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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Nov 4, 2017 at 8:55 am

Yes, it’s perfect for that and the Atmos audio set up is excellent.

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Zappomatic commented about Empire Cinemas - London Haymarket on Nov 3, 2017 at 6:58 pm

Other cheap cinemas in London include Peckhamplex at £4.99 (3D £5.99) any day and time, and Vue Harrow and Wood Green at £5.99 for all 2D screenings.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Nov 3, 2017 at 2:59 pm

Pleased to report the masking in Screen 5 is working!

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Wandsworth on Oct 28, 2017 at 3:36 am

4DX is screen 9 – on the plans it’s the one where all the seats are clustered in fours.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Wandsworth on Oct 25, 2017 at 2:20 pm

My first visit here since its refurb, and my first experience of 4DX.

Foyer is quite dazzling with its shiny floor and myriad of LED displays, and after I left my film it was really bustling with people including the large Starbucks on the ground floor. The upper floor with its strangely hidden away and soulless bar and access to the old VIP box seating has been closed off.

4DX effects were good fun and certainly suit certain films (Geostorm would have been unbearable awful without them). The screen in this auditorium is large, curved and wall to wall. Picture and 3D was fine during the trailers however once the film started and the screen zoomed to scope, focus was soft, contrast was poor and there was a fair bit of ghosting. Also the very top corners of the screen had a shadow cast on them by the 4DX equipment trusses. Sound was good enough – dialogue from the centre channel sounded harsh during adverts but seemed to improve once the film started.

An attendant sits in the screen throughout the screening, seemingly for safety purposes only.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Oct 25, 2017 at 2:09 pm

Customers in the cinema are unsurprisingly confused about the mishmash of signage and branding, particularly with the Impact screen being referred to by Cineworld as Superscreen in marketing, e-tickets and on some temporary signage, and Screen 1 on printed tickets (just yesterday I had to redirect a pair of people who somehow became lost in the corridor to the Superscreen even though it’s the only thing it leads to!).

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Zappomatic commented about Empire Cinemas - London Haymarket on Oct 25, 2017 at 1:55 pm

The next cheapest West End first run ticket I’m aware of is Vue Piccadilly when using their Super Mondays promo, at £4.99 (requires you to get a code from their website first).

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Oct 24, 2017 at 6:15 pm

Masking also not operational in screens 4 and 9. No idea about 7 and 8, but the bottom masking in 6 worked last time I saw a film in there about a month ago.

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Zappomatic commented about Odeon Luxe London Haymarket on Oct 22, 2017 at 11:31 am

Now closed for refurbishment, reopening December.

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Zappomatic commented about Empire Cinemas - London Haymarket on Oct 20, 2017 at 5:49 am

Stage performance of Brief Encounter returns from March 2018 https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Emma-Rice-to-Bring-BRIEF-ENCOUNTER-to-UK-20171019

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Zappomatic commented about Odeon Luxe London Haymarket on Oct 19, 2017 at 8:06 am

Closing on 23 October for refurbishment into ODEON Luxe Haymarket. Very little change externally – panelling under the ODEON lettering to become blue with LUXE lettering on top.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Cardiff on Oct 17, 2017 at 8:01 am

Ticket prices reduced to £2.90 (Superscreen £3.90m 4DX £7.90). Price war with Vue?

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Zappomatic commented about Empire Cinemas - London Haymarket on Oct 15, 2017 at 3:56 pm

I’m not aware of any plans. Empire’s record with their older acquisitions isn’t brilliant but who knows? Previously UGC had planned to add screens here, and then before Cineworld acquired Picturehouse they had planned for Haymarket to become one of 20 “The Screening Rooms” luxury cinemas. This cinema seems to have been victim of takeovers happening at inopportune times.

It was tripled in 1977, and then had a Virgin refurb in 1997 involving creating a bar in the old circle. 20 years have passed again – what next?

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Zappomatic commented about Empire Cinemas - London Haymarket on Oct 15, 2017 at 3:34 am

Ah this is just plans of the cinema for their alcohol licence. They’re actually from the 1997 Virgin Cinemas refurb!

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Zappomatic commented about Empire Cinemas - London Haymarket on Oct 14, 2017 at 3:04 pm

PhilipWW: I can’t find any planning applications. Do you have the reference number?

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Zappomatic commented about Odeon Dorchester on Oct 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm

The Plaza is doing a roaring trade, often selling out screens to loyal customers from Dorchester and the surrounding towns.

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Zappomatic commented about Empire Cinemas - London Haymarket on Oct 14, 2017 at 1:58 am

Now doing £4.95 tickets on Tuesdays – cheapest cinema in the West End?

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Zappomatic commented about Empire Cinemas - London Haymarket on Oct 12, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Walked past here today, looked busy due to the BFI London Film Festival (it’s usually deserted). The purple walls in the foyer have been repainted in a cream/magnolia matt paint, with the false columns etc still in their previous yellow and gold. Coupled with the harsh lighting from the now-dilapidated fixture installed by Virgin Cinemas it looks surprisingly stark. Can’t tell if this is a quick fix or the start of something more thorough.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - The O2 Greenwich on Oct 9, 2017 at 5:50 pm

I’m still yet to go to the O2 Superscreen and find out whether the Atmos install fixed the echo issues (I have an Unlimited card and currently there’s no surcharge for Leicester Square’s Superscreen so I’m drawn there!) however I do notice that in early pictures of the O2 Superscreen, the balcony’s back wall, side walls and front are covered in something resembling wooden flooring. This is long since gone/covered over but I wonder who in their right mind thought it was a good idea in the first place?

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Yeovil on Oct 4, 2017 at 2:05 pm

High prices (especially compared to nearby Dorchester’s Plaza and Odeon cinemas) are being blamed for a decline in the town centre and the closure of the neighbouring bowling alley. http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/yeovil-suffering-because-cineworld-cinema-554663

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - The O2 Greenwich on Sep 29, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Ah looks like I missed out the fact I was referring to its nearest Cineworld neighbour, West India Quay.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - The O2 Greenwich on Sep 27, 2017 at 10:12 am

In preparation for the extension the bar area and the upper foyer are now stripped out and boarded off (photo added), with access to the Superscreen via a new entrance next to the ice cream counter, balcony out of use and screens 6 to 10 through the entrance to screens 1-5.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Sep 27, 2017 at 8:34 am

CF100: Regarding non-Central Seats, on this occasion I was with a friend with a dodgy knee who needed the aisle to stretch into. The reclining seats don’t have anywhere to recline into (except for the knees of the person behind!) so that could have been pretty unpleasant. I do sometimes prefer an aisle seat myself but don’t book them in the small screens here due to the sound issues.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Sep 26, 2017 at 12:08 pm

The trouble with screen 7 (and some of the other wide but shallow auditoriums) is that with the way the audio is set up and balanced, if you’re not sitting in the middle you end up so close to one of the left or right front channels that it almost drowns out the centre dialogue channel.

Screen 6 still does have bottom masking. It’s a slightly claustrophobic auditorium.

I can’t say I’ve found the Superscreen to particularly suffer from its lack of masking as there’s a good level of contrast and sharpness from the current projectors. Conversely the masking isn’t working in some of the smaller screens and they definitely do suffer for it.

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Zappomatic commented about Cineworld Cinema - The O2 Greenwich on Sep 21, 2017 at 1:29 pm

The cinema has confirmed via Facebook that the Superscreen now has Dolby Atmos.