Update: We've learned that the BIGD theatre will be located in the former IMAX location at Broadway.
All IMAX equipment and technology will be removed and the theatre will be fully re-equipped with Carmike's own high-definition movie experience similar to, but much better than, a flat screen television at home. The new Carmike BIGD theatre will show only first-run films and is scheduled to open at midnight on August 3, 2012 for Total Recall.
First report: Carmike Cinemas, Inc. announced the opening of the first Carmike Cinemas "BIGD" theatre at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach.
The critically acclaimed "BIGD" theatre will utilize cutting-edge technology to deliver the ultimate cinematic experience. Films in both 2D and 3D will be digitally projected onto a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling screen measuring 82 feet wide and over three stories tall. A revolution in surround sound technology, "BIGD's" DIGITAL audio processing will be supported by quad-amplified, 4-way speakers and six 21-inch subwoofers. The custom QSC DIGITAL audio system will be tuned to a 7.1 speaker array with 16 channels upgradeable to 11.1.
"We're justifiably excited about bringing this innovative theatre experience to Myrtle Beach and the Carolinas," said David Passman, Carmike's President and CEO. The "BIGD" sets a new gold standard for the cinematic experience. It delivers unparalleled picture clarity. The light output is one of the brightest in the industry with a picture quality of noticeably higher resolution than HD. And, the deep, resonating DIGITAL sound - combined with the comfort of the plush leather high-back rocking seats - make this an unbelievably exciting movie-going experience, very different than what's offered at other theatres. It's something that has to be experienced in person to be truly appreciated."
The "BIGD" will be the newest theatre to open in the Carmike Cinemas entertainment complex at Broadway at the Beach, expanding the number of auditoriums to seventeen. The "BIGD" experience puts you right in the heart of a movie," said Passman. "The seating is incredibly comfortable and positioned for optimal viewing. The picture is crisp and bright. The sound is breathtaking. When you go to a movie at our "BIGD" theatre, you won't just view a film, you'll have the ultimate movie-going experience."