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BFI IMAX celebrates 25 years with massive anniversary season

20 th May 2024

The BFI IMAX celebrates its 25th anniversary this spring, and to mark the milestone they are bringing back some massive IMAX favourites to Britain's biggest cinema screen!

25 years ago, the BFI IMAX opened its doors to the public for the very first time in South Bank. One of only four cinemas in Europe that can screen IMAX movies on 70mm film, the BFI IMAX is as tall as five double-decker buses and has an impressive 12-channel sound system, that makes watching an IMAX film a cinematic experience unlike anything else.

To celebrate their 25th birthday the BFI IMAX is bringing back some all-time IMAX favourites, including several of maestro Christopher Nolan’s most iconic films, as well as adding another screening of the recent smash hit Dune: Part Two and both of James Cameron's ground-breaking Avatar films.

How to book tickets

Demand for special screenings like these is always very high, so we highly recommend booking your spot as soon as possible! And keep an eye on the BFI IMAX website for any extra screening dates coming up. General ticket sales open online to the public on Thu 23 May at 12pm noon.

What’s on the BFI IMAX anniversary schedule

Dune: Part Two
Sun 9 June at 8pm
The biggest IMAX experience of 2024 is back once again! The BFI IMAX is the only place in Europe where you can watch a 70mm IMAX print screening of Denis Villeneuve’s epic sci-fi saga, adapted from Frank Herbert’s spellbinding novel.

The Polar Express (3D)
Sun 23 June at 1:30pm
With six months until Christmas, enjoy an unusually timed screening of Robert Zemeckis’s Christmas classic in IMAX 3D.

The Dark Knight
Sat 15 June at 8:30pm
See Academy Award-winning Heath Ledger’s most memorable performance in stunning IMAX 70mm, as the Caped Crusader faces The Joker. Showing in 70mm IMAX.

The Dark Knight Rises
Sat 22 June at 8:30pm
Directed by Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale returns as the Batman for the last part of the Dark Knight trilogy to save Gotham City from the clutches of Bane. Showing in 70mm IMAX.

Batman characters Bane and the Batman lock fists and face each other with a look of malice in each characters eyes

Avatar (3D) 
Sun 23 June at 4pm
The BFI IMAX’S top-selling film of all time, experience James Cameron’s visionary sci-fi epic again on the UK’s biggest screen. Showing in IMAX with laser 3D.

Avatar: The Way of Water (3D)
Sun 23 June at 7:30pm
One of the most ambitious 3D films ever made, James Cameron’s Avatar sequel is packed to the gills with award-winning visual effects. Showing in IMAX with laser 3D.

Sun 30 June at 12:15pm
Experience Christopher Nolan’s thrilling Second World War action epic set around the miraculous Dunkirk evacuation in spectacular IMAX 70mm.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
Sat 6 July at 11am
See the exciting return of one of cinema’s most legendary franchises screened in IMAX with laser.

An astronaut walks alone across a grey snowy planet

Wed 10 July at 8pm
One of Nolan’s most popular films and a firm BFI IMAX favourite, follow Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway beyond our galaxy in this futuristic magnum opus. Screening in IMAX 70mm.

Screening dates TBA
See Christopher Nolan’s Best Picture Oscar and BAFTA-winning film in IMAX 70mm, as it was made to be seen.



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