UK's first Dolby Vision cinema to open this Christmas

The wait for a Dolby Cinema in the UK will be over by the end of the year as the ODEON Leicester Square in London reopens after a multi-million pound refurbishment programme. Adopting the name ODEON Luxe Leicester Square, the West End cinema is being described as the chain's 'European flagship'.

Screen 1 (aka the Premiere Screen) has been given the Dolby Cinema makeover. The 800-seat venue will feature a Dolby Vision dual-laser projection system and Dolby Atmos audio.

Over 350 of the theatre's seats will be powered Luxe recliners. These promise 'extensive legroom, sumptuous comfort and personal tray tables,' says ODEON.

Screens 2-5 have also also been updated, with other tweaks to the legendary venue include new lifts/escalators to fit a 'beautiful contemporary art deco design.'

'The building’s famous heritage features have been lovingly restored including the Flying Ladies and original Compton organ in the premiere screen, a breath-taking mirror wall created for the digital age, and auditorium doors that pay homage to decades of Royal and world premieres,' says ODEON. 'The opulent new Oscar’s Bar (named after ODEON founder Oscar Deutsch) will serve an extensive range of drinks, including champagne and cocktails, and offer guests stunning views across Leicester Square from the bespoke new glass enclosed balcony.' Sounds like a good way to pass the time while the trailers roll.

ODEON Luxe Leicester Square will be the first of a mini-wave of Dolby Cinemas from the chain, with seven in total scheduled to open across the UK.