Science Museum Imax is to be found on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London, and boasts a screen higher than four double-decker buses and holds 416 people. A year-round family day out, the IMAX is a jaw-dropping family attraction dubbed “the ultimate cinema”. Science Museum Imax ticket holders have the run of the cutting edge picture house with its THX 1138 sound system and an IMAX projection. Its movies have a 10 times bigger projection than 35mm film, providing 10 times more information on screen. The projector at the Science Museum Imax is the most hi-tech, precise and powerful on the planet, so a family day out at Science Museum Imax is one to tell your friends about!
The projector at Science Museum Imax feeds film horizontally and over three times faster than 35mm, generating a continual wave effect that, using a field flattener, ensures that the film is always still. In addition, the IMAX shutter has a third more light, thereby reinforcing the illusion that the watcher is in the film!
Science Museum Imax films run for about three quarters of an hour and, with wheelchair access and a hearing loop, it’s an amazing family day out for everyone. Among the films aired are Deep Sea 3D, a subsurface quest narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, and including face to face contact with fried-egg jellyfish, green sea turtles and Pacific octopus. Not something you’ll see on just any family day out.
That also goes for Sea Monsters 3D, which features animated re-creations of Late Cretaceous beasts like the dolichorhynchops, plesiosaurs, giant turtles, sharks, and the largest fish in seas, the stunning mosasaur.
Space Station 3D is a live action feature shot in space and narrated by Tom Cruise. It outlines the building of the International Space Station at 220 miles above the Earth, from lift-off to living in zero G and extra-vehicular activity. It includes spellbinding images and amazing footage of the Space Station, which as even more cutting edge than the Science Museum Imax!
The family attraction has a rolling programme that in May 2008 took in Dinosaurs Alive! 3D, screened at the only facility large enough to air it. With narration from Michael Douglas, it tracks palaeontologists looking for dinosaur bones in New Mexico and the Gobi Desert, while CGI created on the basis of their finds brings the prehistoric monsters of the Triassic and Cretaceous back to life.
The latterday dinosaurs of Sharks 3D, shot by Jean-Michel Cousteau (son of Jacques), takes in the Great White, Hammerhead and Whale Shark, while the biggest of African big cats is featured in Lions 3D. The award-winning National Geographic film relates the tale of a lion in Botswana’s Kalahari Desert, along with a pair of lionesses and their cubs.
Forces of Nature 2D and The Human Body 2D cover earthquakes, volcanoes and hurricanes, and the path of red blood cells to the heart – both jaw-droppers at the Science Museum Imax.
With a self-service café, restaurant, snack shop and picnic areas, Science Museum Imax is a family day out that satisfies every appetite!
Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD
Tel: 0870 870 4771
Times: Depends on showings, use contact number for more information.