There are big movies, and then there are BIG movies. Christopher Nolan’s newest film, the period war thriller Dunkirk — based on the Dunkirk evacuation (also known as the “miracle of Dunkirk”) during World War II — is unique in that it was shot almost entirely on 65mm film with IMAX cameras. This means Nolan’s next film may be his biggest movie yet, in a literal sense, so going to your typical theater just won’t cut it if you want to experience Nolan’s true vision.

A select number of theaters around the world are screening Dunkirk the way Nolan intended, in full 70mm IMAX, but there are also screenings in non-IMAX 70mm and digital IMAX. There’s a lot of science behind the format, but the peanut-sized explanation is that there is more information on the screen in the full format as opposed to a traditional screen. You can tell the difference at first glance because IMAX 70mm is more vertical than the average widescreen format. So those who are thinking of waiting to watch the movie at home on Netflix are going to seriously miss out.

If you’re a little confused, don’t worry — Warner Bros. has even released a handy guide to help you tell the difference.

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So, Where Can I Watch Dunkirk?

The film’s official website has an exceptionally user-friendly search engine to look for theaters near you that are screening Dunkirk in 70mm IMAX. Just enter your location, such as your state or ZIP code (for U.S. residents), and the website will bring up the closest theater to you where you can buy tickets.

Alternatively, you can look at the list below, curated by IMAX, which has all the theaters that are screening Dunkirk in whatever IMAX format you wish. You’re welcome!

IMAX 70mm Locations (U.S. and Canada)

Alabama

IMAX, U.S. Space & Rocket Center – Huntsville

IMAX Dome, McWane Center – Birmingham

Alberta

Scotiabank Chinook & IMAX – Calgary

Scotiabank Edmonton & IMAX – Edmonton

Arizona

Grand Canyon IMAX, Grand Canton Visitors Center – Tusayan

British Columbia

Cineplex Cinemas Langley & IMAX – Langley

California

AMC Metreon 16 & IMAX – San Francisco

AMC Universal CityWalk Stadium 19 & IMAX – Universal City

Esquire IMAX Theatre – Sacramento

Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 & IMAX – Irvine

Regal Hacienda Crossings Stadium 20 & IMAX – Dublin

Edwards Ontario Palace Stadium 22 & IMAX – Ontario

Hackworth IMAX Dome, The Tech Museum – San Jose

Connecticut

IMAX, The Maritime Aquarium – Norwalk

Georgia

Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium 20 & IMAX – Buford

Indiana

IMAX, Indiana State Museum – Indianapolis

Iowa

Blank IMAX Dome, Science Center of Iowa – Des Moines

Maryland

IMAX, Maryland Science Center – Baltimore

Minnesota

IMAX Theatre, Minnesota Zoo – Apple Valley

Missouri

OMNIMAX, St. Louis Science Center – St. Louis

New York

AMC Lincoln Square 13 & IMAX – New York

North Carolina

The Charlotte Observer IMAX Dome, Discovery Place – Charlotte

Ontario

Cineplex Cinemas Mississauga & IMAX – Mississauga

Cineplex Cinemas Vaughan & IMAX – Woodbridge

Pennsylvania

UA King of Prussia Stadium 16 & IMAX – King of Prussia

Tuttleman IMAX, The Franklin Institute– Philadelphia

Rhode Island

Providence Place Cinemas 16 & IMAX – Providence

Saskatchewan

Kramer IMAX, Saskatchewan Science Center – Regina

Tennessee

Regal Opry Mills Stadium 20 & IMAX – Nashville

Texas

Cinemark 17 & IMAX – Dallas

Omnitheatre, Fort Worth Museum of Science & History – Fort Worth

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IMAX 70 MM LOCATIONS (International)

Australia

IMAX, Melbourne Museum – Melbourne

Czech Republic

IMAX Theatre, Palac Flora – Prague

Thailand

KrungSri IMAX, Paragon Cineplex – Bangkok

United Kingdom

IMAX 3D, London Science Museum - London

BFI IMAX, British Film Institute – London

Vue Manchester IMAX & The Printworks – Manchester

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IMAX Laser (U.S. and Canada)

California

TCL Chinese Theatres IMAX – Hollywood

Florida

Autonation IMAX, Museum of Discovery & Science

Massachusetts

Sunbrella IMAX 3D Theater - Reading

Missouri

Branson’s IMAX - Entertainment Complex – Branson

Texas

IMAX, The Bullock Texas State History Museum – Austin

Toronto

Scotiabank Toronto & IMAX

Virginia

Airbus IMAX, Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center – Chantilly

Washington

Boeing IMAX, Pacific Science Center

Washington D.C.

Lockheed Martin IMAX, National Air & Space Museum – National Mall

IMAX Laser (International)

Belgium

Kinepolis Brussels & IMAX – Brussels

France

Gaumont Montpellier Multiplexe & IMAX – Montpellier

Gaumont 15 Cinema & IMAX – Paris

Pathe La Valette & IMAX – La Valette-du-Var

Germany

Cinestar Berlin & IMAX – Berlin

Filmpalast am ZKM & IMAX – Karlsruhe

IMAX 3D, Sinsheim Auto & Technik Museum – Sinsheim

Italy

UCI Cinemas Orio & IMAX – Orio al Serio

Japan

109 Cinemas Osaka Expocity & IMAX – Osaka

South Korea

CGV Yongsan IMAX Theater – Seoul

New Zealand

Event Cinemas Queen Street & IMAX – Auckland

Russia

Formula Kino Kutuzovsky & IMAX – Moscow

Taiwan

Miramar IMAX – Taipei

United Arab Emirates

VOX Cinemas & IMAX – Dubai

United Kingdom

Cineworld Leicester Square IMAX – London

Cineworld Sheffield & IMAX – Sheffield


Dunkirk hits theaters on July 21.

Photos via Warner Bros. Pictures