It's a cinema, it shows movies, you will be happy if you like this. Thanks for coming all, have a good night.
... What's that? What are you pointing at? Oh, right, but there's that three stars hanging above this review. Fine! Ok! I'll tell you more.
So this is one the giant cinemas right in the heart of Leicester Square. And when I mean giant, I mean giant. Many of the red carpet movie premiers happen right here and it's a towering grey building overlooking the park. There's a balcony on the second floor that you can stand out on, food inside and many, many cinemas, including the legendary "big screen," which is smaller than an IMAX but sometimes doesn't feel that way, it's pretty massive.
As others have said though, in the big screen, there are so many seats that if you're forced to sit back far enough, it feels like a regular screen. Sound is good, seats are comfortable but not amazing. And movies are crazy expensive at night (about £15 a ticket), so you have been warned.
Really, it's a three star experience. Nothing amazing, nothing horrible, straight down the middle three stars. Happy now!?!
Ridiculously bad theater and a nightmarish experience. This is the first time in my life that I have walked out of a theater and demanded my money back.
The "huge" main screen, which is used for big premieres, is smaller than a standard U.S. movie theater screen.
The seats, which are assigned and which do not recline, are so small and cramped they will make economy airline seats look like luxury recliners. Not only is there so little leg space that it was painful for my 6'5" husband to sit in them (for as far as he could sit at all, with his legs very wide, because they did not fit in front of him) but the seat width is absurdly small. I measured it at just under 14 inches, not counting the even narrower part where the round cupholder digs into your skin. For comparison, economy class airline seats are 17 to 19 inches !!
Took us 20 minutes to get a refund as well. After standing in a long line, they needed, in addition to the two receipts I had (regular and credit card) our original tickets, so they could "resell the seats". So even though I had the same credit card and two receipts, and the cashier remembered me, as did the two people at the doors, I had to DIG THROUGH THE GARBAGE CAN to find my torn ticket stubs to get my refund!
And then they had to take another five minutes to process it at various cash registers until they realized only the ones up front where I bought the tickets could accept my American strip-not-chip credit card. God knows why the other identical machines could not accept those cards.
What a pathetic theater. Never again.
Yes, so...I actually came here and did NOT see a movie on the "big screen." Oops, maybe that is why my review is better? No hype!
It was also a Wednesday, so for 9 quid I got myself a ticket to Silver Linings Playbook (it's good!), enjoyed a Costa hot cocoa and was on my way 2 hours later. I like the upscale snacks (can also bring in from Costa, of course), and even though I had to wait in line a bit to get a ticket (The Hobbit has just opened) it was all done fairly efficiently and the chap was friendly. Payable by cash or credit.
For non-big-screen-shows you'll enter through Costa (to the right of entrance), and it's a more intimate experience...comfortable, nice spot to see a movie midweek, midday. Glorious movie time of idle minds and snacks.
Meh. I don't seem to be the only one that isn't that keen on this cinema.
Yes the screen is huge and yes they have a decent sound system...but although the screen is massive, they cram sooo many people into the auditorium that if you are sitting far back...perspective makes the screen look about the same size as a normal theatre.
I'm just not keen on spending so much money (£32-£44 for a couple) for a mediocre film watching experience - You can get tickets to the theatre/opera/musicals for less than this!
Okay I will start this review with context. I have just had my bike nicked, I'm in a pretty shitty mood so I have searched Yelp for a business that I have been meaning to 1 star for a while to vent on.
This place is a rip off. Excuse me but paying £55 for 3 tickets is criminal. Seriously, I would expect Brad Pitt to come out the screen and kiss me (with tongues) to make this value for money. No cool seats, the screen... mah, I've seen bigger, the staff... not the brightest, I had to repeat myself a few times. I know they show premiers here so if you get off on sitting in a seat where some famous person once had their bum bum then go for it. But apart from that, i'd forget it, wait a few months and go to The Prince Charles around the corner for a snip of the price.
Odeon's are generally not worth reviewing. They tend to be pretty bland - but this one is great. Famed of course for being the cinema of choice for big-budget film premieres in the City - this is where you'll find Hanks and Cruise when their new releases are screened.
