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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - The O2 Greenwich on Dec 14, 2017 at 8:12 am

Superscreen balcony getting another refurb in the new year, according to Cineworld’s Twitter account. My guess is conversion to VIP with relciners – interestingly the most recent refurb could be considered a downgrade on what was there before with the tables etc taken out and seating matching the main floor.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Dec 14, 2017 at 5:48 am

Something that surprised me is that rather than making Picturehouse Central available free of charge to Unlimited members during the refurb, they are instead giving members with Leicester Square chosen as their favourite cinema a free month. I suspect Picturehouse Central is busy enough now compared with when it first opened that the influx of people could cause problems.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Dec 14, 2017 at 4:33 am

Closing for refurb from 10 January until early February.

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Zappomatic commented about Odeon Luxe London Haymarket on Dec 11, 2017 at 9:12 am

Reopens Thursday 14 December with Battle of the Sexes, Blade of the Immortal, Brigsby Bear, Stronger, The Disaster Artist, The Florida Project and The Man Who Invented Christmas.

Now has 45 seats in screen 1 (plus 1 wheelchair space), 49 seats in screen 2 (plus 1 wheelchairs space), 47 seats in screen 3 and 44 seats in screen 4. All screens are equipped with RealD.

Adult ticket prices have increased to £10 off-peak (Monday to Thursday) and £15 peak (Friday to Sunday).

The webpage is using photos of another Odeon Luxe so I fear some people might be a little disappointed by these dinky screens!

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Dec 4, 2017 at 4:25 pm

I have to qualify the news about Coke to Pepsi by stating that this came from a Cineworld barman rather than any official source!

Regarding mice there’s an interesting exchange on Twitter where apparently a mouse came out of one of the wall panels in screen 5 and ran across people’s laps/chests! And I was once in a screening at Haymarket when a woman across the aisle jumped up and screamed after a mouse ran across her foot.

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Zappomatic commented about Empire Cinemas - London Haymarket on Dec 4, 2017 at 4:14 pm

The fact they’ve had UNICK in does suggest to me that they intend to carry out a proper refurbishment.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Dec 4, 2017 at 2:35 pm

It seems Cineworld have solved the problem of every seat in the IMAX screen having a Pepsi Max logo – soon to be switching from Coke to Pepsi across the chain (bar supplier has already changed – now hoping they ditch Rollover and their awful nachos)

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Zappomatic commented about Odeon Westover Bournemouth on Dec 3, 2017 at 6:54 pm

Some interesting shots of old murals and the original proscenium plasterwork: https://www.28dayslater.co.uk/odeon-cinema-aka-regent-theatre-westover-road-bournemouth-july-2017.t110311

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Nov 29, 2017 at 4:52 am

They’re like a modern day kleptomaniacal Cannon (albeit without a parent company churning out dubious films)!

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Nov 28, 2017 at 5:09 pm

When it comes to refurbishments Cineworld seem to prefer to subject their customers to building sites rather than closing completely, although I could see how the layout here might prevent them trading through.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Whiteley on Nov 19, 2017 at 7:24 am

The best way I can describe it is, if you imagine a lot of LED bulbs or lights have multiple LEDs inside them rather than one single chip. Let’s say hypothetically that the 10cm diameter downlighter has 8 LEDs inside it – 4 of them go out for the trailers, then when the feature starts it drops down to two. So it’s a kind of dimming I suppose but comes across as very crude, would work better if they had a diffuser of some sort.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Whiteley on Nov 17, 2017 at 6:15 am

The lighting issue seems to be common to all recent Cineworld builds and many of their refurbishments.

For example their cinema at the O2 as opened already had LED lighting in all of the screens but of course back in 2007 the output from LED bulbs was pretty poor in both colour, spread and brightness; the ceiling had lots of lights but all pretty dim and relatively free of glare.

