BFI IMAX overview

BFI IMAX - The UK's biggest screen

The BFI IMAX is the biggest cinema screen in the UK: over 20 metres high and 26 metres wide!

Seeing a film here is like nothing else - digital surround sound, a screen almost as high as five double-decker buses, 489 seats (including 69 premier seats), and that's just inside the auditorium. There's also a Costa Coffee, Yog, a bar and even a beer garden! The very latest IMAX films, some old favourites and highlights from ODEON Plus as well as educational films all add up to a really big experience.

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Listings from:

Fri 19 Dec 2014 to Thu 01 Jan 2015

Showtimes for Today until Thursday 25th December are listed below. Further showtimes will be confirmed and added in the afternoon on Tuesday 23rd December.
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Dickens' classic tale is remade for the 21st Century. Starring Jim Carey, Gary Oldman and Colin Firth, 'Disney's A Christmas Carol' presents the magic of Christmas as you've never seen it before.

Film length: 95 mins

Contains mild threat, scary scenes and mild language

Wednesday
24 Dec

Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman ('Million Dollar Baby,' 'Dolphin Tale') narrates the IMAX 3D® documentary 'Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,' the incredible true story of nature's greatest explorers—lemurs.

Film length: 39 mins

no material likely to offend or harm

Friday
19 Dec
Sunday
21 Dec
Tuesday
23 Dec

'Journey to Mecca' is an IMAX® dramatic documentary feature that tells the amazing story of Ibn Battuta, the greatest explorer of the Old World.

Film length: 45 mins

Contains mild violence and threat.

Monday
22 Dec

As astoundingly beautiful as it is technically dazzling, 'Space Station 3D' is the first-ever IMAX 3D space film. Audiences will travel 220 miles above Earth at 17,500 mph to experience 'Space Station 3D' - the greatest engineering feat since landing a man on the Moon.

Film length: 47 mins

Contains powerful launch sequences

Saturday
20 Dec

The final chapter of Peter Jackson's epic Middle-earth trilogy.

Film length: 144 mins

Moderate threat, frequent violence.

Friday
19 Dec
Saturday
20 Dec
Monday
22 Dec
Tuesday
23 Dec
Wednesday
24 Dec
Friday
26 Dec
Saturday
27 Dec
Sunday
28 Dec
Monday
29 Dec
Tuesday
30 Dec
Wednesday
31 Dec
Thursday
01 Jan

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BFI IMAX

1 Charlie Chaplin Walk
London
SE1 8XR

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


ODEON Cinemas nearby:

London - Leicester Square (0.78 miles)
Covent Garden (0.9 miles)
Swiss Cottage (3.67 miles)
Get directions

Driving Directions

The BFI IMAX is located in the centre of the roundabout adjacent to Waterloo Station. There is no standard parking available next to the cinema - the nearest car parks are located on Belvedere Road, Upper Ground or at Waterloo Station.

There are four disabled parking bays for Orange Badge holders approximately 10 metres from the main BFI Southbank entrance. Further bays are located by Queen Elizabeth Hall and the riverside entrance of the Royal Festival Hall.

Public Transport

By train / underground;

Waterloo mainline and underground stations are approximately 300 metres away.

By bus;

Routes 1, 4*, 26, 68, 76, 77, 139*, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 211, 243*, 341, 381, 507*, 521*, RV1
(* limited service; call London Transport Information on 020 7222 1234 or visit Transport for London online).

By cab

Computer cab service available from Royal Festival Hall Foyer.

