Air Racers 3D, the first IMAX movie devoted to the Reno Air Races, is rolling out across the country at select IMAX theaters, including the Naval Aviation Museum (Pensacola, Florida), Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center (Hutchinson, Kansas), National Infantry Museum (Columbus, Georgia) and U.S. Space & Rocket Centre (Huntsville, Alabama).
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Lockheed IMAX Theatre in Washington, DC, and the U.S. Air Force Museum (Dayton, Ohio) will launch Air Racers 3D on May 25, followed by the Houston Museum of Natural Science (Houston, Texas), COSI The center of Science & Industry (Columbus, Ohio), New Mexico Museum of Space History (Alamogordo, New Mexico) and Tycho Brahe Planetarium in Copenhagen (Denmark).
The film will roll out in both 2D and 3D at additional domestic and international IMAX theaters as well as in Digital 3D cinemas over the coming 24 months. A Google Map featuring the IMAX theatre locations opening Air Racers 3D is available online, as well as full theater listings.
Air Racers 3D, which was three years in the making and required a $5 million budget, is produced by 3D Entertainment USA and Pretend Entertainment in association with Stereoscope, and distributed worldwide by 3D Entertainment Distribution. Directed by Christian Fry and Jean-Jacques Mantello (Sharks 3D, Ocean Wonderland 3D), principal photography in 4K and in 3D took place during the 2009 and 2010 Reno National Championship Air Races and was completed at Reno Stead Field Airport in June 2011.
Narrated by Paul Walker (The Fast and the Furious franchise, Takers), Air Racers 3D is the first-ever IMAX theatre film devoted to the fastest race in the world: the legendary Reno National Championship Air Races. With aerial photography filmed entirely in 3D and unprecedented access granted to the course, Air Racers 3D takes audiences into Nevada’s Valley of Speed to experience the intensity and high-speed thrills of a sports event like no other combined with spectacular air show entertainment. Moviegoers will discover this ultra-competitive world through the eyes of rookie pilot Steve Hinton as he attempts to fly his P-51 Mustang fighter plane to victory in the most highly-anticipated and unpredictable race class.
“The Reno Air Races and Air Show is a unique event that is full of incredible characters, from the pilots to the amazing vintage aircraft,” said the film’s directors, Christian Fry and Jean-Jacques Mantello. “As storytellers, we always knew that this was a perfect subject for the IMAX medium, primarily because of the spectacular visuals that are available in this world, as well as the truly unique opportunity to put audiences inside the cockpit at 500 mph.”