The reason it's great is pretty simple. It's big, and it's loud. That's pretty much it. But it works - especially for a summer blockbuster. I remember seeing 'War Of The Worlds' here shortly after it was released - I was amazed - the film was amazing and had me on the edge of my seat. Months later I bought the film on DVD and was BORED OUT OF MY MIND.
Whether 'War Of The Worlds' is a good film or not is a question for another website. Suffice to say, it was after seeing it that I truly understood the power a good cinema has in regards to your experience of a loud action film. I was swept away by the experience. When you have a Spielberg crowd pleaser with an A-list actor and a beautiful John Williams score behind it, or anything similar - this particular Odeon is probably the best place to go in London.
Not my favourite cinema by a long shot, but well worth a visit. And if you're in to the whole standing with thousands of people to wait three hours to see Sandra Bullocks head as she appears for a premiere, then this is the place.
£17.50. For a movie. After paying that I expected a really good cinema experience and it was pretty standard.
If location counts for a cinema, and I'm not entirely satisfied that it does, its tough to beat. I found the screen rather small (although I tend to see most flicks round the corner at the IMAX so my eyes have evolved to take in a massive screen).
I saw Avatar in 3D and this was the first film I've seen in Odeon Digital. There is a clear difference in picture quality. There are no more imperfections on the picture and the projector noise has disappeared. The 3D is very high quality and at one (rather embarrassing point) I thought some rude whippersnapper had stood up in front of me!
All in all, a generally average cinema. The high points were mainly due to the movie, not the place itself. If they are going to charge that sort of price, they are going to have to work harder for my stars I'm afraid!
The Odeon Leicester Square claims to be the most famous cinema in Europe. That may it be due to the film premiere's it hosts here.
The screens are very large and the sound quality is good, although you'd maybe expect better. As all other cinemas it provides snacks such as popcorn, hotdogs and nacho's.
No different from any other grand cinema but so much more expensive. Stalls cost £13.50, rear circle £14.50 and £19.00 for royal circle seats. I watched Batman in the royal circle and I do not believe the seat is worth the extra money.
The other downside of this Odeon is that they do not offer student discounts. If you have a choice between here and the Imax in Waterloo, take the Imax every time.
This cinema charged me £14 for a ticket! Yes, £14. FOR. 1. TICKET.
After getting over the intial sticker shock, I did remember that this is *the* theatre used for most big budget Hollywood premeries and was told that the place was massive. So I was expecting a huge screen wtih cushy seats.
What I got was an average movie going experience. There really isn't anything remarkable about this place other then the fact that its in a tourist trap. I suppose THATS the reason they get away with charging so much!
After a couple days of showing my son around London we decided to take a much needed break and head the the cinema and see The Black Knight.
The price of a good seat is £19.00 which at the time meant about $40 USD but you had a specific seat so that was nice.
I really wasn't that impressed with this place. It was really no better than any other place and the only real difference is it is huge and there is a balcony.
I would say check it out once just to say you have but I would never spend the money to come here again.
The Odeon in Leicester Square is supposed to have the biggest screen in London, I'm not sure if that's true, but I've been told this repeatedly, so until I learn otherwise I'm going to accept that as true. There are things I really like about the Odeon in Leicester Square and things I really hate.
The things I like are that the screen is big, the staff is friendly, and I can reserve my seat. The seat reservation is a real perk because for popular films you don't have to get there an hour early for a good sit. A little planning ahead and you get to pick the perfect seat and show up just before the film begins.
I things I hate about the Odeon Leicester Square is that the tickets are £13.50 for a show after 6:00 pm, that's £5 more than the Odeon in my neighbourhood. The second thing I hate is that seats are so close together that you are almost sitting on top of the person next to you and you have zero leg room. If you can plan to sit at the end so you can stick your legs out of the aisle, if you can't, be prepared for your legs to go numb and your knees to hurt.
I know the screen is big, but there are cheaper and more comfortable theatres and I would rather save my £5 for popcorn and enjoy the film feeling my legs.
Home to film premieres and celebrities, the Odeon in Leicester Square is a fair bit more pricey than all the other cinemas in London, but is worth a visit at least once.
