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June 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The University of Southern California (USC), which arguably has turned out more leading filmmakers than any other learning institution and which boasts state-of-the-art technological facilities for film students, will soon get its own IMAX theater. It is being donated by Michelle and Kevin Douglas, IMAX’s largest shareholders, and will be installed at the Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts, a 35,000-square-foot training center. In a statement, IMAX chief Richard Gelfond said, “We take our commitment to the future of entertainment very seriously and believe that through this gift we can help educate future filmmakers of the world on how to use technology to express their vision in new ways.” For his part, Zemeckis, whose films include Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Back to the Future, Forrest Gump (and who graduated from USC in 1973), said, “The students’ exploration of IMAX filmmaking and immersive storytelling will push the boundaries of the medium, creating experiences we cannot even imagine yet.”