Watch a 3D film, at the BFI IMAX cinema

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BFI IMAX Cinema, 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, Waterloo SE1 8XR
Work 0330 333 7878

Opening times and price

Opening hours:
Usually between 10 AM and 11.30 PM, depending on the film
Ticket cost:
Adults £18.50; Children £13.00 (3-14); Infants free entry (under-3); Family ticket £52.00
Visiting hours and entry charges are subject to change
Time required:
A typical visit to BFI IMAX Cinema lasts 2-3 hours (approx)

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BFI IMAX Cinema Good for kids? Value for money? Worth a visit? 203

Craig recommends… Here’s my latest BFI IMAX review. The other big cinemas are in Leicester Square. The Odeon, West End Vue and Empire are where they hold all the big film premieres. The Prince Charles Cinema is better for classic old movies. You can watch arty movies at the ICA and BFI Southbank, and 3D documentaries for kids at the Science Museum’s IMAX cinema. Have a look through out London film guide as well.

The BFI IMAX cinema in London

The Odeon’s BFI IMAX cinema by Waterloo station shows all the latest blockbuster movies in 2D and 3D.

Its screen is reputedly the largest in the country, measuring 20 metres from top to bottom and 26 metres left to right. The auditorium seats 485.

As well as showing all the latest Hollywood releases and summer blockbusters, the BFI IMAX also offers a selection of 3D documentaries that cover everything from space travel and dinosaurs, to big cats and under the ocean adventures.

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  • bobby – “The last time I went to a 3d cinema was when I was little and I saw a rollercoaster film with my mum at thorpe park, and I remember that I had to turn around because I was getting all woozy! The first thing I noticed when I went to the imax was how big the screen was. It is huge! And I mean huge. It is so big that I couldn't even see all of it when I was watching the movie because the edges are beyond your focus. But I think you wouldn't have that problem if you Sat nearer the back (i was very near the front) I am definitely going back because I want to see a proper 3d move. I saw 'inception' which was just filmed normally, so you dont have that 3d effect which I remember from thorpe park. But at least that means nobody is going to be sick!.”

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Have you seen our guide to cinema movies in London?

If you enjoy this then try: Barbican Cinema (walk it in 26 mins or catch a train from Waterloo to Barbican); BFI Southbank (you can walk it in less than 3 mins); Leicester Square (walk it in 18 mins or catch a train from Waterloo to Leicester Square); London Film Museum (walk it in 14 mins or catch a train from Waterloo to Covent Garden) and Prince Charles Cinema (walk it in 18 mins or catch a train from Waterloo to Leicester Square).

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