Odeon BFI London IMAX Cinema

1 Charlie Chaplin Walk,
London, SE1 8XR

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Odeon BFI London IMAX Cinema

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Operated by the British Film Institute, the BFI London IMAX Cinema is housed in an unusual circular building which is glazed on the exterior. It is located in the centre of a busy traffic round-a-bout at the southern end of Waterloo Bridge over the River Thames, and access is gained by under the road passages. The BFI London IMAX Cinema boasts it has the ‘largest screen in the UK…the height of 5 double-decker buses’. It opened on 1st May 1999.

IMAX and 3D IMAX format films play in repertory programming and the cinema also features an increasing number of presentations of the latest releases, which are shown on the giant IMAX screen (but not in the IMAX format).

From 19th July 2012 the Odeon Theatres chain began a 5-year fixed time concession to operate the cinema. It has now been equipped with an IMAX 3D digital projector and a new 20 metres tall x 26 metres wide IMAX digital screen, the largest screen in Great Britain. 70mm film IMAX projectors have been retained for occasional use.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe on May 22, 2007 at 9:40 am

A photograph of the B.F.I. IMAX Cinema that I took in August 2002:

Ian on September 6, 2008 at 3:06 am

The architect of the Imax was Bryan Avery. A series of photos taken in September 2008 (interior and exterior) can be found here:–

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Ian on April 19, 2009 at 1:35 am

At night the BFI IMax is a eyecatching building in the centre of the roundabout.

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Ian on August 24, 2011 at 12:51 am

The display changes at regular intervals – here is an August 2011 view


Cinedelphia on April 16, 2016 at 8:37 pm

Was visiting London this past week and had the opportunity to see Batman V Superman at the BFI IMAX. Great experience all around. Was pleasantly surprised to find the film being shown on 70mm IMAX film. This is a fabulous IMAX venue with a 20mx26m screen. Better yet, when I asked the theater manager a few questions about the presentation he invited me to visit the projection booth and spend a few moments with the projectionist. The projectionist was incredibly generous answering my questions and explaining the equipment which is very impressive to say the least. He was also quite interested that I was old enough to have experienced real Cinerama, 70mm, and Ultra Panavision. Just a real treat.

CF100 on July 26, 2017 at 8:08 pm

British Gypsum case study on the BFI IMAX:


Notably: “Some 2,000 square metres of Glasroc F MULTIBOARD was also used for the interior curved walls, which were designed around a giant curved screen, at 21m high, taller than four double-decker buses.”

Glasroc F is “Non-combustible glass-reinforced gypsum plasterboard”—IOW, high-performance—and expensive—stuff!

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