The news that the six-minute prologue to The Dark Knight Rises would be screened in front of select IMAX prints of the impending Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol first leaked out in late October 2011. While Warner Bros. confirmed that story a while back, the studio has only now unveiled the official list of IMAX theaters that will be showing the beginning of co-writer/director Christopher Nolan's highly-anticipated Batman trilogy finale.
Many fans will likely be annoyed to learn that Warner Bros. is sticking to its original plan of releasing the Dark Knight Rises footage exclusively in 70 mm IMAX theaters; everyone who doesn't live within close vicinity of one of those screens will just have to wait until Summer 2012 to glimpse the prologue in the big big screen format.
Here is the official list of North American IMAX theaters that will begin showing the Dark Knight Rises opening on December 16th, 2011 (note: each entry is structured as "market-theater-city"):
Austin, TX - IMAX Theater Austin - AustinBoston, MA - Jordan’s IMAX - NatickBoston, MA - IMAX 3D Theatre in Reading - ReadingCalgary, AB - Scotiabank Theatre Chinook 16 - CalgaryChantilly, VA/Washington, DC - Udvar-Hazy Center IMAX - ChantillyChicago, IL - Navy Pier IMAX Theatre - ChicagoDes Moines, IA - SCI IMAX Dome Theater - Des MoinesDetroit, MI - Henry Ford IMAX - DearbornEdmonton, AB - Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton - EdmontonHarrisburg, PA - Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts - HarrisburgHouston, TX - Houston Marq*e Stadium 22 + IMAX - HoustonIndianapolis - White River IMAX - IndianapolisLos Angeles, CA - Irvine Spectrum 20 + IMAX - IrvineLos Angeles, CA - RAVE 18 + IMAX - Los AngelesLos Angeles, CA - Ontario Palace Stadium 22 + IMAX - OntarioLos Angeles, CA - Citywalk Stadium 19 with IMAX - Universal CityMadison, WI - Star 18 Fitchburg with IMAX - FitchburgMiami, FL - AutoNation IMAX - Fort LauderdaleMinneapolis, MN - Great Clips IMAX - Apple ValleyMontreal, QC - Cinema Banque Scotia Montreal - MontrealNashville,TN - Opry Mills Stadium 20 + IMAX - NashvilleNew York, NY - Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX - New YorkNew York, NY - Palisades IMAX - West NyackOmaha, NE - Star Cinema 16 with IMAX - Council BluffsOrlando, FL - Pointe Orlando Stadium 20 + IMAX - OrlandoOttawa, ON - Silvercity Gloucester + IMAX - GloucesterPalm Springs - Desert IMAX Theatre - Cathedral CityPhiladelphia, PA - IMAX & the Tropicana - Atlantic CityPhiladelphia, PA - Tuttleman IMAX–Franklin Institute - PhiladelphiaPhoenix, AZ - Arizona Mills 25 with IMAX - TempeProvidence, RI - Providence Place 16 with IMAX - ProvidenceQuebec City, QC - IMAX Le Theatre At Quebec - Quebec CitySacramento, CA - Esquire IMAX - SacramentoSan Antonio, TX - IMAX at RiverCenter - San AntonioSan Francisco, CA - Metreon 16 with IMAX & ETX - San FranciscoSeattle, WA - Boeing IMAX–Pacific Science Center - SeattleTampa, FL - Museum of Science and Industry - TampaToronto, ON - Coliseum 12 Mississauga + IMAX - MississaugaToronto, ON - Scotiabank Theatre Toronto + IMAX - TorontoToronto, ON - Colossus 18 Woodbridge + IMAX - Woodbridge-VaughanVancouver, BC - Colossus Langley + IMAX - LangleyVancouver, BC - Silvercity Riverport 18 + IMAX - Richmond
In addition, here are the U.K. theaters that will start screening the Dark Knight Rises prologue on December 21st, 2011:
UK - BFI London - LondonUK - National Media Museum IMAX - BradfordUK - Glasgow Science Centre IMAX Cinema - GlasgowUK - Odeon Manchester IMAX @ The Printworks - Manchester
Those who are curious about what (potentially) may occur in the Dark Knight Rises prologue, but will not be able to see the material in an actual IMAX theater, here are two rumored (but conflicting) descriptions of the sequence. You can also check back here for our official Screen Rant review of the prologue footage.
The Dark Knight Rises opens in theaters around the U.S. on July 20th, 2012.
Source: Warner Bros.