updated 9/25/2010 9:45:14 PM ET 2010-09-26T01:45:14

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq:IMAX) (TSX:IMX), Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures announce that Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, the film based on the beloved "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" books by Kathryn Lasky, will be released to IMAX® theatres this Friday, September 24th. The film will open on 193 IMAX® 3D screens domestically, simultaneously with the film's wide North American release. The movie will also open on 63 IMAX screens internationally, three of which will open this Friday with the additional runs debuting throughout the following weeks. More international theatres will be added as pending bookings are confirmed.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole An IMAX 3D Experience was originally rendered in 3D animation, and has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology for presentation in IMAX 3D. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique immersive environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

About Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole:

Acclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder makes his animation debut with the fantasy family adventure Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, based on the beloved Guardians of Ga'Hoole books by Kathryn Lasky. The film follows Soren, a young owl enthralled by his father's epic stories of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones. 

While Soren dreams of someday joining his heroes, his older brother, Kludd, scoffs at the notion, and yearns to hunt, fly and steal his father's favor from his younger sibling. But Kludd's jealousy has terrible consequences — causing both owlets to fall from their treetop home and right into the talons of the Pure Ones. Now it is up to Soren to make a daring escape with the help of other brave young owls. Together they soar across the sea and through the mist to find the Great Tree, home of the legendary Guardians — Soren's only hope of defeating the Pure Ones and saving the owl kingdoms.

The film features the voices of Helen Mirren, Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, Emily Barclay, Abbie Cornish, Ryan Kwanten, Anthony LaPaglia, Miriam Margolyes, Sam Neill, Richard Roxburgh and David Wenham.

Snyder directed Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole from a screenplay by John Orloff and Emil Stern, based on the Guardians of Ga'Hoole novels by Kathryn Lasky. The film was produced by Zareh Nalbandian, with Donald De Line, Deborah Snyder, Lionel Wigram, Chris deFaria, Kathryn Lasky and Bruce Berman serving as executive producers.

Opening nationwide in theatres and IMAX, the film will be presented in 3D and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

The film has been rated PG by the MPAA for some sequences of scary action.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole An IMAX 3D Experience is scheduled to play day-and-date at the following IMAX® theatres beginning September 24th.

