You may have noticed that Odeon Leicester Square, London’s most famous cinema, has been out of action for nearly a year. It’s been undergoing a space-age upgrade designed to transform it from a fusty but beloved moviehouse to something with all the bells and whistles of a twenty-first-century cinema. And here it is in all its splendour, getting ready to reopen the doors in December.
It’s definitely not fusty anymore. Its 800 seats (down from the previous 1600-odd) promise comfort hitherto unknown to even the most widely-travelled bum, as well as the latest in Dolby Atmos sound and Dolby Vision laser projection. By the looks of things, even the popcorn will come in surround sound.
Some of the cinema’s original features, dating back over its 80-year history, have been restored to provide a nifty mix of old-world ambience and modern luxury touches, including a glass-fronted cocktail bar (above).
No word on an exact opening date yet, but Odeon is promising to have it ready for Christmas. It’s exciting to have the old favourite back in action.