updated 6/22/2011 3:15:55 AM ET 2011-06-22T07:15:55

LOS ANGELES, June 21, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) and Disney•Pixar announced today that Cars 2, the second installment in the popular family-friendly franchise from director John Lasseter, will be released in the immersive IMAX® 3D format this Friday, June 24. The film will open on 120 domestic IMAX screens, simultaneous with its North American wide release. The film will also open on at least 40 IMAX screens internationally, with 33 screens releasing day-and-date. Additional international playdates are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

"We're excited to bring John Lasseter's Cars 2 to IMAX fans and to once again be working with the terrifically talented teams at Disney and Pixar," said Greg Foster, IMAX Chairman and President, Filmed Entertainment. "The significant growth of our network is allowing us to explore different release strategies, such as offering multiple films simultaneously within the network, which appeal to all segments of the IMAX audience."

Cars 2 An IMAX 3D Experiencehas 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 Cars 2:

Star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in Cars 2 when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world's fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line of top-secret spy mission, Mater's action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. Adding to the fast-paced fun is a colorful new all-car cast that includes secret agents, menacing villains and international racing competitors.

John Lasseter returns to the driver's seat to direct this follow-up to his 2006 Golden Globe-winning Cars. Cars 2 is co-directed by Brad Lewis, producer of the Oscar-winning film Ratatouille, and produced by visual effects industry veteran Denise Ream (associate producer, Up; visual effects executive producer, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith).

Cars 2 has been rated G.

Cars 2 An IMAX 3D Experience is scheduled to play day-and-date at the following IMAX theatres beginning June 24th:

