Odeon Luxe London Leicester Square

26 Leicester Square,
London, WC2H 7LQ

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 14, 2005 at 1:09 am

I saw Alan J. Pakula’s Love and Pain here in April of 1973.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 5, 2005 at 1:46 am

The 5 screen Odeon Mezzanine ‘miniplex’ opened to the public on 20th April 1990. It was constructed in what had been up until then an open passageway that had served as an emergency exit from the adjacent main Odeon Theatre.

It has its own seperate entrance on Leicester Square and Odeon 1 seating 60 is on street level. Up a flight of stairs is Odeon 2 (50 seats) and Odeon 3 (60 seats). Up another flight of stairs above there are Odeon’s 4 and 5, each seating 60. The exits to screens 1, 3, 4, 5 are beside the screen, while in screen 2 the exit is placed under the screen. Drapes cover the walls and all screens have Dolby stereo.

The screens at the Odeon Mezzanine are one third the size of what is now called the Odeon Panton Street which averages out at 150 seats per screen. So yes, its like sitting in a living room or screening room. I still prefer to see movies in the main original Odeon, Leicester Square.

stevelarcombe on June 13, 2005 at 12:45 pm

This cinema is the best in London, you just have to see the new Star Wars film there, Revenge of The Sith looks gorgeous in it’s Digital Projection and the sound is amazing in Dolby Digital.
Do yourself a favour and immerse yourself in a blockbuster film at this great cinema.

ellie666 on May 24, 2005 at 7:29 am

i saw ep III in the royal circle a few days ago. fantastic legroom, comfy seats and removable armrests ;–) at last – £17 bl**dy well ought to be!!!!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 22, 2005 at 6:27 pm

The seating capacity of the Odeon Leicester Square has been reduced recently. During late April/early May 2005 the Royal Circle has been closed to allow for the balcony to be re-stepped and re-seated with new stadium style seats. I will try and find out what the current total seating capacity for the main original screen is (stalls and circle).

Ian on May 21, 2005 at 3:57 am

The Odeon Leicester Square incorrectly claims the “largest in Europe” tag – Scarborough’s Futurist holds 2155, although a full house for a film is unknown!

paradigm26 on May 20, 2005 at 7:27 pm

Does anybody know if War of the Worlds will open here and, if so, if it will open the same date as it does in the States? I’m going to be in London that week and I’d be great to catch a movie there.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 18, 2005 at 8:53 am

Yes, the Odeon Theatre, Leicester Square has a Licenced Bar selling alcoholic drinks.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 17, 2005 at 10:03 am

That’s about $31 a ticket, still its nice to be able to site and watch a movie sitting in the circle (balcony to you in the USA)! I bet they are raking it in with the new Star Wars movie which premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square last night. TV coverage looeked great.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 25, 2005 at 11:40 am

The Odeon Leicester Square has been charging premium prices for many years now. I believe I paid £12.00 on my last visit, at current exchange rates that’s $23. Movies these days tend to open en-mass in both the West End (ie Leicester Square area) and in the suburbs where the top price is around £7.00 ($13).

It would be great to have the Compton organ at the Odeon Leicester Square playing each performance. Now that would warrant a premium price!

ErikH on April 25, 2005 at 10:31 am

While in London last week, I noticed a poster at the Leicester Square advertising advance ticket sales for the upcoming “Star Wars” film. When I saw the price list, I did a double take: 17 pounds per ticket for the top seats (dress circle, I believe). That’s more than 35 U.S. dollars at the current exchange rate. These prices were considerably higher than the prices for the current attraction, “Constantine.”

There were also reports in the press last week that there will be marathon screenings of all of the “Star Wars” films at the Leicester Square (and other Leicester Square theaters) during the week before the opening of “Revenge of the Sith.” The posted price list for “Sith” tickets at the Leicester Square was not for the marathon but for the regular run of the film.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 11, 2005 at 6:14 pm

Mainly invited guests and film industry people attend. They are black tie and best dress events, so the general public are not encouraged to attend (off the street). The premiers are never advertised, the only way of knowing that one is going to happen, is by enquiring at the box office, or looking for signs in the booking schedule where, usually a whole days performances of the regular film playing will be cancelled. Of course an obvious sign is walking through Leicester Square and seeing the barriers up and the red carpet down, with crowds of fans forming as they usually attract the main stars of the movie being premiered and many other celebrities.

pthornto on April 11, 2005 at 5:46 pm

How does one actually get inside to see the show? Are tickets on sale during these premiers? Just curious.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 4, 2005 at 2:27 pm

Hello Tanja;

There seems to be a premier event happening about once a week in Leicester Squar, either at this main Odeon Theatre or occasionally at the Odeon West End Theatre or Empire Theatre. Living here in London we tend to hear about them on the day on local news broadcasts on tv.

