Tuscaloosa to get 3D IMax movie theater

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - By Kelvin Reynolds

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Tuscaloosa will get a movie theater makeover in coming months.

Birmingham-based Cobb Theaters announced that Tuscaloosa's Cobb Hollywood 16 will be converted to a 3-D Imax theater. There are about 400 Imax theaters in the world. The company is installing 4 new Imax theaters in the southeast.

Tuscaloosa's Imax is scheduled to be completed by March of 2011.

Imax movie screens are much larger than normal movie screens. It will also come with digital audio. Teresa Lewis, economic development coordinator for the city of Tuscaloosa says, "There are only 3 in Alabama. The McWane Science Center, the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, and the Imax in Mobile. So for Tuscaloosa to be able to offer this for our region and visitors in Tuscaloosa is just going to be a tremendous economic boost."

Imax theater tickets are more expensive than other movies. It's unclear how high those ticket prices will be.

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