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  • Cineworld IMAX Film Fest gives film fans another chance to see five of the biggest films from 2017.
  • Avatar takes top spot in top forty.
  • Star Wars and Jurassic Park round off the top five.

A study of 2,000 movie fans has revealed the top 40 films which simply have to be seen on the big screen, with over a quarter voting Avatar as the number one film that must be viewed in the cinema.

Also featuring in the list were all of the Star Wars films, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Titanic, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Apollo 13 and The Hunger Games.

The 1939 American historical romance, Gone with the Wind, appeared alongside Guardians of the Galaxy and Saving Private Ryan.

The study was commissioned by Cineworld ahead of the third IMAX Film Festival, which will give film fans across the country a second chance to see some of the top releases from last year in IMAX.

Narrowly missing the top 40 were Back to the Future and The Sound of Music.

The research also looked at the top films from the last 12 months that people wished they’d seen at the cinema. Dunkirk, depicting the epic evacuation of the allied troops during World War II, featured as the most popular film released in the last 12 months to be enjoyed on the big screen.

This was closely followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, with Darkest Hour and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 also featuring.

And Beauty and the Beast followed by Thor Ragnarok made the top 10.

The films available to watch at the Cineworld IMAX Film Fest include; Beauty and the Beast, Thor Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Dunkirk and IT.

A Cineworld spokesperson said; “From the research we know that over half of those surveyed regret missing out on seeing a film on the big screen. We are delighted to give film fans another opportunity to enjoy some of the biggest releases from 2017 as part of the IMAX Film Fest. From Dunkirk to Beauty and the Beast, seeing a movie in IMAX quality at Cineworld is so much more. Every element is planned, designed and positioned to create the most intense experience for our customers.”

The study also found that a trip to the movies is enjoyed twice a month on average, with just under one in 10 going up to once a week.

A fizzy drink will never go a miss during a trip to the cinema for nearly a quarter of Brits, accompanied by a box of sweet popcorn and classic pick ‘n’ mix.

The nation agreed a bigger screen is the best thing about a trip to the movies, followed by the enhanced sound and picture quality.

One in five said they enjoy watching the trailers and 13 per cent stated it’s the presence of others which adds to the experience.

The research confirmed the best seat in the cinema is, without a doubt, the middle centre followed by the centre back rows.

Two-thirds of adults are more likely to make a trip to the movies with their partner, and three in 10 will see the latest blockbuster with their friends.

One in five would much rather a trip to the cinema over a meal out, but just under two in three wish they went to the movies more often.

The study, also found three in five Brits confessed there are films they wish they’d seen in the cinema.

Sixty-eight per cent agreed people are missing out on the experience by watching movies on smart devices, with three in 10 confirming they would rather watch a film on an IMAX screen.

IMAX uses a cutting-edge projection system and delivers crystal-clear images, coupled with the customised theatre design and powerful digital sound system. IMAX creates a unique environment that makes audiences feel as if they are in the film.

Cineworld IMAX Film Fest film slate:

· Dunkirk

· Beauty and the Beast

· Thor Ragnarok

· Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

· IT

The Cineworld IMAX Film Fest is on Saturday 10th March and tickets start from £3. For more information about the IMAX Film Fest and to find your nearest Cineworld IMAX screen visit

Top 40 films to be seen in the big screen:

1.       Avatar

2.       Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

3.       Jurassic Park

4.       Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

5.       Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

6.       Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

7.       Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

8.       Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

9.       Jurassic World

10.   Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

11.   Titanic

12.   Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

13.   Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

14.   Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

15.   Jaws

16.   Dunkirk

17.   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

18.   Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

19.   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

20.   Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

21.   Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

22.   Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

23.   Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

24.   Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

25.   Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark

26.   Matrix

27.   Saving Private Ryan

28.   Gravity

29.   Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

30.   Terminator 2

31.   2001: A Space Odyssey

32.   Terminator

33.   Schindler's List

34.   Apollo 13

35.   Gone with the Wind

36.   The Hunger Games

37.   Guardians of the Galaxy

38.   Braveheart

39.   Interstellar

40.   Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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