Cineworld Cinema - The O2 Greenwich

The O2, Peninsula Square,
London, SE10 0AX

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Cineworld Cinema - The O2 Greenwich

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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 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. Facilities include a fully licenced bar and Green Room. It was taken over by Cineworld in June 2010.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Zappomatic
Zappomatic on September 21, 2017 at 1:29 pm

The cinema has confirmed via Facebook that the Superscreen now has Dolby Atmos.

Zappomatic
Zappomatic on September 27, 2017 at 10:12 am

In preparation for the extension the bar area and the upper foyer are now stripped out and boarded off (photo added), with access to the Superscreen via a new entrance next to the ice cream counter, balcony out of use and screens 6 to 10 through the entrance to screens 1-5.

CF100
CF100 on September 27, 2017 at 2:28 pm

Wonder what speakers they’re using for Atmos? The SuperScreen had almost as well specified a system as Empire 1 with top-of-the-line JBL ScreenArray screen speakers (dual 18" drivers for the bass section.)

PhilipWW
PhilipWW on September 29, 2017 at 1:45 am

When I visited it in February 2016, it still reminded me of its Vue past, namely black matte walls, very dark auditoria when film is showing, wall-to-wall Scope screens and a good sense of proportion between screens and seating; all positive facets of latter Vue builds.

I’m sorry to hear that Cineworld are putting more light into the auditoria. I think generally that they are not as interested as other operators in making watching films a good experience by keeping lights off. I have heard this about other Cineworlds too.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 29, 2017 at 6:24 am

Auditoria lighting level is often dictated by the local council for health and safety reasons. Bexleyheath was an annoying example.

CF100
CF100 on September 29, 2017 at 5:23 pm

Zappomatic:

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.

Eh?

Zappomatic
Zappomatic on September 29, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Ah looks like I missed out the fact I was referring to its nearest Cineworld neighbour, West India Quay.

CF100
CF100 on October 1, 2017 at 4:13 am

Zappomatic: Ah! Personally I’d rather flagship/key sites were invested in… bringing up auditoria to “next gen” standards of projection, sound and seating requires major investment…

There were so many multiplexes built within a few years, it’s a little strange to think that they are starting to become like the “fleapits” that so many of the old picture palaces ended up as…

It might be (yet more!) off the mark speculation from my overactive brain, but as Canary Wharf expands North towards Aspen Way it’s getting awfully close to the Cineworld…

I’d be amazed if Billingsgate Market doesn’t move at some point… the adjacent McDonald’s Drive-Thru has been demolished to make way for high rise apartments (with a replacement McDonald’s!) OK, not directly relevant to this site, but it’s a clue on the direction things are moving in the area…

Zappomatic
Zappomatic on October 9, 2017 at 5:50 pm

I’m still yet to go to the O2 Superscreen and find out whether the Atmos install fixed the echo issues (I have an Unlimited card and currently there’s no surcharge for Leicester Square’s Superscreen so I’m drawn there!) however I do notice that in early pictures of the O2 Superscreen, the balcony’s back wall, side walls and front are covered in something resembling wooden flooring. This is long since gone/covered over but I wonder who in their right mind thought it was a good idea in the first place?

CF100
CF100 on October 11, 2017 at 12:37 pm

Zappomatic: If they’ve already done the new fit-out last time you visited, then why would the acoustics change for Atmos?

The “wooden” wall cladding I can only assume was there because someone thought it would look good… an acoustic disaster!

Quite interesting to compare the original auditorium with today’s standards, cinema interiors have moved on a lot in 10 years. Granted, they tend towards black boxes with few decorative features, but they’re far better than the average tacky multiplex auditorium.

Really should haul myself over to the O2 at some point check out the refurbished screen… alas, more “new” auditoria than films worth seeing these days!

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