BFI Imax

Education at BFI IMAX - Learning beyond the classroom

Your pupils will love the biggest screen in the UK… You'll love that they're learning! 

Give your class an unforgettable learning experience on Britain's biggest screen. Pick an IMAX film, and book a visit for your class – film showings during term time usually start at 10:30am or 11:45am, but other times can also be arranged. Alternatively, you can schedule a screening of a full-length feature film. 

Benefits of school trips to the BFI IMAX London include:

  • Screenings at a time that suits you
  • A wide range of stunning IMAX documentary films, prices from only £4* per pupil
  • One free teacher ticket per 10 pupils
  • Fully curriculum-linked for key stages 1-4
  • Films narrated by David Attenborough, Morgan Freeman, Judy Dench, Leonardo DiCaprio, and many more
  • Free downloadable resources to support the films 
  • Free risk assessment
  • Free planning tickets to come and visit the BFI IMAX
  • Straightforward to plan and safe for your pupils

If you can’t find what you are looking for, please download our FAQ or contact us if you
have any other questions.

To book call BFI IMAX Education Team on 020 7960 3120 or email imax.education@odeonuk.com .

*Price valid for school term time visits only. Prices vary during school holidays, please see our pricing table for further information.


Pricing

Educational Documentaries

Pricing

We welcome teachers to come and visit the BFI IMAX to see the screen, location and facilities. Please ask when booking to arrange a convenient time.

If you would like to book or enquire about a screening and availability, email us at imax.education@odeonuk.com to arrange your trip.

Traditional IMAX - Documentary and Educational Films
Ticket Type Price* (Term Time)
Student £4.00
Teacher (per 10 Pupils) Free
Additional Teacher £5.95

*Price valid for school term time visits only.

How to book:

When booking, please have the following information to hand: film title; preferred date and time; group leader’s name, school name and address plus a contact name and number; number of students plus the number of teachers.

We do not post out tickets; you can pick them up at the BFI IMAX on arrival.

For your screening to be closed to the public we require the booking to be for at least 150 guests. For groups under 150, we will still be able to screen the film of your choice, provided the group is larger than 30, however the screening will also be available to the public. Groups of less than 30 are welcome to attend any of our scheduled education screenings. 

Full Length Feature

Pricing

We welcome teachers to come and visit the BFI IMAX to see the screen, location and facilities. Please ask when booking to arrange a convenient time.

If you would like to book or enquire about a screening, availability and pricing, email us at imax.education@odeonuk.com to arrange your trip.

How to book:

When booking, please have the following information to hand: film title; preferred date and time; group leader’s name, school name and address plus a contact name and number; number of students plus the number of teachers.

We do not post out tickets; you can pick them up at the BFI IMAX on arrival.

For your screening to be closed to the public we require the booking to be for at least 150 guests. For groups under 150, we will still be able to screen the film of your choice, provided the group is larger than 30, however the screening will also be available to the public. Groups of less than 30 are welcome to attend any of our scheduled education screenings. 

Getting Here

By Coach

Getting here by coach

The BFI IMAX is located on London Southbank, right next to Waterloo Bridge, near Waterloo Station.

Coaches can park on the slip road underneath Waterloo Bridge, less than five minutes' walk from the cinema.

The cinema is 5 minutes’ walk from Waterloo Station.

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

By Car

Getting here by car

The BFI IMAX is located on London Southbank, right next to Waterloo Bridge, near Waterloo Station.

Cars can park at the Euro car park sites available

  • Under the National Theatre (off Upper Ground),
  • Under the Hayward Gallery
  • In front of the Shell Centre. 

The BFI IMAX is within the Congestion Charge zone.

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

By Tube/Train

Getting here by tube/train

The BFI IMAX is located on London Southbank, right next to Waterloo Bridge, near Waterloo Station.

The nearest tube stations are:

  • Waterloo,
  • Embankment (Cross Hungerford Bridge to Southbank)
  • Charing Cross (Cross Hungerford Bridge to Southbank)

The nearest train stations are:

  • Waterloo
  • Charing Cross (Cross Hungerford Bridge to Southbank)

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

By Foot

Getting here by foot

The BFI IMAX is located on London Southbank, right next to Waterloo Bridge, near Waterloo Station.

There are four underpass entrances around the roundabout on which the cinema sits, which all lead to the front entrance of the BFI IMAX.

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

By Bus

Getting here by bus

The BFI IMAX is located on London Southbank, right next to Waterloo Bridge, near Waterloo Station.

The area is served by bus routes: 

  • 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 77
  • 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188
  • 211, 243, 341, 381,507, 521
  • RV1

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

Facilities

Food and Drink

Food and Drink

For just £1.50, pupils can buy a Schools Mix popcorn (sweet or salted) and bottle of water on the day of their visit. Please note orders must be placed in advance when making your booking.

We also sell a range of snacks including popcorn, ice-cream, chocolates and drinks, and there is a Costa coffee shop on the ground floor. 

