Document and Entity Information
3 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2012
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]  
Entity Registrant Name IMAX Corporation
Entity Central Index Key 0000921582
Document Type 10-Q
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2012
Amendment Flag false
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2012
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31
Entity Well Known Seasoned Issuer Yes
Entity Voluntary Filers Yes
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer
Entity Common Stock Shares Outstanding 65,892,986