Vue West End

3 Cranbourne Street,
Leicester Square,
London, WC2H 7AL

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CF100 on July 11, 2017 at 3:46 pm

Auditorium and facade photos.

Auditorium (same picture) and foyer photos.

Another picture of one of the main auditoriums—towards the screen—picture 10.

Auditorium looks good, looks like a “redecoration” (i.e. the wall coverings/carpets/seating.)

Looks like the main tabs have been kept, although they’re open in that photo.

A comment on the first page linked notes that the seats aren’t staggered, resulting in sightline problems.

The second foyer photo (featuring “Square Pie”) looks absolutely hideous and is completely inappropriate IMO for a cinema, as well as being substandard for a premiere site. The hanging lights aren’t even of the same length!

Not too keen on the facade either but better than the mess that it had become and the quality of the finishes look to be of a suitably high standard.

Zappomatic on July 11, 2017 at 1:27 pm

Took a look at the foyer today and I have to say it looks good! Modern, stylish and classy. The left wall is lined with a series of counters: Ben & Jerry’s, Bar, Square Pie and a pizza offering while the right has the standard popcorn-centric kiosk. Bar offering looked good with a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits plus craft beer on tap. Quite a contrast to Cineworld’s foyer as inherited from Empire, with a redundant ticket counter, wasted space galore and a comparatively dated, bare-bones retail offering (the bar section of the main counter looking particularly sorry with its empty wine racks)

Externally the building is looking much fresher with attractive lighting features under the reduced size canopy and restored neon trim on the top of the building. Less successful is the Vue logo which is stacked vertically and sort of folded to fit on the old fin. Head-on it looks a bit strange, seen from the left the cinema appears to be called “\LE”.

Ticket prices are steep starting at £15.99 for an adult for the least popular films (£18.49 for a recliner) however the place looked a lot busier than Cineworld and Odeon.

Zappomatic on July 9, 2017 at 4:48 pm

Opening date is 11 July.

davepring on July 7, 2017 at 10:15 am

Reopens next week..look forward to seeing the changes!

CF100 on March 24, 2017 at 5:27 am

“A £6.6 million investment will see Vue’s West End venue […] offer guests the choice of fully reclining leather seats […] all other seats will be ‘VIP’ and have been designed to be super spacious, with extra room to stretch out and relax. […] There will be a total of 1,385 VIP and luxurious reclining seats. […]

“*Dolby Atmos installed in two screens […] all screens will also benefit from […] Sony 4K digital projection.

“retail offer with two new hot food concessions – Square Pie and Pizzeria Maletti – as well as a complete redesign of the foyer and existing bar area. A 62.7m² digital screen will also be installed on the exterior of the building.”

Zappomatic on March 9, 2017 at 7:40 am

No listings on Vue’s website beyond today so presume it’s closing for refurb from tomorrow?

CF100 on March 5, 2017 at 7:44 am

The Licensing Application is up on Westminster Council’s website, no. 17/00626/LIPVM.

From it, here are the new seat counts:

Auditorium 1 68 standard / 22 VIP / 9 Luxury/ 99 Total / 1 Accessible
Auditorium 2 57 standard / 12 VIP / 10 Luxury / 79 Total / 1 Accessible
Auditorium 3 121 standard / 24 VIP / 10 Luxury / 155 Total / 2 Accessible
Auditorium 4 121 standard / 24 VIP / 10 Luxury / 155 Total / 2 Accessible
Auditorium 5 229 standard / 48 VIP / 20 Luxury / 297 Total / 4 Accessible
Auditorium 6 120 standard / 20 VIP / 10 Luxury / 150 Total / 2 Accessible
Auditorium 7 229 standard / 48 VIP / 20 Luxury / 297 Total / 4 Accessible
Auditorium 8 89 standard / 26 VIP / 8 Luxury / 123 Total / 2 Accessible
Auditorium 9 138 standard / 30 VIP / 9 Luxury / 177 Total / 2 Accessible

All auditoria 1172 standard / 254 VIP / 106 Luxury / 1532 Total / 20 Accessible

Works mentioned in the application include:

-Front box office removed.

-Ground floor concessions counter to be removed and replaced with two counters on the side walls.

-Changes to first floor lounge including new seating and refitted bar.

-Managers' office converted to a ‘Green Room.’

No significant internal changes are shown on the plans, so I would assume the ‘refurb’ of the auditoria will be ‘cosmetic,‘ with the same (or similar) sized screens etc.

CF100 on February 23, 2017 at 7:47 am

davepring: Excellent news!

