There is nothing quite like watching a film on a large screen to augment the experience and pleasure. In fact, it has to be said that the bigger the screen, the better and experiencing your favourite films on the biggest screen in Britain would have to be a great experience.
If you agree then you may want to head down to the South Bank district of London, just north of Waterloo Station, to the BFI IMAX Cinema, which is the largest cinema in Britain.
With a 20 metre x 26 metre screen, watching a film here is a completely immersive experience, which provides viewers with an interactive and thoroughly dramatic viewing experience. The sound that accompanies the images is equally as impressive, possessing a 12 Kilowatt surround sound system with anti-vibration damping in place to stop penetration of traffic noise and movement due to the fact that the cinema is located on a roundabout and has London traffic situated on all points of its compass!
The BFI IMAX Cinema was designed by Brian Avery and was opened in 1999. In 2012 the Odeon Cinema Group took over the BFI IMAX and will manage it for five years. The British film Institute will still retain an active role in the film scheduling and technical operation of this yet to be surpassed cinematic experience.
The state of the art screen, which to put in a more digestible perspective, is as high as five double deck London buses, can be watched by a 500-capacity audience at any one time.
Britain’s largest cinema has proved extremely popular, particularly as being the location of a great family day out. For example, when the film ‘The Rise of the Dark Knight,’ was showing, the GFI IMAX sold £1,000,000 worth of pre-booked tickets, breaking all previous British records for receipts prior to a premier cinema performance.
IMAX films provide a healthy mix of entertainment and education and the cinema endeavours to show films that focus on themes and topics that correspond to the educational curriculum, and as a consequence, the IMAX is proving to be a popular place for school trips.
If you are struggling to think of ways to entertain the kids this summer in a fun and educational way then be sure to make a trip to London’s IMAX part of your summer holiday itinerary.
Whether you take the kids or choose a go to Britain’s largest cinema on your own, one thing is certain, if you have never experienced cinema on this scale before, you just might find yourself blown away.