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Londoner’s Secret: IMAX at the Science Museum

BY Boon Koh
Published 27 July 2012

Most Londoners know about the IMAX cinema next to Waterloo station, but how many know that there is actually a second IMAX cinema in London, at the Science Museum? That’s right – in the heart of South Kensington, there is a massive screen IMAX cinema!

To be fair, it’s not that easy to spot from outside the Science Museum. You have to walk all the way through the huge building, right to the bowels of the museum. Only the hardcore science and engineering geeks and groups of schoolchildren ever make it that far back.

Normally the IMAX at the Science Museum shows documentaries and educational films, such as Deep Sea 3D and Fly Me To The Moon 3D. But starting from last week, they are showing the latest in the Batman series, Dark Knight Rises. That’s right – the third instalment from Christopher Nolan! I had the pleasure of being invited to a special screening on Tuesday, and I left wondering why IMAX isn’t more popular than regular cinema screens. It’s such a different experience watching movies on an IMAX screen, which is more square and a multiple bigger than a standard 16:9 cinema screen.

Let’s hope the IMAX at the Science Museum keep showing the latest blockbuster movies. It’s usually really hard to get tickets for the IMAX at Waterloo, especially for a hugely anticipated movie like Dark Night Rises. So if you’re out of luck at the Waterloo IMAX because a movie screening is sold out, do give the IMAX at the Science Museum a try!