Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square

5 Leicester Square,
London, WC2H 7NA

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HowardBHaas on July 25, 2007 at 7:18 am

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 on July 25, 2007 at 7:06 am

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

AdoraKiaOra on July 25, 2007 at 7:05 am

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 on July 25, 2007 at 6:16 am

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.

andysummers on July 24, 2007 at 11:33 pm

Found this Youtube Video of the famous Empire Leicester Square screen 1 yeah this is where I’ll be popping up to sometime soon for DIE HARD JBL 56KW THX sound power!
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andysummers on July 20, 2007 at 9:43 pm

Now this did catch the eyes attention it was glittery dazzling like the stars that are placed above the screen in Empire #1.
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HowardBHaas on July 20, 2007 at 7:45 pm

Prior marquee seen lit up a little bit in my Oct 2005 photo:

It lit up much, in changing different colors.

Looking at the photos that Ian posted above (which indicate to me that new marquee is boring) it doesn’t appear new marquee lights up? Is that at least a balcony people can stand enter from inside the theater?

andysummers on July 20, 2007 at 7:02 pm

I don’t like the typeface that the designer used as anyone got a bullet please! Bring back the late 1980’s look that rocked.

AdoraKiaOra on July 20, 2007 at 6:07 am

Well i remember ages ago the reports were that they were going to put up a more traditional new marquee. I do like this one even tho it doesnt look that exciting, its 100% better than what they ve just rippedd down. Thanks for the pics Ian. I’ll be in town tomorrow and will take a proper look.

Ian on July 20, 2007 at 5:43 am

A couple of recent exteriors so you can judge for yourself about the new look marquee:–

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andysummers on July 20, 2007 at 4:25 am

Here’s a nice but rather rare occasion to see the director and stars from of Apollo 13 at the CIC Empire Leicester square.

andysummers on June 17, 2007 at 1:37 pm

Also I heard from the (Team Leader) at the EMPIRE, who I was speaking to on the phone last Friday night that the new look outside looks fantastic!

andysummers on June 17, 2007 at 1:36 pm

Well I’m looking forwards to travailing up to London on 11th July for DIE HARD LIVE FREE in THX and 56KW of JBL sound power sounds too tempting, see you there in the early hours of the morning.

andysummers on June 10, 2007 at 9:01 am

I see, well I think it should be left alone why change perfection.

AdoraKiaOra on June 6, 2007 at 7:41 am

I may be wrong but i hope im not- the auditorium is a listed building.

andysummers on June 6, 2007 at 7:30 am

By the way is there any pictures of this conversion? I know that Fred, who once projected at the EMPIRE does some really neat looking videos on Youtube, I wonder if he’s covering this issue?

andysummers on June 6, 2007 at 7:27 am

I don’t know about changing the auditorium I think it should be left as it is it looks fantastic I mean out of this WORLD!
I liked the look of the outside during the late 1980’s with the word EMPIRE all lit up it looked the part and the advertisement of 70mm Dolby films in THX made it all so very tempting to step inside.
I seem to remember when the Warner West End was all knocked down except the front that remained that was a nice touch, so I hope they don’t go too far over the top with the front of the EMPIRE.

AdoraKiaOra on May 4, 2007 at 3:37 am

Why thank you Mr Dependable! Yea i forgot about that part- sounds great. Wouldnt it be fantastic if they took away all that 80s decor in the foyer and tarted up the auditorium for todays audiences. Ive seen many a great movie here in what is a truly great theatre

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Ken Roe on May 4, 2007 at 3:30 am

Plans have been passed for the ‘opening up’ of the balcony above the entrance doors. This will be used as a ‘platform’ for stars to greet fans when premiers are held at the cinema (similar to the one at the Odeon, Leicester Square.

AdoraKiaOra on May 4, 2007 at 2:50 am

The front of The Empire is at this time undergoing a transformation. Fankly what ever they do to it it will be million times better than what they had till a few weeks ago. The dreadful canopy that carried the word ‘Empire’ that looked like it had been written by Walt Disney has been taken away and hopefuly destroyed never to be seen again on such a fantastic facade!!! According to a report that the Evening Standard carried a few weeks back which included an artists immpession of what it will look like- its going to go back to an old fashioned iron work canopy. From what i recall from the painting it resembled the new canopys on Londons Victoria Palace & Novello theatres- both of which are stunning. If im corresct its an Irish company who are takeing over the running of The Empire. It needs a lot of work inside to bring it up to a standard exceptable today. Its gone to look very old and tatty in the auditorium recently, maybe because a take over was known for awhile! Back in the 80s this really was a showcase theatre where they had a great pre-performance laser and light show before those fantastic curtains opened onto a huge screen. I look forward to a visit in the future to see whats been done. If anyone has more detailed news of whats going on maybe they would care to fill in the gaps! (Hello, Mr. Roe)

andysummers on January 15, 2007 at 12:08 pm

What’s the cubic volume size of the Empire?

What is the lowest frequency the sub bass array can possibly generate and highest sound pressure level?

andysummers on January 3, 2007 at 6:58 am


This is the new Mel Gibson film hmm, sounds tempting to go along to I mean £20.00 for travel return, ticket for the Empire yeah £30.00 pounds should be well worth the JBL THX 56KW experience!

andysummers on January 3, 2007 at 1:43 am

Happy New Year to you all

So what’s new at the Empire I know I can look at the sites now showing now list, but what’s new on your latest Empire JBL THX 56KW power experience?

tjhyman on December 18, 2006 at 4:33 am

Surprisingly, it was a 2.35:1 ratio – looked great spread out across the 62 feet of Empire’s screen!

andysummers on December 17, 2006 at 6:56 pm

Happy Feet

What aspect ratio was the film in sounds like a 1.85:1 presentation?