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The lighting issue seems to be common to all recent Cineworld builds and many of their refurbishments.
For example their cinema at the O2 as opened already had LED lighting in all of the screens but of course back in 2007 the output from LED bulbs was pretty poor in both colour, spread and brightness; the ceiling had lots of lights but all pretty dim and relatively free of glare.
Skip forward to the recent refurbishment and the ceiling now has fewer, brighter luminaries in a warmer colour tone. Fine as house lights (if a little stark) however instead of dimming all the LEDs in each fixture, the number of LEDs illuminated is reduced. Still way too bright, and as they’re situated across the auditorium and not just over stairs they create a lot of glare particularly for those wearing glasses. I can’t understand why they persist with this design as Facebook, Twitter and various review websites are full of people complaining about the lighting. The stairs and walkways have their edges nicely lit with LED strips so the safety argument doesn’t really stack up.
Such bulbs are still very much available from Ryness!
Now if only its sister on Haymarket could get a similarly high quality exterior restoration and lighting package.
This cinema was opened by girl group Atomic Kitten.
Screen 2 (stadium seating but not the largest) is a scope screen and the side masking was used on my visit the other day. I’m only an occasional visitor here (I live in London but have family in the area) but certainly the scope film I saw earlier this year in one of the flat screens used the top masking.
The retail/leisure park this sits on was bought by the council and is being redeveloped as part of a town centre regeneration, and The Light is opening a cinema on the other side of the town.
This cinema is Cineworld’s oldest purpose-built multiplex. Going by online reviews and photos very little has been changed since 1989, including the decidedly retro red neon Kiosk sign typical of the early Cannon/MGM multiplexes.
Practically unchanged in November 2017 – the only real difference being the Cineworld logotype being replaced with the current version (the original star has been kept)
This is actually the entrance to TK Maxx (originally Woolworths), the cinema entrance is just to the left.
Prices have been reduced to £6 for adults, £3.50 for children, seniors and students and £14 for adults, all day every day.
This cinema bears all the hallmarks of an early Cineworld build, with a large, tall foyer with sloped mirrored ceiling in the middle fringed with pink neon, concession counter with popcorn machines raised up in the middle, and wide corridors. There’s an awkwardly placed set of tiny toilets just behind the ticket check, which get overcrowded with people not realising there are larger toilets in the screen corridors.
Screens are a mixture of stadium and non-stadium, all with masking and decent sightlines. Internal signage looks somewhat cheesy by modern standards with screen numbers on backlit stars and toilet signage hinting at aliens or space travel! This theme extends to wall lights in the screens which look a little like toy UFOs.
Curiously the exterior has the current Cineworld logotype, but still features the star from its 1999 opening.
This cinema never seems very busy, and consequently the whole place manages to look a little dated without looking tired – it certainly has the brightest, cleanest version of Cineworld’s purple patterned carpet I’ve seen!
Closing on 16 November, according to Cineworld website
Much better https://instagram.com/p/BWDYcwjDOxb/
As illustrated in this Instagram post, the foyer lighting feature installed by Virgin in the 90s has been replaced by much more appropriate chandeliers, and the cove lighting appears to have been fixed too. Can’t tell what colour it’s been painted now but seems the white was just undercoat. https://instagram.com/p/BZhoOOEDGbO/
Yes, it’s perfect for that and the Atmos audio set up is excellent.
Other cheap cinemas in London include Peckhamplex at £4.99 (3D £5.99) any day and time, and Vue Harrow and Wood Green at £5.99 for all 2D screenings.
Pleased to report the masking in Screen 5 is working!
4DX is screen 9 – on the plans it’s the one where all the seats are clustered in fours.
My first visit here since its refurb, and my first experience of 4DX.
Foyer is quite dazzling with its shiny floor and myriad of LED displays, and after I left my film it was really bustling with people including the large Starbucks on the ground floor. The upper floor with its strangely hidden away and soulless bar and access to the old VIP box seating has been closed off.
4DX effects were good fun and certainly suit certain films (Geostorm would have been unbearable awful without them). The screen in this auditorium is large, curved and wall to wall. Picture and 3D was fine during the trailers however once the film started and the screen zoomed to scope, focus was soft, contrast was poor and there was a fair bit of ghosting. Also the very top corners of the screen had a shadow cast on them by the 4DX equipment trusses. Sound was good enough – dialogue from the centre channel sounded harsh during adverts but seemed to improve once the film started.
An attendant sits in the screen throughout the screening, seemingly for safety purposes only.
Customers in the cinema are unsurprisingly confused about the mishmash of signage and branding, particularly with the Impact screen being referred to by Cineworld as Superscreen in marketing, e-tickets and on some temporary signage, and Screen 1 on printed tickets (just yesterday I had to redirect a pair of people who somehow became lost in the corridor to the Superscreen even though it’s the only thing it leads to!).
The next cheapest West End first run ticket I’m aware of is Vue Piccadilly when using their Super Mondays promo, at £4.99 (requires you to get a code from their website first).
Masking also not operational in screens 4 and 9. No idea about 7 and 8, but the bottom masking in 6 worked last time I saw a film in there about a month ago.
Now closed for refurbishment, reopening December.
Stage performance of Brief Encounter returns from
March 2018 https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Emma-Rice-to-Bring-BRIEF-ENCOUNTER-to-UK-20171019
Closing on 23 October for refurbishment into ODEON Luxe Haymarket. Very little change externally – panelling under the ODEON lettering to become blue with LUXE lettering on top.