London BFI IMAX Theatre

London BFI IMAX Theatre provides a very immersive movie experience

Glass exterior of the London BFI IMAX Theatre
Glass exterior of the London BFI IMAX Theatre cc licensed photo by Lawrie Cate

Located on the Southbank, right in the middle of a roundabout, just north of Waterloo Station, the London IMAX theatre is operated by the British Film Institute in partnership with Odeon.

The London IMAX Theatre's giant 20 metre high by 26 metre wide screen (the largest in the UK) combined with a 14,000 watt digital surround sound system results in a very immersive experience - almost like being there in person. Each frame of film is over 10 times larger than a normal 35mm film making the pictures extremely large and crystal clear. The surround sound adds to the realistic effects drawing you completely into the movie. The video at the bottom of this page is very interesting to watch. It goes into detail about the new screen, projectors and sound system that combine to give you a breathtaking experience you won't soon forget. The IMAX theatre features plush seating that can accommodate nearly 500 viewers. Most days there are multiple show-times and many of the movies are now in 3D.

The London IMAX Theatre is located close to a number of other London theatres and attractions including the Old Vic Theatre Southbank, Royal Festival Hall, Royal National Theatre and The London Eye

For more information about the London BFI IMAX Theatre as well as shows and schedules visit their official website link above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Address: 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, Waterloo, London SE1 8XR, UK

Phone: 0330 333 7878

Official Website: BFI IMAX Theatre


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Northern, Bakerloo and Jubilee LinesWaterloo Station2 Minutes

How to get to BFI IMAX Theatre by Tube

Located in the middle of a round-a-bout, The London BFI IMAX Theatre is just a brief walk via underground walkway from Waterloo Station. Just watch for the signs and don't make the mistake of trying to access it from street level, as there is no entrance on the street - you must use one of the underground walkways that lead to the centre of the round-a-bout.

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Rated 4.6 out of 5ODEON BFI IMAX Star Rating

5 Star Rating Went to see First Man and I was blown away with the size of the screen and amazing audio. A different experience from your local multiplex. Top tip - book the deluxe seats for a couple of quid more. Worth every penny.

Chris Clegg - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating absolutely wonderful experience. Be wary on booking seet p 26. as you will have a piece of handrail in the left corner covering the screen a bit and the sweet popcorn could be of better quality. But seeing you favorite movie in here is absolutely worth your money.

Alexander Korber - 19 days ago

4 Star Rating Impressive theatre with a very good Imax projection even in 3D. Internet booking is available and seats are assigned during the booking process. Premium and couple seats are available. When you are going to see a movie on such a large screen the experience depends vastly on the print supplied to the theatre. Most of the time I was quite impressed but for some movies (Venom) the picture is soft looking like a bad 35mm print. On the minus side the price which is well "premium" and the "standard" seats which might give more space to the clients (Dolby Cinema anyone?)

Christophe Labouisse - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating Brilliant viewing experience. Went to see Venom, and received good customer service. The place in general is clean and welcoming. After the movie, was also given a free Venom comic which was pretty cool. Quick note that you need to take the stairs down to reach the place, don't circle around it like I did!

Preankhan Gowrypalan - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Went to watch many a good film here. From Dunkirk to transformers to venom. I got to say the film's are shown in very high quality and the sound blows you away. I love the staff giving a talk before the showing. It is worth coming here and supporting IMAX. Thank you and enjoy the film.

Jules AC - 2 months ago


Watch this fascinating video about replacing the screen, the largest in Britain, in the London BFI IMAX

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