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‘Odeon LUXE’ A review of the luxury cinema experience; making watching films more accessible when you have physical ailments

ODEON LUXE – watching your films in a more luxurious way!

My local Odeon Cinema (Regal Cinemas in USA) was out of action for a while as it underwent a refurbishment, but this wasn’t any old refurbishment with a new carpet and a dash of fresh paint. No, I’d call it more of a luxury makeover! You see it didn’t just get a new word in its name – it got a new identity. The ‘LUXE’ really is visible to see!

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Making cinema experiences more accessible for people suffering from chronic pain, fatigue and injury.

Sitting in each of the 12 cinema screens is now an audience pleasure, as each individual seat is a soft leather electric recliner chair. The easy to use electric control puts your feet up off the floor and tilts you back to an almost lying down position.

Of course you take your finger off the control when you are in your own desired position. You can leave it as just a normal chair position if you’d prefer & just enjoy it for being a soft, more comfortable chair instead of taking advantage of its recliner feature.

Each seat also comes with an individual tray table with a cup holder in. The tables are adjustable so they can stay at the side of you or you can swivel them around In front of you, over your lap (I image this would be easier with eating something like nachos).

review of odeon luxe cinema with leather recliner chairs and individual table by Helen's Journey Blog www.helensjourney.comreview of odeon luxe cinema with leather recliner chairs and individual table by Helen's Journey Blog www.helensjourney.com making films more assessable for people with physical ailments

Out in the foyer you buy tickets from self-service ticket machines, but there is customer service team reps at the counters for buying your snacks and beverages.

This upgrade also includes a new bar selling wine, beers and spirits. As well as a new menu for hot and cold food that can be taken in with you to watch your film.

The adult standard ticket cost is £12.50 – for me personally it was worth paying the few extra pounds just for the added comfort.

Using luxury cinemas to make watching films more accessible, when you have chronic pain!

As a sufferer of chronic widespread pain & fatigue, going to the cinema to watch a film isn’t something that comes easy as seats aren’t the most comfortable and you are stuck in the same position for a long period of time. However, going to the cinema when you have physical ailments is something that has defiantly become easier with more luxury cinemas being opened.

Fibromyalgia means staying in the same position for a long period of time increases pain, discomfort & overall stiffness when you move again. So being able to move around in the seat and change positions with the chair/raised feet element is really helpful.

This cinema also includes other facilities to make this cinema experience DISABILITY FRIENDLY with:

  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair access to every screen
  • Spaces for wheelchairs and an accompanying seat next to it
  • Headsets with extra amplified sound
  • Infra red enabling Audio Description
  • CEA card initiative, which gives disabled cinema guests a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them. More info at: www.ceacard.co.uk
odeon luxe cinema with leather recliner chairs, making films more assessable for people with physical ailments. review by Helen's Journey Blog www.helensjourney.com

Recliner chair in its fully reclined position

Taking children to an Odeon Luxe cinema:

A more independently exciting experience for children, that gives them a treat in style and luxury!

I’ve now been to my local Odeon Luxe twice. Firstly, I attended with my six-year-old nephew and walking in and seeing the seats he was well excited! Having his own seat and own table must have seemed grown up to him. He definitely saw it as a treat which was perfect as it was his birthday. Under 12 child tickets are £7.50 or family tickets are available.

During the film he was happy to find out that the arm in-between the chairs could be pushed up to huddle together to watch the film. This gives children extra security esp if there is a scene they find scary or they are unsure of. I’m sure the handy arms up trick comes in handy on a few date nights too 😉

review of watching Momma Mia here we go again film in an odeon luxe cinema with leather recliner chairs, by Helen's Journey Blog www.helensjourney.com

Film Review of watching ‘Mamma Mia Here We Go Again’ in an Odeon Luxe Cinema (No Spoilers!)

Then this week I went there to watch ‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again’ and sitting in cinema seat luxury definitely made it an even more enjoyable experience, being able to adjust my position as I watched depending on my discomfort levels in that moment.

I’m not into spoilers but I will say the film was great. I loved the ways they fused flashbacks and present action together throughout the film, with smooth transitions between them (making it almost instantly ready to be transformed into a stage show no doubt).

The young actors they got to represent each of the older actors in flashbacks was brilliant casting, as each one was really believable in looks and characteristics.

As a soundtrack I knew more of the Abba songs from the first film’s soundtrack. However, all of the songs used in this sequel fit perfectly for the part of the story they were linking to in song. So although I wouldn’t be able to sing along to many if I brought this films soundtrack album – I totally understand why each individual song was chosen for its part to play in telling the story so fittingly.

However, the film had me feeling like next time I’m on a date, I’ll be disappointed in the guy doesn’t break out into a song for me… 😉😜😂

I’d recommend going to an Odeon Luxe Cinema for a luxury film experience, especially if going to the cinema is usually a hard task for you physically.

Over all I give the Odeon Luxe experience a huge thumbs up & I’d recommend you all go & give your local Odeon Luxe a visit, at least once to tick it off your experiences list! 👍

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