Empire Leicester Square

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One of London’s oldest cinemas (it opened as a theatre in 1884, and as a cinema following World War II) the Empire in Leicester Square was until recently home to London’s biggest non-Imax cinema screen. It’s now been refurbished, with its massive main auditorium separated into one full Imax screen and one smaller, 400-seat Impact (ie, big but not quite Imax) theatre. There are also a number of smaller screens tucked away throughout the building, making a total of nine. Don’t come here to watch an award-winning three-hour Turkish drama. The programme is as mainstream as you’d expect from a central London multiplex, with all the big Hollywood hitters. The prices, too, reflect the cinema’s tourist-friendly location. Snacks are the usual hot dogs, nachos and popcorn.

Venue name: Empire Leicester Square
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Address: Leicester Sq
London
WC2H 7NA
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Lizzie W
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I've never been to an IMAX but New Year's Day we booked tickets for the new Star Wars at Leicester Square Empire at a whopping £20 each! Ouch! But I was super excited.

The screen inside was massive and we got seats perfectly in the middle so it was great. The film was brill and so was the cinema.
The most ridiculous thing was that they made people queue before going in and so we were stood outside for 10 minutes in the cold. Lucky it didn't rain. This was so there wasn't a mass surge at the toilets, bar and for seats however surely people would have filtered in without the queue!?
We didn't bother with snacks etc as they're so over priced! 
Glasses are provided, seats are comfy, toilets are clean.
I really enjoyed it and will def be back for the next Star Wars but wouldn't be paying for it for any old film.