Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square

5 Leicester Square,
London, WC2H 7NA

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andysummers
andysummers on April 14, 2008 at 4:24 pm

This Sunday Empire Leicester square screen 1 will be holding a one day Bond screening of “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977) [url]http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076752/[/url] in one the UK’s largest THX screens that boasts and incredible 56KW JBL customized THX certified.

I have gotten off the phone with projection, and was told that technical crewmembers will be attending the screening, including director Lewis Gilbert. [url]http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0318150/[/url]

Performance starts on Sunday April 20th at 14:00
Tickets are £13.50p free seating, throughout Empire 1, 1130 seats.

I’ll be getting my couch ticket this week for Sunday’s Bondastic THX showing, miss this no way, its been 31 years since, I’ve seen this on large screen at Bournemouth’s Gaumont screen 2 summertime,1977 and that was in 35mm scope 2.35:1, optical mono sound.

Technical cinema information
[url]http://www.empirecinemas.co.uk/index.php?page=cinemainfo&tbx_site_id=5[/url]

andysummers
andysummers on April 5, 2008 at 10:41 pm

Well I’ll be popping up to the Empire Leicester square this May to see Indiana Jones in THX I guess a photo opportunity is in order to see how things are developing with screens 4 & 5.

bwales
bwales on March 23, 2008 at 11:33 pm

I have heard reports that Screen 4 & 5 building works are well underway and will be only 2K D-Cinema and no 35mm projectors!.

hanksykes
hanksykes on February 9, 2008 at 9:40 pm

To bad that the original balistrate porch railing is somewhat hidden by the new boxy marquee,but I suppose some would call that progress.

andysummers
andysummers on November 23, 2007 at 1:59 pm

LOL I guess by have the concession stand in front of Empire 1 will minimize the running distance because even when I’ve attended a film I’m practically running flat-out to the concession stand and back to Empire 1.

andysummers
andysummers on November 18, 2007 at 2:22 am

Wow its not that bad now with the new JBL sound system 56KW THX! I guess the laser show is a slight kick in the teeth because it doesn’t make a first impression like it did between 1989 and 1995 which was the last time I can remember the laser show, unless it was a few years before?

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on November 17, 2007 at 7:37 pm

This place certianly lost its sparkle around the mid 80s. The owners since then just seem to have no interest in the presentation of the movies or the upkeep of what could be an amazing cinematic experience. Its in the very heart on londons movie district for gods sake and look at it- it looks like some run down ABC cinema in the 80s. I wont go there now.

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on November 17, 2007 at 5:44 pm

The Empire was a better theatre in the 1970’s than it is today. The Empire should rival the Odeon if the owners would have done a better job renovating this theatre. The Empire was the flagship theatre for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer from the time it was built until the late 1960’s when they sold it. It was considered the showplace of the nation and was owned by Hollywood’s most powerful studio at the time.Its amazing when people dont'r realize what they have and let an asset such as the Empire delcine. I was more impressed with the Empire in the 1970’s than I was with Odeon.bruce

andysummers
andysummers on November 17, 2007 at 7:38 am

Just heard from a source a former Empire projectionist, that Empire is to transformer, there’s that word again transform! Yes, the foyer into Empire 4, has anyone seen any construction going on up there recently?

andysummers
andysummers on October 14, 2007 at 1:48 pm

I could ask around.

tjhyman
tjhyman on October 11, 2007 at 1:49 pm

Love the youtube video on the old laser shows.
Can anyone tell me who did the music for the main Laser Show 1?
It sounds very similar to the Miami Vice tv theme !!

And BRING BACK THE LASER SHOW !!!

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on October 11, 2007 at 1:10 pm

When I was visiting London in April, workers were doing something in the back, entering opposite the Prince Charles theater. I think they were installing the movie theater chain HQ and/or other offices in the upper reaches of the Empire? One told me there was decoration in there. Perhaps from 1928 from original auditorium/balcony?

andysummers
andysummers on August 11, 2007 at 11:33 pm

Well I wouldn’t know I’ve only been attending the Empire since September 13th 1989.

hanksykes
hanksykes on August 11, 2007 at 9:12 pm

The London Empire 1928 by Thomas Lamb and John Meacham was a very close copy of the E.F.Albee Theatre of 1927 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The frontage of each were duplicates and their entrance lobbies were identical. Long live the original Empire Theater.