UNITED STATES

Alaska

Anchorage – Regal Tikahtnu Stadium 16 & IMAX

Fairbanks – Regal Goldstream Stadium 16 & IMAX

Arizona

Glendale – AMC Westgate 20 with IMAX

Mesa – Dickinson Gateway 12 IMAX Theatre

Phoenix – AMC Deer Valley 30 with IMAX

Phoenix – AMC Desert Ridge 18 with IMAX

Tempe – Harkins Arizona Mills IMAX

Tucson– AMC Foothills 15 with IMAX

Arkansas

Little Rock – Dickinson Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre

California

Alhambra – Regal Renaissance Stadium 14 & IMAX

Aliso Viejo – Regal Aliso Viejo Stadium 20 & IMAX

Arcadia – AMC Santa Anita 16 with IMAX

Burbank – AMC Burbank 30 with IMAX

Camarillo – Regal Camarillo Palace Stadium 12 & IMAX

Covina – AMC Covina 30 with IMAX

Cupertino – AMC Supertino Square 16 with IMAX

Dublin – Regal Hacienda Crossings Stadium 21 & IMAX

El Dorado Hills – Regal El Dorado Hills Stadium 14 & IMAX

Emeryville – AMC Bay Street 16 with IMAX

Escondido – Regal Escondido Stadium 16 & IMAX

Fairfield – Regal Fairfield Stadium 16 & IMAX

Irvine – Regal Irvine Spectrum 21 + IMAX

Long Beach – Regal Long Beach Stadium 26 & IMAX

Los Angeles – AMC Century City 15 with IMAX

Los Angeles – Rave 18 & IMAX

Los Angeles – AMC Universal Citywalk Stadium 19 with IMAX

National City – AMC Plaza Bonita 14 with IMAX

Ontario – Regal Ontario Palace Stadium 22 & IMAX

Orange – AMC 30 At The Block with IMAX

Riverside – AMC Tyler Galleria 16 with IMAX

Rowland Heights – AMC Puente Hills 20 with IMAX

Sacramento – Esquire IMAX

San Diego – AMC Mission Valley 20 with IMAX

San Diego – AMC Palm Promenade 24 with IMAX

San Diego – Regal Mira Mesa Stadium 18 & IMAX

San Francisco – AMC Metreon 16 with IMAX

San Jose – AMC Eastridge Mall 15 with IMAX

Santa Clara – AMC Mercado 20 with IMAX

Simi Valley – Regal Civic Center Stadium 16 & IMAX

South Gate – Regal South Gate Stadium 20 & IMAX

Stockton – Regal City Centre Stadium 16 & IMAX

Temecula – Regal Temecula Stadium15 & IMAX

Torrance – AMC Del Amo 18 with IMAX

Woodland Hills – AMC Promenade 16 with IMAX

Colorado

Colorado Springs – Cinemark Carefree Circle 16 & IMAX

Denver – Regal Colorado Center Stadium 8 & IMAX

Highlands Ranch – AMC Highlands Ranch 24 & IMAX

Westminster – AMC Orchard 12 with IMAX

Westminster – AMC Westminster Promenade 24 with IMAX

Connecticut

Manchester – Rave Buckland Hills 18 & IMAX

Plainville – AMC Plainville 20 with IMAX

Florida

Altamonte Springs – AMC Altamonte Mall 18 with IMAX

Aventura – AMC Aventura 24 with IMAX

Brandon – AMC The Regency 20 with IMAX

Fort Myers – Regal Gulf Coast Town Center Stadium 16 & IMAX

Ft. Lauderdale – AutoNation IMAX at MODS

Jacksonville – AMC Regency 24 with IMAX

Oldsmar – AMC Woodlands Square 20 with IMAX

Orange Park – AMC Orange Park 24 with IMAX

Orlando – AMC Universal Cineplex 20 with IMAX

Orlando – Regal Pointe Orlando Stadium 20 & IMAX

Orlando – Regal Waterford Lakes Stadium 20 & IMAX

South Miami – AMC Sunset Place 24 with IMAX

St. Petersburg – Muvico Baywalk 19 & IMAX

Sunrise – Regal Sawgrass Stadium 23 & IMAX

Tallahassee – AMC Tallahassee Mall 20 with IMAX

Tampa – AMC Veterans 24 with IMAX

West Palm Beach – Muvico Parisian 20 & IMAX

Georgia

Augusta – Regal Augusta Exchange Stadium 20 & IMAX

Buford – Regal Mall Of Georgia Stadium 20 & IMAX

Kennesaw – AMC Barrett Commons 24 with IMAX

Morrow – AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 with IMAX

Hawaii

Honolulu – Regal Dole Cannery 18 & IMAX