The cines are huge and rightly makes you feel miniscule. The sound systems are excellent and you get truly drawn into the film. Its also very clean, which is something that not all Odeon's seem to manage!
The prices are rather steep though and you have to be prepared to join the tourist throng
The main aspect that sets this cinema apart from the others is the grandeur of the main screen. This is where many films have their London premiere and for spectacle it's easy to see why.
Whilst the entrance is quite cold and stark, the actual screen inside is far more grand. It was refurbished ten years ago with many of the original features recreated such as the 'Flying Ladies' art deco sculptures which majestically dominate the side walls and the seats have once again been recovered in mock leopard-print patterning.
I would love to have given this venue 4 stars, but there were just too many things lacking. The seats felt cramped, and there was no leg room. Watching a film from the vast stalls makes you feel very detached from the action on-screen (and to view from the Royal Circle will set you back £19 a ticket!). If the foyer was in keeping with the recreated grandeur of the screen then it would be a far more welcoming experience.
There are many far more characterful cinemas around so I think this would make a better destination if you can take advantage of Orange Wednesdays of a similar offer.
I do not recommand anyone to go in this cinema.
It looks like people are splitted into two parts: poors and richs. poors buy their tickets around 17£ and go in the upper part of the cinema where they can just perceive the screen whereas the rich sit downstairs.
I felt owned and back several centuries ago in a caste system...
Will never come back there, for sure
Although it's one of Odeon's flagship cinemas it's only really worth going to every now and again. The sound and projection are not as good as they should be and they should really improve their range of snacks and sweets.
There are several smaller and better cinemas nearby. This Odeon is designed to do little more than just herd a large number of people into the theatre, have them pay high prices for tickets and snacks and then herd them out again in time to give the place q uick clean and tidy before the next huge crowd. A cash cow more than a jewel in Odeon's crown.
It's the venue for the premieres!
Take in a film and think of all the celebs that have walked down infront on the red carpet.
It's a great screen with amazing sound system.
Not amazing, but definately the best cinema in London. I've been a few times to see Harry Potter (free tickets) and the hospitality was good (free popcorn and water).
The screen are huge, not iMax huge bu still very big. Unfortunately if you are suck at the back of the cinema the screen isn't big enough, which sucks.
I thoroughly dissapprove of the pricing, why would you want to go into centeral london and pay more to see a film you could see for much less anywhere else? The atmosphere there is certainly not worth the money.
The Odeon Leicester Square is big, busy and also massively overrated. I've been twice and I don't plan on going back.
Firstly, a problem is the size. It's supposedly the biggest seating cinema in the country and if you're unlucky enough to be seated towards the back, the effect is no different to watching the TV at home as the screen is so far away. In a cinema of this reputation you'd also expect people to be better behaved, but the second time I went there people talked all the way through the movie.
Added to that it's massively overpriced as all West End cinemas are and the staff are usually quite unfriendly. If I wanted to see a film in the West End I'd steer well clear of this place.
I came here for a free preivew of Iron Man, and I was impressed by the size of the screen in the main auditorium, and impact of the sound system.
This cinema is probably the most expensive in Leicester Square (and London apart from IMAX) at £13.50 for a standard ticket, but in this case you are getting the largest screen and a real cinema experience.
The main screen shows one blockbuster, and often had gala red carpet premieres.
Expensive but worth splashing out on once in a while.
All odeon's i find tend to stick to the same acceptable standards. There is nothing wrong with this place but nothing that makes you want to go there again either.
Going to the cinema is an experience and i'm afraid this place just doesn't provide that experience for me that i have had elsewhere.
I went here when it was opening day of Harry Potter: Goblet of Fire and it was an experience. They had a huge model of the Tri-Wizard cup or whatever it's called. Watching a movie here has the same setup as watching a play. The screen is huge but your view might not be great if you're sitting top row in the balcony. If there's another big movie being released, it might be worth checking it out here, but otherwise, just go to a local cheaper theater.
Why did I not listen to my instinct?! Why?!?
Worst cinema experience - and I'm not exaggerating.
