Odeon Cinema isn’t a stranger to change, from changes in its ownership to changes in its technology applied in its theatres. But through it all, the chain has maintained its reputation for quality facilities, films shown, and food and drinks selection. Indeed, it’s one of the few chains of movie theatres in the United Kingdom to have thrived amidst the fast changes in the industry.
Today, Odeon theatres are popular places for families and friends to enjoy the movies, catch up on their lives, and kick back and relax. These aren’t your usual theatres where only the movies matter because of their commitment to providing quality dining options, too.
Below are the estimated Odeon Cinema prices.
|Adult - 2D - Standard||£13.00|
|Child (12 and Under) - 2D - Standard||£9.75|
|Teen (13-17) - 2D - Standard||£10.75|
|Senior - 2D - Standard||£11.25|
|Student - 2D - Standard||£10.75|
|Adult - 2D - Premier||£14.60|
|Child (12 and Under) - 2D - Premier||£11.35|
|Teen (13-17) - 2D - Premier||£12.35|
|Senior - 2D - Premier||£12.85|
|Student - 2D - Premier||£12.35|
|Adult - IMAX 3D - Standard||£18.00|
|Child (12 and Under) - IMAX 3D - Standard||£14.75|
|Teen (13-17) - IMAX 3D - Standard||£15.75|
|Senior - IMAX 3D - Standard||£16.25|
|Student - IMAX 3D - Standard||£15.75|
|Adult - IMAX 3D - Premier||£19.60|
|Child (12 and Under) - IMAX 3D - Premier||£16.35|
|Teen (13-17) - IMAX 3D - Premier||£17.35|
|Senior - IMAX 3D - Premier||£17.85|
|Student - IMAX 3D - Premier||£17.35|
Odeon Cinema’s roots lie in Brierley, Staffordshire where Perry Barr opened Picture House in 1928. But it was Oscar Deutsch who opened the first Odeon theatre in 1930 in Birmingham; he bought Picture House, which became the first cinema in his growing chain.
Early in its history, Odeon Cinema has already changed ownership a few times. In 1940, Rank Organization acquired it and continued being its owner for about 60 years. Several more ownership changes happened until the early 2000s when Terra Firma acquired the chain, merged it with UCI Cinemas, and created Odeon UCI Cinemas in the process.
AMC Theatres, the current owner, acquired Odeon Cinemas from Terra Firma in November 2016. For this reason, Odeon Cinema is now part of the largest cinema operator in the United Kingdom.
From Ticketing to Watching
Customers can purchase their tickets either from the ticketing booths in each theatre or from the official website. For the traditional way, you can just go directly to the ticketing booth, tell the attendant the movie you want to see, and pay for your ticket before proceeding to the auditorium entrance where an attendant will inspect your ticket.
In case of the online option, booking your tickets can be done either through your desktop/laptop or your mobile device (e.g., tablet or smartphone). This is more convenient because there’s no need to line up for tickets, check the show times on the board, and be left with non-preferred seats, among other inconvenience. With online booking, you can book your preferred seats; terms and conditions apply, however.
Interested individuals can also use the official website for checking show times for current and upcoming movies, as well as for updates about competitions and promotions for discounts, freebies and the like. The information, furthermore, is also usually displayed in the theatres and customers can ask the staff about it, too. Many theatres also have guest service centres and support offices, such as in the London, Manchester, and Stoke-on-Trent locations.
Odeon Cinema may have started in the late 1920s, a time when movie technology was in its infancy, but it has definitely evolved with the times and technology! Every Odeon theatre has state-of-the-art audio-visual technology particularly IMAX screens, Dolby sound systems, and iSense auditoriums. These provide life-like, or more accurately larger than life, experiences at the movies because of their high-resolution images and high-definition sounds.
Many of the Odeon theatres are also equipped to accommodate the specific needs of the differently-abled population. There are wheelchair-friendly seats, close captioned screens, and hearing assistive devices for this purpose. The staff are more than willing to provide friendly assistance for the differently-abled and their companions for the use of these services.
Odeon Cinema has a membership program known as Limitless that allows its members to watch movies as many times as they like (i.e., unlimited access) for a reasonable fixed monthly fee. Take note that the membership perks only apply to 2D movies, among other terms and conditions of membership.
The ticket prices differ between locations, movies being shown, and preferred seating, among other factors. These are reflected on the shopping cart when purchasing tickets online so check before your click.
For moviegoers who want the VIP treatment, there’s the choice between The Lounge and the Gallery; these are only in selected locations so check first before booking. Age limits apply since alcoholic drinks are served in The Lounge, which has two areas for its adult customers – first, an area with high-resolution screens for movies; and second, a bar area where customers can order gourmet appetizers, entrées, and desserts as well as cocktails and wines.
For the budget-conscious customers, Odeon theatres offer classic movie food and drinks including hotdogs, popcorn, candies, and soft drinks. Food packages can also be ordered in advance or bought from the concession stands, such as the Family Feast, the Kids Mix, and The Classic.
Every Odeon theatre is also as neat as a pin, thanks to the hardworking crew who ensures that there are no sticky stuff, stray trash, and other icky things on the seats, aisles and floors of the auditoriums. The restrooms are well-lighted, too, as well as stocked with the necessary toiletries.
To find any Odeon Cinema near you, visit their official website.