A night at the newly renovated Cinesphere Theatre at Ontario Place

May 1, 20182017-2018 Bulletin - May, Regular Meeting

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Joint IMAX | SMPTE | AES meeting

When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: Cinesphere Theatre, Ontario Place,
955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9

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NOTE:  This event requires pre-registration.

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About the Event

The future of movie-going has arrived at Cinesphere!  Ontario Place has reopened the iconic Cinesphere to the public. The theatre, which is opened year round, will show a variety of films for all ages. Cinesphere offers a unique and immersive IMAX® theatre experience that allows for screening of films in digital laser and 70mm film technologies.

Tonight SMPTE and AES members will treated in hearing from industry leaders from both Ontario Place and IMAX.  Topics will be related to the renovation project that took place within the Cinesphere theatre. To not completely give it away, the Cinesphere theatre supports new projection and audio technologies. Some of the enhancements include the IMAX laser projector delivering brighter images, sharper contrast and more colors, and a newly designed sound systems.

Speakers for the evening include:

  • Patricia and David Keighley, IMAX, Chief Quality Officer Guru.  Both Patricia and David will speak about the IMAX display technologies.
  • Denis Tremblay –  IMAX, Senior Research Scientist, Research and Development.  Denis will speak about the audio technologies of IMAX,
  • Glenn Shaver – Ontario Place, Manager of Transformation.  Glenn will speak more about the renovation side of the Cinesphere transformation.

After the presentation the audience will be treated to a digital viewing of the North of Superior film (18min) utilizing the laser projector technology.

Perhaps the most widely-seen Canadian film, North of Superior, IMAX’s tribute to the spectacular beauty of Ontario’s northland, is as majestic and lyrical as the land itself. This award-winning film captures the quality of northern life as nature changes with the seasons. The film climaxes with a raging forest fire that figuratively engulfs the audience.

Please Pre-register

This event requires pre-registration.  It’s free!


Ontario Place is located at 955 Lake Shore Blvd West.

Cinesphere is accessed by the West Entrance located at Ontario Drive and Lake Shore Blvd West – this is pedestrian access only. If you are driving in, please park in parking lot 1, accessed by the centre entrance located at Remembrance Drive and Lake Shore Blvd West – you pull off Lake Shore onto Remembrance Drive, and at the “T” intersection just to the south, go to the right (west) – that’s Lot 1.  Walk up to the west entrance (identified by the large trillium)

Here’s the link: https://goo.gl/maps/94Z8k149aFD2 

The Ontario Place attendant will be handing out parking passes at the bottom of the stairs, here: https://goo.gl/maps/Z4gqp3zJq9C2

  • Front entrance from the walkway and west parking lot will be opened at the start of our meeting. The doors should open at 6:15 and close at 7:30pm.
  • For the really late comers, the double doors by security remain open and security will ask for credentials. At this point show the Eventbrite ticket and security can give direction on where to go. Best bet, don’t be late.
  • Signage will be produced by SMPTE to direct people to the Cinesphere.
  • Registration will be just inside the Cinesphere entrance.


Visiting Ontario Place

Pre-Meeting Dinner

Local Public Eatery
171 East Liberty Street, Unit 100
Toronto, ON

5:00 pm



Patricia Keighley

Patricia Keighley

Chief Quality Guru, Former SVP IMAX Corporation

Patricia Keighley is co-founder (1972) of IMAX POST/DKP Inc., an IMAX subsidiary since 1988. Now based in Los Angeles, CA, the company has been involved in the large format post-production of 400+ films released in film, digital and IMAX with Laser projection theatres worldwide.

Keighley is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, an Associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, previous SMPTE Vice President, Board Governor and Hollywood Section Chair as well as serving a 7-year term as Board Secretary for the Giant Screen Cinema Association.  Keighley holds a BA in Psychology (McMaster University), a M.Ed. (University of Toronto) and Directors Education Certification from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

David Keighley

David Keighley

Chief Quality Guru, former Chief Quality Officer, IMAX Corporation

David Keighley was Assistant Director on the third IMAX film, then Producer of NOMADS OF THE DEEP when Cinesphere was the only IMAX theatre.  In 1972 he and his wife, Patricia, co-founded, and David is the President Emeritus of IMAX POST/DKP Inc., an IMAX subsidiary since 1988 that relocated to Los Angeles in 1997.

Keighley’s been involved in the post-production of more than 400 large-format films, working closely with Hollywood filmmakers such as Chris Nolan and IMAX documentary filmmakers.

Keighley is a graduate of Ryerson’s Motion Picture Studies, a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and it’s Sci-Tech Committee, an Associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers and a SMPTE Fellow.

Glenn Shaver

Glenn Shaver

Senior Manager, Transformation, Ontario Place Corporation

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Denis Tremblay

Denis Tremblay

Senior Research Scientist, Research and Development, IMAX Corporation

Denis Tremblay, Senior Research Scientist, R&D, joined IMAX Corporation in 2007 as part of the team developing IMAX’s digital projection system.

Since joining IMAX, Denis has played a pivotal role in several key projects for the Company, including leading the technical team on the development of IMAX’s first ultra-premium in-home offering, the IMAX Private Theatre.  Denis managed the electrical engineering team supporting the development of IMAX’s first-generation laser projection system and IMAX nXos 2 immersive audio system. Denis is now a Senior Research Scientist within the IMAX research and Development team. Denis is listed as an inventor on IMAX patents.

Prior to joining IMAX, Tremblay began his career in the music industry where he worked at Capitol Records Canada, then a division of EMI Music and Sony Music Canada.  Denis is a member of the AES, SMPTE, IEEE, and ACCT. He is a former chairman of the AES Toronto section.

This month’s meeting is sponsored by…

SMPTE/AES would like to thank Ontario Place for making Cinesphere available for this special meeting/event session.

Cinesphere Theatre, Ontario Place

955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9

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