Skip forward to the recent refurbishment and the ceiling now has fewer, brighter luminaries in a warmer colour tone. Fine as house lights (if a little stark) however instead of dimming all the LEDs in each fixture, the number of LEDs illuminated is reduced. Still way too bright, and as they’re situated across the auditorium and not just over stairs they create a lot of glare particularly for those wearing glasses. I can’t understand why they persist with this design as Facebook, Twitter and various review websites are full of people complaining about the lighting. The stairs and walkways have their edges nicely lit with LED strips so the safety argument doesn’t really stack up.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Stockport on Nov 17, 2017 at 6:03 am

Now closed.

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Zappomatic commented about Odeon Luxe London Leicester Square on Nov 16, 2017 at 3:38 pm

Such bulbs are still very much available from Ryness!

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Zappomatic commented about Vue Piccadilly on Nov 15, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Now if only its sister on Haymarket could get a similarly high quality exterior restoration and lighting package.

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Zappomatic commented about Odeon North Greenwich on Nov 14, 2017 at 3:58 pm

This cinema was opened by girl group Atomic Kitten.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Weymouth on Nov 13, 2017 at 6:12 am

Screen 2 (stadium seating but not the largest) is a scope screen and the side masking was used on my visit the other day. I’m only an occasional visitor here (I live in London but have family in the area) but certainly the scope film I saw earlier this year in one of the flat screens used the top masking.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Stockport on Nov 13, 2017 at 5:54 am

The retail/leisure park this sits on was bought by the council and is being redeveloped as part of a town centre regeneration, and The Light is opening a cinema on the other side of the town.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Glasgow - Parkhead on Nov 12, 2017 at 4:04 pm

This cinema is Cineworld’s oldest purpose-built multiplex. Going by online reviews and photos very little has been changed since 1989, including the decidedly retro red neon Kiosk sign typical of the early Cannon/MGM multiplexes.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Weymouth on Nov 11, 2017 at 5:39 pm

Practically unchanged in November 2017 – the only real difference being the Cineworld logotype being replaced with the current version (the original star has been kept)

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Weymouth on Nov 11, 2017 at 5:38 pm

This is actually the entrance to TK Maxx (originally Woolworths), the cinema entrance is just to the left.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Weymouth on Nov 11, 2017 at 5:32 pm

Prices have been reduced to £6 for adults, £3.50 for children, seniors and students and £14 for adults, all day every day.

This cinema bears all the hallmarks of an early Cineworld build, with a large, tall foyer with sloped mirrored ceiling in the middle fringed with pink neon, concession counter with popcorn machines raised up in the middle, and wide corridors. There’s an awkwardly placed set of tiny toilets just behind the ticket check, which get overcrowded with people not realising there are larger toilets in the screen corridors.

Screens are a mixture of stadium and non-stadium, all with masking and decent sightlines. Internal signage looks somewhat cheesy by modern standards with screen numbers on backlit stars and toilet signage hinting at aliens or space travel! This theme extends to wall lights in the screens which look a little like toy UFOs.

Curiously the exterior has the current Cineworld logotype, but still features the star from its 1999 opening.

This cinema never seems very busy, and consequently the whole place manages to look a little dated without looking tired – it certainly has the brightest, cleanest version of Cineworld’s purple patterned carpet I’ve seen!

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Stockport on Nov 11, 2017 at 5:19 pm

Closing on 16 November, according to Cineworld website

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Zappomatic commented about Empire Cinemas - London Haymarket on Nov 4, 2017 at 1:48 pm

Much better https://instagram.com/p/BWDYcwjDOxb/

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Zappomatic commented about Empire Cinemas - London Haymarket on Nov 4, 2017 at 1:43 pm

As illustrated in this Instagram post, the foyer lighting feature installed by Virgin in the 90s has been replaced by much more appropriate chandeliers, and the cove lighting appears to have been fixed too. Can’t tell what colour it’s been painted now but seems the white was just undercoat. https://instagram.com/p/BZhoOOEDGbO/