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September 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Employing patents that it licensed from Kodak, IMAX plans to install a 100-foot screen in London’s 117-year-old Empire Leicester Square that will feature new laser technology that will produce sharper, brighter images, IMAX chief Richard Gelfond said on Wednesday. The theater, where Louis and Auguste Lumière presented the first theatrical performance of a movie in the U.K. in 1896, has traditionally been the site of London’s glitziest film premieres. The announcement comes as IMAX is completing a $5-million renovation of the main auditorium of Hollywood’s historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (now called the TCL Chinese Theatre), which is due to reopen on Sept. 15 with a screening of a remastered 3D Wizard of Oz. The theater will feature a 90-foot screen. In the U.K., IMAX has expanded from eight screens just three years ago to almost 30 currently, the London Financial Times observed today (Thursday).