Bet they ditch the tabs though. :–(

SethLewis on February 1, 2017 at 9:00 am

Amazing the last refurbishment was in 1992 25 years ago We’ve avoided this theatre like the plague in the last 10 years only using it for the odd exclusive or London Film Festival showing but did enjoy a long list of pictures here before and after the refurb – Driving Miss Daisy, Bonfire of the Vanities, The Fugitive, Faithless, Serial Mom, Big Night, Fifth Element, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Scream, Don Juan De Marco, Dick Tracy, Home Alone, Butcher Boy, LA Confidential, True Romance, Scooby Doo 2 (yes with my then young nephew), Brokeback Mountain (exclusive), The Aviator (exclusive) and probably quite a few more Expect the LFF will make more use of Odeon Leicester Square, Odeon Covent Garden, PictureHouse Central and the Prince Charles but OLS and OCG are probably due for refurbs too

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on February 1, 2017 at 7:17 am

How will that affect the BFI London Film Festival with their reduced seating capacity? Lack of large auditoriums last year caused them to build a temporary auditorium beside the Thames.

davepring on February 1, 2017 at 4:51 am

The Vue WestEnd closes in March for a major refurbishment and not before time! Seating capacity will be reduced by half as more luxurious fully reclining seats are installed. Dolby Atmos will also be installed in the two largest screens.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on October 24, 2016 at 6:28 pm

I visited the Vue West End again for the 2016 BFI London Film Festival, and the curtains and stage lights were used in Cinemas 5 and 7. It looked very nice. Then I saw a non-festival film in one of the basement cinemas, and curtains and stage lights were not used. I could see that they have the type of curtain that rises because I could see it above the screen. What I don’t understand is, if they have them, why don’t they use them? It makes for a much nicer presentation.

CF100 on September 23, 2016 at 3:38 pm

About time…!

The planning application is 16/06275/FULL.

Unfortunately, it appears that the only proposed neon lights are a refurbishment of the existing strips at the top of the facade.

The front canopy will be reduced in size, lighting to “enhance the external appearance of the building,” and the “design of the external doors [is] inspired by the art deco design of the building.”

There will be one main vertical VUE sign, on existing black covered vertical board (formerly the “Warner”/“Village” sign), angled on both sides to be visible from either approach.

Also amongst the application documents are a couple of photos from the “Warner Village” period.

Can’t say I like the “copper” colour scheme shown in the renderings but they are hardly “photorealistic” and it can hardly be worse than what’s already there.

Zappomatic on September 5, 2016 at 7:22 am

Vue have applied for planning permission to replace the front canopy and entrance doors, with new neon strips and uplighters. Looks like they’re ditching the now mostly unused box office windows, and installing one massive digital display (will upload photo shortly). The rendering looks much less cluttered than its current incarnation.

CF100 on August 3, 2016 at 11:22 am

I have to wonder why VUE no longer consider their West End location to be a ‘flagship’ venue.

It was certainly built as such, and (in the mid-90s) very well equipped with JBL speakers, 2 THX-certified screens (a rarity in the UK, perhaps for ‘political’ reasons), 70mm, early support for 35mm digital formats, etc. Max. auditorium size is only 400 seats (40ft. wide screen) but presentation was excellent.

A difficulty is that a conversion of the current building to modern so-called ‘large format’ (i.e. supersized) screens is, I suspect, all but impossible. The 1990s rebuild (facade only retained) is already tightly packed.

Still, I can’t imagine business is so bad that it can’t be maintained to a normal standard…?!

SethLewis, when I went to the Shepherd’s Bush VUE a couple of years ago, the auditorium I was in had sagging wall fabric and the seats too were in a terrible state!

SethLewis on April 23, 2016 at 5:44 am

This is now a complete tip…The local Vues at Westfield (White City) and Shepherds Bush are better maintained. Westfield even hosts premieres. While the Empire was being refurbished in the early 90s this was a first choice – there was a lot of good WB and Disney product also coming through the pipeline

A real shame

ericcartman on April 23, 2016 at 4:48 am

I saw the first Batman here, in 1989, when I was 12 years old, and saw films here many times in the early 90’s. It was the most beautiful cinema in London when it was Warner’s. It is so sad to see what it has become- the lobby is a shabby, neglected disgrace.

CF100 on January 27, 2016 at 12:56 pm

They were in use during my last visit (Screen 7, 2010) and the overall standard of presentation was good. However, the seats were in desperate need of an overhaul.

It seems the presentation standard is now failing to meet the standards one would expect of a (previously) flagship West End venue, with prices to match. I will not return until I hear anything to the contrary.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on January 26, 2016 at 6:07 pm

When I attended the BFI London Film Festival in 2014, the curtains were used, but not at the 2015 festival.

HowardBHaas on January 26, 2016 at 4:10 pm

From Philly, I can answer that when I visited in 2012 & 2013, curtains not used, and the later time, even matting wasn’t used!

CF100 on January 26, 2016 at 3:21 pm

Do the curtains still work?

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on October 12, 2015 at 2:41 am

I’m currently attending the BFI London Film Festival 2015, and they are not using their curtains. If they have them, then why not use them? It makes for a more polished and professional presentation.

CF100 on September 23, 2014 at 7:44 am

Looking worse than ever, I’ve uploaded a pic of peeling paint!

Mike_Blakemore on June 21, 2014 at 2:26 am

Hmm @ Gooper. I would not call your comment negative .. Hmm More incisive.. or Probably right.. Then again I am cynical ..

Gooper on June 20, 2014 at 6:45 pm

I wonder though, if they’re letting this house degrade so that it can be demolished and replaced by something even more degraded. Sorry to be a bit negative…