Blackpool’s First IMAX Screen Has Arrived in Town

The Backlot Cinema & Diner’s IMAX screen has arrived in Blackpool to a grand reception.

The Backlot Cinema & Diner's IMAX screen arrived in Blackpool today

Blackpool, United Kingdom ( February 26, 2024 ) -

The Backlot Cinema & Diner’s IMAX screen has arrived in Blackpool. A grand reception, featuring showgirls, stilt walkers, and jugglers, took place on Blackpool’s iconic comedy carpet today as the colossal IMAX screen made its journey from Canada to the heart of Blackpool. Opening its doors on 22nd March, the IMAX screen is one of the largest in the North West, measuring an impressive 10.85 metres in height and 19.87 metres in width – which is as wide as the iconic Big Dipper is tall!

The state-of-the-art screen will be placed in the brand new cinema and diner, The Backlot, which is a core part of the Houndshill Shopping Centre extension, the town’s major regeneration project. The screen will be equipped with the company’s most advanced theatrical experience, IMAX with Laser. Immersive by design, IMAX with Laser has been developed from the ground-up to deliver crystal clear, lifelike images and precision audio for a moviegoing experience unlike anything else.

In anticipation of the screen’s arrival, the Backlot team has been asking locals which films they’d love to experience in IMAX in Blackpool for the first time. The community has spoken, and tickets to the selected films, including Oppenheimer and Barbie, are now available to purchase at

The Backlot’s business manager, Fabio Vidotti says, “Lancashire’s first ever IMAX screen has arrived in spectacular style! The IMAX experience is unrivalled and we are going to have an amazing selection of films to showcase on our incredible screen. In addition to our diverse programme of films, The Backlot will offer a host of exciting events and experiences. We can’t wait to welcome the community, both from Blackpool and beyond, to enjoy the wonders our new cinematic wonderland will have to offer.”

To celebrate the opening of the cinema, The Backlot & IMAX are giving one lucky winner the chance to be the first ever to experience IMAX in Blackpool. The prize includes a VIP private screening for the winner and up to 10 guests on Thursday 21st March, ahead of the cinema’s official opening. The competition will be announced on The Backlot’s social media channels early next week. Follow The Backlot Cinema & Diner on Facebook (, Instagram ( & X ( for more details.

About The Backlot Cinema & Diner
The Backlot Cinema & Diner is located in the vibrant heart of Blackpool within the new extension of Houndshill Shopping Centre. Blackpool’s new cinematic wonderland will feature the town’s only IMAX screen with state-of-the-art laser projection and immersive audio. From the latest Hollywood releases to independent gems, event cinema and big screen classics, The Backlot promises a range of cinematic delights. Complementing the cinematic adventure is The Backlot Diner, offering an all-day menu with delicious burgers, hotdogs, wings, and a selection of desserts, including indulgent pancakes, sundaes, and thick milkshakes. The Backlot Cinema & Diner will provide a unique and immersive entertainment experience for both the local community and visitors.

About IMAX
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