Spongebob and the Lips converge on Austin Studios, and the local IMAX pumps up its technology for 'The Polar Express'
More Bigger, Better, Hanks-ier: The IMAX theatre at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is gearing up to screen Robert Zemeckis' animated adaptation of author Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express (with Tom Hanks) in 3-D, which makes it "one of a very few theatres in the world" to be able to do so. The nuts and bolts of the already impressive upgrade which involves multiple Quick-Turn Reel Units and other breakthroughs too complex for us to grasp at this early hour are less important to you and me than the fact that the theatre will now be able to show 120-minute 3-D films should the need arise (and when does it not?). Those IMAX film reels, by the way, are 5 feet in diameter and weigh roughly the same as that blue whale in the Smithsonian you loved so much as a kid, so this is big news in more ways than one. The film opens Wednesday, Nov. 10.
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