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Zappomatic commented about Empire Cinemas - London Haymarket on Jun 4, 2018 at 9:25 pm

Yes, and at the same price as the two smaller screens.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Jun 4, 2018 at 9:17 pm

I realise this is in the realms of extreme minutiae, but given all internal signage installed by Empire Cinemas has been replaced (even in non-refurbished areas such as access to screens 6-9) regardless of whether it was branded, I was rather surprised to notice that the sign to the toilets as you exit the Superscreen appears to have been missed!

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Sheffield on Jun 4, 2018 at 9:13 pm

Yes, Superscreen is Cineworld’s name for what Vue called Screen 11. Huge screen as you say however the cavernous auditorium has acoustic issues.

My favourite non-IMAX large format screen is the Superscreen at Cineworld Leicester Square – it’s 0.5m narrower than the O2 one but is taller (1.9 ratio) and has an absolutely superb Dolby Atmos set up.

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Zappomatic commented about Empire Cinemas - London Haymarket on Jun 4, 2018 at 9:09 pm

Screen 1 is currently being used as a live theatre, for a production of Brief Encounter.

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Zappomatic commented about Odeon West End on Jun 4, 2018 at 2:47 pm

A lot of building projects in London seem to be taking a long time lately, most likely due to the shortage of labour in the construction industry.

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Zappomatic commented about Odeon BFI London IMAX Cinema on Jun 4, 2018 at 2:44 pm

Sadly the Cineworld Leicester Square IMAX suffers from poor legroom thanks to installing chunky modern seats on the old 1960s stepping. Regarding screen sizes, due to the aspect ratio the picture for most digitally projected films will be larger in Leicester Square. The main reason to come to the BFI IMAX is to see IMAX 70mm presentations.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Sheffield on Jun 4, 2018 at 2:10 pm

Since the refurb at the O2, including the balcony the Superscreen there now seats a total of 850. Prior to this it had a capacity of 785 and the seats on the balcony were in a VIP-style setup with small tables between each pair of seats.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on May 24, 2018 at 8:52 pm

I may be mixing up my screen numbers. However it seems that a few days after my post all performances in screen 2 were cancelled so either someone programmed that screen by mistake (meaning we could still see a revised seating plan) or things are taking longer than planned.

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Zappomatic commented about Empire Cinemas - London Haymarket on May 22, 2018 at 10:20 pm

It’ll be a huge shame if this cinema is lost and I hope the mainstream media pick up on the threat it’s facing.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on May 16, 2018 at 5:39 pm

Screen 2 (formerly screen 5) is now bookable for performances from next Thursday. Layout and seat count is unchanged.

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Zappomatic commented about Odeon Luxe London Haymarket on Apr 29, 2018 at 1:49 am

It appears Swindon Interiors have reused the photos of the Putney refurbishment on that page.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Apr 27, 2018 at 4:33 pm

At long last the Empire Cinemas logo has been removed from the seats in the Superscreen. Still no sign of when screens 1 and 2 (formerly 4 and 5) will reopen but I look forward to seeing what they’ve done with them.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Stockport on Apr 24, 2018 at 12:33 pm

Demolition to commence this week.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Apr 16, 2018 at 11:56 pm

As promised, here’s a short video of the new foyer: https://youtu.be/er5pqy9F_OY

Apologies for the shaky camera work!

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Apr 16, 2018 at 8:10 pm

Just visiting for the first time since the completion of the foyer refurb and it looks great! They’ve taken Empire’s padded door theme and run with it, with all doors covered in black suede padding and the entire back wall under the sloped ceiling! There’s lots of sofa seating, so it does still feel like a place to linger.

Refurb stops abruptly at the screen 5 and 6 landing although new signage is in place.

I’ll upload some video later tonight, and a couple of photos in just a moment.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Apr 12, 2018 at 9:52 pm

Strangely the IMAX appears to have retained its padded doors albeit with simplified door handles, which looks a bit out of place.

On my visit the other day the wall had lines drawn on it to mark where the strips would be attached.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Apr 12, 2018 at 9:36 pm

A few more photos found on Twitter: https://twitter.com/filmfanstevie/status/984472470076915714?s=21

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Apr 12, 2018 at 9:20 pm

Yes all of the black ceiling in the foyer is a reflective lacquer finish stretch ceiling.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Apr 12, 2018 at 8:26 pm

Cineworld’s Twitter team have posted a photo of the finished bar entrance stairs, which incorporate LED displays in the risers.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Apr 9, 2018 at 12:20 pm

I guess what I meant was “had been allowed to become stale” :) The final iteration was a bit of a mush-mash of parts and finishes from various decades.

