IMAX at Glasgow Science Centre

IMAX

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

Blockbusters

Get ready for more big-screen action in the IMAX at Glasgow Science Centre! Start your engines - Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is here from 24 May. Tickets are on sale now! Relive the magic of Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban - celebrate the 20th anniversary with us on 31 May, 1 & 2 June. Coming soon: The Matrix - 25th anniversary and each of The Lord of The Rings trilogy films. Our Box Office is powered by Ticket Tailor.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

All roads lead to IMAX. Experience every heart-racing moment of Furiosa : A Mad Max Saga in IMAX on Scotland’s BIGGEST screen at Glasgow Science Centre from 24 May. BBFC Rated 15.

Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban

The wizarding world is bigger in IMAX. Relive the magic and celebrate the 20th anniversary with this limited weekend screening (from 31 May) of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. BBFC Rated: PG

The Matrix - 25th Anniversary

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Matrix and experience Keanu Reeves as Neo battling the deception of an evil cyber-intelligence on Scotland’s BIGGEST screen at Glasgow Science Centre. 7, 8 & 9 June. Rated 15.

The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring

Experience each film in The Lord of The Rings trilogy in IMAX. Let the expansive adventure into Middle-Earth begin with the first in Peter Jackson's epic trilogy, The Fellowship of The Ring. Rated 12A.

The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers

Experience each film in The Lord of The Rings trilogy in IMAX. Sam and Frodo's quest brings them ever closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, in the second film of the epic tale, The Two Towers. Rated 12A.

The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King

Experience each film in The Lord of The Rings trilogy in IMAX. The epic conclusion to the saga, The Return of The King. The best place in the whole of the Shire to experience it is IMAX at Glasgow Science Centre. Rated 12A.

Mini-Blockbusters

We show a variety of short, immersive 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 day visit to Glasgow Science Centre and cost £3.50 per person.

Flying Monsters 3D

Written and presented by David Attenborough, Flying Monsters 3D takes us back 220 million years to a time when dinosaurs walked the Earth and a mysterious prehistoric creature with a mighty wingspan rode the winds.

Animal Kingdom 3D

Animal Kingdom 3D is a spectacular adventure where we meet the six fascinating families of the Animal Kingdom. It's a fun and educational film that introduces family audiences to the creatures that keep the planet ticking just as it should.

Fungi Web of Life 3D

Much of life on Earth is connected by a vast, hidden network that we are only just beginning to understand. Out of sight, between the world of plants and animals, another world exists - the kingdom of fungi. Narrated by iconic artist, Björk.

Mini-Blockbusters for Schools

Experience an incredible IMAX 3D or 2D journey by taking in one of our education films as part of your visit. In addition to the Mini-Blockbusters above, the Mini-Blockbusters for Schools outlined below are available. 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 your school visit here.

The Last Glaciers 2D

IMAX Presents The Last Glaciers, a global adventure following filmmaker Craig Leeson and United Nations Mountain Hero and Entrepreneur, Malcolm Wood as they push the limits of extreme sports using para-alpinism to explore the causes and effects of climate change.

Under the Sea 3D

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.

A Beautiful Planet 3D

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

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 9.30 am.

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 Coffee Shop opens from 9.30 am on days that Glasgow Science Centre is open. It normally operates until the admission of the final film of the day. 

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 is the Science of IMAX?

Discover the Science of IMAX in this behind-the-scenes video featuring interviews from the IMAX tech and post-production department. Experience IMAX at Glasgow Science Centre with Scotland's biggest screen!

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, Moonage Daydream and Avatar.

Do you have educational film screenings available for school visits?

Yes! 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
  • The Last Glaciers 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 your 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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