IMAX is Coming to Superyachts

Ken Freivokh Design is part of the team bringing a full-size theater to a new build.

Superyacht IMAX room
superycht IMAX room
The IMAX screen not only will be able to show Hollywood films, but also will loop into the yacht’s live, underwater closed-caption feed to project marine life and coral onto the screen.

They’re calling it “The Nemo Room.”

That’s the code name, anyway, for a collaboration among Ken Freivokh Design, Yacht Intelligence, Genesis Technologies and IMAX Corp. to build an Imax Private Theatre aboard a superyacht.

The IMAX screen not only will be able to show Hollywood films, but also will loop into the yacht’s live, underwater closed-caption feed to project marine life and coral onto the screen. Blu-Ray, streaming live content, gaming and video conferencing also are expected to be possible uses for the screen.

“We always strive to be very innovative,” Freivokh stated in a press release. “We work to evoke an exclusive feeling by developing uncommon spaces that are fundamentally spectacular. The first IMAX cinema on a yacht will be just that.”

Details about the yacht and builder are being kept mum, but Alan Bernardi, founder and managing director of Yacht intelligence, says similar theaters could be integrated into new-build yachts of at least 328 feet (100 meters) length overall.

The first theater is being placed in a hull space that otherwise would house tankage and stowage. Guests will enter the space through sliding walls instead of doors, thus creating a seamless surround screen to achieve the immersive effect of IMAX theaters on land.

Other technological barriers the team is working to overcome include increasing download speed for typical IMAX movies—which can be up to 60GB and require a four-hour download time for clients with average bandwidth systems. Yacht Intelligence is incorporating options that include VSAT and day-night switchovers to higher-speed bandwidth during low-use times of day.

More details about the first-of-its-kind superyacht project are at www.yacht-intelligence.com.