ODEON Film And Movie Premieres: On The Red Carpet With ODEON

 

ODEON movie premieres are so star-studded, you’ll need sunglasses. Here’s what happens on the red carpet at our legendary Leicester Square film premieres. 

The ultimate movie premiere destination 

When the biggest movies come to town, ODEON Leicester Square is the only place to be. This world-famous London landmark is home to ODEON’s flagship Luxe cinema where, since 1937, we’ve been proud to host Hollywood’s heavyweights in five-star comfort as they launch their latest blockbusters. 

For a taste of the ODEON movie premiere experience, check out our red carpet video interviews with everyone from Dwayne Johnson to Will Smith. And next time you’re in town on film premiere night, don’t forget to swing by ODEON Leicester Square with your autograph book.   

 

What happens at a movie premiere? 

There’s nothing more glamorous than an ODEON movie premiere. The expectant crowds. The photographers readying their flashbulbs. And then the moment we’ve all been waiting for, as the car doors open and the legends of Hollywood sweep up the red carpet in all their finery, flashing megawatt smiles and greeting their fans. 

Alongside the historic location, the film industry also chooses to launch movies at ODEON’s Leicester Square cinema for its cutting-edge facilities. Here, you’ll find the pinnacle of the game-changing technology and comfort that make ODEON Luxe cinemas the gold standard for a truly magical night out.  

From the none-more-chic reclining seats to immersive audio-visuals that make every film come flying off the screen, ODEON Leicester Square is the ultimate showcase of what cinema is capable of. Movie star or not, everyone should experience a film at this palace of cinema at least once.            

 

A brief history of Leicester Square film premieres

ODEON’s flagship cinema in Leicester Square is the spiritual home of the British film premiere and a world of unashamed luxury that is (literally) fit for a king. Designed by architects Harry Weedon and Andrew Mather, the head-turning building, with its 120-foot tower, was inspired by the art deco style of the 1920s – while the 2,116 seats in the two-tier auditorium were originally finished in leopardskin! 

As the jewel in founder Oscar Deutsch’s cinema empire, ODEON Leicester Square opened its doors on November 2nd, 1937, with a screening of The Prisoner Of Zenda. But it was always destined for greater things. In 1946, when a location was required for the annual Royal Film Performance, the cinema’s unprecedented comfort and state-of-the-art features – including a Compton organ – made it the obvious choice. The first of many movie premieres attended by the royal family here was 1948’s Hamlet, starring Laurence Olivier 

Steeped in history and regularly refreshed to reflect the march of fashion and cinema technology, ODEON Leicester Square has gone on to forge its enduring status as the key destination for London film premieres. Quite simply, anyone who’s anyone in showbiz has walked that fabled red carpet at some point in their career, from Frank Sinatra (for 1958’s Me And The Colonel) to Samuel L. Jackson (for 2019’s Glass).   

And the most special guest of them all? It has to be the Queen herself, who has been a regular guest over the decades and a familiar presence at Bond films, whether welcoming Sean Connery to the premiere of 1967’s You Only Live Twice or ushering in Daniel Craig’s tenure as 007 with 2006’s Casino Royale. 

At ODEON Leicester Square, you’re in good company.  

2022 Film Premieres At ODEON

 

Top Gun: Maverick Royal Premiere

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the cast of Top Gun: Maverick for the sequel's Royal Premiere in London. On an unforgettable night, we spoke to Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller and more about why this must be seen at the cinema.

 

Thor: Love And Thunder Premiere

We joined the cast and crew at the Thor: Love And Thunder premiere to find out why this film is fit for the Gods. Hear why Natalie Portman, Taika Waititi, Kieron L. Dyer, Tessa Thompson and more think you should see Thor: Love And Thunder on the big screen.

 

To Infinity And Beyond | Lightyear Premiere

We joined the cast and crew at the Lightyear premiere to find out why this film is out of this world. Find out why Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi and more think you should see Lightyear on the big screen.

2019 Film Premieres At ODEON

The Lion King - European Premiere

From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau's all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own.

Toy Story 4 - European Premiere

Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that's Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called "Forky" to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.

Aladdin - UK Gala at ODEON Luxe Leicester Square

Aladdin is a lovable street urchin who meets Princess Jasmine, the beautiful daughter of the sultan of Agrabah. While visiting her exotic palace, Aladdin stumbles upon a magic oil lamp that unleashes a powerful, wisecracking, larger-than-life genie. As Aladdin and the genie start to become friends, they must soon embark on a dangerous mission to stop the evil sorcerer, Jafar, from overthrowing young Jasmine's kingdom.

Disney's Dumbo - European Premiere

Circus owner Max Medici enlists Holt to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when Holt's children discover that Dumbo can fly, persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Keaton) and an aerial artist named Colette Marchant swoop in to make the peculiar pachyderm a star.