Illinois

Batavia – Goodrich Randall 15 IMAX

Chicago – Navy Pier IMAX Theatre

Hodgkins – AMC Quarry Cinemas 14 with IMAX

Lincolnshire – Regal Lincolnshire Stadium 20 & IMAX

Lombard – AMC Yorktown 17 with IMAX

Schaumburg – AMC Streets of Woodfield 20 with IMAX

Skokie – AMC Showplace Village Crossing 18 with IMAX

South Barrington – AMC Barrington 30 with IMAX

Indiana

Evansville – Showplace East 18 & IMAX

Indianapolis – AMC Showplace 16 with IMAX

Noblesville – Goodrich Hamilton 16 IMAX

Portage – Goodrich Portage 16 IMAX

Kansas

Olathe – AMC Studio 30 with IMAX

Kentucky

Newport – AMC Newport Levee 20 with IMAX

Louisiana

Harahan – AMC Elmwood Palace 20 with IMAX

Maine

Saco – Cinemagic & IMAX in Saco

Maryland

Baltimore – AMC Loews White Marsh 16 with IMAX

Columbia – AMC Columbia 14 with IMAX

Massachusetts

Boston – AMC Loews Boston Common 19 with IMAX

Danvers – AMC Liberty Tree Mall 20 with IMAX

Methuen – AMC Methuen 20 with IMAX

Natick – Jordan's Furniture IMAX 3D Theatre

Reading – Jordan's Furniture IMAX 3D Theatre

Michigan

Auburn Hills – AMC Star Great Lakes 25 with IMAX

Dearborn – Henry Ford IMAX

Grand Blanc – NCG Trillium Cinema & IMAX

Grand Rapids – Celebration! Grand Rapids North 17 & IMAX

Lansing – Celebration! Lansing 19 & IMAX

Livonia – AMC Livonia 20 with IMAX

Sterling Heights – AMC Forum 30 with IMAX

Ypsilanti – Rave Ann Arbor 20 & IMAX

Minnesota

Eden Prairie – AMC Eden Prairie Mall 18 with IMAX

Edina – AMC Southdale 16 with IMAX

Roseville – AMC Rosedale 14 with IMAX

Missouri

Independence – AMC Independence Commons 20 with IMAX

Kansas City – AMC BarryWoods 24 with IMAX

Nebraska

Omaha – AMC Oakview Plaza 24 with IMAX

Nevada

Henderson – Regal Sunset Station Stadium 13 & IMAX

Las Vegas – Regal Red Rock Stadium 16 & IMAX

North Las Vegas – Regal Aliante Stadium 16 & IMAX     

New Hampshire

Hooksett – Cinemagic & IMAX in Hooksett

New Jersey

Atlantic City – IMAX Theatre at Tropicana

Cherry Hill – AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24 with IMAX

Elizabeth – AMC Jersey Gardens 20 with IMAX

Hamilton – AMC Hamilton 24 with IMAX

New Brunswick – Loews New Brunswick 18 with IMAX

Paramus – AMC Garden State 16 with IMAX

Rockaway – AMC Rockaway 16 with IMAX

New York

Albany – Regal Crossgates Mall 18 & IMAX

Brooklyn – Regal Sheepshead Bay 14 & IMAX

Deer Park – Regal Deer Park Stadium 16 & IMAX

New Rochelle – Regal New Roc City Stadium 18 & IMAX

New York City – AMC Empire 25 with IMAX

New York City – AMC 34th Street 14 with IMAX

New York City – AMC Kips Bay 15 with IMAX

New York City – AMC Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX

Port Chester – AMC Port Chester 14 with IMAX

Stony Brook – AMC Stony Brook 17 with IMAX

West Nyack – IMAX Theatre at Palisades Center

White Plains – National Amusements City Center 15 IMAX

Williamsville – Regal Transit Center Stadium 18 & IMAX

North Carolina

Cary – Regal Crossroads Stadium 20 & IMAX

Charlotte – Regal Stonecrest At Piper Glen Stadium 22 & IMAX

Concord – AMC Concord Mills 24 with IMAX

Raleigh – Marbles Kids Museum Wachovia IMAX Theatre

Ohio

Columbus – AMC Easton Town Center 30 with IMAX

Columbus – AMC Lennox Town Center 24 with IMAX

Springdale – Springdale 18: Cinema de Lux IMAX

Westlake – Regal Crocker Park Stadium 16 & IMAX

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City – AMC Quail Springs 24 with IMAX

