats.cz and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at MaArtial.com.

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