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The IMAX Theatre at Glasgow Science Centre is the huge, shimmering silver building that stands next to the main Science Mall. It’s home to Scotland's biggest, most awesome screen, so no matter what you see here, it’s bound to be a blockbuster!

The IMAX Theatre at Glasgow Science Centre is an independent cinema operated by the science centre showing stunning and unique IMAX 3D documentaries, plus immersive full-length feature films that'll have you on the edge of your seat.

Return to the stunning world of Pandora with Avatar for a cinematic spectacle, re-mastered and presented in immersive IMAX 3D on Scotland's biggest cinema screen at Glasgow Science Centre from 23 September. Booking now open!

The exterior titanium shell of the IMAX building at Glasgow Science Centre


For a limited time only, see the biggest grossing movie ever in IMAX - Avatar - remastered and in IMAX 3D.

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Return to the stunning world of Pandora with Avatar for a cinematic spectacle, re-mastered and presented in immersive IMAX 3D on Scotland's biggest cinema screen at Glasgow Science Centre from 23 September for a limited time only.

A paraplegic marine finds himself on a unique mission to the planet of Pandora where a valuable precious ore is being mined. He infiltrates the native tribe of beings (the Na' vi) with the use of an 'avatar' identity, but struggles to balance his military orders alongside protecting the world that is fast becoming his home.

Everything about the IMAX has been custom designed to take you from the edge of your seat into a world you've never imagined - from the massive screen and incredible lifelike visuals to the heart-pounding precision audio and unique auditorium design.

Experience James Cameron's Academy Award®-winning epic adventure from 2009 and the highest grossing movie to ever grace an IMAX screen the way it was intended, in IMAX 3D - the world's most immersive format.

Book Tickets!

Rated 12A. Tickets priced £9.95 adults / £7.95 students/concessions.

Immersive IMAX 3D and 2D Documentaries

We show a variety of short IMAX 3D and 2D documentary films. IMAX tickets for these mini-blockbusters can be bought as an add-on and pre-booked online as part of a visit to Glasgow Science Centre and cost £3.00 per person.

The Last Glaciers 2D - Find times and book

IMAX Presents The Last Glaciers, a global adventure following filmmaker Craig Leeson and United Nations Mountain Hero & Entrepreneur, Malcolm Wood as they push the limits of extreme sports using para-alpinism to explore the causes and effects of climate change. From Antarctica to the Himalaya, the Alps, and the Andes, IMAX immerses you in an extraordinary journey to the top of Earth’s glaciers as Leeson and Wood risk their lives to show how rapidly they are disappearing. Hear from leading scientists and impacted communities about the imminent dangers we face if we fail to protect what’s left of these critical natural water reservoirs. A compelling story of caution and hope, the documentary captures the fragility of the natural world, and the impact humans have on the planet’s life support systems. The film brings forward a call to action from the next generation determined to reverse our climate crisis for their own future. Featuring original music composed by Grammy®-nominated Above & Beyond.


Venture into deep space for a fascinating look at asteroids, their cosmic origins and the potential threat they pose to our world with the IMAX original film Asteroid Hunters. Narrated by Daisy Ridley, Asteroid Hunters introduces asteroid scientists and reveals the cutting-edge tools and techniques they use to detect and track asteroids, and the technology that may one day protect our planet. Witness the latest in planetary defense and how science, ingenuity and determination combine to explore the world’s most preventable natural disaster.


Embark on a uniquely inspirational and entertaining journey Under the Sea with us to explore the beauty and natural wonder of the oceans, as well as the impact of global climate change. Jim Carrey narrates this vivid voyage to bring you face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea.


An exploration of Earth and beyond as seen from the International Space Station. Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence.

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Watch the video below and hear about the experience of watching a film on Scotland's biggest cinema screen!

IMAX Theatre at Glasgow Science Centre FAQs

Find answers to your frequently asked questions about the IMAX at Glasgow Science Centre...

How big is the IMAX screen at Glasgow Science Centre?

The IMAX screen at Glasgow Science Centre measures 80 feet (24 m) wide by 60 feet (18 m) tall. It is the biggest cinema screen in Scotland and 3rd largest by screen size in the UK (source: Wikipedia). 

Who operates IMAX Theatre at Glasgow Science Centre?

The IMAX Theatre at Glasgow Science Centre is owned and fully managed by Glasgow Science Centre. 

Is food and drink available to purchase in IMAX Theatre at Glasgow Science Centre?

Yes, food and drink is available to purchase. A Coffee Shop operates on the ground floor in the IMAX Theatre at Glasgow Science Centre selling a selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes and pastries, sandwiches, toasties and treats. Breakfast rolls are available from 8am.

On the 1st floor of the building, there is a concession stand with a selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks.

Opening Times: The IMAX cafe will be open every day from 8am until admission of the final film of the day.

For illustrative purposes, below is a drawing of the new coffee shop on the ground floor that is available.

An illustrated sketch shows the coffee shop counter and serving area.

What is IMAX?

IMAX is an innovator in entertainment technology that combines proprietary software, architecture, and equipment to create the world’s most immersive moviegoing experience. From the clearest, most lifelike visuals to heart-pounding precision audio, everything in an IMAX cinema has been designed to take you beyond the edge of your seat and into a world you've never imagined. IMAX's network is also the only global theatrical platform for blockbuster entertainment and that’s why top filmmakers and studios utilise IMAX’s technology to connect with audiences around the world in extraordinary ways.

What does “Filmed For IMAX” mean?

IMAX has certified high-end, best-in-class digital cameras with leading brands including ARRI, Panavision, RED Digital Cinema and Sony to work in the IMAX format when paired with its proprietary post-production process. Top Gun: Maverick was filmed with Sony Venice cameras. Top Gun: Maverick, along with other films such as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness are among the current films certified as “Filmed for IMAX.”

“When content is ‘Filmed for IMAX’ the result is pure magic because it brings filmmakers’ visions to audiences exactly as they intended, all within the world’s most immersive theatrical experience,” said Megan Colligan, President of IMAX Entertainment. Combined with the “Filmed for IMAX” program and post-production process, the use of the cameras is optimized for IMAX screens to ensure the creative intent of the filmmakers is exactly what IMAX audiences can experience for both picture and sound quality.

When did the IMAX Theatre at Glasgow Science Centre reopen?

The IMAX Theatre at Glasgow Science Centre reopened as an independent cinema operated by the science centre on 5 May 2022. The first feature film to be screened was Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, followed by Top Gun: Maverick, Jurassic World: Dominion, Lightyear and Thor: Love and Thunder! It's also shown E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, and Moonage Daydream.

Educational film screenings

Experience an incredible IMAX 3D journey by taking in one of our education films as part of your visit. The current education films on screen are:

  • Under the Sea 3D
  • A Beautiful Planet 3D

Shows in Glasgow have never been so wild!

To make things easy, school groups can book tickets for an educational film as part of a visit to Glasgow Science Centre. You can find out details and book you school visit here

School parties may be able to choose which IMAX education films you come to see with an On-Demand performance. Certain conditions and restrictions on availability apply. For more details, please give us a call on 0141 420 5000.



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