14% Funded


Target: €2700


€380 Raised

not funded

18 Funders

IMAX Dublin Documentary

By Rob O'Brien


"Ahead Of Its Time" IMAX Documentary
Located in the Parnell Centre, Parnell Street - where Cineworld cinema currently stands, Dublin’s original IMAX cinema (then known as the Sheridan IMAX Theatre) opened in June, 1998 and closed suddenly in October, 2000, lasting only a little over 2 years. The staff were told one day before the closure, resulting in a battle for statutory redundancy. With the largest screen in Ireland (62 x 82 feet), IMAX was a one of a kind experience for cinema-goers.

Why Is This Different?
We aim to tell the story of Dublin's original IMAX cinema, from Conception to Closure, through the eyes & views of the original staff members, including: Managers, Supervisors, Projectionists & Floor Staff. "Ahead Of Its Time" gives a unique insight into how the cinema was developed, how it ran and ultimately why staff believe it closed. Find out the story of the behind the scenes struggle to keep a cinematic dream alive, against the odds. 

So far we have filmed the original 3 Managers, a Projectionist & a number of Floor Staff. We potentially have another 8-10 people lined up to be interviewed, and we are still re-connecting with & tracking down former staff members.

Rob (Director)
- I’m actually a former IMAX staff member myself, which is why this project is close to my heart. IMAX led me into a decade long career as a 35mm Film & Digital Cinema Projectionist. I want to tell the story of the original IMAX cinema, the staff who worked there, the unrelenting belief and love they had, and still have, for a cinema that only lasted a short period of time. I have previously worked on several self-funded documentaries, reality series & more!

Why Support Us?
Like my previous documentaries, I self-funded this project and took it as far as I could myself, but now I need your support. I've filmed 5 key interviews so far, which you can see in the trailer! By pledging your support, you will enable us to complete this documentary, which is almost half-way through initial filming.

The money raised from our Fund it campaign will be used for:
- Completing Filming
- Editing
- Original Music Score
- Equipment
- Exclusive Screening of “Ahead Of Its Time”

Supporting us ensures that we can complete filming, go straight into editing, and host an exclusive screening of the documentary, tickets for which are only available through Fund it! We aim to complete filming in early Summer with a view to hosting the screening in late Summer, within Dublin, at a venue TBC.

Thank you for taking the time to read what our project is all about. Hopefully it comes across how pasionate we are about making this documentary, about working in IMAX, and our drive to make it over the final hurdles to the finish line. I hope you can see from the trailer that this is a story worth telling, worth hearing and worth supporting.

Thank you for your time,
Rob (Director)



Film In Dublin News Article

Hi Everyone, Just a quick update that we are down to the final 14 days of our Fund It campaign - still a long way to go, but anything is possible! Keep sharing the project link with anyone who might be interested! Jess from the Film In Dublin website interviewed me for a news article about the project, and our Fund It campaign, check it out at the link below! http://filmindublin.ie/robert-obrien-talks-dublins-first-imax-cinema/ Rob

Project Updates!

Hi Everyone, Just a quick thank you for your generous pledges to date. We have 18 days remaining, and are currently sitting at 8% for our funding goal total. Please keep sharing the project with friends, family and anyone who you think would be interested in this documentary, or Irish cinema history, or cinema / film in general! We've been able to track down another 2 former staff members who will be taking part in the documentary since our campaign went live! We also post some cool photos on our Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts of some of the archive materials we've been able to include in the documentary, so check them out below. Keep in mind, we really need to hit our funding goal to successfully complete and documentary, and deliver the rewards available, so keep liking, sharing and pledging! Thanks for all your help! Rob :) Facebook Page: www.facebook.com.imaxdublin Twitter: @imaxdublin Instagram: @imaxdublin

Quick Update!

Thank you to our additional funders this week! Your support is very much appreciated! Every pledge counts in our goal heading towards our funding target! Please do remember to forward our link on to your family / friends who might be interested in this project. This is the ONLY place to get Tickets to our screening, Blu-Ray, DVD, Posters etc. so if we don't reach our funding target, none of this will be possible! Once again, the online response has been great, and our trailer is now at 500+ views! Only 29 days to go! Keep liking, sharing and telling anyone you can about "Ahead Of Its Time"

And We're Off!

Thank you to everyone who generously made a pledge to our campaign, for a successful first weekend of our Fund It! We're already 5% funded so far, and had a great response online liking, sharing etc through Social Media. Hoping to turn those likes, shares and views into pledges and get us closer to our funding total in the coming weeks! Don't forget you can follow us on various Social Media at the following links... Web: www.imaxdublin.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/imaxdublin Instagram: @imaxdublin Twitter: @imaxdublin

funders (18)

There are 17 public funders of this project

There are 1 anonymous funders of this project