For any cinephile, or even a casual cinema goer, the Imax experience is a must. 47 feet of screen with your favourite films splashed across them -- what's not to love?
For an even more intense experience, as if aliens with screen hands the size of your whole body weren't enough, Imax on 3D is even more trippy. 3D in general is a great experience, and with an Imax screen, it's such a complete viewing delight for all the senses.
The Imax at Milennium Point can be attended either as part of the entire ThinkTank experience, or as a stand-alone film. They don't play every film that comes out, just select ones (usually the highest grossing). Then they also show films that have been made specifically to be viewed in 3D, such as the dinosaurs of the deep and the ocean panaroma experience.
When we went, we saw the ocean film, which was 43 minutes in length, and 3D. I always have a slight problem with 3D, in that it takes awhile for my eyes to relax enough to actually SEE the 3D, instead of just straining my eyes.
But once my eyes relaxed, the film was splendiferous! The world's oceans and all their brilliant colours and wildlife swam in front of our eyes in stunning Imax size, brilliant colour, and 3D, to top it all off!
At one point, a fish "swam" by our head, and my stepson reached out reflexively to stroke it, only to realize what he was doing and laugh at himself. Plenty of other children were doing the same. I know the adults wanted to, but held themselves back!
A great night out for dates wanting to do a different take on the dinner and a movie date, or for families seeing the latest Disney fare.
great cinema, location is a bit out of the way - but not a long walk at all. screen is obv huge but doesn't feel like a building you can get lost in which is nice. like it.
The theatre is wonderful, if slightly overwhelming. I dimly remember queues forming, converging, splitting and meeting again. Somewhere in the middle of this slow and terrible dance I was charged £10 for a popcorn and drink. But, when the lines had resolved themselves through orderly numbered seats, it was all worth it.
The screen, as you must know, is HUUUUUUUUGE and the sound system pumps out audio just as impressive. The 3D effects were totally worth the bump in ticket price. I would have rated this theatre 6 stars if it weren't for the fact that the film I saw here was the Tron remake. Someone has to pay for that. And I like to think I've suffered enough.
Good: Giant screen, super loud, other people saying "oooooh" so you aren't the only one looking silly for being impressed, quite nice toilets for a theatre.
Bad: Price, Tron.
Last went to see Harry Potter here think it was 2 years ago now. Did plan to see the Polar Express around Christmas last year as well, but never got round to it so will see if I can get to go this year.
Massive does not even begin to describe the size of the screen! The seats are comfortable and although whenever I have been it has been busy, it has never had people pushing. The price for HP was not that much more expensive than a normal cinema and for the experience of seeing it 3d it was definitely worth the extra few pounds.
Seen Batman & Harry Potter here, and each cost under a tenner for students as they do a student discount. The screen is so immensely huge, that it really is quite awesome!
The staff are nice and helpful, and the waiting area is lovely for a drink, snack etc. Prices on snacks are not bad at all, the only drawback about the imax is that they don't sell fresh popcorn! Otherwise its amazing! A must! But always be early
Can be expensive, especially the 'feature length' films which can be £8+!
Saying this, definitely an experience in itself and well worth the money for those epic-adventure films that only this screen truly lets you get absorbed into it!
I'm glad that this IMAX seems to be doing relatively well nowadays, it did close for a some time due to financial difficulties a while back and therefore needs all the support and visitors it can get! If you haven't seen an IMAX 3D film before, it is well worth a visit a unique experience not to be missed!
I took our two kids (then aged 3 and 5) to this place last year to see a kids' film.
The whole trip worked out very well actually. There was plenty of car parking, and when we got inside the building certainly had a 'wow' factor. We bought our tickets and waited downstairs, where helpfully there were some Jenga-type games around to keep the kids amused before the film started.
The screen itself was impressive and the kids managed to keep their glasses on throughout the film. However, that was largely because neither of them managed to stay awake! So in the end I was left to enjoy the show by myself.
The only significant drawback, really, was the cost. But apart from that, it was a good way of occupying an afternoon.
I've never been to an imax cinema before so wasn't sure what to expect!
We decided to go on the first opening weekend of the dark knight having read good reviews and because it was one of the first films to have scenes shot specifically for imax cinemas.
As we knew it would be busy we decided to book online and then collected them from the box office during the day using a reference number (very easy and hassle free, you can get them sent to you as well i think). Then all we had to do was get there in the evening.
