Fans of “Oppenheimer” seem more than ready to shell out hundreds for the pleasure of viewing Christopher Nolan’s latest project in 70mm IMAX. The sky-high demand for tickets has seen prices rocket, with some fetching over $1,000 on Craigslist, as spotted by Twitter user @turbovax.
Christopher Nolan’s Stellar Cast Hits the Silver Screen
“Oppenheimer” paints a compelling picture of the life of theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, best known as the man at the helm of the Manhattan Project and often acknowledged as the father of the atomic bomb. Cillian Murphy assumes the lead role, with a star-studded supporting cast featuring Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Jack Quid, and Devon Bostick.
Nolan has made no secret of his belief that his film should be experienced in IMAX 70mm, a format available in a scant 25 locations across North America. This limited accessibility has only fuelled the intense demand for tickets, with fans eagerly parting with large sums to see “Oppenheimer” in Nolan’s preferred format.
The Race for Premium Seats: $1,400 for Eight IMAX Tickets
One Craigslist listing caught particular attention, offering eight 70mm IMAX tickets for “Oppenheimer” at the princely sum of $1,400. This cinematic experience, offered at the AMC Lincoln Square 13 in Midtown Manhattan, guaranteed seats “dead center in the 4th row,” with the tickets all linked to one QR code, necessitating their collective sale. Although this listing has since been removed, similar offerings abound on other resale platforms like eBay, where bidding for a pair of IMAX tickets begins at $499.
Why Watch “Oppenheimer” in IMAX 70mm?
As Nolan explained to the Associated Press prior to the film’s release, there’s a unique charm to viewing “Oppenheimer” in IMAX 70mm. He espoused the virtues of the format, saying, “You rarely get the chance to really talk to moviegoers directly about why you love a particular format and why if they can find an IMAX screen to see the film on that’s great.”
The renowned director emphasized the extensive efforts taken to film “Oppenheimer” to enhance the large format screen experience. He remarked on the “sharpness, clarity, and depth of the image,” adding that IMAX 70mm offers an immersive 3D-like experience without the need for glasses. The large screen encompasses the audience’s peripheral vision, plunging them into the film’s world.
“Oppenheimer” is now playing in theaters.