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IMAX opens at Rave

A new IMAX opened at Rave Motion Pictures Grand Prairie 18 this week. I checked it out yesterday, and the screen is undeniably big for a multiplex theater at 1,800 square feet. But that’s smaller than traditional IMAX theaters which have screen sizes of 3,600 to 4,900 square feet. But the screen does stretch […]

It’s official: No IMAX for museum

Here’s the press release:

After several months of research and exploration, the Peoria Riverfront Museum Board voted Thursday to partner with international immersive theater specialist Global Immersion to provide the technical solution for the museum’s Giant Screen Digital Theater (GSDT).

The Board’s GSDT committee met with key industry players, including system integrators, technology/hardware providers […]

Giant screen theater decision to be announced in spring

According to the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s February 2011 report, a final decision will be made by spring on whether to contract with IMAX as they promised the voters in no uncertain terms, or renege on their promise and go with another brand:

The PRM Board of Directors continues its due diligence as it works […]

Putnam looking to maximize revenue; will Peoria do the same?

Back in August, the museum group gave a presentation to the Peoria County Board in which they explained their philosophy regarding how they want to use their giant screen theater:

[Ryan] Beasley went on to say that the museum is “a mission-driven organization,” and that the theater has to fit with their mission, which […]

IMAX coming to Rave

The Journal Star has the not-so-surprising scoop that IMAX is coming someplace other than the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Oh, IMAX “may” still come to the museum says perpetually poker-faced Dave Ransburg. Now we know it’s not going to happen.

“Build it for me,” she pleads about the “big-city” prospect of getting an IMAX. The […]

What did they promise the children?

Here’s another Build the Block ad from the days leading up to the referendum. It really tugs at the heartstrings as children are brought in to sell the referendum:

Did you hear that part where it says, “An IMAX theater will put viewers into the action right downtown,” and the excited child says, “That’s […]

What did that TV ad say?

I was looking at some Build the Block videos on YouTube and was shocked — shocked! — to find this old TV ad from early 2009:

What you’ve just watched is a figment of your imagination. It doesn’t really exist because Tim Riggenbach says they never promised us an IMAX.

This online promotion […]

What’s that sign say?

I was downtown today and took a picture of a sign on the exciting and inspiring ExploraFence around the old Sears block. I was shocked — shocked! — to find this sign:

Can’t read it? I’ll get a little closer:

Did you see that last sentence? “IMAX-like cutting-edge technology is coming right here.”


What’s an “IGST Theatre”?

From the Peoria Riverfront Museum Facebook page — the July 13, 2010 entry:

What’s an “IGST Theatre”? It’s interesting that these same slides were shown at the County Board meeting, except that the “IGST Theatre” sign was removed. Why were the slides changed?

Yes, Mr. Riggenbach, we were promised an IMAX

Former County Board member and current Third District City Councilman Tim Riggenbach is quoted in the Sunday Journal Star as saying “We were very specifically told it may or may not be an IMAX…. We were not promised an IMAX.”

On Saturday, March 7, 2009, Friends of Build the Block chairman Brad McMillan stated […]