updated 3/7/2011 7:45:57 AM ET 2011-03-07T12:45:57

LOS ANGELES, March 7, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) (TSX:IMX), and The Walt Disney Studios announced today that the out-of-this-world animated adventure Mars Needs Moms will be released in the immersive IMAX® 3D format on Friday, March 11th. The film will open on 211 IMAX screens domestically, simultaneous with its North American wide release. The film will also open on at least 45 IMAX screens internationally, with 25 screens releasing day-and-date. Additional international playdates are expected to be confirmed in the coming days.

Mars Needs Moms: An IMAX 3D Experience 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 Mars Needs Moms:

"Take out the trash, eat your broccoli"—who needs moms, anyway? Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out just how much he needs his mom (Joan Cusack) when she's nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. Produced by the team behind "Disney's A Christmas Carol" and "The Polar Express," "Mars Needs Moms" chronicles Milo's quest to save his mom—a wild adventure in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and its leader (Mindy Sterling). With the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthman named Gribble (Dan Fogler) and a rebel Martian girl called Ki (Elisabeth Harnois), Milo just might find his way back to his mom—in more ways than one.

The film is directed by Simon Wells and produced by Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, and Steven Boyd. Simon Wells and Wendy Wells wrote the screenplay, based on the book by Berkeley Breathed.

Mars Needs Moms will be distributed worldwide by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. This film has been rated PG for sci-fi action and peril.

Mars Needs Moms: An IMAX 3D Experience is scheduled to play day-and-date at the following IMAX theatres beginning March 11th:

UNITED STATES
Alabama
Hoover – Rave Patton Creek 15 + IMAX
Tuscaloosa – Hollywood 16 Cinemas & IMAX
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 Cupertino Square 16 with 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
Fresno – Regal Fresno Stadium 21 + 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 
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 Jose – AMC Eastridge Mall 15 with IMAX 
Santa Clara – AMC Mercado 20 with IMAX
Santa Clarita – Regal Valencia Stadium 12 & 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
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
Milford – Rave Connecticut Post 14 + 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 
Destin – Rave Destin Commons 14 + IMAX
Fort Lauderdale – AutoNation IMAX at Museum of Discovery & Science
Fort Myers – Regal Gulf Coast Town Center Stadium 16 & IMAX
Jacksonville – AMC Regency 24 with IMAX
Lakeland – Cobb Lakeside 18 & 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 Waterford Lakes Stadium 20 & IMAX
Pensacola – Rave Bayou 15 + IMAX
South Miami – AMC Sunset Place 24 with IMAX
St. Augustine – World Golf Village 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
Atlanta – Regal Atlantic Station 16 & IMAX
Augusta – Regal Augusta Exchange Stadium 20 & IMAX
Morrow – AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 with IMAX
Hawaii
Honolulu – Regal Dole Cannery 18 & IMAX
Idaho
Boise – Regal Boise Stadium 21 + IMAX
Illinois
Batavia – Goodrich Randall 15 IMAX
Chicago – Navy Pier IMAX Theatre
Hodgkins – AMC Quarry Cinemas 14 with IMAX
Lincolnshire – Regal Lincolnshire Stadium 21 & IMAX
Lombard – AMC Yorktown 17 with IMAX
Naperville – AMC Showplace 16 Naperville 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
Fort Wayne – Rave Jefferson Point 18 + IMAX
Indianapolis – AMC Showplace 16 with IMAX
Noblesville – Goodrich Hamilton 16 IMAX
Portage – Goodrich Portage 16 IMAX
Iowa
Davenport – Rave Davenport 18 + IMAX
Kansas
Leawood – AMC Town Center 20 with IMAX
Olathe – AMC Studio 30 KC with IMAX
Wichita – 21st Street Warren IMAX
Kentucky
Louisville – Rave Stonybrook 20 + IMAX
Newport – AMC Newport Levee 20 with IMAX
Louisiana
Baton Rouge – Rave Mall of Louisiana 15 + IMAX
Bossier City – Regal Louisiana Boardwalk Stadium 14 & IMAX
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
Silver Spring – Regal Majestic Stadium 20 & 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
Randolph – Showcase Randolph 16 & IMAX
Reading – Jordan's Furniture IMAX 3D Theatre
Michigan
Auburn Hills – AMC Star Great Lakes 25 with IMAX 
Dearborn – The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre
Grand Blanc – NCG Trillium Cinema & 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
Maple Grove – AMC Arbor Lakes 16 with IMAX
Roseville – AMC Rosedale 14 with IMAX
Missouri
Hazelwood – Regal St. Louis Mills Stadium 18 & IMAX
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 – Brenden Palms 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
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 York City – AMC 34th Street 14 with IMAX
New York City – AMC Empire 25 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 – Wachovia IMAX Theatre at Marbles Kids Museum
Ohio
Beavercreek – Rave The Greene 14 + IMAX
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 – AMC Southroads 20 with IMAX
Oregon
Eugene – Regal Valley River Center Stadium 15 & IMAX
Tigard – Regal Bridgeport Village Stadium 18 & IMAX
Pennsylvania
Bensalem – AMC Neshaminy 24 with IMAX
Dickson City – Great Escape Dickson City 14 IMAX 
Homestead – AMC Waterfront 22 with IMAX
Lititz – Penn Cinema IMAX
Philadelphia – AMC Franklin Mills 14 with IMAX 
Reading – RC Reading Movies 11 & IMAX
Tarentum – Cinemark Pittsburgh Mills Mall 17 + IMAX
Rhode Island
Providence – Providence Place Cinemas 16 & IMAX
South Carolina
Charleston – Citadel Mall Stadium 16 with IMAX
Simpsonville – Great Escape Simpsonville 14 IMAX
Tennessee
Chattanooga – Rave East Ridge 18 + IMAX 
Knoxville – Regal Pinnacle Stadium Cinemas 17 & IMAX
Texas
Amarillo – Regal Amarillo Star Stadium 14 & IMAX
Arlington – AMC The Parks At Arlington 18 with IMAX
Dallas – AMC Northpark 15 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
Salt Lake City – Megaplex 12 & IMAX at The Gateway
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 Riverside IMAX 3D 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
Seattle – Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX
Spokane – AMC River Park Square 20 with IMAX
Tukwila – AMC Southcenter 16 with IMAX
Wisconsin
Wauwatosa – AMC Mayfair Mall 18 with IMAX
 
