Odeon Leicester Square

26 Leicester Square,
London, WC2H 7LQ

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CF100 on October 23, 2018 at 1:32 pm

https://www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/leicester_square/105/ now redirects to https://www.odeon.co.uk/cinema/odeon-leicester-square/. Presumably the former was a placeholder page that should never have been seen, since, AFAIK, no press release was issued, nor was there any media coverage, nor was the page linked to when selecting “Odeon Leicester Square” as a cinema option from elsewhere on Odeon’s site,.

Lest anyone reading this has not seen the posted renders:

OLS Refurbishment Rendered Images.

CF100 on October 20, 2018 at 6:11 pm


“Spectre Thrills at the Royal Albert Hall” – Audio Media International.

  • Stage speakers – L-Acoustic K1/K2 Line Arrays.
  • Surrounds – L-Acoustic MTD 180P Coaxials.

These speakers are intended for sound reinforcement applications rather than cinemas—I suppose the Royal Albert Hall is a big, multi-level, place to fill! (Besides, I’d be surprised if cinema speakers are available to rent for “event” applications?)

There is an odd quote in the article which says “‘Of course the film is not recorded in 7:1…’” — not quite sure what that means—perhaps that Atmos is among the sound formats available for the theatrical release, or perhaps it’s simply an error?!

As 5.1 and 7.1 are mentioned, and among the sound formats for the theatrical release of the movie was a 7.1 mix, I’d assume the latter is what was used.

mike2001 on October 20, 2018 at 4:03 pm

I intend to travel from Doncaster when OLS reopens in order to experience Dolby cinema here.

LARGE_screen_format on October 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm

Which sound format would the Royal Albert Premieres have been presented in?

CF100 on October 20, 2018 at 12:49 pm

Re: Bond premieres at the OLS—

N.B. Not all of the above are “world” premieres.

“Die Another Day,” “Spectre,” and “Skyfall” all premiered at the Royal Albert Hall.

CF100 on October 20, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Thinking about it, having pleated fabric to floor level makes no sense, being too exposed to potential wear or outright damage. I expect it will be an acoustic wood product.

LARGE_screen_format: The early figures given for the projected cost were ~£10-15m, the actual cost of works has not been disclosed AFAIK. However, without knocking the building down and starting again, there are physical constraints.

As mentioned, the screen is marked as the same size as previous on the submitted licensing application plans, with horizontal viewing angles marked also. Revisiting the plans, given the positioning of the stalls' front row, I can’t see how a new screen could be placed ahead of the proscenium.

The screen is shown, however, as being moved to the front of the stage house compared to the existing. (c.f. 2015 licensing plans.)

The emphasis of these works, besides presumably essential to work to keep the OLS intact for the forseeable future, seems to me to be the creation of a luxury facility, including a “Royal Box” and other features (VIP rooms, keeping the stage, etc.) to cater to special events and premieres?

Perhaps you could think of it as being a “preview” of Dolby Cinema pending installation in a site that more readily allows for a larger screen and better optimised auditorium geometry, whilst keeping those who would like to hear the old “Dutchess” Compton organ happy? :–)

The Cineworld (Empire) Leicester Square IMAX is, as previously discussed, as near a “no compromise” PLF giant screen as it could be, both in size and auditorium geometry—(strikingly so) given the building’s history and physical constraints. I imagine it, and the Superscreen, will remain the only auditoria equipped with giant screens* in the heart of London’s West End—and equally, no cinema will be able to compete with the OLS as a premiere location?

(* Per the Giant Screen Cinema Association’s giant screen specifications. Whilst the IMAX of course exceeds requirements, strictly, the Superscreen actually misses out width-wise by ~1m, not being quite 70ft. wide—however, the auditorium’s geometry does place all seating under one screen width away from the screen, and otherwise the auditorium’s geometry, projection and sound should all fall within specifications.)

LARGE_screen_format on October 19, 2018 at 9:56 pm

There are a number of IMPACT screens in Empire Cinemas across the country that are around that width. Disappointing, if that is the case, for a flagship cinema after almost one year of remodelling at a cost of ~£10M! 82 feet (25 metres) wide would be nicer otherwise IMAX across the Square at Cineworld may still be the place to watch movies in a PLF for that immersive experience.

CF100 on October 19, 2018 at 7:44 pm

moviebuff82: The Odeon Leicester Square is always worth visiting but purely technically it might not be better than your local, in terms of acoustics, seat positioning relative to the screen, and screen size, which might well remain ~48ft. wide.

moviebuff82 on October 19, 2018 at 4:29 pm

It will be worth the trip as my local dolby cinema in rockaway has fewer seats than the Imax and a regular theater.

