BFI IMAX, London: South Bank Cinema

BFI IMAX, South Bank, London, Location, Building, Image, Architecture, Photo

BFI IMAX London : South Bank Centre

Contemporary Cinema in south London, England – design by Avery Associates

18 Jun 2012

BFI London IMAX Cinema

Date: 1999

Design: Avery Associates Architects

Address: 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, London SE1 8XR

Phone: 0330 333 7878

500-seat cinema within roundabout on Waterloo Road

Location: just east of Waterloo Station, South Bank

BFI IMAX screen 20 metres high x 26 metres wide
Largest UK cinema screen
11,600-watt digital surround-sound system
Reputedly most sophisticated motion-picture projection system in the world

The BFI London IMAX Cinema

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pictures courtesy of Avery Associates Architects

This 500-seat large screen IMAX cinema was built for the British Film Institute (BFI) and opened in May 1999. It is by far the largest screen in Britain, and one of the biggest in the world.

This area of the South Bank had long been notorious for crime and rough sleeping but through the support of the local Council, MPs and community groups, it has been transformed into a lively landscaped pedestrian oasis with a café and a huge new public artwork by the internationally renowned fine artist Howard Hodgkin.

The sophistication of the IMAX projection and sound system is matched here by the construction technology. The site is surrounded by traffic and with the Waterloo and City tube line just 4 metres below the surface, the entire upper superstructure has been set on anti-vibration bearings to prevent the transfer of noise into the auditorium.

The project has been an enormous success. Not only does the cinema consistently attract the highest attendances for the films shown there, but with the burgeoning of the vegetation has come a regeneration of the whole area.

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pictures courtesy of Avery Associates Architects

The BFI London IMAX Cinema – Building Information

Title: The BFI London IMAX Cinema
Date: 1991-99
Client: British Film Institute
Cost: £12m (Arts Council of England lottery Funded)
Status: Completed

Civic Trust Award 2000
British Construction industry Award 1999
Comedia ‘Creative City’ Award 2000 for Urban Innovation
Millennium Products Award 1999
FX International Interior Design Award 1999
National Drywall Award 2001

BFI London IMAX Cinema images / information from Avery Associates Architects

photos © Adrian Welch

photographs © Nick Weall

Designed to contain annual public art commission, starting with Howard Hodgkin mural: now sadly, and controversially, replaced by adverts (see images above)

London Imax architect : Avery Associates

British Film Institute – BFI, 21 Stephen Street, London W1T 1LN, United Kingdom

Location:Waterloo Road, London, UK

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