Daniel Caudill of York Springs, working with Meadow Valley Electric of Ephrata, installs stair treads in the IMAX theater at Frank Theatres in York
Daniel Caudill of York Springs, working with Meadow Valley Electric of Ephrata, installs stair treads in the IMAX theater at Frank Theatres in York Township. The new screen will premiere Wednesday with A Good Day to Die Hard." (Bil Bowden photo)

Yippie-ki-yay, movie goers.

The long-awaited debut of the IMAX theater at Frank Theatres in York Township is set to open next week, with the latest iteration of "Die Hard" as its first movie.

"A Good Day to Die Hard" will hit the big screen at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

The theater at 2081 Springwood Road in the Queensgate Shopping Center in June announced it would be getting IMAX, which provides viewers with a larger screen, clearer picture and better sound.

General Manager Kevin Scott expected the screen would debut Nov. 16 with the release of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2."

But it didn't. Nor was it built in time for the much-anticipated "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," which opened Dec. 14.

The seven-month wait was caused by IMAX screens being installed in other Frank Theatres locations in Florida, New Jersey and North Carolina. Those jobs had to be finished before work could be done in York, Scott said.

Frank Theatres is the first to offer IMAX in York County.

A lot of customers have been asking about it, Scott said.

"People want it. They're amped up," he said.

The closest IMAX theater to York is in Dauphin County at the Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts in Harrisburg. There is also an IMAX theater in Lancaster County at Penn Cinema & IMAX in Lilitz.

At Frank Theatres the prices will be $15 for adults and $13 for children and seniors. An adult ticket for a movie at Frank's other screens is $9.

The IMAX theater seats about 215 people, and movie buffs are already reserving their spots for upcoming movies.

The theater is already selling tickets for "A Good Day to Die Hard," "Jack the Giant Slayer," which opens in IMAX 3D on March 1, and "Oz: The Great and Powerful," which opens in IMAX 3D on March 8.

"But the big one everyone is talking about is the Star Trek sequel," Scott said.

"Star Trek Into Darkness" opens nationwide on May 17, but it will open early in IMAX 3D at Frank's at 8 p.m. May 15.

Tickets are already on sale for the movie, even though it doesn't open for three months.

"There's a lot of anticipation," he said. "More people want that IMAX experience because it's so much better."

- Reach Andrew Shaw at ashaw@yorkdispatch.com. Reach Candy Woodall at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.