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)
Pupil (16 years and under) £4.00
Student (17 years and over) £5.50
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 16 and under and 17 and above plus the number of teachers.

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

For an exclusive screening we require the booking to be for at least 40 guests. For guest number under 40, we will still be able to screen the film of your choice however the screening will also be available to the public.

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 and availability, email us at imax.education@odeonuk.com to arrange your trip.

Full Feature
Off-peak Price Peak time Price
Ticket Type Standard Premium Standard Premium
Pupil (16 years and under) £9.90 £13:00 £11.90 £16:00
Child (14 years and under) £9.90 £13.00 £11.90 £16.00
Student (17 years and over) £10.50 £13:00 £12.50 £16.00
Adult £15.10 £17.20 £17.40 £20.20
Concession £11.90 £13.00 £14.00 £16.00

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 16 and under and 17 and above plus the number of teachers.

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

For an exclusive screening we require the booking to be for at least 40 guests.  For guest number under 40, we will still be able to screen the film of your choice however the screening will also be available to the public.

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.

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

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

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Key Stage 1-4 Geography, History, RE

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Geography: 1a, 1b, 2a, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 6b

History: 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 4a, 4b, 5, 6c, 6d

RE: Christianity, Judaism, Islam

Geography: 1a, 2a, 2c, 2d, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f, 3g, 4a, 4b, 6c 

History: 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 5c, 6, 13 

RE: Christianity, Judaism, Islam

RE: 1.1a, 1.1b, 1.2a, 1.2b, 1.4a, 1.4b, 2.1a, 2.1e, 2.2b, 2.2c, 3c, 4b

RE: 1.1a, 1.2a, 1.2b, 2.2c, 3b, 4a, 4f


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.

Santa vs. The Snowman 3D

(U) 38 mins

A holiday story to steal your heart.

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: En1:3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e ;En2: 2a, 2c, 7a

Science: Sc1: 1, 2a; Sc2: 1b, 1c, 2b, 2e, 2g, 4a, 4b, 5c

Geography: 2a, 5a

English: En1: 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d

Science: Sc1: 1b; Sc2: 1a, 1c, 2e, 4a, 4b, 4c, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e

Geography: 2a, 2c, 3b, 3e

Science: 3.3d, 3.3e

Geography: 1.6a, 1.6b, 2.3a

Science: 5a, 5b, 5c

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

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Geography: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2a, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e

Science: Sc2: 1b, 2a, 2b, 2f, 2g, 4b, 5c

Citizenship: 2e, 2f, 5c

English: En1: 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e; En2: 2a, 2c, 7a

Geography: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 2a, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f, 3g, 4b, 5a, 4b, 6e

Science: Sc2: 1a, 4a, 4c, 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e; Sc4: 2c

Citizenship: 1a, 2b, 2d, 2j, 5a, 5e

English: En1: 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d

Key Stage 1-2
English

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English: En1: 2a, 2b, 2c, 2f, 6a, 9c

English: En1: 2d, 6a, 6b, 6c, 9b

Key Stage 1-2 
History, Science

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History: 4a, 4b

Science: Sc4: 4a, 4d

History: 1a, 2d, 4a, 4b


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.

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.

Bugs 3D

(U) 45 mins

From one inch long to five stories high, insects get a big close-up.

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

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English: En1: 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d,3e; En2: 3a, 3b, 3c, 6a

Maths: Ma3: 3a, 3b

Science: Sc2: 1b

Citizenship: 2g, 5c

Science: Sc2: 1e, 5a, 1c

Citizenship: 2j, 5e

Geography: 3e, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6e

Key Stage 1-2
Geography, Science, Citenzenship

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Geography: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2a, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e

Science: Sc2: 1b, 2a, 2b, 2f, 2g, 4b, 5c

Citizenship: 2e, 2f, 5c

Geography: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 2a, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f, 3g, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6e

Science: Sc2: 1a, 4a, 4c, 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e; Sc4: 2c

Citizenship: 1a, 2b, 2d, 2j, 5a, 5e

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

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English: En1: 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e; En2: 2a, 2c, 7a

Science: Sc2: 1c, 2b, 2e, 2g, 4b, 5c

Citizenship: 2g, 5c

Geography: 1a, 1c, 2a, 2d, 3a, 3b

English: En1: 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d

Science: Sc2: 1a, 1c, 2e, 5a, 5b, 5d

Citizenship: 2j, 5e

Geography: 1a, 1d, 2a, 2c, 2d, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f, 3g, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6e

Science: 3.3d, 3.3e

Geography: 1.6a, 1.6b, 2.3a

Key Stage 1-3
Science

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Science: Sc2: 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2f, 2g, 4b

Science: Sc2: 1a, 1c, 2e, 4a, 4c, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e

Science: 3.3d, 3.3e  


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.

