Odyssey Cinemas Belfast

Pavilion Odyssey Centre, 2 Queen's Quay,
Belfast, BT3 9QQ

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Odyssey Cinemas Belfast

Originally built and operated by Warner Village Cinemas, the 12-screen Warner Village opened on 17th June 2001. It was re-branded Vue Cinemas and then was sold to the independent chain of Storm Cinemas of Ireland for 5m GB Pounds on 2nd June 2006.

This twelve screen multiplex is located in the new Odyssey Centre in Belfast. It’s largest screen has 476 seats and the smallest screen has 155. There are three VIP screens and an exclusive Directors Lounge which offers panoramic views of the Belfast skyline and riverfront.

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DavidSimpson on September 20, 2014 at 11:52 pm

On a visit in September 2014, by which time the cinema had been re-branded Odyssey, I attempted to clarify the ownership situation. According to the manager it has always been owned by Village Cinemas, and was only leased to Vue, then Storm. It is now operated directly by Village Cinemas. (The licence is in the name of Village-Theatres 3 Ltd). This is despite news reports in May 2006 stating that Storm Cinemas had bought the multiplex outright for €7m, but supported by news reports in February 2010 that Patrick O'Sullivan, owner of Storm Cinemas, was trying to get his lease annulled because the previous operator had failed to disclose loud music and vibrations from a nearby bar and nightclub that had led to complaints from cinemagoers! The case was decided against him, the judge remarking that Mr O'Sullivan was using this issue as a ploy to get out of his contract. So it seems clear that Storm never owned the cinema, which is now operated directly by Village Cinemas. (In April 2008 Entertainment Enterprises Group and Odeon had acquired the other Storm cinemas, all situated in Ireland.)

ShaeidShibata on November 4, 2016 at 4:58 pm

To elaborate on Mr. Simpson’s earlier comment, the changing lease situation, which did impact the branding and signage around the cinema, had little impact on the day-to-day operations of the cinema, which was consistent in operations and now operates essentially as an independent cinema. The music/vibrations mentioned by O'Sullivan are now less impactful, since the (Arguably dying) Odyssey complex now plays host to only one nightclub in the form of BOX. During times the club is in operation, Screen 1 (immediately above the club) Is not used. While the smallest normal screen does contain 155 seats, the VIP screens contain 40 leather recliners each. As an aside, one of the fixtures in the odyssey pavillion placed at the complex’s opening, featuring signage for everything that was open at the time, has the cinema’s original logo. It’s not overly noticeable.

Torchlight on October 2, 2018 at 12:03 pm

Warner Village Cinemas opened at the Odyssey Pavilion, with a special preview event, on the evening of 17 June 2001. Subsequently, Vue took over (its website myvue.com replaced warnervillage.co.uk around 3 September 2004) but it doesn’t seem to have rebranded the cinema as Vue – the adverts in the press continued to use the Warner Village Cinemas name and logos. By 21 April 2006, however, a new name was in place, Village Cinemas, though still using the myvue.com address. This scenario continued until 2 June 2006 when the first press advert for Storm Cinemas appeared. The cinema had reverted to Village (Village-Theatres 3 Ltd) management by the summer of 2010 and was rebranded as Odyssey Cinemas; the first press advert appeared on 4 June 2010.

Torchlight on October 18, 2019 at 1:14 am

A £17m redevelopment of the Odyssey Pavilion, aimed at making it the “biggest leisure attraction” in Ireland, was announced on 17 October 2019 (sources: Belfast Telegraph and Belfast Live). The 12-screen cinema will change hands (date not yet made public), becoming the first Cineworld in Northern Ireland. The new owners intend to spend £4m on a rolling fit-out, providing “minimal disruption to visitors".

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