- What is the history of BFI IMAX?
- How do I get to the BFI IMAX?
- BFI Member benefits for IMAX
- Can I use my ODEON Premiere Club card at BFI IMAX?
- How long are the adverts and trailers at BFI IMAX?
- What does each ticket mean at BFI IMAX?
- Can I use BFI vouchers at BFI IMAX?
- Can I use ODEON vouchers at BFI IMAX?
- Do you accept Orange Wednesday codes at BFI IMAX?
- What is the difference between "Traditional IMAX" and "Feature film" prices?
- What is the difference between Opera-Live and Opera-Encore performances?
- What are All Nighters?
- What group booking rates do you have for BFI IMAX?
- What are the BFI and ODEON announcing?
- Why has ODEON partnered with BFI IMAX?
- How will ODEON be supporting the work the BFI does?
- Don't BFI and Odeon have opposing ethoses? Is the BFI compromising its independence with this arrangement?
- How long will the partnership go on for?
- Will I still receive IMAX emails?
- I have pre-booked BFI IMAX tickets for an upcoming screening are they still valid?
- What is an e-ticket?
- When can I use the e-ticket?
- How do I print my e-ticket?
- How do I display the e-ticket on my phone?
- Do I get the online member discount and Film Fan Monday reductions for ODEON Premiere Club members at BFI IMAX?
- What is the new BFI IMAX pricing from 14th June for Feature Films?
It was opened in 1999 and was made possible thanks to £15 million from the Arts Council of England's Lottery Fund.
It was designed by award-winning architect Bryan Avery of Avery Associates Architects.
The multi-storey, glass-enclosed cylinder, illuminated by coloured lighting effects at night, serves as a beacon to the revitalised South Bank.
By car There are four parking bays for Orange Badge holders approximately 10metres from the main NFT entrance. Further bays are located by Queen Elizabeth Hall and the riverside entrance of the Royal Festival Hall. 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)
A limited number of tickets are reserved for BFI Members and Champions for every IMAX screening. These can be booked in person or by telephone up to 24 hours before the day of the screening. BFI Members and Champions also enjoy £1.50 off standard IMAX tickets. This offer is only available in person at the Box Office at BFI IMAX, South Bank, London SE1 and over the phone. Please note that this offer is subject to availability and is not available online.
The ODEON Premiere Club is currently unavailable at the BFI IMAX.
The BFI IMAX does have advertisements and trailers prior to our main feature. The film will commence on average 5 minutes after the advertised screening time. If you're late, you may be asked to take alternative seats to minimise disturbance.
Adult - Ages 15+
Available to those aged 15 years and older. Proof of age may be required.
Child - 14 years and under*
Available for those from 3 to 14 years. Babes-in-arms under 3 are admitted free of charge.
Senior - Ages 60+*
Available to those aged 60 years and older. Proof of age may be required.
Available to those in full time education if they hold a valid form of ID such as NUS, NUS Associate, or ISIC (which must be presented at the Box Office to get the discount. This excludes ODEON Manchester Printworks only where these tickets can be purchased and collected at the ATM's, but entry may be refused at the screen if valid I.D. is not produced when requested). ). Please click here for details of how to apply for an ISIC card (this will open in a new window)
Available to any group of 2 adults and 2 children aged 14 or under or 1 adult and 2 children aged 14 or under. To purchase family tickets online, just select one of the "Family" tickets, which will automatically add four tickets at a time to your booking. Family tickets are not available for ODEON Plus or special screenings and cannot be used with any other offer or discount. * Proof of age may be required for any discounted tickets.
Note that for performances after 7pm, children under 14 may need to be accompanied by an adult. For the types of ID accepted please see the entry "What forms of age related ID are acceptable" below.
References to adult above do not have the same meaning as adult for the purposes of the mandatory conditions on the exhibition of films relating to the protection of children from harm as contained in the Licensing Act 2003.
You can use vouchers which have the BFI IMAX brand printed on the voucher (such as £5/10 vouchers or BFI IMAX Guest Passes) but other generic BFI passes are unfortunately not accepted.
Yes, however please check the terms and conditions on the vouchers as in some cases there may be some exceptions stated in these small print which would restrict their redemption at the BFI IMAX or for IMAX films.
Orange Wednesday codes have never been accepted at the BFI IMAX and therefore the Orange Wednesday 2-for-1 reduction is unavailable at the BFI IMAX.
The "Traditional IMAX" films tend to have an educational element and are substantially shorter (approx 40 minutes in length) compared to "Feature Films", therefore we charge a slightly different price for these performances.
Encore events are repeats of live performances and therefore had a slightly different price.
All Nighters are a programme of multiple films shown in one night but you only have to pay one price as shown on our prices page.
Yes we do have some special booking rates for schools and groups. Please enquire at the BFI IMAX Box Office for more details.
ODEON - the largest cinema group in Europe and the BFI (British Film Institute) have today announced a new concession agreement which will see ODEON operate the BFI IMAX at London Waterloo from 19 July 2012.