In cinema price (scroll down for remote prices)
Feature Films
Off Peak
Mon-Fri before 5pm
Peak
Mon-Fri from 5pm
and all weekend
Standard Premium Standard Premium
Adult (15 and over) £16.60 £18.75 £17.90 £20.80
Child (3 - 14) £11.20 £14.40 £12.20 £16.40
Student (with valid photo ID) £12.00 £14.40 £13.00 £16.40
Senior (over 60s) £13.50 £14.40 £14.50 £16.40
Family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children) £44.80 £57.60 £48.80 £65.60
Family of 3 (1 adult, 2 children) £33.60 £43.20 £36.60 £49.20
Traditional IMAX Under 1 hourAll-Nighter
Standard Premium Standard Premium
Adult (15 and over) £9.25 £10.25 £31.50 £34.00
Child (3 - 14) £5.90 £8.70 - -
Student (with valid photo ID) £6.70 £8.70 £19.00 £26.70
Senior (over 60s) £6.90 £8.70 £22.00 £26.70
Family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children) £27.60 £34.50 - -
Family of 3 (1 Adult, 2 Children) £18.50 £25.50 - -
Opera-LiveOpera-Encore
Standard Premium Standard Premium
Adult (15 and over) £34.70 £37.80 £28.75 £32.00
Student (with valid photo ID) £20.30 £27.20 £14.40 £21.80
Senior (over 60s) £24.50 £27.20 £18.50 £21.80
Remote price
The Remote prices below include a 50p Remote Booking Fee per ticket, a fee for booking your ticket remotely (online and Filmline).
Feature Films
Off Peak
Mon-Fri before 5pm
Peak
Mon-Fri from 5pm
and all weekend
Standard Premium Standard Premium
Adult (15 and over) £17.10 £19.25 £18.40 £21.30
Child (3 - 14) £11.70 £14.90 £12.60 £16.90
Student (with valid photo ID) £12.50 £14.90 £13.50 £16.90
Senior (over 60s) £14.00 £14.90 £15.00 £16.90
Family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children) £45.30 £58.10 £49.30 £66.10
Family of 3 (1 adult, 2 children) £33.70 £43.70 £37.10 £49.70
Traditional IMAX Under 1 hourAll-Nighter
Standard Premium Standard Premium
Adult (15 and over) £9.75 £10.75 £32.00 £34.50
Child (3 - 14) £6.40 £9.20 - -
Student (with valid photo ID) £7.20 £9.20 £19.50 £27.20
Senior (over 60s) £7.40 £9.20 £22.50 £27.20
Family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children) £28.10 £35,00 - -
Family of 3 (1 Adult, 2 Children) £19.00 £26.00 - -
Opera-LiveOpera-Encore
Standard Premium Standard Premium
Adult (15 and over) £35.20 £38.30 £29.25 £32.50
Student (with valid photo ID) £20.80 £27.70 £14.90 £22.30
Senior (over 60s) £25.00 £27.70 £19.00 £22.30

BFI IMAX Education

Traditional IMAX

The BFI IMAX also shows a wide range of stunning traditional IMAX documentaries.  From ‘Flight of the Butterflies’ and ‘Jerusalem’ through to 'Space Station 3D' and 'Under the Sea 3D', we show a wide range of illuminating educational films that will educate and entertain you on the UK's biggest screen.  

Visit our showtimes to see which titles we are showing and to book

School Trips

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 with our curriculum-enhancing IMAX films.  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

 

Visit the Education page for more information and booking details

Other local cinemas

London - Leicester Square

0.78 miles.

ODEON Leicester Square is situated in the centre of London inside Leicester Square. The cinema has 1 main screen and 5 studios (Costa) Royal Circle seating, 5 ATMs which are located at the front of the cinema.

View cinema details

Covent Garden

0.9 miles.

View cinema details

Swiss Cottage

3.67 miles.

View cinema details

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Want to make it really special?

ODEON's BFI IMAX in London is the biggest screen in Britain.

In extraordinarily high resolution with projection lights so bright they can be seen from the moon and astonishingly precise sound – IMAX is so breathtaking you’ll want to reach out and touch.

The floor-to-ceiling screen maximises your field of vision and state-of-the-art sound is tailored for the auditorium.

Since 1971, Costa has been serving coffee in true Italian style and is now at available at ODEON cinemas.

Creating great coffee is an art that takes time and skill to perfect. Costa use the finest beans, equipment and techniques to make sure that every cup makes the grade.

Enjoy a great coffee today.

More about Costa

Quick bite, cheeky treat?

Make your cinema experience complete

Treat yourself to a wide selection of snacks from one of our retail counters, from traditional favourites such as popcorn, nachos and pop to a varied selection of sweets and ice cream!

Classic Cinema Combos - Popcorn with your favourite dispensed drink KIDS MIX - Build your own. Snack + Drink + Kids Popcorn Classic Cinema Combos - Nachos with your favourite dispensed drink FAMILY - Treat the whole family. Amazing family value
Pepsi
Popcorn

Guide to your cinema

General Manager: Tim Waters

The BFI IMAX is situated in middle of a roundabout directly opposite Waterloo train station. The cinema has 1 IMAX screen (Premium, Premium Double Seats, IMAX, Costa) 3 ATMs which are located in the main foyer.

Local Facility

The BFI IMAX has a range of additional High Quality retail offerings.

Now open on the ground floor Costa coffee shop providing guests with a high quality standard of hot drinks and snacks. These can either be eaten in the Costa lounge area, taken into the auditoriums or purchased for consumption outside the cinema.

We also offer Yog frozen probiotic yogurt. Choose from four delicious fat-free flavours and twenty four no one can top toppings!

There is also a licensed bar serving of alcoholic and soft drinks, all of which can be taken into the auditorium.

Why not indulge yourself with our film food range of classic favourites including fresh popcorn, hot dogs, nachos, Pepsi cola and other cold drinks. In addition, we have an extensive Pick & Mix range and confectionery to tickle your tastebuds.

This year we are also able to offer top quality, freshly made food and champagne at all of our opera screenings. Click here for more information.

Please note: We won't be able to accept card payments for food and drink at the operas, so make sure you have cash before you arrive.

