Science Museum's new IMAX opens in December

Following ten months of closure to allow for a major revamp, the Science Museum’s popular IMAX cinema returns to cement its place as Europe’s leading destination for film fans. Bringing together IMAX 70mm film and next-generation IMAX with Laser alongside the museum’s incredible objects, the newly named IMAX: The Ronson Theatre will present a unique and truly immersive story-telling experience.

The Science Museum’s IMAX cinema will be one of only two screens in Europe to feature the very best of both digital and analogue cinema, allowing the museum to host newly-released blockbusters, 3D educational films and cinema classics as well as an array of live events, all at the home of science and technology. The design by Ellis Williams Architects, who recently completed a major refurbishment of the Leicester Square Odeon, features modern cinema seating for visitors to enjoy films and events in maximum comfort, while a new concessions area will complete the cinema-going experience with relaxed seating and refreshments bar.

Opening on Wednesday 9 December, the IMAX will launch with the UK premiere of BBC Earth’s highly anticipated documentary, Antarctica 3D narrated by Academy Award®-nominated actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, and distributed by SK Films. Audiences will be able to experience the breath-taking landscape, treacherous climate and incredible wildlife of the icy continent through the wonder of IMAX with Laser in 3D and immersive sound. Tickets are available to book now on the Science Museum’s website

Families will also be able to enjoy the return of visitor favourites: A Beautiful Planet 3D, narrated by Jennifer Lawrence, provides a unique vantage point to witness humanity’s impact on the natural world; and Hubble 3D, narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, follows a team of astronauts as they perform one of the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history.

The safety of visitors and staff is the museum’s top priority and a number of measures are in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Visitors will be asked to book their cinema tickets in advance online, and must also pre-book free, timed tickets for museum entry. Cinema capacity will be limited with socially distanced seating arrangements, hand sanitiser stations will be located at key points, and there will be enhanced cleaning of the cinema between screenings. More information about the Science Museum’s health and safety measures can be found on the FAQs page.

Booking now open for Antarctica 3D, A Beautiful Planet 3D and Hubble 3D from 9-16 December. Future programme to be announced in due course.

IMAX The Ronson Theatre at the Science Museum © Science Museum Group 
IMAX The Ronson Theatre at the Science Museum © Science Museum Group
IMAX The Ronson Theatre at the Science Museum © Science Museum Group