Screens 2 - 5 Odeon Leicester Square
22-24 Leicester Square,
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Odeon Theatres UK (Official)
Operated by: Odeon Theatres Ltd.
Architects: Glyn Mellor
Firms: Northern Building Design Associates
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: Odeon Mezzanine Leicester Square, Odeon Studios Leicester Square
The Odeon Mezzanine Cinemas were built in what was an exit alley for the main Odeon Theatre, Leicester Square. The five screens opened on 20th April 1990, designed by architects Glyn Miller of Northern Building Design Associates. The facade of the building is faced in the same black marble tiles as the main Odeon Theatre facade and blend in well.
The 290-seat Odeon Mezzanine has a seperate box office and entrance from the main Odeon Leicester Square, and the screens seat 60, 50, 60, 60 and 60. The Odeon Mezzanine was closed in September 2012 for a refurbishment, and was re-opened as the Odeon Studios Leicester Square on 30th November 2012.
The main original Odeon Leicester Square(which has its own page on Cinema Treasures) was closed for restoration and a remodel on 9th January 2018 and the Odeon Studios Leicester Square were also closed. Alterations included the entrance to the Odeon Studios Leicester Square was moved from its stand alone position to a new entrance from the Odeon Leicester Square foyer. The fifth screen on the ground floor has been converted into two VR rooms. The four remaining screens re-opened as Screens 2 - 5 Odeon Leicester Square on 21st December 2018 with a reduced total seating capacity of 116. The main original Odeon Leicester Square re-opened on the same day as a Dolby Cinema re-named Odeon Luxe Leicester Square.
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Very boxy cinemas and as stated above they do have that screening room feel about them which is rather nice. Never very busy as they tend to stretch out first run movies here way after the masses have seen them. Sat here many times with just me in the room. Way better than the awful Panton Street Odeon complex. Since Ken mentioned the Odeon Wardour Street back in March ‘05 they have now closed for good, the entire block is being demolished and a new hotel built. I cant decide which was worse Panton St or Wardour St- OK -both!
The Odeon Studios were re-opened on 30th November 2012.
Although the auditoria are small, are all the screens full 2.39 Scope size … or are some (or all) just 1.85 which necessitates Scope movies being shown letterboxed ?
@PhilipWW Coming late, but this link should answer your question: https://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/odeon-cinemas-london-3
If you scroll down, you’ll see a review from user AllyH from 2011 with picture showing an 1.85 screen. Considering that theses screens were built above a narrow alley separating buildings, I guess that they’re all identical.
I only think of movies as “letterboxed” if they are not matted/masked, in which case I won’t return!
Now 182 seats
screen 2 35 seats
screen 3 42 seats
screen 4 41 seats
screen 5 54 seats
Lionel: The photo uploaded by “Ally H.” to Yelp that you mention is of an auditorium over at the Vue West End, prior to its 2017 total refurbishment. The old grey pleated fabric (presumably Soundfold) sidewalls can be seen, as well as the amber “festoon” curtain above the screen.
Photo of former Odeon Studios Leicester Square auditorium.
(At least, I think it is—I haven’t been there in a very long time indeed!)
The photo uploaded below by CF100 of one of the old auditoria shows just a ‘Flat’ screen.
Now that it is being reconfigured and refurbished to Odeon Luxe standard, I hope all 4 new auditoria will be given wall-to-wall Scope screens. Surely this has to be essential for London’s most prestigious cinema.
These screens reopened on Friday as Screens 2-5, and merged with the main cinema.
Grand opening ads
Odeon mezzanine opening 20 Apr 1990, Fri Evening Standard (London, Greater London, England) Newspapers.com