One of the best things about Glasgow - the architecture in this area is stunning, including the IMAX, and it's a nice and easy walk from Kelvingrove. The only problem is the lack of life in this area - there needs to be more things around here...
Their fantastic 3D films are worth the extra expense, though I would like to see more classic IMAX films about space and science on the schedule rather than filling out the kids' summer holidays with nothing but Harry Potter screenings.
I've been a huge fan of the IMAX film format since the mid-80s when I saw an OMNIMAX film in Singapore Science Centre (OMNIMAX screens have a 270 deg. domed screen and are truly immersive). There, the building doubles as a planetarium and both cinema and planetarium projectors are in the middle of the auditorium; so the IMAX film reels are kept in the basement and from the foyer you could see the film strip moving to and from the projector head inside a glass tube. My inner geek was instantly hooked!
At that time, the only IMAX in the UK was in the National Museum of Film & TV in Bradford and I only managed to visit that once. But on my travels abroad, whenever there was an IMAX within reach, I'd make the effort to visit. The Grand Canyon IMAX experience was one to remember, as was the 'Back to the Future' ride at Universal Studios, where you watched an OMNIMAX film whilst sitting in a motion-platform DeLorean (I went on this twice!).
I even went as far as writing to Glasgow City Council suggesting that an IMAX cinema would be a great addition to Glasgow's tourist cachet - not that I'm suggesting that it was my idea that finally brought one to the city, mind you. So needless to say, I was delighted when they constructed the Science Centre and adjacent IMAX cinema, and the then relatively new use of titanium cladding provided Glasgow with a pair of very striking buildings that spearheaded the redevelopment of this stretch of the river. I also did the lighting of the building for its opening ceremony, so it holds a special place in my heart.
A trip to the GSC IMAX is not like a normal cinema visit; it does feel like you're making a special effort to get there, and maybe in some way this actually enhances the experience. It's not in an easy location to get to without a car, and the introduction of crippling parking charges has not helped business either. I find that the best way to get there is to get a train to Exhibition Centre and walk past the SECC and across the Millennium Bridge. That way you also get to experience some of Glasgow's most contemporary architecture en route.
IMAX has always been best as a niche educational format and struggled to compete in mainstream cinema until directors like Chris Nolan, J. J. Abrams and James Cameron started shooting scenes in IMAX, which led to increased interest in the media, particularly as the larger screen size makes it ideal for 3D movies. However showing a full-length feature film in 3D IMAX is not without technical challenges - I think they said that the extended edition of 'Avatar' used something like 2 miles of film, and even then they had to cut off the end credits as they couldn't physically squeeze any more film on the platters.
The advent of DLP digital projectors and the construction of pseudo-IMAX (or 'LieMAX') screens by the large cinema chains has brought a wider appreciation of larger screen formats, whilst at the same time sounding the death knell for movies on film. Although this means more audiences, it also sadly marks the demise of 'true' IMAX, as the number of movies available on film simply can't compete with those available digitally. Most people won't notice the difference, and of course there are many advantages to digital, but true film aficionados like myself mourn the loss of colour depth and richness that you get from proper film stock.
Since Cineworld took over the GSC IMAX, they have removed the original film projector and have replaced it with a DLP one, so we shall never again see a true film IMAX here. The digital films are a slightly smaller format than true IMAX, which you will notice here as they don't quite fill the screen to the top and bottom. Better lens technology and the advent of laser digital projectors (expected within a couple of years) will eliminate this discrepancy, and I'll give it five stars when that happens; but for now I still shed a quiet tear for the loss of the old film projector.
I should also mention that the sound system at the IMAX is stupendous! Having seen 'Desolation of Smaug' both in the city centre Cineworld and at the IMAX, I was blown away at how much more detail in the soundtrack was audible here, and the spacial 3D sound was much better.
The best way to watch a movie
Pros : staff are helpfull and friendly
Place relativly clean & tidy hotdogs are actually tasty!! Premier club is usefull and does come in handy
Cons: main critisism is the screen sizes are shocking and not consistant screen to screen
Also the sound isnt consistant either
Went to see riddick and the sound was awfull way too quiet
Too much emthasis in shitty one direction than catering for actual adult who want to watch a decent film!