CANADA
Alberta
Calgary – Cineplex Scotiabank Chinook 16 + IMAX Theatre 
Edmonton – Cineplex Scotiabank West Edmonton Mall IMAX Theatre
British Columbia
Langley – Cineplex Colossus Langley & IMAX
Ontario
Kanata – AMC Kanata 24 with IMAX
Mississauga – AMC Courtney Park 16 with IMAX 
Toronto – AMC Yonge & Dundas 24 with IMAX
Whitby – AMC Whitby 24 with IMAX 
Woodbridge – Cineplex Colossus Toronto & IMAX
Quebec
Quebec City – Galeries de la Capitale IMAX 
 
INTERNATIONAL
Argentina
Buenos Aires – IMAX Theatre Showcase at Center Norte*
Australia
Sydney – LG IMAX Theatre Sydney*
Bulgeria
Sofia – Mtel IMAX*
Colombia
Bogota – IMAX Plaza de las Americas*
Costa Rica
San Jose – Nova Cinemas de Repretel IMAX Avenida Escazu**
Czech Republic
Prague – Oskar IMAX – Palace Flora*
Guatemala
Guatemala City – Circuito Alba IMAX Cines Pradera Concepcion**
Hungary 
Budapest – Cinema City Arena IMAX Hungary**
Japan
Fukuoka – United Cinemas Canal City 13 IMAX*
Kawasaki – 109 Cinemas Kawasaki IMAX*
Kishiwada – United Cinemas Kishiwada IMAX*
Nagoya – 109 Cinemas Nagoya IMAX*
Osaka – 109 Cinemas Minoh IMAX*
Saitama – 109 Cinemas Shobu IMAX*
Saitama – United Cinemas Urawa IMAX*
Sapporo – United Cinemas Sapporo IMAX*
Tokyo – 109 Cinemas Grandberry Mall IMAX*
Kazakhstan
Astana – Kino Park Keruen 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*
Poland
Katowice – Cinema City Orange IMAX Katowice Punkt 44
Krakow – Cinema City Orange IMAX Krakow
Lodz – Cinema City Orange IMAX Manufaktura
Poznan – Cinema City Orange Poznan IMAX
Warsaw – Cinema City Orange IMAX Sadyba
Russia
Moscow – Coca-Cola IMAX Kinostar De Lux Khimki**
Moscow – Coca-Cola IMAX KinoStar De Lux Teply Stan**
Moscow – Coca-Cola IMAX Kinostar NY NY, Mega Belaya Dacha**
Moscow – Karo October Cinema IMAX**
Moscow – Nescafe IMAX**
Novosibirsk – Cinema Park Royal Park IMAX**
Perm – Kristall IMAX**
Saratov – Cinema Park Triumph Mall IMAX**
St. Petersburg – Coca-Cola IMAX Kinostar City IMAX**
St. Petersburg – IMAX Formula Kino Galeria**
Ufa – Cinema Park Iskra IMAX Theatre**
Voronezh – Cinema Park The Galereya Chizhova IMAX**
Yekaterinburg – Cinema Park Star Light IMAX**
Ukraine
Kiev – IMAX Theatre Kiev**
Lviv – Planeta Kino IMAX**
Odessa – Planeta Kino 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 and technology companies, specializing in the creation and delivery of premium, awe-inspiring entertainment experiences. With a growing suite of cutting-edge motion picture and sound technologies, and a globally recognized entertainment brand, IMAX is singularly situated at the convergence of the entertainment industry, innovation and the digital media world. The industry's top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and as such, the IMAX network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe. The Company's new digital projection and sound systems - combined with a growing blockbuster film slate - are fueling the rapid expansion of the IMAX network in established markets such as North America, Western Europe, and Japan, as well as emerging markets such as China and Russia. IMAX theaters deliver the world's best cinematic presentations using proprietary IMAX®, IMAX 3D®, and IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-Mastering) technologies. IMAX DMR enables virtually any motion picture to be transformed into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®. 

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