Tulsa – Cinemark 17 & IMAX

Oregon

Tigard – Regal Bridgeport Village Stadium 18 & IMAX

Pennsylvania

Bensalem – AMC Neshaminy 24 with IMAX

HomesteadAMC Waterfront 22 with IMAX

King of Prussia – Regal King of Prussia Stadium 16 & IMAX

Reading – RC Reading Movies 11 & IMAX

Rhode Island

Providence – Providence Place Cinemas 16 & IMAX

South Carolina

Charleston – Citadel Mall Stadium 16 with IMAX

Simpsonville – Great Escape 14 & IMAX

Tennessee

Knoxville – Regal Pinnacle Stadium Cinemas 17 & IMAX

Texas

Arlington – AMC The Parks At Arlington 18 with IMAX

Dallas – Cinemark 17 & IMAX

Frisco – AMC Stonebriar 24 with IMAX

Garland – AMC Firewheel 18 with IMAX

Houston – AMC Gulf Pointe 30 with IMAX

Houston – Regal Houston Marq*e 23 & IMAX

Mesquite – AMC Mesquite 30 with IMAX

San Antonio – Santikos Palladium 18 IMAX

Sugar Land – AMC First Colony 24 with IMAX

Tomball – Santikos Silverado 19 IMAX

Utah

Sandy– Megaplex 17 & IMAX at Jordan Commons

South Jordan – Megaplex 20 & IMAX at The District

Virginia

Alexandria – AMC Hoffman Center 22 with IMAX

Hampton – AMC Hampton Towne Centre 24 with IMAX

Hampton – Virginia Air & Space Center IMAX Theater

McLean – AMC Tysons Corner 16 with IMAX

Midlothian – Regal Commonwealth 20 & IMAX

Virginia Beach – AMC Lynnhaven 18 with IMAX

Woodbridge – AMC Potomac Mills 18 with IMAX

Washington

Bellevue – Lincoln Square Cinemas IMAX Theatre

Kent – AMC Kent Station 14 with IMAX

Lacey – Regal Martin Village Stadium 16 & IMAX

Lynnwood – AMC Alderwood Mall 16 with IMAX

Seattle – Pacific Science Center Boeing IMAX

Seattle – Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX

Spokane – AMC River Park Square 20 with IMAX

Tukwila – AMC Southcenter 16 with IMAX

Wisconsin

Fitchburg – AMC Star 18 with IMAX

Wauwatosa – AMC Mayfair Mall 18 with IMAX

CANADA

Alberta

Edmonton – Cineplex Scotiabank West Edmonton Mall IMAX Theatre

British Columbia

Langley – Cineplex Colossus Langley & IMAX

Richmond – Cineplex Silvercity Riverport IMAX Theatre

Nova Scotia

Halifax – Empire 17 & IMAX Theatre

Ontario

Gloucester – Cineplex Silvercity Gloucester IMAX Theatre

Mississauga – Cineplex Coliseum 12 Mississauga & IMAX

Toronto – Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Toronto & IMAX

Woodbridge – Cineplex Colossus Toronto & IMAX

Quebec

Montreal – Cineplex Cinema Banque Scotia Montreal & IMAX

Quebec City – Galeries de la Capitale IMAX

INTERNATIONAL

Argentina

Buenos Aires – IMAX Theatre Center Norte*

Australia

Melbourne – Highpoint Hoyts IMAX*

Perth – Carousel Hoyts IMAX*

Sydney – Entertainment Quarter Hoyts IMAX*

Austria

Graz – Cineplexx 8055 Graz*

Vienna – Cineplexx Apollo Das Kino*

Brazil

Curitiba – Dom Bosco IMAX Palladium Shopping Center*

Sao Paolo – Bourbon Shopping Center Espaço Unibanco Pompéia IMAX*

Colombia

Bogota – Centro Commercial Plaza de las Americas*

Costa Rica

San Jose – Nova Repretel Cine IMAX Centro Comercial Avenida Escazu*

France

Lyon – Pathe Carre de Soie*

Paris – Cinema Pathe Quai d'Ivry*

Paris – Gaumont Disney Village*

Rouen – Gaumont Rouen Grand Quevilly*

Toulouse – Gaumont Toulouse Labege*

Guatemala

Guatemala City – Circuito Alba IMAX Pradera Concepcion*

Hong Kong

Hong Kong – UA iSQUARE IMAX Theatre*

Hong Kong – UA MegaBox BEA IMAX Theatre*

India

Mumbai – Big Cinemas IMAX Theatre*

Japan

Kanagawa – 109 Cinemas Kawasaki*

Minoh – 109 Cinemas Minoh*

Nagoya – 109 Cinemas Nagoya*

Saitama – 109 Cinemas Shobu*

Kuwait

Kuwait – Cinescape 360 IMAX*

Mexico

Guadalajara – Cinepolis Galerias IMAX Theatre*

