First UK Odeon Luxe Dolby Cinema to open in Leicester Square this Christmas

posted on Wednesday, 7th November 2018 by Steve May

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The Odeon cinema chain has a Christmas present for UK film fans. After an 11 month refurbishment, London’s Odeon Leicester Square will open as the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square, and become the UK’s first Dolby Cinema.

The new 800-seat Premiere screen has been fitted with Odeon Luxe recliners, and a Dolby Vision dual laser projection system and Dolby Atmos audio.

There will be 350 recliners for those buying VIP Luxe tickets, each offering extensive legroom and personal tray tables.

Screens 2-5 at the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square have also received full refurbishment to offer “an exclusive, intimate experience for 116 guests with luxury seating.”

The owner says the restored cinema “blends the historic glamour and charm of the original venue.”

A full interior makeover has transformed the cinema into a leisure and entertainment venue. A new lift and escalators improve access, while the building's art deco design has been restored, including the Flying Ladies and original Compton organ in the premiere screen. The new Oscar’s Bar (named after Odeon founder Oscar Deutsch) will serve champagne and cocktails, and offer guests views across Leicester Square from a bespoke glass enclosed balcony.

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“For more than eight decades, Odeon Leicester Square has stood tall in the heart of London as the capital’s home of the premiere,” says Mark Way, President AMC Europe. “Our stunning Luxe refurbishment takes this prestigious reputation to the next level, reinventing one of the most iconic cinemas in the world. Quite simply, ODEON Luxe Leicester Square will be the best movie experience available - an unrivalled luxury cinema that will proudly set the standard for generations to come.”

Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema Business Group, Dolby Laboratories adds: “This installation represents the first opportunity for British film goers to experience the unparalleled magic that Dolby Cinema offers. Our technology is recognised as delivering the most faithful experience of filmmakers’ creative intent. This partnership with Odeon is a significant milestone for Dolby as we strive to extend spectacular experiences to moviegoers in the UK and around the world.”

As yet, there is no announcement of what the first Dolby Cinema engagement will be.

The Luxe Leicester Square is the first in a plan to open seven Dolby Cinemas in the UK. Odeon launched its first Luxe cinema in October 2017 with recliner seats in every screen. Eleven Odeon Luxe cinemas are now open across the UK, with more promised for 2019.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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