ODEON IMAX cinema

About us

Introduction

Founded back in 1930, ODEON is the largest and best-known cinema chain in the UK and Ireland. And, famous the world over, ODEON Leicester Square has hosted over 700 of Europe’s biggest film premieres since the 1930s.

Perry Bar in Birmingham saw the first ODEON cinema open in 1930 and established the brand as not only simply somewhere to watch films, but somewhere to experience them. Iconic art deco architecture and the very latest technology became synonymous with ODEON where you didn’t just go to see a film, you went to the cinema.

Today, we are owned by Terra Firma and our passion for film and the whole cinema experience is so deep-rooted that it is embodied in everything we do. We’re fanatical about film and so continuously strive to enhance and improve our customers’ experiences.

We are at the forefront of cinematic experience: both IMAX and ISENSE offer extraordinary cinema viewing and we also operate London’s BFI IMAX which is the largest cinema screen in the UK. We have the UK’s biggest cinema loyalty scheme - ODEON Première Club - with over 2 million members.

We offer so much more than a standard cinema screen and we also offer so much more than popcorn and soft drinks. We now have Costa Coffee in many of our locations, we have a superb cocktail lounge called Ambar, our Gallery offering includes unlimited popcorn, nachos and soft drinks and The Lounge is the ultimate in luxury cinema-going.

We pride ourselves in the very best cinema experience: cutting-edge technology and the widest choice of experiences (this extends way beyond the box office – we also screen live sports and cultural events and special screenings for specific groups).

We are fanatical about film. We are ODEON.

ODEON - Historic cinemas
ODEON - Premieres at ODEON Leicester Square
ODEON - BFI IMAX

ODEON Lights Up Leicester Square

ODEON Leicester Square

The iconic ODEON cinema in London’s Leicester Square officially unveils three brand-new outdoor digital LED screens.

Launched at the World premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Monday 11th November 2013, the biggest of the three screens is one of the largest outdoor screens in Europe and further cements the status of ODEON Leicester Square as the home of the film premiere and the most famous cinema in the UK.

The new screens will be seen by the 240,000+ people who walk through the square every day. For premieres the screens will really come to life, creating a more interactive experience with the red carpet being displayed live on screens as well as the faces of some of the thousands of spectators who show up.

Quick Facts

  • We have over 100 cinemas and over 850 screens
  • We sell almost two thousand tonnes of popcorn every year (that would fill Wembley Stadium five times)
  • Our loyalty scheme, ODEON Première Club, boasts over 2 million members
  • We opened the first modern multiplex in the UK in Milton Keynes

  • We dispense enough drinks to fill 19 Olympic-sized swimming pools every year

Odeon Careers

In the world of work, you simply can't ignore the importance of culture.

We don't like rules for rules' sake.

That way, everyone that works here at ODEON is empowered to tackle the really important things like being Fanatical About Film and providing the best guest experience. Sociable and inclusive sums ODEON up nicely.

It's not often that you get to experience a small company culture in a big, successful group - but it's apparent here from day one. Sure, we're growing and successful, and there's a pace and energy here that you won't find anywhere else. There's always something new and exciting on the horizon to keep everyone challenged.

ODEON Tickets

Where else can you spend your day in the company of spy hunters, dragon slayers, lovers, fighters and heroes?
Not to mention being surrounded by a team who share your passion for the big screen and delivering outstanding guest service.

So are you interested in working for ODEON and putting your career in the spotlight?

Love Rosie in cinemas October 22
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