The Odeon West End is located in Leicester Square. Leicester Square has several of the largest cinemas in the city. Now it's common for large shopping centers on the outskirts of the city to also have entertainment centers but Leicester Square is traditionally the place where you go to see a movie in London. Opposite the cinema, which is on the south side of the square, is the Odeon Leicester Square. This huge building with its large black façade and 37 meter high tower belongs to the same chain. The West End has only two rooms, one can accommodate 500 people and the other 900. For a film premiere in Leicester Square, there's usually a great show with fireworks, parties, etc. The British Film Institute's annual Film Festival is also held at the Odeon West End. It was built in 1930 and was originally the theater of Leicester Square.
Going to the movies in London is not exactly cheap. The standard entrance fee is 13.50 pounds and for a premiere, 15.50 pounds! It's a little cheaper before 2 in the afternoon at 9 and 11.50 pounds. In Leicester Square, there is usually a discount for students or 2 for 1 offers that are sometimes offered by a newspaper or restaurant.
The London IMAX dome is on the south bank of the Thames, in Southbank. It can hold 485 people and is an amazing experience as you're watching the movie on a screen 20 meters high by 26 meters wide. The sound system is also the latest technology, one of the most sophisticated in the world, and this all contributes to make you feel like a movie actor. They use suitable films such as adventure or nature moves, or a helicopter ride, or about whales and the underwater world that leaves you more impressed that a movie normal. Tickets are 13.50 pounds, 10 for students and 9 for children, if you spend all afternoon there it costs 26 pounds and for regular movies it's a little cheaper, 9 pounds.
With the new signs, which are more sober than the older ones, I can't help but feel that this cinema has lost a bit of its charm. But this old, majestic building in Leicester Square, dating back to 1884, remains one of my favourite places to watch a movie. Today it is a multiplex with eight screens (the largest room can accommodate over a thousand people) and features the latest audiovisual technology.
A great independent cinema. What can we say? If you're tired of going to overpriced, crowded cinemas, then the Ritzy will be perfect for you. The seats are ultra comfortable, the screens a bit small but the tickets are cheap.
Although the cinema bears the name of a prince, the prices aren't too expensive. The Prince Charles Cinema offers an incredible variety of films from classics to the latest blockbusters, with movies from all over the world. This is one of the best London cinemas, if not the best. A few meters from Leicester Square.