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IMAX screen. Formally screen number 6. Converted to IMAX in late 2012. The first film shown in IMAX was Skyfall.
Dolby Cinema London are advertising Mary Poppins Returns on instagram would make me suspect Mary Poppins will be the first full release here.
The impact Luxe is their flagship screen, but although it is atmos equipped the sound is a little tiny as the screen is very much a black box in a building that was originally a clothes store and not designed to house cinema screens. The speakers also seem to not be a high end brand. The projectors are very low and as a result a lot of shadows appear on screen from people moving about.
These days both the Cineworld ‘Empire’ Leciester Square and VUE West End show the same films. They both are currently showing Avengers IW, Solo and Deadpool 2. Back in the 1980’s and 1990’s, the Empire mainly showed the big releases from Universal, Paramount and MGM who owned the cinema jointly under their UCI joint venture. Odeon mainly took the Disney, Fox and some Warner releases and sometimes Columbia Pictures (Sony) films and Warner took their own films, plus other movies not on at the other 3. Only ever had a chance to see one film at the Warner and that was Conspiracy Theory in Screen 5. The THX certified screen looked and sounded amazing and had a decent size screen for what is really a multiplex. The seating is now much smaller due to the new seating put in recently takes up a lot more space per seat.
In special venues Dolby don’t except the full technical details to be followed for Dolby cinema. Both the Dolby Theatre and El Captain in LA do not have the full black walls etc instead keep the original features of the cinema. However all over aspects are kept I believe. Considering AMC now own Odeaon and AMC run all the mutliplex Dolby Cinemas in the US, this would be prime site for their first one in the UK.
Sadly all of the other screens are tiny in comparison to this one and most are not scope screens.
Visited this cinema last week. Some parts of the cinema are still being built. The entrance to the cinema is rather understated, a simple Empire Cinemas logo above the entrance and that is it. Considering the space the cinema has been build in (an old department store) they have made a lot of the space. I visited the largest screen (Impact Luxe). The screen was large, though you walk in right next to the screen and late arrivals can cause shadows on the screen. The luxury seating is very nice and the Dolby Atmos sound was good. The laser projection was bright and gave a good image. The screen did feel though a little sterile and lacked the charm of older multiplexes and older traditional cinemas.
Now has one screen (screen 7) convert to 4DX. This is a real shame as screen was a good medium sized screen with good sound. The IMAX screen had new leather seats fitted.
They have already renamed the impact screen to Superscreen on their website.
The first IMAX with laser film will actually be Everest 3D and it opens there on 18th September.
The dome is now a 4D cinema that shows a short 10 minute Marvel Hereos 4D film. The image is projected onto a screen located on the dome wall and additional images are projected around the dome. The film is projected using 2 digital projectors.
Is the IMAX screens duel Dlp or the new laser projection?
As of January 30th 2015, this cinema is operated by The Light Cinema chain.
This cinema never operated as a MGM cinema, MGM owned it, but it remained a Cannon Cinema (MGM owned Cannon by the end of the 80’s). When MGM sold their cinemas to Virgin Cinemas, smaller sites like Bognor were sold to ABC Cinemas. This operated as ABC until it sold again to independent company Picturedome Cinemas who installed Dolby Digital Sound in screen 1 ready for the release of Star Wars: Special Editions in 1996. Dolby Surround was added to screen 2. Rest of its history is as above. Must also be noted that both screens now have digital projection but no 3D.
Visited this cinema several times when on holiday in Malta. It is a nice cinema with decent size screens. 4 out of the 7 screens have digital DLP projection with 3D. They have no commercials before each film, just trailers. They also still have an intermission during most films.
This cinema has just had digital projection and sound added to both screens with Dolby 3D added to screen 1. The screens and seats were up graded 2 years ago.
The IMAX version of Oblivian is reformatted to fill the whole imax screen and therefore will not be in widescreen unlike standard 35mm or digital presentations.
This cinema is now operated by VUE Cinemas, who purchased the Apollo chain at the start of the year.
The largest screen has now been converted to IMAX digital. All screens are now digital with Screen 8 (largest non-IMAX screen) able to show HFR content.