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British Film Institute IMAX Cinema
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Owner description: British Film Institute IMAX 3-D films are presented on a 75-ft. screen and offer a larger-than-life sensory experience. Popular and classic films are also shown in 2-D.
Swindon, United Kingdom
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“Great experience”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

We went here to see a 'one night only' showing and I'm glad we did. Great experience and the IMAX certainly makes it something different.

Certainly worth getting seats a few rows back or make sure you stretch your neck first!

Visited September 2013
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“Excellent ... on a good day.”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

IMAX is worth a go as it does deliver a unique cinema experience. However, you should pick your film, and preferably your seat, with care. Sit as far back as possible and towards the centre of the screen if you can. There is a trade-off between having the screen cover your entire field of vision (which is good) against seeing films with lots of peripheral action where it can end up feeling like watching a tennis match from the side (which is bad).

We saw Gravity last week which was an excellent film for IMAX and I thoroughly recommend it. Before that we saw Prometheus which also worked quite well (but wasn't such a good film). Before that we saw Wrath of the Titans which I found impossible to watch in parts because there were too many action sequences which were shot very zoomed in and so fast you had no way of following them on a 20m screen. The film was pants too, sadly.

Visited November 2013
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Oslo, Norway
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“Largest IMAX-screen in Britain.”
Reviewed 8 November 2013

If you're off to see a movie in London, go here.
I would recommend the seats a few rows below the premium seats. You still won't need to strain your neck and the screen will cover a larger part of your field of vision. Oh, and they also have a bar.

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Amazing venue”
Reviewed 12 October 2013

Sound, screen and the venue are stunning. Biggest IMAX cinema in the UK. combine this with AMEX giving you offers on early viewings for certain films your onto a winner...

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“ODEON IMAX Waterloo”
Reviewed 4 October 2013

Basically Me and Dad went to the IMAX in Waterloo to see the IMAX 3D 70mm Print of Star Trek Into Darkness (12A); and I wanted to see it there instead of the LieMAX in ODEON Wimbledon, because:
1. Waterloo is showing it in 70mm Film (8K), because it was shot with IMAX Cameras in some scenes where it takes away the black bars to surround your vision around you.
2. The Wimbledon one in Screen 4 is not as big as the Waterloo one and the quality is not as strong as well (2K).
3. Waterloo is a proper IMAX Cinema where it all started as Britain's 1st IMAX Screen and the biggest one in the UK.
4. Wimbledon's is kind of trash if you guys think about it.

But it was the right decision, because what was worth the 3D Ticket-Price alone was the opening bit where Kirk, Bones and Spock have to save a Tribe's planet from getting extinct; you know, spears went through me, lava and the exciting stereo action of it.

Yeah, I really enjoyed my IMAX Experience there and I am going to see Metallica: Through The Never (15) in IMAX 3D tomorrow and it'll be quite nice seeing a film again on a giant screen in London.

1. Massive Screen (540m²)
2. A Classic Cinematic Place
3. Costa added to the place

No Cons

If you want excitement in your Cinema Experience (But don't get it.), then it's high-time that you come to the biggest cinema of all of the UK!

Visited May 2013
Thank Louis K
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