LARGE_screen_format on October 19, 2018 at 4:15 pm

Great news that I have been anticipating for a very long time.

Wonder if this flagship Dolby Cinema will be the largest worldwide and have the highest seat?

Hopefully, once this first Dolby Cinema in the UK has opened, many more will open across the country in 2019 and beyond?

Here’s hoping…

CF100 on October 19, 2018 at 3:19 pm

antovolk: Many thanks for the heads up!

Good to finally get some idea of what the auditorium will look like, and interesting that it will branded as “LUXE.”

From a “heritage” standpoint, with so much missing—ceiling, and the splay walls/proscenium—indeed, all of the stage end—of the auditorium missing it’s really difficult to see what’s been (or being) restored?

It looks like the ribbed plasterwork on the circle sidewalls is being kept, presumably extending across the ceiling. I’m assuming that stretched fabric over acoustic absorption is used from there to the screen.

What looks like wooden panelling from stalls level up towards circle level is shown—possibly pleated fabric as certainly the cavity under the balcony should be heavily acoustically treated. For those who wish to see the flying ladies back, I’m thinking this could curve upwards as before to form that feature.

Not sure what to think! I suspect that, what appears to be a new darker colour scheme, will go down like a lead weight here… but renderings can be misleading!

On the bright side, the “glass box” feature on the LSQ facade looks like a fantastic addition and place to dwell before a movie.

antovolk on October 19, 2018 at 2:20 pm

Official announcement now live – Dolby Cinema confirmed, opening this December, CG renders of auditorium included https://www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/leicester_square/105/

DavidZornig on October 15, 2018 at 8:01 pm

Premieres from 1953-1987 including the Bond films are listed in the Overview at the top of the page. It appears to be 7 from my title count.

moviebuff82 on October 15, 2018 at 3:41 pm

How many of the James Bond movies premiered here?

DavidZornig on October 15, 2018 at 2:32 pm

Footage of the June 12, 1967 world premiere of “You Only Live Twice” at the Odeon. Brief shots of the exterior.


FanaticalAboutOdeon on October 15, 2018 at 11:16 am

Would be the perfect showcase to launch “Mary Poppins” at Christmas although 2019 is beginning to look more likely for the Odeon as year-end looms ever closer.

CF100 on October 11, 2018 at 4:36 pm

Being in Leicester Square today, on this occasion the sheeting had been removed. Work continued past sunset, and thus afforded a good look into the foyer from LSQ; a photo has been uploaded.

Would seem to be a some prospect of it reopening this year, if not early next year.

Thinking further, considering that lift and escalator installation may not yet have been initiated and the extent of work required to create the “glass box” feature is also unknown, perhaps early next year is more likely.

CF100 on October 5, 2018 at 11:08 am

As of last weekend, the opening into the OLS circle foyer had been largely obscured by flame retardant sheeting. Looks like Zappomatic took a photo at an opportune time!

Photo uploaded.

moviebuff82 on September 24, 2018 at 8:11 pm

The producer of the first two star wars movies died today. Rest in peace gary Kurtz …

CF100 on September 24, 2018 at 7:48 pm

Zappomatic: Thank you for the update and photo.

I see there is lots of new plasterboard (looks like British Gypsum SoundBloc) under the circle stadia and walls.

cultman1 on September 20, 2018 at 4:27 pm

Empire strikes back pro rata opening week record

moviebuff82 on September 20, 2018 at 4:25 pm

What is the highest grossing movie at this theater?

Zappomatic on September 20, 2018 at 4:07 pm

Scaffolding and barrier material has been removed from the front of the building revealing a gaping hole where once there was glass. It’s possible to see scaffolding inside the auditorium (photos added)

CF100 on September 14, 2018 at 5:22 pm

LARGE_screen_format: At a “constant” 50ft. high (about that of the LSQ IMAX), the screen width needed for 2:35 would be 120ft. And for a 1.4:1 IMAX like the BFI, it would be ~140ft.

Getting a bit impractical, isn’t it? ;–)

moviebuff82: These things are usually region or country-specific, regardless of parent company.

AMC Stubs T&C’s.

To quote:

“Membership is valid at participating AMC Theatres in U.S. locations.”

LARGE_screen_format on September 13, 2018 at 6:35 pm


“There is nothing that says cinema better than watching side masking move out to reveal a full 2.35:1 widescreen image.”>

I never got tired of watching the side masking open out to reveal a 2.35:1 scope screen at various venues including UCI Wycombe 6. Bigger is better! :o)