Cineworld Cinema - The O2 Greenwich

The O2, Peninsula Square,
London, SE10 0AX

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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!

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 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 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 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?

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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 18, 2017 at 11:12 am

According to a press release the 50,000 square feet extension (along with an indoor trampoline park of the same size) breaks ground later this month.

Cineworld O2’s Facebook page says the Superscreen reopens this Thursday, but no indication of what’s changed however the balcony won’t be available immediately.

Zappomatic
Zappomatic on August 10, 2017 at 7:27 am

The Supersreen despite having a refurb fairly recently is now closed again until 18 September. My suspicion is that they didn’t actually install Atmos during the first closure despite advertising it as so equipped – saw Beauty and The Beast there some months ago and couldn’t spot any additional speakers and there were wires hanging out of the wall (naughty Cineworld!).

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 12, 2017 at 7:15 am

Title spelling has been corrected.

Zappomatic
Zappomatic on March 11, 2017 at 2:29 pm

Realised this listing needs its title correcting. It’s the O2 (letter O) not the 02.

Visited recently, it seems screens 1-5 have been refurbished (including overhead lighting which is now distractingly bright however the floor lights have been dimmed) plus the Superscreen which now has Dolby Atmos. 6-10 upstairs are untouched, as are corridors meaning this cinema now has four different types of carpet throughout.

Zappomatic
Zappomatic on September 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.

Zappomatic
Zappomatic on September 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.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 5, 2007 at 2:19 pm

Opening day 29th June 2007; photograph of the main entrance:
http://flickr.com/photos/27843521@N00/916844849/