Glendale – AMC Westgate 20 with IMAX
Mesa – Dickinson Gateway 12 IMAX Theatre
Phoenix – AMC Desert Ridge 18 with IMAX
Aliso Viejo – Regal Aliso Viejo Stadium 20 + IMAX
Brentwood – Rave Brentwood 14 + IMAX
Burbank – AMC Burbank 16 with IMAX
Camarillo – Regal Camarillo Palace Stadium 12 + IMAX
Cathedral City – Desert IMAX Theatre
Covina – AMC Covina 30 with IMAX
Cupertino – AMC Cupertino Square 16 with IMAX
Dublin – Regal Hacienda Crossings Stadium 21 + IMAX
El Cajon – Regal Parkway Plaza Stadium 18 + IMAX
Emeryville – AMC Bay Street 16 with IMAX
National City – AMC Plaza Bonita 14 with IMAX
Riverside – AMC Tyler Galleria 16 with IMAX
Sacramento – Esquire IMAX Theatre
San Diego – AMC Palm Promenade 24 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
Torrance – AMC Del Amo 18 with IMAX
Woodland Hills – AMC Promenade 16 with IMAX
Colorado Springs – Cinemark Carefree Circle + IMAX
Highlands Ranch – AMC Highlands Ranch 24 + IMAX
Westminster – AMC Orchard 12 with IMAX
Milford – Rave Connecticut Post 14 + IMAX
Plainville – AMC Loews Plainville 20 with IMAX
Altamonte Springs – AMC Altamonte Mall 18 with IMAX
Destin – Rave Destin Commons 14 + IMAX
Jacksonville – AMC Regency 24 with IMAX
Lakeland – Cobb Lakeside 18 + IMAX
Merritt Island – Cobb Merritt Square 16 + IMAX
Oldsmar – AMC Woodlands Square 20 with IMAX
Orlando – Regal Waterford Stadium 20 + IMAX
Sarasota – AMC Sarasota 12 with IMAX
South Miami – AMC Sunset Place 24 with IMAX
St. Petersburg – Muvico Baywalk 20 + IMAX
Sunrise – Regal Sawgrass Stadium 23 + IMAX
Augusta – Regal Augusta Exchange Stadium 20 + IMAX
Cumming – AMC Avenue Forsyth 12 with IMAX
Boise – Regal Boise Stadium 21 + IMAX
Batavia – Goodrich Randall 15 IMAX
Lincolnshire – Regal Lincolnshire Stadium 21 + IMAX
Lombard – AMC Yorktown 17 with IMAX
New Lenox – AMC Showplace New Lenox 14 with IMAX
Peoria – Rave Grand Prairie 18 + IMAX
Schaumburg – AMC Loews Streets of Woodfield 20 with IMAX
Fort Wayne – Rave Jefferson Pointe 18 + IMAX
Indianapolis – Indiana State Museum IMAX Theater
Council Bluffs – AMC Star Council Bluffs 17 with IMAX
Davenport – Rave Davenport 53 + IMAX
Leawood – AMC Town Center 20 with IMAX
Louisville – Rave Stonybrook 20 + IMAX
Bossier City – Regal Louisiana Boardwalk Stadium 14 + IMAX
Gaithersburg – AMC Loews Rio Cinemas 18 with IMAX
Danvers – AMC Loews Liberty Tree Mall 20 with IMAX
Methuen – AMC Loews Methuen 20 with IMAX
Natick – Jordan's Furniture IMAX 3D Theatre
Reading – Jordan's Furniture IMAX 3D Theatre
Auburn Hills – AMC Star Great Lakes 25 with IMAX 
Dearborn – Henry Ford IMAX
Grand Rapids – Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids North + IMAX
Sterling Heights – AMC Forum 30 with IMAX
Apple Valley – Great Clips IMAX at Minnesota Zoo
Eden Prairie – AMC Eden Prairie Mall 18 with IMAX
Maple Grove – AMC Arbor Lakes 16 with IMAX
Chesterfield – AMC Chesterfield 14 with IMAX
Hazelwood – Regal St. Louis Mills Stadium 18 + IMAX
Kansas City – AMC BarryWoods 24 with IMAX
Omaha – AMC Oakview Plaza 24 with IMAX
Henderson – Regal Sunset Station Stadium 13 + IMAX
North Las Vegas – Regal Aliante Stadium 16 + IMAX 
New Hampshire
Hooksett – Cinemagic + IMAX in Hooksett
New Jersey
New Brunswick – AMC Loews New Brunswick 18 with IMAX
Rockaway – AMC Rockaway 16 with IMAX
New York
Deer Park – Regal Deer Park Stadium 16 + IMAX
New York City – AMC Kips Bay 15 with IMAX
Port Chester – AMC Port Chester 14 with IMAX
Rochester – Cinemark Tinseltown 16 + IMAX
Stony Brook – AMC Stony Brook 17 with 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
Raleigh – The Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre at Marbles Kids Museum
Columbus – AMC Lennox Town Center 24 with IMAX
Springdale – Springdale 18: Cinema de Lux IMAX
Westlake – Regal Crocker Park Stadium 16 + IMAX
Tulsa – AMC Southroads 20 with IMAX
Tulsa – Cinemark 17 + IMAX
Eugene – Regal Valley River Center Stadium 15 + IMAX
Bensalem – AMC Neshaminy 24 with IMAX
Dickson City – Great Escape Dickson City 14 IMAX 
Philadelphia – AMC Franklin Mills 14 with IMAX 
Tarentum – Cinemark Pittsburgh Mills Mall 17 + IMAX
Chattanooga – Rave East Ridge 18 + IMAX
Amarillo – Regal Amarillo Star Stadium 14 + IMAX
Frisco – AMC Stonebriar 24 with IMAX
Garland – AMC Firewheel 18 with IMAX
Mesquite – AMC Mesquite 30 with IMAX
San Antonio - Alamo IMAX Theatre Rivercenter
Sugar Land – AMC First Colony 24 with IMAX
Salt Lake City – Megaplex Gateway 12 ATK IMAX
South Jordan – Megaplex 20 + IMAX at The District 
Hampton – AMC Hampton Towne Centre 24 with IMAX
Midlothian – Regal Commonwealth 20 + IMAX
Kent – AMC Kent Station 14 with IMAX
Seattle – Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 + IMAX
Spokane – AMC River Park Square 20 with IMAX
Fitchburg – AMC Star Fitchburg 18 with IMAX
Wauwatosa – AMC Mayfair Mall 18 with IMAX
British Columbia
Langley – Cineplex Colossus Langley IMAX
Richmond – Cineplex SilverCity Riverport IMAX
Gloucester – Cineplex SilverCity Gloucester IMAX
Kanata – AMC Kanata 24 with IMAX
Mississauga – Cineplex Coliseum Mississauga IMAX
Toronto – AMC Yonge + Dundas 24 with IMAX
Whitby – AMC Whitby 24 with IMAX
Montreal – AMC Forum 22 with IMAX
Quebec City – IMAX des Galeries de la Capitale
Melbourne – Highpoint Hoyts IMAX*
Perth – Carousel Hoyts IMAX*
Sydney – Entertainment Quarter Hoyts IMAX*
Sydney – LG IMAX Theatre Sydney*
Curitiba – Dom Bosco IMAX Palladium Shopping Center
Sao Paulo – Espaço Unibanco Pompéia IMAX
Bogota – IMAX Plaza de las Americas
Costa Rica
San Jose – Nova Cinemas de Repretel IMAX Avenida Escazú
Zagreb – CineStar Arena IMAX Zagreb**
Czech Republic
Prague – Oskar IMAX Palace Flora**
Guatemala City – Circuito Alba IMAX Cines Pradera Concepción
Mumbai – Big Cinemas IMAX Theatre
Milan – UCI IMAX Pioltello Milano*
Astana – Kino Park Keruen IMAX*
Kuwait – KNCC Cinescape 360 IMAX*
Doha – Villagio Shopping Mall IMAX*
Bucharest – Cinema City IMAX Bucharest**
Krasnodar – SBS/Monitor Megamall IMAX*
Moscow – BFC IMAX Kinosfera*
Moscow – Coca-Cola IMAX Kinostar De Lux Khimki*
Moscow – Coca-Cola IMAX Kinostar De Lux Teply Stan*
Moscow – Coca-Cola IMAX Kinostar New York New York, Mega Belaya Dacha*
Moscow – Karo October Cinema 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*
St. Petersburg – Karo IMAX Baikonurskiy*
Tumen – Cinema Park IMAX Tumen*
Ufa – Cinema Park Iskra IMAX Theatre*
Voronezh – Cinema Park The Galereya Chizhova IMAX*
Yekaterinburg – Cinema Park Star Light IMAX*
Kaohsiung – Vieshow Cinemas Kaohsiung IMAX**
Taipei – Vieshow Cinemas Taipei Sun IMAX**
Ankara – Ankara AFM IMAX**
Istinye – AFM IMAX Istinye Park**
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 theatres 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®. 

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo and Shanghai. As of March 31, 2011, there were 528 IMAX theatres (408 commercial, 120 institutional) operating in 46 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 IMAX'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 IMAX, 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 IMAX'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 IMAX's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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