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The Icon bar is actually about 2 metres higher than the cinema foyer level.
Cineworld are saying that they will spend £5 million on LSQ.
Screen 2 is to be converted to 4DX, the foyer to be totally refurbished and they are spending money on the back of house areas. Word is they are doing a deal with the Casino to take over the Icon bar.
the refurbishemnt that removed the THX screen was done in 2002 by UCI.
full foyer refurbishment under way, completed by the summer.
this cinema is now 18 screens and boasts a large format IMPACT screen
the seating that was installed in 1962 (and is still in use today albeit refurbished a few times) was made by The American Seating Company. They are still in business.
To confirm –
Empire 6 – open – 23 seats
Empire 7 – open – 58 seats
Empire 8 – open – 48 seats (formerly screen 3)
Empire 9 – in construction – 42 seats
For the sake of clarification, there are only two pieces of original 1927 plasterwork left in the Empire. One is hidden behind the righthand wall of auditorium 1, the other is hidden above the mirrored ceiling tiles in the entrance lobby. Anyone who tells you differently is incorrect.
the coloured lighting in auditorium 1 is neon, pink, blue and yellow.
two new digital screens have just opened here taking total to 8 screens
Screens 4 &5 opened today.
all the plasterwork was removed and disposed of safely as it contained asbestos, you wont be seeing it back i’m afraid.
The THX screen was screen number 1 but during the refurbishment in 2002 the screens were re-numbered and it is now screen 3.
Cineworld do not own this cinema and contrary to a previous posting, is not ‘part of the same holding company’ It is owed wholly by Empire cinemas and is not being shut or bulldozed and is holding it’s own very well against the 12 screen Cineworld that has opened in the town centre.
screens 4 & 5 open next week, the first new screens on Leicester Square for 20 years! They will also be the only digital only screens on the square. Welcome to the 21st century.