There is plenty of parking, bear in mind that it's not free though. It uses a token system so you'll have to queue up for the machine afterwards to pay which is a bit of a pain when there are loads of people waiting to leave.
The imax place is huge but luckily it's pretty obvious where you have to go and the people who work there are extremely friendly. There is a double set of stairs leading up into a slanted ceiling which is where you enter the cinema. Everyone sits down around the bottom of the stairs and waits (there are toilets, a bar, food stalls etc). In our case a big queue formed about 45 minutes before the film started although for normal films i don't think it is that bad.
I'd heard that the best place to sit was at the top in the middle so that was our aim. The gates were opened and everyone pretty much ran to get their seats. The top row had groups of two comfy seats together which i assumed were for disabled/preminum members? We didn't want to risk sitting in them and getting moved (and having to sit right at the front!) so instead we picked the main row below and sat in the centre. Even though i knew the imax screens were big i still wasn't prepared at how big the screen was and was glad we were at the back!
The seats were comfortable although there wasn't much leg room and it got really hot in there. Although it was more pricey than a normal cinema ticket it was so worth it for the imax scenes of the dark knight which was mainly the overhead building shots. It felt like you were actually in the air which was pretty scary as i'm scared of heights.
The non imax parts of the film were good and the surround sound was excellent. I think i would definately go back there again if there was a film that I wanted to see and i'm considering going for one of the nature films that they often show there or maybe a 3d film!
Very impressed with this cinema which is in the huge Millennium Point complex. Easy to get to by car with lots of parking available. We went to see Batman: The Dark Knight and as soon as the movie started playing I just did not know where to look with the screen being so big I felt like asking my friend to tell me what is going on, on his part of the screen. However, you get used to it and it makes the movie much more enjoyable. It is not worth the extra money on the tickets for most movies but for action packed movies where you really want to see everything it is perfect. I was left with an open mouth in scenes where there is a panoramic view of the city. I recommend you get there early to get a good seat near the middle or further back.
More expensive than your average movie experience, but for the right kind of film, one that's incredible. Comfortable seats and a vast screen make sure you catch every little detail. The ultimate way to bring the wow factor to your viewing.
Titanic in 3D! Great film in any case but remastered in 3D and then projected onto the huge IMAX screen just made it into a wholly different experience. A little pricey but how often do you get to experience something like this? Convenient parking and a cinch to get to. A great time had by all!
I watched the latest Harry Potter movie in the cinema, and although it as packed full of school kids it was great fun! The tickets are easy to buy and the screens are easy to locate. It is also conveniently located within minutes of the city centre but parking for this reason is a hassle! Although not all of the movie was in 3D, the parts that were amazingly real and it felt like you were almost in the scene yourself.
Good place to watch the latest movies in 3D. Have a look.
Apart from the high price this experience is amazing. I have seen some great films and much prefer to see them in the imax quality. Hopefully as time progresses more and more films will be filmed in imax quality meaning the experience is richer.
I love the chance to go see a film at the IMAX. Unfortunately a lot of films only have a few select scenes that are shot in the IMAX format and make full use of the screen e.g. Dark Knight, or only a few scenes that use 3D e.g. the start of HP & the Half Blood Prince.
However this year promises to change that since Avatar has been released which was designed to be shot entirely in IMAX 3D, and wow, what a difference it makes!
My advice is to book way in advance as screenings of films are limited and fill up fast. Getting there early is a must, I got there 30min before my screening of Avatar and the queue was unbelievable. The best seats are close to the back in the centre so you'll want to rush to get those (it's first come first served).
One important note, if you do suffer from motion sickness, vertigo, migraines etc, do consider taking some medication with you because the 3D effect on such a large scale can become disorientating for some. It's also the last place you want to get a headache/migraine as the screen envelopes your peripheral vision and the surround sound is LOUD.
Expensive for watching a film, but you get what you pay for.
wow 1st time for a viewing was awestruck 6 nov 2009 3d xmas carol was my beginning i wrok opposite the exit to the cinema and really wanted to try it fabby will go again to see sea monster3d cannot wait laur
great place to watch impressive imax film, just make sure you arrive early to get a seat that wont hinder the imax experience. As the imax screen is of course huge, you really need to make sure you get a seat half way or further, as sitting too close will give you an almighty neck ache
an awesome experience when watching an imax film. this is quite unlike a regular cinema, in price and experience. well worth it though if your watching the right movie. highly recommended if you can afford it
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