updated 1/13/2011 7:46:15 AM ET 2011-01-13T12:46:15

NEW YORK, Jan. 13, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) today announced that Ann Sommerlath has joined the Company as Vice President, Corporate Communications. Reporting directly to the Company's Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Sommerlath will lead IMAX's media initiatives and drive overall communications strategy.

Ms. Sommerlath has nearly 20 years of experience, which includes leadership positions in corporate and financial communications, as well as financial journalism.

Prior to joining IMAX, Ms. Sommerlath was a Senior Vice President at Edelman Public Relations, where she served as senior media strategist and developed strategic communications programs for a range of clients. Previously, she served as Senior Vice President in the corporate and business-to-business communications group at Fleishman-Hillard in New York and was a Managing Director at RF|Binder Partners Inc., focused primarily on investor relations. Additionally, she was the director of PR/communications at LSG Sky Chefs, the Frankfurt-based catering subsidiary of German airline, Lufthansa AG. 

Ms. Sommerlath was also a financial journalist for 10 years at Dow Jones Newswires, BridgeNews and the Associated Press. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where she earned a bachelor's degree from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

"Ann's extensive experience as a financial journalist and as a senior executive on the agency side makes her an ideal candidate to guide the company through its expanding range of communications initiatives worldwide," said IMAX CEO, Richard L. Gelfond.

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 September 30, 2010, there were 470 IMAX theatres (348 commercial, 122 institutional) operating in 45 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 investigation by the SEC and the ongoing inquiry by 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.

CONTACT: Entertainment Media:
         IMAX Corporation - Santa Monica
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         IMAX Corporation - New York
         Heather Anthony
         Business Media:
         IMAX Corporation - New York
         Ann Sommerlath
         Sloane & Company - New York
         Whit Clay

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