Fans tend to gather outside the theatre from around mid-day and wait behind the temporary barriers until the ‘stars’ start to arrive in the early evening.

I would recommend that you go along to the Odeon and ask one of the front of house staff to enqure about the date of the next premier. Hope you are lucky enough to catch one on your visit to London. Have a great time while you are here.

LondonGirl on March 4, 2005 at 2:15 pm

Hello there, I’m from Germany and I’m going to be in London in March. Does anybody know if there are any movie premieres on Leicester Square? I couldn’t find any information concerning this on the official Odeon site! Thank you!


Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 18, 2004 at 4:25 pm

Not just a ‘world premier’, in the UK we have the facility to give a film a Royal World Premier, which is what “Lawrence of Arabia” had at the Odeon, Leicester Square on the 10th December 1962. The 70mm print of this film ran for an exclusive 8 weeks engagement at this theatre.

The original art deco interior was swept away in the name of ‘progress and modernisation’ in 1967. Into the skip went etched glass doors, plaster mouldings on the ceiling above the prosceneum arch and the famous ‘flying lady’ figures on each side wall of the auditorium, leaving a bland auditorium for many years and an acute embarrassment to the Rank Organisation who ordered the mutilation.

Only recently has this been corrected somewhat and copies of the ‘flying lady’ figures have been put back, together with some of the concealed lighting in the auditorium ceiling rib bands.

The Odeon is the home of almost all premiers in London nowadays, sometimes there are two a week with all the major stars treading the ‘Red Carpet’ and greeting thousands of waiting fans. Not all films that premier here go on the play the theatre, they just get their one night premier here.

The original seating capacity when first opened was 2,116 (1,140 in the orchestra stalls and 976 in the circle), now reduced to 1984. Plans are to re-step the circle and re-seat it in 2005 which will further reduce the seating capacity.

The Compton 5 Manual/17 Rank theatre organ (with its multi-coloured illuminated console surround) is still played on special occasions.

The Odeon is fully equipped with the latest projection and sound equipment, which includes 3 main projectors (35mm and 70mm capable), 16mm projector, video projection from vhs tapes and digital dvd projection.

VincentParisi on December 9, 2004 at 12:29 pm

Is this the theater where Lawrence of Arabia had its world premiere? Does the interior in any way still have the spectacular art deco decor that was still in place when the film opened?

davepring on December 9, 2004 at 10:11 am

I recently went to the opening night gala of the London Film Festival and was pleasantly suprised to see the organ being played.
The audience whooped with delight at this multi-coloured leviathan as it descended into the pit….it is a great shame that Odeon dont have an organ interlude on a regular basis.

sunshinep on July 26, 2004 at 3:03 pm

Is there a site on the web where the premiere times are listed?

bruceanthony on June 2, 2004 at 11:20 am

Yes this is the theatre which holds all the major premieres. The Empire use to hold many premieres also.brucec

anthea on June 2, 2004 at 6:29 am

Hi there,

Is this the Theatre where movie premiers are launched and all the famous celebs attend?

woody on April 15, 2004 at 4:24 am

This theatre is so over-rated, the seats are uncomfortable and the legroom is very poor, the screen is far too small for a theatre of this size and the sound is poor too, the refurbishment has left a very clinical bland modern lobby and circle lounge with all the atmosphere of an airport lounge.
although the empire sc 1 across the square is a bit shabby its a million times better with its stadium style seating, comfy reclining seats and enormous screen, and its glitzy vegas syle lobby decor at least creates some sense of being in a real movie theatre
You cant help wishing though that they both played a more diverse range of films as they are both dominated by long runs of the latest blockbusters.

delamare on April 15, 2004 at 3:59 am

i was listening two times the wonderfull sound of the compton pipe organ played by D.MacKenzie
resident organist the last time was Easter Monday there were not so many people and they should do more advertisement for these concerts .the second part of the concert was a Charlie Chaplin silent movie with live music of the organ a real must for that movie theatre which is also a theatre of the 2000 years with the digital eqipment.

bruceanthony on January 10, 2004 at 8:09 pm

I think the Rex in Paris is larger. Every time Im in London I try to catch a flick at the Odeon. This is how a deluxe theatre should be operated. I wish The Empire would be restored and was programed like the Odeon. Brucec

paularch2004 on January 10, 2004 at 4:26 pm

This is Europes largest cinema and is an amazing place to see big movies. The cinema has a real buzz about it and there is always a great atmosphere. The actual screen is a little small, but it is great to see one big cinema remaining in the Odeon chain when these days they build multiplexs with lots of screens, but none with actually big screens for the image to be shown on. Some films need to be seen on huge screens. This theatre is also equipped with digital projection and the quality of the films it shows in this format are amazing.