First off all the movie I wanted to watch had stopped screening and the nearby cinemas weren't showing it either so my friend and I decided to catch another film to kill some time.
Tickets were £14. £14 for a non 3D film. I should have walked away then. Extortionate prices!
The film we chose was showing on a 'Standard Screen' instead of the 'Premiere Screen' and I thought that was fair enough but....
... Standard screen my ass!! The screen (please see picture) was so small - my old high school had bigger screens than that.
Anyone sitting in front of you blocked your view as the cinema isn't sloped upward and we couldn't move seats as they'd decided to ruin my cinema experience just a little more by closing off a few rows of seats.
The film started 40 mins after scheduled time. Is that normal?
All the way through the movie you could hear the soundtrack from the film next door.
After the movie, had to use the toilet along with half of the people in the 50 seat theater and then saw there were only 2 toilets and a very long line.
Never again. Smells of tourist trap all over. I should have known better.
Film was shite too. Ha ha ha *cry*
Pricey but good. This is where they have all the premiers so it's worth a visit just for that. The main screen is quite grand and could do with an update. Apart from that it's regular Odeon fare. Annoyingly you have to queue outside for tickets, but this is necessary because of the volume of people trying to get in, so best if booked in advance.
This movie theater was HUGE! Unfortunately I watched the very creepy movie Alice in Wonderland here back in March last year. But I could not have picked a more spacious and grand place to watch it. :)
We take a trip up to town periodically and take in a film followed by a good meal. We find the Odeon a great place and always enjoy the experience. Yes, it is pricey but we choose this form of pleasure as opposed to other costly forms of leisure time activities. Personally, I feel that the price is worth it for the pleasure we get from the Odeon. Comfort, access and always a great film with good sound.
Odeon Leicester Square has the largest cinema screen in Europe, allegedly. Anyway, if you want to see an action movie or some CGI-heavy blockbuster, this is probably the best cinema to see it at. Go on a Wednesday and get two-for-one tickets with Orange Wednesday. Otherwise, prepare to come away with little change from a 20-pound note. The seats are a bizarre tiger-stripe pattern. One day, Odeon will give it a refit. I saw Iron Man here in May. They had a digital screen, which made it a lot better than seeing it on an analogue screen. There's a weirdly small gents toilet, though. Come on guys, give us some more room!
Most expensive cinema of my life ever, I was perched at the top end at the back of the room (huge room, that's right, but still), I struggled all the film long to watch it... seriously not recommanded unless you have £22,5 to spend in a seat...
This venue is the place where many previews and premiers are shown and celebrities appear.I was there to see Tin Tin with my family and was shocked to see how expensive it has become!To get a good seat in the Royal cfircle it was £24.40 a ticket!The other seats started at £18 although i did get a concession for my student daughter. Step inside and be prepared to fork out more for candies and drinks.I paid out £20 for 1 coke 1 water,1 large popcorn and 3 bags of chocolate. On the plus side the cinema screen is huge and the sound is good. The seats were roomy and comfortable so much so that i fell asleep (but that could have been because the film was boring)
This cinema is frankly a bit of a dump and has had its day. It keeps its popularity because of its location, and the fact that it hosts so many premieres, but in reality there are far, far better cinemas very close by, such as the curzon on shaftesbury avenue. The seats are squashed together, and if you're sitting at the back, you can see all the screen, but it's a bit annoying having the upper level jutting out into your view. Also, it's very expensive. I went there the other day to see the new Indiana Jones film and it was about 12 quid! Even for London that is very overpriced.
What makes this cinema so great is the fact that majority of movie premiers are hosted here. There is a premier almost every week and this is the place to be if you want to see your favourite actor or actress in the flesh. I once had tickets to a premiere and it was amazing, walking down the red carpet whilst the camera is on you and the crowds. As you enter the building, it feels like a five-star cinema. The main screen they use for the premiers is huge and it is a great luxury to sit there with that screen and great sound system. It might be a bit pricey to watch a movie on the screen there, considering; it is Central London after all.
Crash bang wallop, Skyfall, excellent, huge screen, huge noise (huge price, just don't go if you don't want to pay), best seats are the Royal Circle, probably 2nd row back (front row has wall in front, which might impeded view if you're a smaller person) highly recommended.
