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zappomatic commented about Cineworld The 02 Greenwich on Sep 24, 2016 at 2:18 pm

Visited today and the refurbished screens have new carpet and new seats (identical to the ones trialled as “Star Seating” at some other locations including nearby West India Quay) – seems odd to replace very comfortable seats that were only nine years old and in good condition. Seems to have reduced the legroom slightly.

New red LED strips on the edges of steps, and bright row indicators (replacing old blue LEDs that were starting to fail). This also includes very bright white strips along both sides of the ramp up into the screen, which unfortunately manage to shine on the screen on that side and wash out the picture in darker scenes.

Ceiling and wall lighting remains the same, which means the house lights are dim, cold LED bulbs from 2007 – as you might imagine most of these are starting to fail too.

Bizarrely the bar is covered in some fake wood panelling and red bulbs in many of the lights. Presumably this is something to do with the Empire Live event as it looks temporary and pretty awful!

I’m just finding this all a bit odd as they have other sites in London greater need of upgrading, for example other than the Star Seating trial and some new carpet the screens are unchanged from their 2000 state meaning a metal bar can be felt in the backrest of many of the seats.

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld The 02 Greenwich on Sep 19, 2016 at 1:47 pm

Planning permission applied for to add eight screens, some of which will be VIP screens as installed at Milton Keynes, 4DX and possibly a Superscreen.

Also twitter reports seem to suggest that existing screens are being given new carpets and new or reupholstered seats, which is interesting as there are definitely ofher Cineworlds that could use new seats first such as West India Quay.

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zappomatic commented about Vue West End on Sep 5, 2016 at 7:22 am

Vue have applied for planning permission to replace the front canopy and entrance doors, with new neon strips and uplighters. Looks like they’re ditching the now mostly unused box office windows, and installing one massive digital display (will upload photo shortly). The rendering looks much less cluttered than its current incarnation.

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Bromley on Sep 3, 2016 at 3:06 pm

Now operated by Cineworld.

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Hemel Hempstead on Sep 3, 2016 at 3:06 pm

Now operated by Cineworld.

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Basildon on Sep 3, 2016 at 3:05 pm

Now operated by Cineworld

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Poole (Tower Park) on Sep 3, 2016 at 3:04 pm

Now operated by Cineworld.

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Empire Leicester Square on Sep 3, 2016 at 3:01 pm

May be rocky times ahead and may explain the apparent delay in rebranding and why Haymarket is still Cineworld: https://www.gov.uk/cma-cases/cineworld-group-empire-cinemas-merger-inquiry

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Haymarket on Aug 15, 2016 at 12:58 pm

Still no sign of when this is going over to Empire. Listings have appeared for next week and bizarrely two of the films are also showing at the former Empire Leicester Square, often at similar start times. Surely better to offer more choice?

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Empire Leicester Square on Aug 12, 2016 at 12:13 pm

Slightly odd experience during the brand changeover! A few Cineworld banners but everything else still says Empire. Kiosk still selling the old Empire menu and brands eg. Pepsi instead of Coke. Staff still getting to grips with systems. Ads from Pearl & Dean instead of DCM and no Cineworld indents at all.

Weirdest thing was anyone could just wander in from the street and into the screens without having their ticket checked!

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Empire Leicester Square on Aug 9, 2016 at 4:34 pm

Cineworld page now up and booking open. https://www.cineworld.co.uk/cinemas/london-leicester-square

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Haymarket on Aug 8, 2016 at 2:35 pm

Looks like this page has been renamed prematurely – despite Cineworld announcing the various Empires transferring to them from this weekend, nothing has been said about Haymarket and in fact they have released listings for next week. Wonder how long Cineworld will hold onto Haymarket for? For Unlimited members the overlap period will definitely be great in terms of choice!

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Haymarket on Aug 3, 2016 at 3:59 pm

Transferring to Empire Cinemas, presumably from 12 August.

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Empire Leicester Square on Aug 3, 2016 at 3:57 pm

Last day as part of the Empire chain will be 11 August 2016 http://www.empirecinemas.co.uk/news/its_a_wrap/n252

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Hammersmith on Apr 25, 2016 at 10:20 am

Now closed.

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Hammersmith on Mar 8, 2016 at 3:19 pm

Closing down mid-April

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Haymarket on Jan 11, 2016 at 4:57 pm

Wow, I’ve waited at the bus stop opposite so many times and never noticed this detail.

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Fulham Road on Jan 3, 2016 at 11:55 am

This cinema is getting a Starbucks – no idea whether this will replace or be in addition to the existing bar.

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Chelsea on Jan 3, 2016 at 11:54 am

Appeal has been allowed and the owner of the site has permission to demolish the building. I wonder when this cinema will close?

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Haymarket on Dec 17, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Programming has taken a real turn for the worse lately, mostly consisting of relatively mainstream yet second-rate films that seem to run for weeks on end, with the odd Bollywood film thrown in. Curious as to what their strategy is.

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Chelsea on Oct 25, 2015 at 3:16 pm

An appeal against the decision is currently in progress.

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zappomatic commented about Picturehouse Central on Jun 18, 2015 at 5:08 am

Off to the launch event tonight – looks great in the photos!

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Haymarket on Jun 18, 2015 at 5:07 am

Seems to have abandoned its typical programming of the less mainstream films and is showing pure Hollywood stuff now, and seemingly doing quite well out of it. But structually this place is just limping along… the ceiling on the way down to screen two is still water damaged and crumbling, and rather than replace the foam that’s come away from certain armrests they’ve just put black tape over the wood!

Might we see some kind of refurb or rebranding announced shortly after Picturehouse Central opens?

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zappomatic commented about Picturehouse Central on Apr 8, 2015 at 4:10 am

The Dalek is now down the road at Cineworld Haymarket.

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Chelsea on Mar 2, 2015 at 9:15 am

The latest planning application was refused (on 5 February). Case reference PP/14/07843. I’m pleased!