Odeon’s central location and proximity to hip restaurants made it one of Delhi’s favourite hot spots through the 1970s and 1980s, especially if you loved Hollywood flicks. Then the erstwhile Chanakya theatre and, later, Priya theatre stole its thunder. After languishing for two decades, the 70-year-old Odeon is ready to claim its place in the spotlight once again. Now the single-screen theatre that opened in 1939 is, after a stylish makeover that took three years, Odeon BIG Cinemas, a two-screen multiplex. Auditorium 1 can seat 284 people, while auditorium 2 has a capacity of 308. With the opening of this theatre on 14 August, the BIG Cinemas chain finally has its first outlet in New Delhi. In the long run, the chain’s competitive pricing is certainly going to give PVR a run for its money.
The good stuff
This is certainly not your regular multiplex. At the entry point, the usual makeshift half-screens for security checks make way for a private cubicle with a curtain. The staircase is done up in black marble with a luxe chandelier, while the upper lobby is all white with chiffon curtains and golden knick-knacks. The lobby exudes classy minimalism—two small seating alcoves, and beige beanbag-like single seaters and golden cube seats add to the uncluttered feel. A digital poster wall—projections of movie posters and soundless trailers—enhances the movie-going experience.
The auditorium walls are lined with raw silk panels, and the last three rows are suede-covered sofa seats giving the place the feel of a plush home theatre. Leg room is ample and the side tables with the aisle sofa seats are a thoughtful touch. The ladies’ restroom even has a small powder room/dressing space.
I missed the large movie posters dotting the walls. And while the twin-seater sofa seats are great for those who want to cuddle in the dark, it could be a tad uncomfortable if you are, say, watching the movie with a friend. And the sofa seats do not slide forward to allow you to recline, a position most of us assume in a movie theatre. I ended up sitting erect during most of the movie.
The popcorn was way too salty and greasy, a dozen or so napkins would be handy before digging in.
Posters on the wall of the ladies’ restroom proclaim that guests can request the attendant for items such as a sewing kit, stain remover, diapers, sanitary napkins and contact lens solution. Of course, the attendant on duty had no clue what I wanted when I asked for stain remover and a diaper. But then, it was just opening day.
Prices of tickets for weekday and weekend shows differ. On weekends (Friday-Sunday) post-1pm, Platinum seats (three sofa seat rows) cost Rs300 per ticket, the Gold seats Rs200 and the Silver seats (first three rows from the screen) Rs150. A regular popcorn and cola combo costs Rs80, while a large popcorn or a large cola cost Rs70 each.
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