Education

Bring your class to the BFI IMAX for the ultimate film experience. IMAX films provide a great mix of entertainment and education, making them the perfect accompaniment to the curriculum. There are plenty of titles to chose from, these can be seen later in the document. During term time you can choose exclusive screening times which suit you, plus receive discounted prices on popcorn. Don?t forget you can also catch Full feature films, which make for an unforgettable day out of the classroom.

For more information please email imax.education@odeonuk.com or call BFI IMAX Education on 020 7960 3120.

Disabled facilities

Location Of Cinema
The BFI IMAX is located in the middle of a roundabout directly opposite Waterloo train station, and at the end of Waterloo Bridge. It is a large glass and steel structure that is hard to miss!

The cinema itself is accessed via a series of tunnels and walkways that go under the roundabout; these are painted light blue and lead directly to the cinemas entrance.

Waterloo bus station is situated adjacent to the cinema, with Waterloo tube station five minutes? walk south of the venue along Waterloo Road.

There is no dedicated car parking for the cinema. The nearest car park is situated on Cornwall Road (Doon Street), not far from the cinema off Stamford Street. It is approximately three minutes walk from the cinema entrance. The car park is operated by APCOA and has limited Blue Badge car parking spaces. More parking is also available at Waterloo train station.

Taxi and car drop off is available down a slip road to the left of Waterloo Bridge, which brings them down towards the BFI Southbank; the cinema will be visible through the nearest of the walkways.

Access To The Cinema
Once down the walkways, access to the cinema itself is via two ground floor entrances, either through the front automatic doors or to the rear through the Costa Coffee and Yog retail areas. There is level access on all floors, with lowered counters and ticket machines available for Wheelchair users. Two lifts can be used for access to all floors; there is one on each side of the ground floor foyer. Stairs with handrails are also available. If you require any assistance, please ask a member of the team.

Guest seating is available on the first floor foyer, with further seating within Costa Coffee, Yog and bar areas.

Male and female washrooms are located on the ground floor and within the first floor foyer. Fully accessible washrooms are situated on the ground floor, first floor and fourth floor; there are two sets on the first and fourth floors either side of the building.

Access Within Screens
The IMAX Screen at the ODEON BFI IMAX is fully accessible with two single Wheelchair bays located at the rear of the auditorium. The Screen itself is divided into three blocks of seats by two parallel aisles, a further two aisles are situated against the auditorium walls. All these aisles are stepped with access to handrails.

Location of Washroom Facilities
Male and female washrooms are located on the ground floor and within the first floor foyer. Fully accessible washrooms are situated on the ground floor, first floor and fourth floor; there are two sets on the first and fourth floors either side of the building

CEA Card: As part of a general cinema industry initiative, all our cinemas accept the CEA Card which entitles the holder to one free ticket for their carer. For further information please visit www.ceacard.co.uk (opens in a new window).

Text phone users can dial 18001 0808 1560 609 9am - 7pm Friday, Saturday and Wednesday, 9am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 10am - 5pm on a Sunday for bookings and information.

Further information

If you have further enquiries please call our Accessible Helpline between 9am - 7pm Friday, Saturday and Wednesday, 9am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 10am - 5pm on a Sunday on 0800 138 3315 or via Type Talk on 1800 1 0808 1560 609.

Useful numbers

Accessibility Helpline

0800 138 3315

between 9am - 7pm Friday, Saturday and Wednesday, 9am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 10am - 5pm on a Sunday and they will complete the booking

or

textphone: 18001 0808 1560 609

between 9am - 7pm Friday, Saturday and Wednesday, 9am - 6pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 10am - 5pm on a Sunday for bookings and information


Public Transport Helpline

0871 200 2233


CEA Card Network

minicom: 0845 123 1292

or

textphone: 0845 123 1297

ODEON @ BFI IMAX offers 1 screens.

Screen 1

  • 498 Seats
  • 2 Wheelchair spaces at the rear of the auditorium
  • 11,600-watt digital surround-sound system
  • 69 Premier Seats / 20 Couple Seats - Situated to the rear of the auditoria The screen is more than 20 metres high (nearly the height of five double-decker buses) and 26 metres wide.

Turn your everyday presentation or conference into something spectacular

If you are looking to host a conference or event and make an impact on your audience, then look no further than ODEON.

Holding your conference or event in a cinema gives you an interesting and unique environment that will stimulate the delegates and get your meeting off to an exciting start.

Whatever your event requirements, be it a small regional meeting for up to 50 delegates or national conference for up to 1679, ODEON has the facilities and flexibility to accommodate you.


Conferencing

  • AGMs
  • Presentations
  • Roadshows
  • Product launches
  • Satellite conferencing
  • Workshops and seminars

Private screenings

  • Corporate hospitality
  • Reward your employees
  • VIP experience
  • Special occasions

Venue hire

  • Film shoots
  • Video gaming
  • Fashion shows
  • Church groups
  • Award ceremonies
  • Universities and schools
Annie in cinemas December 20
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