Anyone who saw the first film when it first arrived in theaters in 1984 had a far different experience. The film played in the last of the drive-ins and independent theaters and captured the action-movie fan base that had yet to go mainstream with Rambo in 1985.
The days of the old, independently owned single-screen theaters and drive-ins are mostly over. The era of the IMAX screen is upon us. The new Terminator film is a far bigger affair than the sleeper sci-fi film of 30+ years ago. Just as the old movie theaters were the perfect venue to see director James Cameron’s original entry, IMAX theaters are perfect for the new reboot.