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Where to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens on IMAX around the UK

Best cinemas to book tickets to see the new Star Wars film on the biggest screen possible

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Star Wars IMAX screenings around the UK

Excited about seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens but not booked tickets yet? Well, take our advice: how ever many times you plan to see it at your local cinema, one of those trips should be to an IMAX screening. Because when it comes to seeing the Force return to our lives, bigger is most assuredly better.

This being the first new Star Wars film in ten years, and the first sequel to the original trilogy in 32 years, you've got a reason to spoil yourself. That means luxury seating, and more screen real estate than a basketball court. Sure, it might cost a few extra quid, but this is Star Wars and we reckon this one is going to be worth it.

By our count there’s 39 IMAX screens around the country, from 15/70 mm 3D to digital projects, to Laser IMAX. What you'll find at each is an immersive experience in High Definition and audio designed to make your internal organs vibrate. And in case you’re wondering – yes, one sequence from The Force Awakens has been specifically captured on 65 mm cameras by director JJ Abrams and his cinematographer Dan Mindel: the Millenium Falcon chase through Jakku, as seen in the trailer. The rest of the film will be up scaled from 35 mm.

We’ve listed all the IMAX screens in our cinema database to help you find the closest to you. See you in the queue on Thu 17 Dec …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens on IMAX:

Cineworld Enfield
Empire Leicester Square
Odeon Greenwich
Odeon Kingston
Odeon Swiss Cottage
Odeon Uxbridge
Odeon Wimbledon
Science Museum (70 mm film)

Empire Basildon

Birmingham and nearby
Cineworld Birmingham Broad Street
Cineworld Birmingham NEC
Empire Birmingham
Cineworld Telford

Showcase Bluewater

National Media Museum

Liverpool and nearby
Odeon Liverpool ONE
Cineworld Broughton
Vue Cheshire Oaks

Odeon Cardiff

Cineworld Cheltenham

Cineworld Chichester

Cineworld Crawley

Cineworld Fountainpark

Cineworld Glasgow Science Centre
Odeon Braehead

Cineworld Ipswich

Hemel Hempstead
Empire Hemel Hempstead

Cineworld Castleford
Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road

Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
Odeon Manchester Printworks
Odeon Trafford Centre

Milton Keynes
Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium

Odeon Metrocentre

Odeon Norwich

Cineworld Nottingham

Cineworld Sheffield

Odeon Southampton

Cineworld Stevenage

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.


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1. Dick Vaughan15 Dec 2015, 12:42pm Report

You've missed off the Science Museum , London from your list of IMAX theatres showing The Force Awakens.

This is the only theatre in the UK showing the movie on 70mm film and is one of only 2 outside of North America.

2. Scott Henderson16 Dec 2015, 9:18am

The Force is strong with the Science Museum. Thanks for letting us know, we've added you to our list.

3. Nick West17 Dec 2015, 11:11am Report

Do you know which of the are 'laser' projection? Is it only Sheffield?

4. Christian Barnes17 Dec 2015, 9:28pm Report

You missed off the new Odeon SUPER SCREEN at Silverburn Shopping Centre in Glasgow

5. Scott Henderson5 Jan 2016, 12:27pm

The Odeon superscreen at Silverburn would be a great screen to see Star Wars, it isn't IMAX however, which is why it was not included in our list.

6. Linsey Wallison7 Jan 2016, 9:21pm Report

@Nick - it's very strange that you'd want to see it projected on laser projection, when that's a pitiful waste of money. The only way to see it is in 70mm IMAX film projection, which is the full image and you won't get it anywhere else. Any other way and you'll be wasting your money and getting an inferior image. if that's what you want then by my guest. Very odd!!!!!

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