Time Out says
Posted: Wed Oct 1 2014
London's – indeed, the UK’s – biggest cinema screen at 540 square metres, the BFI Imax stands alone in the centre of a busy roundabout next to Waterloo station. Like a princess in a fairytale it’s surrounded by a labyrinth of eerie tunnels, which heroic filmgoers must brave if they wish to sample the delights within. But trust us, it’s worth it. The screen is, of course, absolutely massive, the sound quality is spectacular and the seats are arranged at such a vertiginous angle that there’s no chance of a head blocking your view. It’s not cheap – as much as £20 for a premium seat – but if you like your blockbusters vast and noisy (and who doesn’t?) there’s really nothing else like it in town. One word of advice – locate your nearest loo before the film starts if you’re prone to a mid-film pee, because they’re all but impossible to find.
BFI IMAX 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk
What's on at BFI IMAX
Andrew Davis conducts a live staging of Lehar's seductive operetta about a beguiling femme fatale, who captivates all of Paris, at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman helms the production, starr...
Sat Jan 17 2015:
Yves Abel conducts a live staging of Offenbach's operatic masterpiece at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the title role of the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer in Bartlett's Sher's production, sharing t...
Sat Jan 31 2015:
Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s. Iolanta also stars Piotr Beczala, and Maestro Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.
Sat Feb 14 2015:
One suspects that this gigantiscope outing is the closest the majority of non-Muslims will ever get to seeing Mecca up close. It took 87 permits to allow the 85-strong IMAX team special access to this most sacred monument and, for the viewer, the fin...
Mon Dec 22:
The third ‘performance capture’ animation from writer-director Robert Zemeckis – following ‘The Polar Express’ and ‘Beowulf’ – takes Dickens’s cautionary and sentimental 1840s novella and delivers a visually arresting but surprisingly ghoulish and fa...
Wed Dec 24:
Directed by Paul Curran and conducted by Michele Mariotti.
Sat Mar 14 2015:
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Average User Rating
3.5 / 5
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This should be a great cinema. But it isn't. Finding the entrance is the first challenge. Buying tickets is generally easy and there is a self serve option. But then you have to trek upstairs and you get let in at the bottom of the cinema. You climb interminable steps to get to your seat. The seats themselves are uncomfortable for any length of film except 20 minutes. So not much good then. The only decent seats are at the very top of the auditorium for which you pay a premium. The exit at the end of the film requires you to go up to the back of the auditorium and then take endless winding stairs down. There is a lift if you are clever enough to find it. The loos on the same level as the top of the auditorium are small and over crowded. I have been there for blockbusters and for opera. The screen is great, but not worth the extra cost or discomfort.