Next to the screed and adhesive are boxes of Polyflex vinyl floor tiles, presumably for a booth or back of house area. On the other side of the foyer was a rather large shrink wrapped box with a Barco label on it, which might be connected to what’s been going on for 4DX?

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Apr 8, 2018 at 11:47 pm

Work on the foyer is coming on apace! I look forward to seeing the finished result but it seems to be taking what was once a rather stale, dated space into something more befitting of its location. Take a look at the photos I’ve uploaded.

The flooring in the box office area has been revealed and it’s a matt, grippy finish tile rather than Cineworld’s signature glossy black sparkly number. A wise decision given how slippery this area could get in the rain! Opposite the box office are two 85 inch UHD displays (a few more of these waiting to be unpacked in the foyer).

The balustrades on the stairs have made a return albeit with their tops missing – I suspect we’ll see this lit underneath.

On the ceiling in certain areas are large backlit panels mimicking the gold squares. Due to their size they seem to be sagging in the middle but I’d imagine this will be rectified at some point. Interestingly the coloured LED lights hidden inside the gold inset squares were not on tonight.

Gradually new signage for screens, toilets etc is going up, and the doors to the IMAX screen have lost their padding – perhaps one of the contractors now has a new headboard! The area under the sloped portion of ceiling looks deeper than before but it’s probably just my eyes playing tricks. It would be nice to see a bar added in here to compete with Vue and Odeon but I wouldn’t be surprised to just see some sofas.

Corridor to the Superscreen has new carpet and signage, with the white ceiling painted dark grey. Wall coverings remain the same. The area in front of the stairs to screens 5-7 retains the same ceiling as before with the lower part painted dark grey and the raised section painted red.

Tonight I saw A Quiet Place, which is an excellent demonstration of what can be done with Dolby Atmos. It also demonstrated the incredible sub bass that screen is capable of, with roars, crashes and fireworks shaking the seats. Also the film was shot in Super 35mm and mastered in 4K so really let the projector shine, although black levels could have been better (the image was reflecting off the port glass onto the back wall of the booth, then casting a glow on the screen which is something I’ve never really noticed before).

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Apr 6, 2018 at 2:17 pm

CF100: The carpet I spotted is mostly black with large red and grey rings, rather than the standard carpet which has a busier pattern reminiscent of fireworks.

Regarding the Superscreen, flat films fill the screen vertically but not horizontally, and scope films fill the screen horizontally but not vertically. For 2D presentations only one of the projectors is used.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Apr 4, 2018 at 5:32 pm

Visited today for Ready Player One. Many of the bare plasterboard walls have been skimmed and painted dark grey, and the concessions counter now has a black glass backsplash rather than the more typical hexagonal tiles favoured in recent Cineworld builds and refurbs.

The gold metal squares on the ceiling are now illuminated, and in the box office area a glossy black stretch ceiling integrates them (I only have a photo of this with its protective plastic sheeting in place, which had been taken down by the time I left the cinema). Looks quite smart although I’m disappointed that the centres are just a backlit panel rather than something more glitzy. The lighting around the edge just seemed to be cycling through the colours as did some of the lighting installed at skirting level, none of it in sync – I wouldn’t be surprised if this is usually set on one colour but configurable for premieres and promotions.

Interestingly there were rolls of carpet stored in the foyer for the screen refurbishments, in the pattern usually used for Cineworld’s VIP screens. Will we see big red recliners? On the one hand it would make sense in order to compete with Odeon and Vue but on the other the smaller screens frequently sell out as they are.

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Zappomatic commented about Picturehouse Bromley on Apr 2, 2018 at 6:56 pm

Now closed, reopening in early 2019 as Picturehouse Bromley.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Edinburgh on Apr 2, 2018 at 6:53 pm

To be refurbished this year. 12 of the 13 screens will be re-stepped to improve viewing angles, with upper level disabled access boxes added. https://citydev-portal.edinburgh.gov.uk/idoxpa-web/scottishBuildingWarrantDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=P54A5JEWMBJ00

Quite a drastic change to a relatively young multiplex!