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London IMAX Cinema
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About IMAX Cinema London
The IMAX Cinema in London houses the UK's biggest cinema screen - more than 20 metres high (nearly the height of five double-decker buses) and 26 metres wide, with an 11,600-watt digital surround-sound system. An IMAX projection system is the most sophisticated motion-picture projection system in the world. Working together, these elements immerse viewers in larger-than-life images and ultra-realistic digital sound, making them feel as if they are literally "in the picture". The bfi London IMAX Cinema's design ensures comfort and access: The auditorium features 14 rows of tiered seats that enable all viewers, even children, to enjoy full, unobstructed views of the picture. The cinema is fully disabled-accessible, with eight wheelchair spaces and an induction loop for hard-of-hearing people. The multi-storey, glass-enclosed cylinder, illuminated by coloured lighting effects at night, serves as a beacon to the revitalised South Bank.
The Difference Between IMAX and a Conventional Cinema
The term 'IMAX' comes from the words 'Image Maximum' and the IMAX Experience can be described as 'the most powerful and involving film experience possible'. The difference between the IMAX Experience and watching a film at a conventional cinema is the feeling that you don't merely watch a film - you feel as if you are actually there - inside the human body, fighting for survival in Antarctica or plunging into the depths of the sea. The key to this experience is cinema's largest film frame, being projected by the world's most sophisticated projector onto a huge screen that encompasses the viewer's peripheral vision. The screen at the bfi London IMAX Cinema is the largest screen in Britain. The screen is 20m high and 26m wide.
The IMAX projector is the most advanced, precise and powerful projector system in the world! The filmmakers who developed the IMAX system, started by using multiple cameras and multiple projectors to create that 'in the picture' sensation. No soundtrack was added to the film as this would take up valuable picture area. The film travels through the projector at 24 frames per second, at a rate of 334 feet per minute! That translates to nearly two miles of film in a typical IMAX film! A 35mm projector also projects 24 frames per second but only travels at 90 feet per minute. 35mm film moves vertically through a projector whereas IMAX moves horizontally. Each frame of film is rolled onto registration pins over special optical glass called field flattener. The film is then held in place, flat against the glass, by a vacuum whilst the image is projected on the screen. This system keeps the film perfectly still, further enhancing the illusion that you are really there.
The Sonics system, specifically designed for IMAX theatres, eliminates variations in volume and sound quality over the theatre seating area. This allows all members of the audience to experience superb sound quality regardless of where they may be seated. The digital soundtrack is loaded from a DVD disk onto a computer, which locks the projector and soundtrack together and controls the show. This system is called Digital Theatre Audio Control, or DTAC.
IMAX Cameras, an integral part of the IMAX system, are extremely versatile and for each special situation IMAX designers and engineers have had to come up with innovative solutions. The IMAX film format is so large that the film canisters in the IMAX camera can only hold 3 minutes of film at a time. This means you can shoot a scene for three minutes and then you have to stop and reload the camera. Reloading the camera takes approximately 30 minutes!
IMAX 3D gives the viewer a very different experience. Suddenly you find yourself reaching out to touch what you believe to be right before your very eyes! A 3D film consists of two films being shown simultaneously. The 3D camera has two lenses set the same distance apart as our eyes, and films both the left and the right eye images at the same time. The two pictures are then projected through polarized glass, each eye polarized differently so that the left eye does not see the image of the right eye and vice versa. The viewer wears polarized glasses to help keep the two images separate. Your brain then converges the two images and the magic is complete - the picture is within arm's reach!
Getting to IMAX Cinema
BFI London IMAX Cinema
1 Charlie Chaplin Walk
The nearest station is Waterloo. The bfi London IMAX Cinema is located on the South Bank, close to the London Eye. Take exit 5 from Waterloo station and follow the pedestrian subways.
1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 77, 168, 171, 176, 188, 211, 243, 341, 381, 501, 505, 507 and 521.RV1. RV1 is a brand new bus service that links Covent Garden, South Bank, Waterloo, Bankside, London Bridge and Tower Gateway.
Hotels near IMAX Cinema London
The Georgian House Hotel is located just 20min walk from London IMAX Cinema and 5-10min by bus 11. The hotel offers a variety of rooms, prices and facilities, so everyone can find something suitable and affordable. In the morning you will be served delicious English Breakfast to fill you up for the rest of the day.
By phone through the Box Office - call 0870 787 2525. National call rate applies. Open 10.30 - 19.30, £1 booking fee applies. Online at https://tickets.imax.bfi.org.uk/ £1 booking fee applies.
Georgian House Hotel is ideally situated in a very central location, so visiting sights all over London is quick and easy. Why not book Georgian House Hotel when you plan your trip to Imax Cinema? You can book online or email to make a reservation on firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone on 0044(0)207 834 1438