“ Address: 50 Pacific Quay / Glasgow / G51 1EA / Scotland „
I have been a few times to this Imax cinema, most recently to see A Christmas Carol in 3D. The Imax is located next to the science centre and the new BBC building and looks like a large silver globe shaped building - like a smaller version of the SECC armadillo building. There is ample car parking, however, it is not free parking - it was around £2 after 6pm but if you pay for the token at the customer services desk at the front door before you watch the film, you get it cheaper.
Firstly, you MUST get there early to have any chance of a decent seat. Last time I got there around 30mins before the film started and there were already a few queueing but luckily I was near the front and got a great seat. The previous time I went I got there about 10mins before it started and got a seat right at the front row. It was awful and I don't recommend anyone to end up in that row - waste of money.
The cinema itself looks like a normal cinema only it is much steeper (no problems with anyone tall sitting in front and blocking your view) and the seats run in curved rows. The screen is massive and it's curved slightly so it fits your whole field of vision. As I've said before, you really don't want to be in the front few rows as you have to physically look up to see the whole screen and it hurts your eyes. Try to get at least from the middle row to the back.
The 3D effects were excellent - they give you the glasses as you go in and they are proper plastic ones not the rubbish paper ones. (It's amazing how different a film looks in 3D - its like you could reach out and touch things on the screen. Brilliant. When the camera pans in or out it feels as if you are actually moving and you get the butterfly feeling in your stomach like when you go over a hill in a car if you know what I mean! And the sound is excellent - full surround sound so it's much more realistic.
It's a bit more expensive than the normal cinema, adults around £8-9, students around £6-7 and children £5-6. But it's definately worth it especially if you have never seen a 3D film before - you will never want to see a normal film again!
The Imax Cinema is situated near to the Glasgow Science Centre and can be accessed from the Science Centre itself. It offers a number of films in 3D cinema with the best surround sound I have ever heard. The Imax generally shows around 5 or 6 films at a time, usually at least 2 in 3D. The Imax boasts itself as the ultimate movie experience. The large screen which is the size of a 5 a side football pitch apparently, gives crystal clear images easily better than any I have seen in any cinema. The sound is unlike other cinemas - and is called wraparound, which couldn't be more true. You truly feel like the sound comes from all the way around you, rather than from each side. We watched the new Harry Potter film here, and I am sure it felt 100% more eery than it would have in a "normal" cinema! Although cinemas generally have Dolby surround sound, this wraparound sound effect really makes it feel like you are in the middle of the movie!
It can be very popular and you may wish to book seats online. Even if you book online, seats are on a first come first served basis. This doesn't really matter as the picture is excellent and the sound makes it a great experience regardless of where you sit! The prices are a good bit more expensive than other cinemas with adults at £8.95 and children £6.95. You can choose to add on additional areas to visit e.g. the planetarium for an additional £2.50 on top of your cinema admission.
Tesco Clubcard vouchers can be used for Science Centre Admission, but cannot be used for admission to Imax movies - important for those Clubcard deals fans!
Overall, an excellent experience and markedly different from your bog standard cinema visit although hard on the pocket for a family. Make sure if visiting you go for a 3D movie for the full benefit of your admission price!!!