IMAX and Disney will present a special live-stream Q&A with the cast and crew of the new live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” at an advance screening in select cities on Monday, March 6.
The IMAX 3D version of the movie, which officially opens on March 17, features an expanded 1.9: 1 aspect ratio exclusively in IMAX, meaning that audiences will see 26% more image than in standard theaters.
The movie itself, an adaptation of Disney’s 1991 animated classic, also includes three new songs written by Alan Menken and Tim Rice, and new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman for the animated film which won Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Song.
The exclusive IMAX fan event on Monday will take place at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood at 4 p.m. PST and will be available to view at Facebook.com/IMAX.
Guests of the fan event on Monday at the theaters listed below will also receive a limited-edition, collectible Beauty and the Beast IMAX poster.
Participating IMAX locations include:
- Los Angeles, CA – TCL Chinese Theatres
- New York, NY – AMC Loews Kips Bay 15
- Chicago, IL – Regal City North Stadium 14
- Dallas, TX – Cinemark 17
- Somerville, MA – AMC Assembly Row 12
- Miami, FL – Regal South Beach Stadium 18
- Atlanta, GA – Regal Atlantic Station 16
- Salt Lake City, UT – Megaplex Theatres – Jordan Commons
- Emeryville, CA – AMC Bay Street 16
- Tempe, AZ – Harkins Arizona Mills Luxury 25
“Beauty and the Beast” is the journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within.
The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Directed by Bill Condon, the screenplay is written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos and produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman, p.g.a. and Todd Lieberman, p.g.a. with Jeffrey Silver, Thomas Schumacher and Don Hahn serving as executive producers.
— By Scott Hettrick