Captain Marvel - UK Gala at ODEON Luxe Leicester Square

Based on the beloved Marvel comic book series, the movie features the first stand-alone, female-franchise title character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A former officer and Air Force test pilot, Carol Danvers becomes the universe’s most powerful hero when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races, the Kree and the Skrulls. Danvers is a maverick and not easily controlled, but through her journey she finds her true self and the path to harness her incredible powers.

Alita: Battle Angel - World Premiere

'Alita: Battle Angel' is a young cyborg, discovered in a scrapyard and repaired by a compassionate doctor named Ido. With no memories, she sets out to discover who she was.

Glass - UK Premiere

David Dunn is unbreakable, with incredible strength. Kevin Wendell Crumb is split, with multiple identities inside him. And Elijah Price is Mr. ‘Glass’, who holds secrets for both of them.

2018 Film Premieres At ODEON

Mary Poppins Returns European Premiere 

We caught up with the stars including Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Meryl Streep at the Royal Albert Hall in London to hear all about their magical new movie.

Creed II European Premiere

Join us and presenter Hannah Jackson as we meet the stars on the red carpet for the European Premiere of Creed II in London.

Aquaman World Premiere

Join us and presenter Hannah Jackson as we meet the stars on the blue carpet at the World Premiere of Aquaman.

A Star Is Born Red Carpet Premiere

ODEON meets Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper on the red carpet in London for the UK Premiere of A Star Is Born with presenter, Sophie Athawes.

Mission: Impossible - Fall Out Red Carpet UK Premiere at ODEON BFI IMAX

We caught up with Tom Cruise and the cast of Mission: Impossible - Fall Out to talk death defying stunts and their favourite moments on set; with presenter, Toby Tarrant.

Avengers: Infinity War - Exclusive Fan Event

The stars of Marvel Studios Avengers: Infinity War hit the purple carpet in London for a special event and of course, ODEON was there catching up with the cast. 

Rampage European Premiere 

ODEON meets Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and the cast of Rampage on the red carpet in Leicester Square with presenter, Toby Tarrant.

Ready Player One - European Premiere

Stars descended on Leicester Square on Monday evening for the European premiere of the fantasy adventure Ready Player One, set to be released on 25th March. 

Black Panther European Premiere

Pandora, caught up with the stars of Marvel Studios Black Panther, on the black carpet at the European Premiere in London.

The Post Premiere at ODEON Leicester Square

On 10th January, ODEON Leicester Square hosted its last premiere before the refurbishment and it couldn't be a better one than 'The Post', with movie legends Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep walking on the red carpet.

2017 Film Premieres At ODEON

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Premiere at ODEON Leicester Square

After two years, the stars of one of the biggest film franchises of all time have returned to London from a galaxy far, far away for the European Premiere of  'Star Wars: The Last Jedi', hosted at the Royal Albert Hall on 12th December. ODEON was there to capture the best bits from the red carpet!

Paddington 2 World Premiere at ODEON Leicester Square

We caught up with the cast and the key figures behind the making of Paddington 2 at the film world premiere. The playful and magical atmosphere of the film was recreated on the red carpet, with plenty of jam jars, jugglers, and live music inspired by Paddington’s South American background.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle World Premiere at ODEON Leicester Square

The orange carpet at ODEON Leicester Square saw some of the biggest names in the business with Colin Firth, Taaron Egerton, Julianne Moore, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Channing Tatum.  The A-list cast was joined  by the movie’s director Matthew Vaughn and writer Jane Goldman.

Dunkirk World Premiere at ODEON Leicester Square

London's Leicester Square hosted the World Premiere of Christopher Nolan's war epic 'Dunkirk'. The film features a prestigious cast, including Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance , Kenneth Branagh and Cillian Murphy, as well as newcomer Fionn Whitehead.  The ensemble cast also includes Harry Styles (One Direction) making his feature film debut.

Alien Covenant Global Premiere at ODEON Leicester Square

Sir Ridley Scott, Michael Fassbender and the cast of 'Alien: Covenant' hit the green carpet at ODEON Leicester Square for the Global Premiere!

2016 Film Premieres At ODEON

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them European Premiere at ODEON Leicester Square

The cast of 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' walked our blue carpet for the star-studded European Premiere of the new era of the wizarding world.

Suicide Squad European Premiere at ODEON Leicester Square

The stars of David Ayer's Suicide Squad joined us on the red carpet at the iconic ODEON Leicester Square for the European premiere.

Finding Dory Exclusive UK Premiere at ODEON Leicester Square

Ellen DeGeneres and the makers of 'Finding Dory' joined us at ODEON Leicester Square for the UK Premiere of the sequel to the much-loved 'Finding Nemo'.

Batman v Superman European Premiere at ODEON Leicester Square

ODEON lit up for the European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' as Leicester Square was divided, with one red carpet supporting Batman and the other supporting Superman.


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