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Bradford IMAX

When the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford opened its doors in 1983, one of its key features was the first ever IMAX theatre in the UK. At the time, it was also the largest cinema screen in the UK at five floors high and with six-channel sound. When the museum reopened after extensive refurbishment in 1999, the IMAX remained centre stage and was now equipped to show 3D films.

Renamed the National Media Museum in 2006, it is a major attraction for the people of Bradford and visitors to the city alike. The Bradford IMAX has a full schedule of major film releases, many in 3D, and it is the ideal venue for cinema fans wanting to immerse themselves in the current Hollywood blockbuster. The projector is housed on the fourth floor and can be seen from inside the darkened booth, adding to the thrill of the IMAX experience.

The IMAX format enables films to be shown at a greater size and resolution than in standard cinemas, providing much-enhanced quality. In 1995 the DMR (Digital Media Remastering) format was developed, whereby films shot using conventional cameras could be converted to IMAX. The Bradford IMAX now regularly shows films in all three formats, IMAX, IMAX 3D and IMAX DMR formats.

The National Media Museum is located in Bradford city centre, within walking distance of both Bradford Interchange and Bradford Forster Square train stations. The Bradford IMAX shows films seven nights a week and admission charges vary, depending on the format. Admission to the National Media Museum is free.

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