Cineworld Cinema - The O2 Greenwich

The O2, Peninsula Square,
London, SE10 0AX

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Cineworld Cinema - The O2 Greenwich

Located in the southeast London district of Greenwich. Opened on 29th June 2007, this Vue cinema is located within the Millenium Dome (now known as The O2). It doesn’t occupy the whole building as there are two performance spaces, one of which, the O2 Arena, has a seating capacity of 23,000 and there are shops as well!

The largest of the eleven screens has a seating capacity of 776, of which 220 of these are ‘Gold Class’ and are located in a mezzanine at the rear of the auditorium. This screen is equipped to screen digital presentations and has what is claimed to be the largest screen in London, which is 24.4m wide(just over 80feet).

Other screens in the cinema have a seating capacity ranging from 186 to 298, giving a total capacity of 2,844. Facilities include a fully licenced bar and Green Room. It was taken over by Cineworld in June 2010. On 14th August 2018 a 204-seat ScreenX was installed, giving a 270 degrees viewing experience on the side-walls. On 12th April 2019, an additional eight screens opened, increasing the number of screens to 19, with a total seating capacity of 4,406.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Zappomatic on April 9, 2019 at 8:59 pm

Screen 13: 157 seats across 10 rows with a slightly off-centre aisle

Zappomatic on May 29, 2019 at 9:50 am

Absolutely baffled by the design choice of the extended foyer: a vast expanse of glittery red and black flooring, dimly lit with a few sofas around the edge. Seems very strange not to have used this space for a Starbucks and/or a bar.

CF100 on June 29, 2019 at 3:34 pm

Zappomatic: Cineworld’s “house style” sparkle tiles look fantastic, especially in black, and going by online prices, very expensive (though Cineworld’s seem to have coloured sparkles, which I can’t seem to find anywhere…)

(Typically ~£40-80/sq.m. at low volume consumer prices, and made of quartz/resin.)

All of which is to say that a “vast expanse” of them sounds good to me, but it does seem very odd that the extension foyer is so large (~11,500sq.ft.) seemingly without purpose—it’s not as if the rest of the complex is short of space! Perhaps an intended use is as a “flexible space” for hosting events?

CF100 on July 24, 2019 at 11:44 pm

Chapman Taylor’s website has been updated with new photos of the refurbished/extended Cineworld O2, including shots of what I assume to be the “VIP” lobby/bar, and a “VIP” auditorium.

PhilipWW on July 25, 2019 at 5:09 pm

The original 11 screens of the 2007 build all had Scope screens.

A question about the 8 additional screens that Cineworld added in 2019; are they Scope or Flat? I ask because Cineworld has a tendency just to install Flat screens in its new cinemas.

I thought that the original cinema was quite impressive, big Scope screens, very dark auditoria with black matte walls, typical of the Vue style of the late 00s (as this was a Vue then). Has the recent refurbishment by Cineworld improved on this or made it worse? I hope the former.

Zappomatic on July 31, 2019 at 12:23 am

Screen 16 is an impressively large wall to wall scope screen. The 4DX is flat. I am yet to try the other new screens.

CF100 on August 5, 2019 at 4:31 pm

I assume Screen 16 is the one marked Screen 8 on the planning application, as that is the largest of the new auditoria.

The screen width for that auditorium, measured off plans, is ~18m (~60ft.) Seating distance to screen width ratio varies from, somewhat roughly, 0.35 to 1.35x (first to last rows.)

So, it sounds like it could provide a good experience.

Zappomatic: How did you find the picture/sound? I expect laser projection will have been installed, but presumably, not Atmos?

Zappomatic on August 5, 2019 at 10:39 pm

Picture quality was very good however the red LEDs on the stair edges unfortunately cast a glow at two points on the screen. Seating is steeply rake and the ceiling sloped. I found row H provided a good viewing position. Sound is not Atmos – I would describe it as clear and competent but perhaps lacking impact for such a large and immersive screen. It’s a shame Atmos wasn’t installed in here as an alternative to the flawed acoustics of the Superscreen

CF100 on August 9, 2019 at 2:01 am

Thank you Zappomatic. Too bad there are some rough edges that you mention, and Atmos really should have been specified.

CF100 on September 12, 2019 at 1:36 pm

According to a press release titled “Christie RealLaser Helps Cineworld Eastbourne Become Europe’s First All-RGB Laser Cineplex,” the Superscreen has been upgraded to Christie RGB laser projection.

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