Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square
October 17, 2020
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Thanks Kino. How nice the color lights look on the curtains. In the USA very few of our movie theatres have curtains that work and when they do have them they put no color light on them!.
They don’t have any curtains, working or otherwise, at this venue now, unfortunately. At the nearby Odeon, there were initially no curtains at all after its recent multi million pound refurbishment but, following much criticism, they fitted blue velvet ones which they used for a few weeks before leaving them hanging permanently at each side!
The best places to see these attractive features which, in my opinion, add that ‘finishing touch’ and a ‘nod’ to past presentation standards are at a handful of independent cinemas which I hope will reopen when the pandemic ends.
terrywade: Beautiful indeed but I’m afraid this is a blast from the past as those lights date from 1962, with lighting control from an ARRI unit as of 1988.
In 2013/14 the auditorium was converted to an IMAX (so no tabs or masking) and the replacement lighting was 151 LED bars containing high power red, green and blue OSRAM OLSON LED’s (i.e. top-of-the-line.)
No expense spared, then, on equipment and I’m certainly glad that it’s there. (Cineworld had better keep it intact!) It is still quite impressive (albeit sidewalls/ceiling now black fabric, so challenging to “wash” with light.)
However, it could be noted that there are no footlights and the programming doesn’t make full use of the colour mixing possibilities. All are synchronised to the same colour (including additional red/green/blue LED modules behind the seats) and they cycle between red, green, and blue, holding for something like 40 seconds with a 15 second cross-fade, if I remember correctly.