Odeon’s flagship Leicester Square cinema prepares to reopen with socially distanced seating

Odeon Leicester Square with the screens switched off during the coronavirus pandemic. Credit: PA

Guests at one of London’s most famous cinemas will watch films in socially distanced seating and experience staggered start times.

Film fans at the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square will likely be greeted by staff in protective equipment, many of whom are behind screens, when the doors re-open on July 13.

Tessa Street, general manager of Odeon Leicester Square and board director for The Heart of London Business Alliance, said staff will endeavour to still give visitors a “magical” experience, even under unusual circumstances.

Cinemas in England will be allowed to open from July 4 after the doors closed and screens went dark in March amid the coronavirus pandemic.

We have obviously been working on plans since we locked down in terms of what that is going to look like and preparing for that.

Tessa Street, general manager of Odeon Leicester Square