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British Film Institute IMAX Cinema

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Address: 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, London, England
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British Film Institute IMAX 3-D films are presented on a 75-ft. screen and...

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.

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Thought everything about this theatre was great, friendly helpful staff, comfy seats, respectful audience and massive screen that sort of wraps around like a futuroscope( France... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Thought everything about this theatre was great, friendly helpful staff, comfy seats, respectful audience and massive screen that sort of wraps around like a futuroscope( France) attraction. Saw the new Star Wars and so impressed.

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Headley, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the BFI IMAX last week to see the biggest screen in the UK. I have been designing, demonstrating and installing cinemas for home use for 30 years and I like to keep an eye on what commercial cinemas have to offer. The seats are great, the staff are friendly and the popcorn etc. are great. Unfortunately, I found... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Grate place helpful to a fault, lots of places to get a drink and a snack. Lots of people but it still felt roomy.

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Ware, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Watched starwars on this massive screen. Wow how can I go back to provincial cinemas now? Recommend you choose rows 5 and above due to the size of the screen. Regular chairs are comfortable with good leg and arm space. Loved the compere beforehand making the show even more special. Still felt the excitement of a kid although I am... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came to watch Rogue 1 in IMAX during a trip to London, and thanks to the wonderful staff it was a pleasurable experience, there was a member of staff greeting us at the door, who when he found out I had been to the Star Wars Identities exhibition promptly gave me a souvenir ticket, and then when he found... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Once a year I treat myself + 1 to a top notch cinema experience. Sometimes these are private club screening. Sometimes red carpet. Quite often, the BFI IMAX (the biggest screen in Britain, after all!). IMAX always delivers on the cinematic experience (and it is hard to beat their surround sound). On my last visit, they also surpassed themselves on... More 

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Woking
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have visited twice in the last month, first for Fantastic Beasts and tonight for Rogue One. I think it's worth paying just a little bit extra for the premium seats at the back. But even in the ordinary seats, there really are times when you are part of the film. It's amazingly easy to pick up tickets - just... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The experience is great, the picture and sound quality is awesome. The only real down side is the standard seating if your watching a movie more than an hour long you get very fidgety. The food was not bad the nachos were lush and a good size portion. The hot dog roll was not fresh tho. The staff are very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Always visit this cinema if I want to see something that's going to enhance my experience. the screen is absolutely huge ....only costs you 15 quid a ticket, you could easily make this a day out... close to restaurants and tourist attractions you could could incorporate the cinema with adding other things to do around town. the cinema has late... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Simply the biggest screen I've ever seen. Rear projected, the quality of picture is incredible and the sound breathtaking. Well worth the ticket price. Didn't use the other facilities which are plentiful however as a cinematic experience this is the best. Enjoy.

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