Document and Entity Information
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2013
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]  
Entity Registrant Name IMAX Corporation
Entity Central Index Key 0000921582
Document Type 10-Q
Document Period End Date Mar. 31, 2013
Amendment Flag false
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2013
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1
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 66,866,076