Empire Leicester Square

Cinemas, Multiplex Leicester Square
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Empire Leicester Square

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.

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Venue name: Empire Leicester Square
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Address: Leicester Sq
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WC2H 7NA
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Allasyummyfood
tastemaker

I really like this cinema especially when you go see the featured movie, the screen is really big! 

Emily

I went there just a couple of times but I think is one of the best cinemas in London. The rooms I saw are little and intimate, the seats incredibly comfortable. The staff was very friendly, they helped us to find our seats and also the food is amazing, you can find everything in the shops inside. 

I loved the fact that you can book online and then collect your tickets at the machine. After the film, a little walk in the centre of London is simply necessary! :D 

Tara P
Tastemaker

The Empire in Leicester Square offers 2D tickets for the set price of £9.95 and this is its main appeal - particularly at peak times when its competitors inflate their rates. It's a convenient spot, with prime positioning on Leicester Square, and you can usually find something to watch. There's very little interaction with humans unless you're seeking a snack, as most tickets are bought from machines at the entrance. There are a number of screens from massive to pretty weeny. My main concern, however, is the sound level - often an issue in cinemas these days. I may sound like an old lady, but there's really no need to deafen us. During a showing of 12 Years A Slave I had to stuff tissues in my ears - and those really weren't sounds you wanted to hear at 300 decibels!

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.