We have an area on the first floor where pupils can eat packed lunches (subject to availability; please ask a member of the team when making your booking).

You are welcome to take snacks and drinks into the auditorium, but please help us keep the cinema tidy by taking all litter out with you.

Accessibility

Accessibility

The cinema is fully wheelchair-accessible. There are two wheelchair spaces in the auditorium, and we can make up to eight spaces available on request. Disabled toilets are located on the ground floor, first floor, and fourth floor.

‘We also offer a hearing loop system, please ask a member of the team when making your booking.

Lockers and Lost Property

Lockers and Lost property

Unfortunately we do not have lockers on site, so please ensure pupils keep belongings with them at all times.

All lost property is kept in the security office – please ask a member of staff for details.

Health and Safety

Health and Safety

To make your visit as safe and as rewarding as possible, we have put together a comprehensive risk assessment , so you don’t have to! Download our free risk assessment.

There is always a qualified first aider on duty during opening hours. We have several first aid points within the cinema, including at all the concession points, the ticket desk, and in the auditorium. There is a hospital nearby with Accident and Emergency services.

We always have a security guard on site who patrols the building regularly and can deal with minor incidents.

Film Information

(U) 43 mins

A Beautiful Planet

 A BEAUTIFUL PLANET is a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before. 

Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence the film presents an awe-inspiring glimpse of Earth and a hopeful look into the future of humanity. From space, Earth blazes at night with the electric intensity of human expansion - a direct visualization of our changing world. 

(U) 43 mins

America Wild: National Parks Adventure

AMERICA WILD: NATIONAL PARKS ADVENTURE takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation's awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness.

Immersive IMAX® 3D takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor playgrounds, including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park and Yosemite. 

(U) 47 mins

Living in the age of Airplanes

LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES renews our appreciation for this amazing invention as it stunningly conveys the wonder and grandeur of flying.

Filmed in 18 countries across all 7 continents, the film explores the countless ways the airplane affects our lives (even when we don’t fly). With a fascinating take on history, breathtaking visuals, soaring music, and a truly unique perspective.

Key Stage 1-4:
English, Art, Geography and Science

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English: reading, writing, acquiring specialised vocabulary

Art: visual stimulation, working from nature

English: reading, writing, acquiring specialised vocabulary

Art: visual stimulation, working from nature

Geography: meteorology

Science: earth sciences, physical sciences

Geography: meteorology

Science: earth sciences, physical sciences

Key Stage 1-4:
English, Maths, History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology

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English: reading, writing, acquiring specialised vocabulary

Maths: speed, distance.

History: early pioneers of flight

Geography: mapping

Art: seeing the world anew

Design and Technology: development of new materials

English: reading, writing, acquiring specialised vocabulary

Maths: speed, distance.

History: early pioneers of flight

Geography: mapping

Art: seeing the world anew

Design and Technology: development of new materials

IT: air traffic control

Science: physics of motion, flight

History: aviation development

Geography: cultural and trade exchange, ecology, food transport, air miles

IT: air traffic control

Science: physics of motion, flight

History: aviation development

Geography: cultural and trade exchange, ecology, food transport, air miles


D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944

D-Day

(PG) 43 mins

June 6, 1944: The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. Yet, few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this region became the most important location in the world.

Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar

Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar

(U) 39mins

Captured with IMAX® 3D cameras, 'Island of Lemurs: Madagascar' takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. 

Jerusalem 3D

(U) 45 mins

Giant screen film adventure soaring high above the Holy Land and plunging deep into the vibrant Old City. Experience as never before the iconic sites of Jerusalem, cherished by billions.

Key Stage 3-4:
English, Science, History,Geography, Design & technology, Citizenship/RE

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[NB: Not suitable for KS 1/2. Graphic depictions of dying soldiers]

English: reading, writing, acquiring specialised vocabulary

Science: logistics, transport

History: 2nd World War

Geography: mapping

Design and Technology: design of weaponry

Citizenship/RE: morality of killing

English: reading, writing, acquiring specialised vocabulary

Science: logistics, transport

History: 2nd World War

Geography: mapping

Design and Technology: design of weaponry

Citizenship/RE: morality of killing

Key Stage 2-3:
English, Science, Maths, Design & Technology and Geography

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English: reading, writing, acquiring specialised vocabulary

Design and Technology/Biology: advantage of opposable thumbs

Geography: mapping

English: reading, writing, acquiring specialised vocabulary

Design and Technology/Biology: advantage of opposable thumbs

Geography: mapping

Science: animal migration

History: colonialism

Geography: ecology, habitat, agriculture

Science: animal migration

History: colonialism

Geography: ecology, habitat, agriculture

Key Stage 1-4:
Geography, History, RE

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Geography

History

RE: Christianity, Judaism, Islam

Geography

History

RE: Christianity, Judaism, Islam


Flight of the Butterflies

(U) 45 mins

An interconnected scientific adventure story about the remarkable Monarch butterfly migration.