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.

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
English, Science, Citizenship, Geography

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English: En1: 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e; En2: 2a, 2c, 7a

Science: Sc2: 1c, 2b, 2e, 2g, 4b, 5c

Citizenship: 2g, 5c

Geography: 1a, 1c, 2a, 2d, 3a, 3b

Science: Sc2: 1a, 1c, 2e, 5a, 5b, 5d

Citizenship: 2j, 5e

Geography: 1a, 1d, 2a, 2c, 3d, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f, 3g, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6e

Science: 3.3d, 3.3e

Geography: 1.6a, 1.6b, 2.3a

Key Stage 1-3
History, Geography

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History: 1b, 4a, 4b, 5, 6d

Geography: 1a, 1b, 2a, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 6b

History: 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 5c, 6, 13

Geography: 1a, 2a, 2c, 2d, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f, 3g, 4a, 4b, 6c

History: 1.1a, 1.1b, 1.1c, 1.2a, 2.2a, 4c, 4d

Key Stage 1-3
Geography, Science, Citizenship

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Science: Sc2: 1b, 2a, 2b, 2f, 2g, 4b, 5c

Geography: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2a, 2c, 2d, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 4b, 5a, 5b

Citizenship: 2e, 2f, 5c

Science: Sc2: 1a, 2e, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e

Geography: 1a, 2a, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1g, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f, 3g, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6e, 7b

Citizenship: 1a, 2b, 2d, 2j, 5a, 5e

Science: 3.3d, 3.3e

Geography: 1.6a, 1.6b, 2.3a

Key Stage 1-3
Geography, Science, Citizenship

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Geography: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2a, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e

Science: Sc2: 1b, 2a, 2b, 2f, 2g, 4b, 5c

Citizenship: 2e, 2f, 5c

Geography: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 2a, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f, 3g, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6e

Science: Sc2: 1a, 4a, 4c, 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e; Sc4: 2c

Citizenship: 1a, 2b, 2d, 2j, 5a, 5e

Science: 3.3d, 3.3e

Geography: 1.6a, 1.6b, 2.3a


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: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 2a, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3b, 4b, 5b


Citizenship: 2a, 2d, 5c

Science: Sc4: 4a, 4c, 4d

Design & Technology: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2d, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4c, 4d, 5b, 5c

ICT: 2b

Citizenship: 5c, 5d

Science: 1.1a, 1.1b, 1.2a, 1.2b, 2.2a, 2.2b, 3.4b

Science: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2b, 4a, 4b, 4c, 8c

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

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English: En1: 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e
Design & Technology: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3a, 3b, 4b
ICT: 2c, 2d, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 4c, 5c
Citizenship: 2a, 2d, 5c

English: En1: 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f
Science: Sc4: 2b, 3d, 4a, 4c, 4d 
Design & Technology 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4c, 4d, 5c 
ICT: 2a, 2b, 4a, 4b, 4c, 5b, 5c
Citizenship: 5c, 5d

Science: 1.1a, 1.1b, 1.2a, 1.2b, 2.2a, 2.2b, 3.4b

Science:1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2b, 4a, 4b, 4c, 8c

Key Stage 2-4
Science, Geography

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Science: Sc2: 1a, 4a, 4c, 5b, 5c, 6d, 6e

Science:3.3d, 3.3e

Geography:1.6a, 1.6b, 2.3a

Science: 5a, 5b, 5c

Key Stage 2-4
English, Science, Geography

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English: En1: 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d

Science: Sc1: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2e, 4a, 4b, 4c, 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e; Sc2: 1a, 1c, 2e, 5a, 5b, 5d

Geography: 1a, 1b, 2a, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3a, 3b, 3c

Science: 3.3d, 3.3e

Geography: 1.6a, 1.6b, 2.3a

Science: 5a, 5b, 5c


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. 

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 2-4 English, Geography, Science

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English
En1: 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d

Science
Sc1: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2e, 4a, 4b, 4c, 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e; Sc2: 1a, 1c, 2e, 5a, 5b, 5d

Geography
1a, 1b, 2a, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3a, 3b, 3c

Science
3.3d, 3.3e

Geography
1.6a, 1.6b, 2.3a

Science
5a, 5b, 5c

Key Stage 2-4
History, Citizenship

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History: 1a, 1b, 2a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 5c, 6, 13

Citizenship: 4b

History: 1.1a, 1.1b, 1.1c, 1.2a, 2.2a, 4c, 4d

Key Stage 3-4
Geography, Science

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Geography: 1.1a, 1.1b, 1.2a, 1.2b, 1.6a, 1.7a, 1.7b, 2.3a

Science: 8b

Testimonials

“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


"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

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