Christopher Nolan’s latest movie Dunkirk was shot in IMAX 65mm film.

It’s a throwback to the good old days when all movies were made on film. But it means only IMAX in Auckland will be able to show the movie in all its glory as they have the capacity to do so.

As the digital world consumes more and more of our viewing, fewer cinemas show movies on film, let alone in 70mm.

Wellington’s Embassy Theatre is one of those film-free cinemas.

Duty manager Kasia Wysocki said the much-loved Wellington establishment is only equipped with digital projectors.

“This is our preferred option for quality content,” she said.

“It is not practical for us to have 70mm film projectors as there is insufficient content produced in this format to make it commercially viable.”

Virtually all cinemas in New Zealand are fully digital now.  Auckland’s Hollywood Theatre and Wellington’s Paramount Cinemas are two notable exceptions who still boast 35mm equipment.

It was the same problem when Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight was released.

So if you are a Harry Styles fan dedicated to seeing his first movie debut, you may have to make a trek to actually see the film.


Dunkirk opens in New Zealand cinemas today (20th July 2017).


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