A pleasant surprise.
After bad experiences at some other Odeon cinemas in London, this one was much better.
Friendly and super helpful staff on entry? Yes! What a difference.
We walked in and one of the staff across at the snack counter called us over to save us waiting behind the people in front. On entry to the screens the staff were also friendly and helpful.
I like the art deco interior despite the fading grandeur and slightly peeling exterior. I read that it was built in the 1930s but hit by a doodlebug in WWII but the impressive high foyer and staircase remains. The cinemas themselves are standard boxes and varying size (8 screens total).
It has a neighbourhood feel and the ticket prices are a more reasonable than the West End (and less crowded too) and frankly I would much rather come here.
I quite like this cinema...and the area isn't that dodgy(!) so don't listen to the previous yelpers!! They only really show massive Hollywood films here, so don't expect any art house or sub-titled movies. At least the films my boyfriend works on are normally biggies, so we can see them here.*
- Their ticket machines have always worked for me (unlike many other Odeon cinemas)
- The steps are quite steep in the main screen, so you can still see, even if a super tall person sits in front of you!
- In screen 2, I quite like getting the posh 'premium' tickets as they are the best seats in the middle of the cinema. It is still cheaper than normal tickets in central London.
- If you watch a movie in the smaller screens, don't bother with premium tickets! They are too far back, and aren't worth the extra pounds.
Mostly, I like it because it is really close to my flat, so I can be lazy AND go to the cinema. Yay.
* Any film that shows his name in the credits makes me adore the theatre I watch it in.
Very friendly staff great show times and there's even a cheap thrills £1 massage chair while you wait for your date to go to the loo afterwards. Or you and your date can sit together. On the massage chairs, not the loo.
Imagine you enter the old style atrium that spikes up two stories with large staircase leading you to the fantasy world?
Well, you'd get to experience all that - if you go to the Screen 2 of the Odeon Holloway Rd!
There are two reasons for 4 stars: neighbourhood may SEEM a bit suspicious (it actually isn't) and legroom could be a bit larger - other than that: it's great!
A solid 3-stars for this Odeon. The theatre itself is not in the most prestigious neighbourhood, but at least you don't have to pay Leicester Square prices here!
I suggest that if you're going to watch one of the blockbusters here, to double-check in advance at which of the 8 rooms they're showing that film at a given time. Because, what happens is that when, for example, a new Harry Potter movie comes out, they show it at 10 different times during the day, but maybe only 3 of these showings are taking place at the cinema with the big screen (auditorium # 1 & #2).
After the movie, I suggest you have dinner at this fantastic Indian restaurant, called Indian Ocean, not far away from the cinema. (See my review of the Indian Ocean for what to order!)
At this point I would like to bitch about the Odeon group in general: I find it outrageous that they don't have a toll-free number that I can call when I need information for an upcoming showtime. But even worse, not only do I have to pay for this phone call, but I also have to listen to a computerised message for a few minutes (explaining to me that I should check out their website!!!) before I can actually speak to a person! I find this to be gruesome customer service...bless American companies for being so generous with their 1-800 numbers!
I quite enjoyed my visit to the cinema. £8.40 for a ticket is only expensive, if you don't know London very well.
Saw a film that had been out for a couple of weeks and it was in a fairly small room, but with a nice big screen and good sound.
Be careful though. I'm not sure if this is always the case, but the film started bang on the showing time start. The trailers were played before this time. That could catch you out.
Firstly, I'm going to disagree with hortonj. This place is anything but cheap. As with most, if not all, cinemas in London, ticket prices go above the £8 mark, and the food (again, as with all cinemas nationwide) is a rip off.
As a venue, it is not bad. Usually clean and the staff are helpful. In the theatres themselves, the audio and visual are pretty good. It's always good seeing a lesser known film, as you get seated in one of the tiny screens that they've squeezed in to this otherwise huge venue.
My real gripe comes with the exterior - it's a mess and looks as though it hasn't been refurbished for over 30 years. It's pretty disgraceful - all it takes is a lick of paint and this place would be much more tempting.
There is something about cinemas with an art deco façade that draws me in so much more inviting than the giant warehouse multiplexes. This is scruffy on the outside and no better inside. The staff are friendly and helpful. Some of the screens here are tiny like watching a film at home. Kids cinema club on a Saturday morning is seriously cheap but feels like you are watching a movie in the middle of the London riots. Not for the feint hearted. I must be getting old. We sometimes catch a movie here after a visit to Sobell Leisure Centre. Pretty much sums up all of the Holloway Road stretch friendly enough but desperately needs bringing into the 21st century.
I quite like this cinema as it's very cheap. When i still owned a student card days on an Orange Wednesday me and my girl could get in there for stupid money - one pound seventy each or something! Bargain! The screens are nice and big, and the staff are friendly and helpful, although i would say that one thing that let's this place down is the selection of films - not as good as they could be if indies are your bag, but if you want to go and check a mainstream film this is as good a place as any in the area. Although it as to be said i'm gutted that the old holloway cinema is now a wetherspoons as the architecture is amazing. Although there's place you might like to go for a pre or post film drink
Pretty much a standard Odeon, good enough size so usually has good selction of films. Not cheap - definately worth taking advantage of the Orange Wednesday deals..
It's a bit smelly and the seats are uncomfortable. On the other hand the the staff are friendly and the projection and sound quality (in the digital screens) is good. It's our closest cinema but I'd rather travel a bit further to go somewhere nice.
saw Avengers in 3D on screen1 there yesterday
Liked: Seats are in theatre style, so no danger to get your view blocked
Disliked: Seats are uncomfortable and not adjustable. More important though the screen(the biggest one of the cinema) is WAY too small for the auditorium(296 seats)! I sat in the middle and that was already too far from the screen. Cinema feeling just wouldnt really come up.
Dirty, smells and in urgent need of refurbishment.
Wish it was better because it's a short walk away from home but I prefer to travel an extra 20 minutes to avoid this one (says it all)
Dont use their Filmline phone number - it's a gigantic ripoff on bill.
Odeon cinema in Holloway is a standard multiplex, showing several movies at any given day in a bland environment that has about zero character. It is very much at odds with the building itself, which is a lovely example of Art Deco architecture. As in most cinema chains, the prices are ridiculously expensive, mostly over £8 per ticket. If you are driving or using public transport to get there, plus buying even more overpriced popcorn, you'll end up paying more than £15 for the pleasure of watching rubbish films on big screen.Not worth it, in my humble opinion. I'd rather spend that money on buying DVDs.
this venue is ok i guess, the ticket prices are a bit over board but if u av a student pass then its a bit of alright really there are comfy seats and a good list of films to see there is also air conditionin with in the premises and nice food even tho its over priced a lil
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