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    London’s home of world premieres returns this Christmas

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    New renders of the new Odeon Luxe Leicester Square have been unveiled. The cinema,which will be the backdrops to world premieres will reopen this Christmas following a multi-million pound upgrade.

    Designed for Royal, Global and European film premieres, the multi-million pound luxury refurbishment of Odeon Luxe Leicester Square recaptures the golden age of cinema. The new cinema, which will reopen in time for Christmas of this year, will seat 800 luxury seats (including powered Luxe recliners) and will be the UK’s first Dolby Cinema to feature enhanced imaging via Dolby Vision laser projection and immersive audio via a unique Dolby Atmos system. In addition, it will feature, four further screens with luxury seating creating a unique alternative intimate viewing experience. The ornate new interior plus restored heritage features and new glass-fronted Oscar’s cocktail bar create world’s most sophisticated cinema for Hollywood stars and film fans.

    First opened in 1937, Europe’s most famous cinema will reopen for a packed schedule of blockbusters following an 11-month, luxe refurbishment that has transformed the UK’s ‘home of the premiere’ back into a global icon in the heart of London’s West End. ODEON Luxe Leicester Square will be the European flagship for Odeon Cinemas Group, Europe’s largest cinema operator, an AMC Entertainment company.

    The reborn and lovingly restored cinema blends the historic glamour and charm of the original venue (first opened in 1937) with state of the art luxury and technology. Premiere screen: Home to hundreds of premieres, the building’s largest screen has been fully upgraded to combine luxurious reclining ODEON Luxe seats with the captivating experience of Dolby Cinema. UK’s first Dolby CinemaT ODEON and Dolby have partnered to offer film fans the UK’s first Dolby Cinema experience.

    “For more than eight decades, ODEON Leicester Square has stood tall in the heart of London as the capital’s home of the premiere,” said Mark Way, President AMC Europe & Managing Director Odeon Cinemas Group. “Our stunning Luxe refurbishment takes this prestigious reputation to the next level, reinventing one of the most iconic cinemas in the world. With the combination of Luxe recliners and Dolby Cinema, no other cinema will offer this level of luxury and technology. Quite simply, ODEON Luxe Leicester Square will be the best movie experience available – an unrivalled luxury cinema that will proudly set the standard for generations to come. We’re very excited to reveal our plans to reopen for Christmas so guests can experience everything that the reborn ODEON Luxe Leicester Square will offer.”

     “The building’s famous heritage features have been lovingly restored including the Flying Ladies.”

    The full interior makeover transforms the cinema into a stunning leisure and entertainment venue. A bespoke new lift and escalators improve access and enhance the beautiful contemporary art deco design. The building’s famous heritage features have been lovingly restored including the Flying Ladies and original Compton organ in the premiere screen, a breath-taking mirror wall created for the digital age, and auditorium doors that pay homage to decades of Royal and world premieres. The opulent new Oscar’s Bar (named after ODEON founder Oscar Deutsch) will serve an extensive range of drinks, including champagne and cocktails, and offer guests stunning views across Leicester Square from the bespoke new glass enclosed balcony.

    Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema Business Group, Dolby Laboratories commented: “ODEON Leicester Square is one of the most iconic cinemas in Europe and Dolby is honoured to be a part of this extraordinary renaissance. This installation represents the first opportunity for British film goers to experience the unparalleled magic that Dolby Cinema offers. Our technology is recognised as delivering the most faithful experience of filmmakers’ creative intent. This partnership with ODEON is a significant milestone for Dolby as we strive to extend spectacular experiences to moviegoers in the UK and around the world.”

    ODEON launched its first ODEON Luxe cinema in October 2017 with recliner seats in every screen, full luxury refurbishment to the whole cinema, plus a new food and drink retail offer including an Oscar’s Bar, and signature guest service. Eleven ODEON Luxe cinemas are now open across the UK, with more to come this year and in 2019.


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    Jade Burke

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