Wild Safari 3D: A South African Adventure

(U) 49 mins

3,000 mile journey through the African savanna in search of the continent’s most dangerous animals.

A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures

(U) 43 mins

Sammy the sea turtle embarks on an epic journey across the oceans, dodging dangers with the help of his buddy Ray.

Fly Me to the Moon 3D

(U) 51 mins

Combines the story of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon with the whimsical tale of three tween-aged flies.

Key Stage 1-4:
English, Science, Geography

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English

Science

Geography

English

Science

Geography

Science

Geography

Key Stage 1-2:
Geography, Science, Citizenship, English

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Geography

Science

Citizenship

English

Geography

Science

Citizenship

English

Key Stage 1-2:
English, Maths, Science, Citizenship

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English

Maths

Science

Citizenship

Science

Citizenship

Geography

Key Stage 1-2:
History, Science

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Science

History


Penguins 3D

(TBC) 39 mins

Narrated by David Attenborough, follow the journey of a special King Penguin who returns to his birthplace in the sub-Antarctic, home to hundreds of albatrosses, fur seals and six million penguins.

Under the Sea 3D

(U) 45 mins

New IMAX 3D adventure transporting you to some of the most exotic undersea locations on Earth.

Born to be Wild 3D

(U) 45 mins

An inspired story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals.

To the Arctic 3D

(U) 40 mins

Narrated by Meryl Streep, take a journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness.

Key Stage 1-3:
Geography, Science, Citizenship

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Science

Geography 

Citizenship

Science

Geography

Citizenship

Science

Geography

Key Stage 1-2:
Geography, Science, Citenzenship

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Geography

Science

Citizenship

Geography

Science

Citizenship

Key Stage 1-3:
English, Science, Citizenship, Geography

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English

Science

Citizenship

Geography

English

Science

Citizenship

Geography

Science

Geography

Key Stage 1-3:
Geography, Science, Citizenship

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Geography

Science

Citizenship

Geography

Science

Citizenship

Science

Geography


African Adventure 3D: Safari in the Okavango

(U) 41 mins

Offers viewers the ultimate giantscreen 3D adventure of going on a photo safari in the Okavango Delta.

Mysteries of Egypt

(U) 43 mins

Transporting audiences to a distant time and place where the Nile River Valley cuts an emerald swath through the desert sands.

Mummies 3D: Secrets of the Pharaohs

(PG) 39 mins

A real-life Indiana Jones adventure complete with thieves and hidden treasure.

The Wildest Dream

(PG) 94 mins

Unravelling the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of mountain climber George Mallory.

Key Stage 1-3:
English, Science, Citizenship, Geography

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English

Science

Citizenship

Geography

Science

Citizenship

Geography

Science

Geography

Key Stage 1-3: 
History, Geography

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History

Geography

History

Geography

Key Stage 2-4:
History, Citizenship

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History

Citizenship

Key Stage 3-4:
Geography, Science

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Space Station 3D

(U) 52 mins

Telling the amazing story of the in orbit assembly of the International Space station as it travels 220 miles above the Earth at 17,500mph.

Hubble 3D

(U) 40 mins

Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, Hubble takes you on a voyage through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mystery of our celestial surroundings.

Sea Monsters 3D: A Prehistoric Adventure

(PG) 44 mins

Accompany a team of palaeontologists as they work to solve an 82 million year-old mystery...

Dinosaurs Alive 3D

(PG) 40 mins

A global adventure of science and discovery - featuring the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period, to the monsters of the Cretaceous.

Key Stage 1-4:
D&T, ICT, Science, Citizenship

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Design & Technology

Citizenship

Science

Design & Technology

ICT

Citizenship

Science

Key Stage 1-4:
English, Science, D&T, ICT, Citizenship

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English

Design & Technology

ICT

Citizenship

English

Science

Design & Technology

ICT

Citizenship

Key Stage 2-4:
Science, Geography

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Science

Geography

Key Stage 2-4:
English, Science, Geography

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English

Science

Geography

Science

Geography


Cyberworld 3D

(PG) 47 Mins

If you're a fan of 3D animation, you're in for a real treat. Experience eye-boggling action, as the characters seem to leap from the screen and take on a life all their own. 

Key Stage 2-4:
English, Geography, Science

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English

Science

Geography

Science

Geography

Testimonials

"I have been teaching and booking school trips for over ten years and you have made this process so friendly, quick & easy"

 

Nicola Young, Orion Primary School


"Coming to the IMAX was the highlight of our media trip to London. It showed the amazing possibilities of cinema. It was a wonderfully welcoming environment and a great experience for all - hopefully inspiring some future film makers!"


Vicky Dennett, Media teacher, Bennett Memorial School


"What a wonderful documentary. We really enjoyed ‘Jerusalem’. I have visited Jerusalem before and this documentary was the next best thing to actually visiting the city; it was very useful for our Year 8s to have experienced this. Please also pass on our thanks to your staff who made our visit so smooth and pleasant."

Fr Andrew, Salesian School

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