The fact i'm asked if its child friendly doesn't concern me as i dont go to watch kids films
But would say yes it does cater for kids
And theres eating places near by!
When IMAX first came to Glasgow, everyone flocked to see what the fuss was about and they still flock to this one, but I think they are coming to see an ageing dinosaur where the technology is concerned.
I've just seen Star Trek Into Darkness, not sure if I liked it as much as the first but seeing it on this massive screen was great, but not brilliant.
I think that the technology that this cinema use is about 10 or so years old compared to the one at Braehead Odeon which seems more crisp and new even if the screen size isn't as big. Perhaps Odeon use digital projectors but I haven't looked into that yet. I seen an ad on the screen that Cineworld are taking the cinema over so that can only mean one thing, good news to all us unlimited card holders (assuming that they are buying it and letting us use our cards)
If Cineworld invest cash in digital projectors and possibly D-BOX seats for this cinema then it will be brilliant. Hope they do!
I came to see "The Dark Knight" here on it's original release, and was actually pretty surprised at just how much watching the film on an absolutely massive screen added to the cinema experience. Seriously, it's huge, and for films where lots of things get blown up, I can heartily recommend it.
With only 1 screen the selection of films on offer is obviously less than at you local multiplex, usually limited to a couple of blockbusters. They also show shorter, IMAX exclusive films designed specifically with the massive screen in mind, featuring dinosaurs and the like.
Ticket prices aren't much more than a normal cinema, and you can get all your usual over-priced popcorn and hotdogs to gorge on during the film. I can't imagine it making much difference to a romcom, but if you like your films with aliens, guns, or zombies then you'll love it.
The Imax is well out of the way from the city centre: most youngsters experience it as part of an outing to the science centre, and it is still the best place to catch those educational films about Egypt or the ocean. It often goes 3-D, making the fishes and Pharaohs close enough to touch.
The lack of anything else in the area, apart from the admittedly interesting BBC building makes this a bad place to start a night out: this size of screen might not be the best romantic evening in any case, and it doesn't always get all of the films that are distributed for Imax. It is part of a good family day out though, a nice way to round off an educational afternoon of science, but it does require a car to reach it.
My boyfriend I and I received free passes for the IMAX cinema yet it took us almost 12 months to go, and even then we made the effort only because the vouchers were about to expire.
There are a couple of reasons why it took us so long to organise ourselves-
1. The IMAX is in the never-never land of the south bank of the clyde, and unless you're spending the day at the BBC studios or the Science centre, you're unlikely to pop in and see what's on.
2. There is only one screen at the IMAX and so the choice is very limited- it took us a while to find a film we were both happy to watch on a night we were both free.
In the end we opted for the new Star Trek film. It wasn't exactly my first choice but hey, the tickets were free and the main lead happened to be a looker. To my surprise, the film was great, and the IMAX experience even better. The screen is so massive, it was perfect for an action film. I'll definitely go back to the IMAX again- it's well worth the extra cost and the trek to get there. Have a look online and see what's coming up.
The IMAX experience is amazing! I went to see the new Batman film The Dark Knight in a normal cinema first and then on to the IMAX.and honestly it blew me away!!!!
I have also been to see a 3D Feature as well and it was great. They have quite a good student discount, but generally its a little more expensive than a regular cinema showing. Butworth it!
I think the drinks and snacks are a little cheaper than regular cinema fayre mind you so it may just about even out!
The car park is a bit of a nightmare when everyone piles out. Just be patient and take your time and dont have anywhere that you need to go in a hurry!
Really great night out. can't wait for the next big movie!
I first went to the Imax recently to see Dark Knight and I was absolutely stunned at how amazing it was.Not only the sound quality but the picture quality and how you feel you are actually in the scene with the actor/actress.It's truly a shame that all cinemas don't offer this experience
It's part of the Glasgow Science centre so you enter and get your tickets there,there are not a huge amount of seats and only one screen so pre-booking your tickets is something I highly recommend.Tickets are very pricey in comparison to other cinems but I guess you are paying for the experience.