Expensive but gooda great place to watch a new film as they have stalls, royal circle etc. Good array of snacks
The Odeon is a huge movie theatre in the heart of Leicester square. Some very impressive, very large advertisements of the latest movies can be seen from a long way off, and there are some great typical movie foods available, and some not so typical. The only problem with a movie theatre this size and in such a fabulous location is that it's quite expensive. And personally I prefer a little movie theatre such as in Clapham Common without the huge crowds, and huge prices. Because at the end of the day, it's still the same movie.
I would never have chosen to visit the Odeon Leicester Square unless I had free tickets - which I did! I won tickets to the premiere of Iron Man so was quite excited to walk along the red carpet and visit this famous cinema. I was expecting to get a glass of champagne on entry and other nice things but in fact just got water and popcorn! Was a good experience though and film was great!
Celeb spotting was fun - was sat near Simon Pegg, Brendon Coles and Al Murray but the really famous people were kept away from us mortals!
Apparently normal price is £13.50 so I don't think I'll be going again unless I win something again!
Too pricey for my liking. This cinema is in a great location but the cosy does not make me excited to go to the cinema. I know that lots of premieres are shown here which is exciting, but in general this cinema is not a favourite of mine.
I have stood behind the barriers of countless premiers here at the Odeon Leicester Square, seen my share of celebrities, and "borrowed" my share of movie posters attached to the barriers. My latest steel was from the Sex and the City premiere where I saw and photographer all of the women from the show. This is the location of the BAFTAs, and supposedly the largest screen in London. If you have the patience I highly recommend going and screaming for your favourite celebrity at least once in your life. The Star Wars premiere a few years had the London Symphony Orchestra play and took over the entire square. There are three levels of tickets but the cheapest starts at around £13 and goes up to £18. You can go and see live theatre for these kind of prices. You do have to choose your seats when you buy the ticket which is sooo annoying, because half the time I am behind the tallest guy in the theatre. The seats are really comfortable and if you are in the expensive seats who knows who's bum could have been there before you. Maybe a Leo Dicaprio, or an Angeline Jolie. So go on Orange Wednesday for half the price and have a really good night out at the movies.
With over 1500 seats, the Odeon Leicester Square is the largest single screen cinema in the UK. I'd meant to pay a visit for many years, but had somehow never quite got around to it. So, when the Bond franchise revitalised itself with Casino Royale a couple of years ago, it seemed like the ideal opportunity. Prices are, unsurprisingly, high, and many people may baulk at paying close to £20 for the top priced seats. Cheaper seats are available (with prices reduced still further for some off-peak performances), but as it was a one-off I decided not to skimp. The foyer areas are relatively unremarkable, but the auditorium itself is as impressive as you might expect in terms of size and comfort. The performance I attended was sparsely populated and I expect that the real 'buzz' occurs when there is something approaching a full house. The best aspect of the whole experience for me personally was the standard of the film presentation itself crisp projection and a superb sound system. Overall, a fantastic experience, but not something to be repeated on a regular basis unless you are the Sultan of Brueni.
Dont use their Filmline phone number - it's a gigantic ripoff on bill.
Oh! All those exciting movie premiers take place here. It's so nice seeing red carpet and a massive crowd of fans waiting outside to see their favourite stars. I remember staying in the bar next door to the Odeon just so I could get a glimpse of Keanu Reeves. He was modestly walking on the red carpet for his film, Matrix Reloaded. I was screaming like a mad cow, and he was very handsome with his ruff beard look, when it was fashionable in those days. The outside décor gets done up to the max when new films are about to come out. They decorate the exterior to complement the style of film brand, whatever it may be, which means it spends lot. I usually buy my tickets in advance, but it doesn't change the price very much because the cinema tickets are expensive. £10 is your average price for an adult, but the screen is massive and you'll get quality sound of course. However, during the winter, it gets cold so you'd probably be wearing your scarf whilst chucking popcorn in your gob. Therefore, I suggest you come in here once and make your own decision. I came here to watch a Harry Potter move and I think the Odeon Leicester Squares gave it justice.
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