London’s Home of The Premiere Opens Its Doors

Odeon Luxe Leicester Square Opens After Multi Million Pound Luxe Transformation

London ( December 21, 2018 ) -

Europe’s most famous cinema, London’s ODEON Leicester Square, has reopened to the capital’s film fans following an 11 month, multi-million-pound Luxe refurbishment that has transformed the UK’s ‘home of the premiere’ back into a global icon in the heart of London’s West End.

ODEON Luxe Leicester Square is the flagship cinema for ODEON Cinemas Group, Europe’s largest cinema operator, an AMC Entertainment company.

Film fans in London and beyond can now experience the ultimate cinema experience in one of the city’s most iconic spaces. The reborn and lovingly restored cinema blends the historic glamour and charm of the original venue (first opened in 1937) with state of the art luxury and technology.

Tickets for the brand-new cinema are available to book now, with tickets starting at just £10 for every show:

o  Uniquely designed for Royal, Global and European film premieres, multi-million-pound luxury refurbishment recaptures golden age of cinema:

o   Reinvention of iconic premiere screen with 800 luxury seats (including powered Luxe recliners)

o   UK’s first Dolby Cinema featuring enhanced imaging via Dolby Vision laser projection and immersive audio via a unique Dolby Atmos system

o   Four further screens with luxury seating creating a unique alternative intimate viewing experience

o   Ornate new interior plus restored heritage features and new glass-fronted Oscar’s cocktail bar create world’s most sophisticated cinema for Hollywood stars and film fans

o   Open just in time for Christmas and the release of Mary Poppins Returns

o   First opened in 1937, Europe’s most famous cinema is now open for a packed schedule of blockbusters

o   ODEON Leicester Square has hosted over 700 film premieres over the past 80 years, and will set the standard for generations to come

Premiere screen:

Home to hundreds of premieres, the building’s largest screen has been fully upgraded to combine luxurious reclining ODEON Luxe seats with the captivating experience of Dolby Cinema.

UK’s first Dolby Cinema™

ODEON and Dolby have partnered to offer film fans the UK’s first ever Dolby Cinema experience. Combining dramatic imaging that delivers a spectacular, leading-edge visual experience through the Dolby Vision dual laser projection system and moving audio which fills the cinema and flows all around you with Dolby Atmos, every person will get a truly immersive and unforgettable cinematic experience, no matter where they are in the 800 seat auditorium.

VIP Luxe comfort

800 guests can now enjoy luxury seating throughout, including over 350 powered Luxe recliners offering extensive legroom, sumptuous comfort and personal tray tables. All 800 seats have been designed to give guests the perfect comfort and viewing experience.

Screens 2-5:

Screens 2-5 at ODEON Luxe Leicester Square have also received full refurbishment to offer an exclusive, intimate experience with luxury seating for 116 guests across all screens.

Iconic venue:

The full interior makeover has transformed the cinema into a stunning leisure and entertainment venue. New escalators improve access and enhance the beautiful contemporary art deco design. The building’s famous heritage features have been lovingly restored including the original Compton organ in the premiere screen, a breath-taking mirror wall created for the digital age, and auditorium doors that pay homage to decades of Royal and world premieres. The opulent new Oscar’s Bar (named after ODEON founder Oscar Deutsch) is all set to serve an extensive range of drinks, including champagne and cocktails, and offer guests stunning views across Leicester Square from the bespoke new glass enclosed balcony.

Carol Welch, Managing Director ODEON UK & Ireland said: “After months of preparations and building excitement, ODEON Luxe Leicester Square is back and better than ever – and we can’t wait for guests to experience it for themselves. As one of the most iconic cinemas in the world, ODEON Luxe Leicester Square remains a beacon of Hollywood glamour and our stunning Luxe refurbishment takes this prestigious reputation to the next level, combining Luxe recliners and Dolby Cinema to offer the best cinema experience available. We’re thrilled to be welcoming guests through our doors to enjoy this unrivalled cinema experience and celebrate film in all its glory.”

About ODEON Cinemas Group:

ODEON Cinemas Group is Europe’s largest cinema operator, with leading positions and brands in the UK & Ireland, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; and a strong presence in Norway, Germany, Austria and Portugal. ODEON Cinemas Group is an AMC company; AMC (NYSE:AMC) is the largest movie exhibition company in the U.S., in Europe and throughout the world with more than 1,000 theatres and nearly 11,000 screens across the globe.

In Europe, ODEON Cinemas Group welcomes over 115 million guests each year to enjoy great hospitality while watching the latest films and entertainment in more than 360 cinemas and 2,900 screens. The Group is proud to be at the forefront of innovation by investing in fully reclining seats and offering a wide selection of food and beverage choices to create the ultimate guest experience.

ODEON is the Group’s brand in the UK & Ireland. With more than 120 cinemas, over 950 screens and 87 years of cinema experience, ODEON is the largest cinema exhibitor across the UK & Ireland.

With more than 5,700 colleagues employed across the UK & Ireland, ODEON has once again been placed number 25 in the Sunday Times Best Big Companies to Work For 2018 and named a Best Large Workplace in Ireland 2018.

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About Dolby

Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) is based in San Francisco with offices in over 20 countries around the globe. Dolby transforms the science of sight and sound into spectacular experiences. Through innovative research and engineering, we create breakthrough experiences for billions of people worldwide through a collaborative ecosystem spanning artists, businesses, and consumers. The experiences people have – in Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Cinema, Dolby Voice, and Dolby Audio – revolutionize entertainment and communications at the cinema, on the go, in the home, and at work.

Dolby, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Audio, Dolby Cinema, Dolby Vision, Dolby Voice, and the double-D symbol are among the registered and unregistered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories, Inc. in the Unites States and/or other countries. Other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners. DLB-G