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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Oct 21, 2014 at 3:10 am

The IMPACT screen has Dolby Atmos sound and is impressive.I dont understand OdeonNotFanaticals rants.The IMAX screen offers a totally immersive experience.Although the original 1960s auditorium has gone Empire have done a superb job on this conversion.

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davepring commented about Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue at the Trocadero on Oct 20, 2014 at 4:02 am

With both the Curzon and Picturehouse on Shaftesbury Avenue I think Odeons art house properties further down the Avenue and at Panton Street will quickly close.

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davepring commented about Odeon Leicester Square on Oct 20, 2014 at 3:39 am

It would be a great shame if the last great cinema in Leicester Square was to be twinned.I just hope they follow James Hannaways example at the old Odeon in St Albans and turn this landmark cinema into something unique by reconfiguring the stalls into table seating with a bar at the rear under the circle overhang. I have rarely been impressed with Odeon conversions and bearing in mind that a new Odeon twin screen is to be built on the site of the Odeon West End I fail to see the commercial benefit of it .

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Sep 23, 2014 at 2:44 pm

CF100 the sound bleed was a fairly noticeable rumble heard five or six times for up to 30 seconds..However the film in question was Lucy which has several explosive scenes.

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Sep 21, 2014 at 6:40 am

Incidentally Oz was screened in the academy ratio and there was no light bleed which gave the impression that the huge screen was masked.

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Sep 21, 2014 at 3:56 am

Just been back to the IMAX screen at the Empire..there is definite sound bleed from the IMPACT screen and very noticeable during Wizard of OZ (which looked fantastic) Both screens are doing good business in the evenings which bodes well for the future of the Empire but the sound bleed needs fixing.

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Sep 12, 2014 at 6:24 am

The only masked Imax is the Chinese in Hollywood as far as I know which also retains curtains.

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Sep 12, 2014 at 12:05 am

Your Liemax comments are completely unjustified…have you actually sat in the IMAX auditorium???.Empire have done a superb job on converting the former circle and the sound and picture quality are superb on the second largest screen in London.

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davepring commented about Pepsi IMAX Cinema on Aug 22, 2014 at 3:03 am

Actually it was a proper IMAX large format film venue. IMAX is now a digital operation and although some screens do not offer the immersive experience the BFI IMAX and Leicester Square Empire certainly do and are not LIE-MAX

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Aug 6, 2014 at 11:55 am

Have you visited the Empire???…the IMAX screen is huge and the projection first rate as is the quality of the conversion.

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on Aug 2, 2014 at 3:55 am

If I were Odeon I would think about offering a more unique experience without twinning such as replacing the stalls seating with tables and inserting a bar /restaurant under the circle overhang.This works well at The Rex Berkhamsted and The Regal in Evesham and of course has been tried successfully at Odeon Whiteleys. The West End is overscreened and Empire took the initiative in twinning the main Empire with two still sizeable auditoriums with massive sceens. Everyman Cinemas are expanding rapidly which shows that customers will pay for a premium experience and although Odeon clearly have a multiplex mindset they should think carefully about their Leicester Square flagship.

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davepring commented about Dukes at Komedia on Jul 24, 2014 at 4:19 am

Correction to the info above the cinema has 2 screens not 3. The area planned for the third screen is a cafe/bar.

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davepring commented about Rex Cinema on Jun 23, 2014 at 10:36 am

One of the finest single screen cinemas in the world!

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davepring commented about Odeon Leicester Square on Jun 10, 2014 at 10:39 am

I hope not….

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davepring commented about Vue West End on Jun 3, 2014 at 11:03 am

I think Vue are running this and the ex Apollo on Lower Regent Street into the ground.The gold curtains in the premier screens are no longer used and the auditoriums are looking dismal and badly lit.

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on May 23, 2014 at 4:07 am

Empire had promised to post photos of the conversion work on their website and facebook but to date have not.The lack of masking is now unfortunately the norm in most new builds and renovations.

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davepring commented about Forum Theatre on May 20, 2014 at 12:52 pm

There are plans for films to return to The Forum in the near future when the venue is not booked for concerts.

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davepring commented about Odeon Leicester Square on May 20, 2014 at 5:28 am

The Vue screens are an utter mess and after nearly 20 years are in a desperate need of refurbishment.The exterior of the building also needs some TLC. I hope someone from Odeon reads the comments here and pursues stadium seating in the stalls without compromising the decor. Btw CF100 not that keen on the black box Impact screen at The Empire!

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davepring commented about Vue Piccadilly on May 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Since being rebranded as Vue this cinema has gone downhill.The plasma info screens no longer work.The foyer is desolate with tatty signs directing you down to the cinemas..shameful.

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davepring commented about Vue West End on May 13, 2014 at 1:41 pm

This cinema is now looking very tatty externally.The LED info boards no longer work the box office windows are partially boarded up and the plastic concealing the Warner sign is peeling away.

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davepring commented about Odeon Leicester Square on May 9, 2014 at 11:08 am

I would use the area under the circle for another purpose..such as a bar for stalls patrons and certainly not a shoebox cinema…I think the revamped Empire will offer serious competition to OLS so some kind of USP would be called for.

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davepring commented about Odeon Leicester Square on May 8, 2014 at 5:34 am

Sitting in the stalls here is not a great experience but it would be easy to install stadium seating here without compromising the integrity of the building along the lines of the extended circle at the Trafalgar Studios.A larger screen could then be installed within the original proscenium.

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davepring commented about Empire Cinema on May 8, 2014 at 5:16 am

Good news at last!!! I knew this would be a quality rebuild and look forward to visiting the new Empire screens.Shame though that Empire have been less than forthcoming on progress or posting photos on their website.

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davepring commented about Boyd Theatre demolition begins on Mar 20, 2014 at 11:58 am

A dreadful decision for such an iconic cinema

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davepring commented about Odeon Muswell Hill on Mar 17, 2014 at 4:11 am

this is my favourite Odeon…I just wish that the stalls void was reused in a similar vein to the Rex Berkhamstead