Robert Zemeckis always envisioned The Walk, his movie about tightrope acrobat Philippe Petit and his 1974 high-wire stunt between the brand new World Trade Center towers, on the biggest 3-D screens. So it’s no surprise that IMAX audiences will get one of the first opportunities to see the film when it opens this fall.

IMAX and other select theaters will screen The Walk, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, beginning Sept. 30, just days after it premieres as the opening-night film at the New York Film Festival. “No one understands IMAX better than our longtime partner Bob Zemeckis,” said IMAX CEO Greg Foster, in a statement. “He is an artistic genius who uses all of his expertise to give audiences an edge-of-your-seat thrill that will make moviegoers feel like they are out on the tightrope themselves. We’re excited that our audiences will have the chance to see it first.”

The Walk, which also stars Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, and James Badge Dale, will open wide on Oct. 9.

The Walk
2015 movie
  • Movie
  • 123 minutes