Juarez – Cinepolis Las Misiones Cd. Juarez IMAX Theatre*

Mexico City – Cinepolis Perisur IMAX Theatre*

Mexico City – Cinepolis Universidad IMAX Theatre*

Monterrey – Cinepolis Galerias Valle Oriente*

Toluca – Cinepolis Galerias Metepec IMAX Theatre*

Netherlands

Amsterdam – Pathe Arena IMAX*

Eindhoven – Pathe Eindhoven IMAX*

Rotterdam – Pathe Schouwburgplein IMAX*

Philippines

Cebu – Cebu

Manila – San Miguel Coca-Cola IMAX Theatre

Manila – SM City North Edsa Mall IMAX

Qatar

Doha – Villagio Shopping Mall IMAX*

Russia

Moscow – KinoStar City @ Mega Belaya Dacha IMAX*

Moscow – KinoStar Teply Stan IMAX*

Perm – Kristall IMAX*

St. Petersburg – Coca-Cola IMAX Kinostar City*

Ufa – IMAX Iskra Theatre*

Taiwan

Kaohsiung – Vieshow Cinemas*

Taipei – Samsung IMAX Theatre Miramar Cinema*

Taipei – Viewshow Cinemas Taipei Sun IMAX*

Thailand

Bangkok – Major Cineplex Ratchayothin*

Bangkok – KrungSri IMAX Paragon CinePlex*

Ukraine

Kiev – Utel IMAX Theatre*

Odessa – Planeta Kino IMAX*

United Kingdom

Cardiff – Odeon Cardiff IMAX*

Gateshead – Odeon Metrocentre IMAX*

Greenwich – Odeon Greenwich IMAX*

Liverpool – Odeon Liverpool*

London – BFI IMAX London*

Manchester – Odeon Manchester IMAX @ The Printworks*

Southampton – Odeon Southampton IMAX*

Wimbledon– Odeon Wimbledon IMAX*

Please check local listings or IMAX.com for final theatre listings, launch dates and showtimes.

** denotes earlier launch         * denotes later launch

About IMAX Corporation

IMAX Corporation is one of the world's leading entertainment technology companies, specializing in immersive motion picture technologies. The worldwide IMAX network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe, with IMAX theatres delivering the world's best cinematic presentations using proprietary IMAX, IMAX® 3D, and IMAX DMR technology.  IMAX DMR is the Company's groundbreaking digital re-mastering technology that allows it to digitally transform virtually any conventional motion picture into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience. The IMAX brand is recognized throughout the world for extraordinary and immersive entertainment experiences for consumers. As of June 30, 2010, there were 447 IMAX theatres (325 commercial, 122 institutional) operating in 47 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience® and The IMAX Experience® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/imax ), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube ( www.youtube.com/imaxmovies ).

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This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on management's assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. Important factors that could affect these statements include, but are not limited to, general economic, market or business conditions, including the length and severity of the current economic downturn, the opportunities that may be presented to and pursued by the Company, the performance of IMAX DMR films, conditions in the in-home and out-of home entertainment industries, the signing of theatre system agreements, changes and developments in the commercial exhibition industry, the failure to convert theatre system backlog into revenue, new business initiatives, investments and operations in foreign jurisdictions, foreign currency fluctuations and the Company's prior restatements and the related litigation and ongoing inquiries by the SEC and the OSC.  These factors and other risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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