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BFI IMAX was opened in 1999, made possible thanks to a phenomenal £15 million grant from the Arts Council of England's Lottery Fund.

The immense iconic building, which has become part of the legendary London landscpe, 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.

ODEON supports exciting BFI initiatives to share and encourage our mutual love of fantastic film!

We also help to sustain the BFI's valuable work across the UK with a concession agreement to help safeguard the BFI's income through guaranteed revenue. 

ODEON is passionate about film and encouraging the development of the innovative and inimitable UK film industry. We are delighted to be partnering with the BFI and supporting their worthwhile charitable causes whilst offering guests the very best on the biggest screen. 

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. Please click here for details of how to apply for an ISIC card (this will open in a new window).

Tickets purchased using a student card cannot be transferred to any other individual. Only the barer of the valid student card may use student tickets. The student card will be required for inspection at the ticket check point and any guest in possession of student ticket without an accompanying valid student card, will be required up upgrade, or may be refused entry.


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 Event Cinema, 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.

We love to share the wonder of film and so we provide some special booking rates for schools and groups. Please enquire at the BFI IMAX Box Office for more details.

Encore events are repeats of popular live performances so guests don't miss out on stunning shows and mesmerising music. As they are not shown live they have a slightly different price.

The "Traditional IMAX" films are a wide range of stunning documentaries with a stronger educational element. They are also substantially shorter (approx 40 minutes in length) compared to "Feature Films", and so are ideal for school groups. As the nature of these performances are different we charge a slightly different prices.

Of course you can! Just remember to read the terms and conditions on the voucher to make sure it's valid.

You can use vouchers which have the BFI IMAX brand printed on the voucher (such as £5/10 vouchers or BFI IMAX Guest Passes) to experience the wonder of IMAX film. Unfortunately other generic BFI passes are not accepted.

The ODEON Premiere Club is currently unavailable at the BFI IMAX.

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This is an Audio Described Performance: This performance is Audio Described for the visually impaired via headphones available from the Box Office.
This is a Subtitled Performance: Displays subtitles on screen to benefit guests who may be hard of hearing.
Important - this performance is in the early hours of the date shown. E.g Tues 00:15 would be first showing, early hours of Tuesday morning/late night Monday. Find out more
Note - Please note this is an early morning AM performance for the date listed, not an afternoon/evening PM performance. Find out more