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Film buffs should visit London's BFI Imax cinema

Published: Wednesday 13th of October 2010

Movie fans on holiday in the capital could consider checking out Britain's biggest cinema during their trip.

BFI Imax, located on the Southbank, is one of the ultimate London attractions for film enthusiasts from all over the world, offering viewers the ultimate cinema experience.

The 500-seater complex lets movie buffs enjoy watching some of the latest releases in 11,600-watt digital surround sound and on a screen stretching more than 20 metres high and 26 metres wide.

This allows viewers to be even more involved in the movie and makes them feel as though they are really "in the picture".

Since its opening in 1999, the glass cylinder building situated in south London has been visited by thousands of keen filmmakers, movie enthusiasts and anyone who wants to have an alternative trip to the cinema.

One of only four Imax theatres in the capital, the BFI has the design of a classic Imax venue but remains the biggest in London and in the whole of the country.

It features some of the newest Hollywood blockbusters, as well as old classics and alternative film choices.

The rise of 3D productions over the last couple of years has seen the popularity of the BFI Imax cinema grow, as visitors attend to watch the latest in film technology on the best and biggest screen.

James Cameron's epic 3D movie Avatar released last year is still being played at the BFI Imax due to viewers' continued interest in watching the 3D footage with the picture clarity and monstrous size that the theatre's advanced equipment allows.

It is also set to feature a flock of 3D films that are coming out in the next few weeks with Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole due for showing at the cinema from October 22nd 2010 and Under the Sea 3D, which transports viewers to exotic undersea locations across the world, from October 14th.

Fans of the Imax experience have already starting booking tickets to see Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Tron: Legacy, which open in November and December respectively.

As well as showcasing some of the biggest movies around, BFI Imax also became the first Imax cinema to host live music concerts in 2005.

It has since been used to showcase footage of large-scale gigs and opera performances.

Fans of opera could indeed be tempted to turn up at the BFI Imax between October 23rd 2010 and May 14th 2011, when it will show high-definition transmissions of the Met's productions.

These include Don Pasquale on November 13th 2010, Il Trovatore on April 30th 2011 and Nixon in China on February 12th 2011 to name a few.

Visitors to London can also make the most of the three other Imax cinemas in the capital, with screens in Wimbledon, Greenwich and the Science Museum.

Although the theatres are not as big as the BFI venue, they still offer the same Imax-quality images using advanced projection systems, laser-aligned digital sound and 3D Imax movie experience.

BFI Imax has been one of the most popular of London attractions for visitors from around the country for years and now that cinema technology is progressing at such a fast speed, it is set to entice all film buffs who want to experience the best that the movie world can offer to pay the Southbank theatre a visit.

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