Odeon BFI London IMAX Cinema
1 Charlie Chaplin Walk,
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Operated by: Odeon Cinemas Group
Architects: Bryan Avery
Firms: Avery Associates Architects
Previous Names: BFI London IMAX Cinema
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 Cinemas Group 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.
On 19th July 2021 the concession for Odeon Theatres to run the cinema expires and it will be returned to the BFI to operate.
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