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 busses, 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.


Choose & Book

Listings from:

Mon 21 Apr 2014 to Sun 04 May 2014

Showtimes for Today until Thursday 24th April are listed below. Further showtimes will be confirmed and added in the afternoon on Tuesday 22nd April.
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'Flight of the Butterflies: IMAX 3D' is an interconnected scientific adventure story that spans not only thousands of miles, but generations. It's about the remarkable Monarch butterfly migration, the most incredible migration on Earth, and the determined scientist who spent 40 years trying to discover exactly where the butterflies mysteriously disappeared when they flew south for winter.

Film length: 44 mins

25 Apr
27 Apr
28 Apr
30 Apr

Experience the gripping strory - full of hope, crushing disappointment, dazzling ingenuity, bravery and triumph - in 'Hubble 3D', the seventh awe-inspiring film from the award-winning IMAX Space Team.

Film length: 44 mins

Contains no material likely to offend or harm

22 Apr
01 May

Jerusalem takes audiences on an inspiring and eye-opening tour of one of the worlds oldest and most enigmatic cities.

Film length: 40 mins

Contains no material likely to offend or harm.

21 Apr
24 Apr
25 Apr
28 Apr
29 Apr
01 May

'Met Opera - Cosi Fan Tutte 2014' sees James Levine conduct the first Live in HD performance of Mozart's barbed romance Così fan tutte.

Film length: 245 mins

26 Apr

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

23 Apr
25 Apr
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29 Apr
01 May

Spidey faces a high-voltage enemy in this action-packed sequel.

Film length: 142 mins

Moderate violence, threat

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1 Charlie Chaplin Walk

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


0871 22 44 007

Calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras.

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
Mon-Fri from 5pm
and all weekend
Adult (15 and over)£18.20£16.10£20.20£17.40
Child (3 - 14)£14.00£10.90£16.00£11.90
Student (with valid photo ID)£14.00£11.50£16.00£12.50
Senior (over 60s)£14.00£13.00£16.00£14.00
Family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children)£56.00£43.60£64.00£47.60
Family of 3 (1 adult, 2 children)£42.00£32.70£48.00£35.70
Traditional IMAX Under 1 hourAll-Nighter
Adult (15 and over)£10.00£9.00£33.20£30.70
Child (3 - 14)£8.50£5.75--
Student (with valid photo ID)£8.50£6.50£26.00£18.50
Senior (over 60s)£8.50£6.75£26.00£21.50
Family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children)£34.00£27.00--
Family of 3 (1 Adult, 2 Children)£25.00£18.00--
Adult (15 and over)£36.80£33.80£31.20£28.00
Student (with valid photo ID)£26.50£19.75£21.20£14.00
Senior (over 60s)£26.50£23.90£21.20£18.00
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
Mon-Fri from 5pm
and all weekend
Adult (15 and over)£18.70£16.60£20.70£17.90
Child (3 - 14)£14.50£11.40£16.50£12.10
Student (with valid photo ID)£14.50£12.00£16.50£13.00
Senior (over 60s)£14.50£13.50£16.50£14.50
Family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children)£56.50£44.10£64.50£48.10
Family of 3 (1 adult, 2 children)£42.50£33.20£48.50£36.20
Traditional IMAX Under 1 hourAll-Nighter
Adult (15 and over)£10.50£9.50£33.70£31.20
Child (3 - 14)£9.00£6.25--
Student (with valid photo ID)£9.00£7.00£26.50£19.00
Senior (over 60s)£9.00£7.25£26.50£22.00
Family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children)£34,50£27.50--
Family of 3 (1 Adult, 2 Children)£25.50£18.50--
Adult (15 and over)£37.30£34.30£31.70£28.50
Student (with valid photo ID)£27.00£20.25£21.70£14.50
Senior (over 60s)£27.00£24.40£21.70£18.50

Education at BFI IMAX

Education at BFI IMAX

Big learning

The ultimate in getting your pupils into a subject - our curriculum-enhancing IMAX films will certainly get their attention on the biggest screen they're likely to have seen. And we'll give you a discount on tickets!

During term time you can choose exclusive screenings to suit you - and you choose the film from our archive. We do require the booking to be for at least 40 people and although we can be flexible on times, generally we show films at 10.30 am and 11.45 am. These times are set for IMAX titles, however screenings of full feature films can be arranged.

Contact us

Arrange an experience.

Please contact us with the below information and we'll get in touch with you.

Just email, or alternatively 
call BFI IMAX Education on 020 7960 3120.

  • Film
  • Date
  • Time
  • Group organiser's name
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • School Name and Address
  • Number of Pupils aged 16 & under
  • Number of Students aged 17 & above
  • Number of Teachers 

Educational IMAX Films


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

Flight of the Butterflies 3D

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

BFI IMAX Education Ticket Prices




Off Peak PricesMonday to Friday before 5pm Peak Time PricesMonday to Friday from 5pm,
and all weekend
Ticket prices Ticket prices Standard Premium Standard Premium
16 years & under
£4.00 Pupils
16 years & under
£9.90 £13.00 £10.90 £15.00
17 years & under
£5.50 Child
14 years & under
£9.90 £13.00 £10.90 £16.00
1 Teacher
Free per 10 pupils
FREE Student £10.50 £13.00 £12.50 £16.00
£5.95 Adult £15.10 £17.20 £17.40 £20.20
Concessions £11.90 £13.00 £14.00 £16.00

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.

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Covent Garden

0.9 miles.

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Swiss Cottage

3.67 miles.

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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.

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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

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.


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 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 (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


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


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.


  • 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
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