Monday night’s special Imax Live 40th anniversary screening of Jonathan Demme’s Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense at TIFF has become the highest grossing Imax Live event of all time in North America.
The event, which was hosted by Spike Lee at Cineplex’s Scotiabank IMAX Theatre in Toronto, earned $640,839 and sold out 25 screens across 165 Imax locations in North America and the BFI IMAX in London.
Monday’s screening played like a live concert as ticket-holders danced in the aisles. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Lee, the four original members of the band David Byrne Tina Weymouth Chris Frantz and Jerry Harrison.
A24 acquired the concert film recently and has completed a 4K restoration. Rich Gelfond, CEO at IMAX said, “The unforgettable Stop Making Sense sounds and looks even better in IMAX. We’re excited to share the event with TIFF and audiences everywhere.” “This further establishes our ability to deliver unique live and music experiences with extraordinary quality, and we look forward to a great run ahead with our partners at A24.”
Stop Making Sense originally came out in 1984 and was produced by Gary Goetzman who worked with the late Demme on The Silence Of The Lambs
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