Oppenheimer IMAX screening stops w/ 40 min left to go

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‘Perfect time to get more popcorn’: IMAX 70mm ‘Oppenheimer’ screening stops with 40 minutes left to go

The IMAX 70mm 'Oppenheimer' screenings are happening. But some of the viewings are running into glitches.


Audra Schroeder

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 21, 2023

The first 70mm IMAX screenings of Christopher Nolan‘s Oppenheimer are taking place, and considering how involved the process was of creating, programming, and housing the film, there are going to be some snags.

An audience member named Patrick, who was seeing it at a theater near Toronto, posted on Thursday evening the moment that his screening of Oppenheimer “abruptly shut off with 40 min left to go.” A theater employee can be heard saying they’re “trying to get it up and running in the next five minutes,” as people mutter a few “thank you”s.

“Start it from the beginning,” someone yells.

In another tweet, Patrick says the film did actually start again after five minutes, and they got free passes. He’d previously stated that he heard from employees at the theater that “they flew a projectionist in from LA to work the 70mm IMAX for the next two weeks. Took them 2 days to build the print.”

These issues are bound to happen since not very many theaters support this format anymore: There are only 19 U.S. theaters able to show the 70mm IMAX print. Other audience members reported the film and the sound cutting out at certain points.

Reddit post about Oppenheimer 70mm IMAX screening

If this happens at your IMAX screening, you could always take a pee break and cross your fingers. There’s also now a helpful PSA about when’s the best time to pee during Oppenheimer.

@ijustwannachatpodcast WHEN TO PEE DURING OPPENHEIMER #oppenheimer ♬ original sound – mary arndt
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*First Published: Jul 21, 2023, 2:08 pm CDT