ODEON is passionate about film and encouraging the development of the UK film industry, they are therefore delighted to be partnering with the BFI and supporting their worthwhile charitable causes. In addition, ODEON is very excited to be able to offer both ODEON and BFI IMAX guests the very best service and selection of films on the UK's biggest screen.
The concession agreement will help to safeguard the BFI's income through guaranteed revenue, helping to sustain the BFI's valuable work across the UK. In addition, ODEON will support key BFI initiatives, such as "The Genius of Hitchcock" season through its channels.
While the two organizations are of course different in many ways, they are two of the biggest and longest established film brands. Both organizations place the audience at the heart of what they do and this partnership will support initiatives to actually enhance the customer experience. Given Odeon's reach across the UK, the partnership is also important in helping the BFI reach a wider audience in all regions of the UK - an important priority in the BFI's new Future Plan for Film.
The contract is a fixed term of 5 years starting on 19th July 2012 with an optional termination break at the end of year 3. During this period the performance of the cinema will be regularly reviewed against agreed criteria to ensure that the quality of the cinema operation is maintained.
If you're a subscriber to BFI IMAX emails you'll need to sign up to the ODEON mailing list to receive regular news on upcoming releases and booking information.
Yes. All pre-booked tickets have been transferred and will remain valid. Simply, have your tickets with you on the day of your visit. If you do not already have printed tickets please bring your booking reference number and the box office team will be able to assist you.
E-tickets are a new feature that ODEON has introduced at some cinemas for online bookings. The e-ticket booking confirmation document and the confirmation e-mail now include a 2D barcode (QR code), and this means you don't have to collect your tickets at the cinema box office or ATM.
All you need to do is either print off your booking confirmation or e-mail and bring it with you to the cinema, or be ready to display it on your phone. You show it to our staff at the guest service point so they can scan it and admit you to the screen. It's very easy, but you can still collect your tickets at the cinema box office or ATM if you prefer - just remember to take your card with you (see 3. below).
Just a few things to remember:
1. If you use a printout, make sure it's clear and legible. (If it's smudged, damaged, crumpled, or faint then we may not be able to use it.)
2. If your booking is for more than one person, you all need to be together when you present your QR code. (It covers the total booking and can only be scanned once.)
3. Please bring with you the Credit/Debit card you used to make your booking. If you weren't asked for a Credit/Debit card when booking - don't worry - just bring along the Electronic Gift Card or the ODEON Premiere Club Card you used. (If there is a problem scanning your QR code, your card enables you to collect from the box office or ATM in the traditional way.)
You can use the e-ticket whenever you have made a booking online for any of the available cinemas.
If you have booked more than one ticket and some members of your party do not intend to come to the cinema together, you will need to collect your individual tickets from the ATM or Box Office as the QR code can only be scanned once.
How to print your tickets will vary depending on which internet browser or email provider you use. You should use the same route you would normally use to print from your computer. This can normally be found under "file" in your email or web browser navigation. We recommend that you print a copy of the booking confirmation email we will send you. However if this is not possible, you can print off the booking confirmation page when making the booking online.
You can display the e-ticket on your phone by opening up the email booking confirmation we sent you. Please have this ready before you reach the guest service point. Our staff will scan the QR code displayed on your screen, and you may need to scroll down the text.
The ODEON Premiére Club is currently unavailable at the BFI IMAX, therefore the online member discount and Film Fan Monday discount is not available.
The following prices for feature films will apply from 14th June:
Off Peak Prices (Mon-Fri before 5pm) - In Cinema
- Standard Seating:
- Adult £16.10, Child £10.90, Student £11.50. Senior £13.00
- Family of 4 £43.60, Family of 3 £32.70
- Premium seating:
- Adult £18.20, Child £14.00, Student £14.00. Senior £14.00
- Family of 4 £56.00, Family of 3 £42.00
Peak Prices (Mon-Fri from 5pm and all weekend incl Bank Holidays) - In Cinema
- Standard Seating:
- Adult £17.40, Child £11.90, Student £12.50. Senior £14.00
- Family of 4 £47.60, Family of 3 £35.70
- Premium seating:
- Adult £20.20, Child £16.00, Student £16.00 Senior £16.00
- Family of 4 £64.00, Family of 3 £48.00
Off Peak Prices (Mon-Fri before 5pm) - Online or Telephone*
- Standard Seating:
- Adult £16.60, Child £11.40, Student £12.00. Senior £13.50
- Family of 4 £45.60, Family of 3 £34.20
- Premium seating:
- Adult £18.70, Child £14.50, Student £14.50. Senior £14.50
- Family of 4 £58.00, Family of 3 £43.50
Peak Prices (Mon-Fri from 5pm and all weekend incl Bank Holidays) - Online and Telephone*
- Standard Seating:
- Adult £17.90, Child £12.40, Student £13.00. Senior £14.50
- Family of 4 £49.60, Family of 3 £37.20
- Premium seating:
- Adult £20.70, Child £16.50, Student £16.50 Senior £16.50
- Family of 4 £66.00, Family of 3 £49.50
* Includes 50p Remote Booking Fee