One thing that I was disappointed with was the amount of time we had to queue before being let in to the showing..almost an hour.This was most uncomfortable for someone like myself who is disabled and can't stand for huge amounts of time but if you left the queue you lost your place.If you are last in the queue you get stuck atthe very front and are straining your neck to see the screen because it is so high.
Wow! Even if you normally hate going to the cinema, you have to experience IMAX!
The 3D images jumping out at you from all around have to be seen to be believed and I challenge you to sit through an entire film without trying to reach out and grasp one of the images as it passes you!
It's a mind boggling experience,
The imax cinema's 3D is the best experience you can ever have, no other cinama's 3D in Glasgow comes close to the extraordinary quality here although it is quite expensive.
We went here to see the new star trek film and found it truly amazing.
The screen is huge and you often get a few extra scenes thrown in.
We booked online and it cost £8 each plus booking fee, but the shows had sold out so well worth booking in advance if poss.
The seats are really comfy and the layout is tiered so even if you get a tall guy or someone with wild boufant hair you'll be fine!
because its a bit dearer than the average chain you tend to get people going for the movie as opposed to going to use their season pass up and text and call all their pals during the film. Which is great, like the good old days!
There is a small snack bar which has really nice hot-dogs, popcorn sweeties etc and thankfully they don't sell those rank stinky nacho things!
if you are taking the car be warned, they are now charging £3 to park, so a lot of folk were parking on the roads just outside.
The 3D stuff is great too especially for sprogs.
overall great place.
The IMAX is amazing, I went to the see Batman: The Dark Knight and was blown away. You really do feel as though you are in the film yourself. The surround sound system as well can make you jump out of your seat! The tickets for the IMAX are a bit dearer than a normal cinema but it is well worth it for a special treat. Also show 3D films.
If like me you love 3D films then Imax is the place to go. Whilst they also show normal films on their massive screen the 3D events are the best in my opinion. A great day out to take the kids, your friends, partner..or even go along youself. It's no more expensive than other cinemas. last time I visted I went as part of a visit to the science centre next door and received asdiscount when I purchased my tickets- I'd check on their website to see if there any offers available before you go.
Imax is a great experience i saw dark knight here 3 times because i enjoyed it so much, tickets dont cost much more than regular cinema tickets and it is well worth it foe the visual effects. a bit hard to get too but a great day out to be had
a new way to experience cinema - dont take our word for it GO GO GO!
Massive screen, massive sound, comfy seats, sit as near to the centre 2/3rds up and you're in prime position to get the best show
Get there early AND prebook your tickets (dont queue, just use the machine)
I went here a few weeks ago for the first time. While waiting to get into the screen I though the setup was a bit weird for a cinema as everyone had to wait a really long queue before being allowed in. The screen and sound however were fantastic. Really glad I went here despite the slightly more expensive tickets (£9 I think).
This is something special!
Just go and experince this! It's like no other picture house! A must do in your life!
You'll find it difficult to ever go back to a regular cinema again. seriuosly. Well worth your moula!
Imax was good fun very realistic. Would defo recommed goin if u havent before.
Staff are rude, although the cinema itself is nice. As with all movie theatres the food is overpriced but not the worst I've seen. The screens are much better than odeons, but second to showcase and imax theatres.
Amazing! Must go!!!!!
The Imax at the Glasgow Science Centre is totally stunning. The screen is so large that it totally fills your field of vision which is something you don't get in a normal cinema. The seats are steeply banked which means you don't get you view blocked by the tall guy in front of you. The experience is totally enveloping. I saw the Batman film The Dark Knight which is the only full feature I have seen there and the sections shot in Imax were truly breathtaking and the action sequences blew you away with crisp clear (and loud) sound. Pricier than you normal cinema visit but well worth the extra.
IMAX usually shows short nature films which are amazing on the big screen, every now and then they show newly released films. I went to see Batman when it was released and it was simply spectacular on the BIG big screen! You feel like you are moving along with the characters! Would definitely recommend it to others (unless you suffer from vertigo!)
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