Odeon BFI London IMAX Cinema

1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, Waterloo,
London, SE1 8XR

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BFI London IMAX

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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 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 IMAX digital screen. 70mm film IMAX projectors have been retained for occasional use.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 22, 2007 at 12:40 pm

A photograph of the B.F.I. IMAX Cinema that I took in August 2002:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kencta/509751593/

Ian
Ian on September 6, 2008 at 6:06 am

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

Exterior:-
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Auditorium:-
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Ian
Ian on April 19, 2009 at 4:35 am

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

April 2009
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/3453367923/

Ian
Ian on August 24, 2011 at 3:51 am

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

BFI IMAX

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