Ian
Ian on August 11, 2007 at 7:37 pm

Here is a 1988 shot of the Empire:–

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andysummers
andysummers on July 29, 2007 at 12:28 pm

Transformers what a load of bollocks!

After getting of the shock of missing DIE HARD in THX and after sitting though another gruelling Michael Bay load of loud nonsense that made no sense to duologue intelligibility not when its spoken a fast paces where you’d need at least a few moments for it to settle down instead you end up listening to cacophony of dialogue that overlaps and overlaps into sheer load of loud Michael Armageddon bollocks Bay up there on the screen!

Yes this is the worse film I have even sat though since Pearl Harbor 2001, I’m never going to see anymore of his trash load of bollocks until he can really prove he can make a film that makes sense without fast dialogue, I mean really what is the rush if the film is 153minuts at least pace the dialogue slowly.

The sound system at the Empire was great 10/10 but would never do justice to Michael Bay, I feel sorry for Kevin O’Connell, as I don’t see him winning an award for this but sometime fate as a strange way of twisting things around for the better who knows he might, maybe?

I only have a few Michael Bay films on DVD The Rock Armageddon but that’s as far as it goes I might, might buy Transformers on DVD the very least rent it for sound test on my JBL THX sound system later in the year or when even it comes out, hell I’m not going to lose any sleep over it. Armageddon!

andysummers
andysummers on July 29, 2007 at 11:22 am

Empire Leicester Square 3
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andysummers
andysummers on July 27, 2007 at 5:31 pm

The rest of the mighty Crown amplifiers are housed behind the THX baffle with cable runs travelling down from the booth so all the control is handled from there, booth surround amplifiers are housed in the booth.

andysummers
andysummers on July 27, 2007 at 5:13 pm

I was sat in the front row along with a new friend who overheard my name while calling on the intercom and was rather surprised to see me there has he’s only read a few posts on different forums sites where I have shown great interest in the Empire and the THX sound system program.

I measured nearly 120dbc on the SPL db metre towards the final battle with transformers transforming the streets into a battle zone, it was right at a point where the sound all the mid and highs where faded down and the mighty JBL 4645C cluster array of x16 dropped down mighty DEEP!!!

andysummers
andysummers on July 27, 2007 at 5:08 pm

Yes I was hoping to see DIE HARD in THX yesterday, well I didn’t know ity was only on for three-weeks so does anyone have some rope? LOL just kidding I was given a brief tour of Empire screen ones booth yesterday morning before the first show started. The booth is mega and totally untouchable!

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bwales
bwales on July 25, 2007 at 10:18 pm

Has anyone recently seen a film in Empire 1 (Screen 1)?.
Last Saturday I visited the Empire to see “Transformers”, although the Auditorium was fairly busy it lacked the Empire Cinema I knew a few years ago!.

There were No Adverts, just a few Trailers with a Bottom Black line on the screen and NO Logo/Intro/THX anywhere and can you belive it on the Feature change from the Trailers to the main film the Tabs were left open and you just sat in the Dark watching the Masking go out to scope!!.

Where is the Presentation gone these days?, I was told later that it was now Company Policy to present it this way (?), shame on them and what a high Ticket price of £13.00 for a poor West End Cinema experience.

Still a great Cinema, but poor Screen Presentation……

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 25, 2007 at 3:18 pm

I posted something on the Odeon West End page some time ago. I’ve read on the Internet that Odeon West End to be demolished for a hotel. Cinema preservationists suggested they’d like to keep the facade, but I haven’t read that has been determined yet.

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on July 25, 2007 at 3:06 pm

It was called ‘Leicester Square Theatre’ then. A much nicer name than ‘Odeon West End’

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on July 25, 2007 at 3:05 pm

Wow! What do you mean by ‘replacment’. I was manager there back in the 80s and always thought it would close and be redeveloped. Id be interestd in what you know.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 25, 2007 at 2:16 pm

Andy,
Thanks for finding that wonderful photo of the dazzling marquee (your first ecoustics link above).
As to utube, I hope more people can film (and post on utube or somewhere) vintage movie theater auditoriums while they are still here. The Odeon West End is slated for replacement, and I’d love to see a short film of the 2 auditoriums & the foyer section with the photos of people throughout the years who have visited.