I was invited to the official opening of the Odeon Luxe Leeds-Bradford to watch “Murder on the Orient Express” in absolute luxury. I did keep more than half an eye as to how the venue would be suitable for a family evening out.
The cinema itself is the first Odeon in England to have the “Luxe” treatment, with reclining seats, extending footrests and tables for each seat. One of the benefits of this is the extra legroom meaning that if little ones (or big ones!) have drunk too much, they can get out without the entire row having to stand up to let them out!
One thing we didn’t realise until the end of the film is that the seat arms move up. As such. it is possible to have a family hug in the spacious seats and still get all cosy!
The venue is quite isolated in terms of other attractions (there is only a curry house next door). However, there is an excellent snack bar/restaurant on site serving traditional snacks such as nachos, pizzas and hot dogs. Above and below are a few pictures of the food that we were given to sample!
Of course, there are other snacks available including child-focused slushy machines and the cinema favourite, popcorn! I can confirm that it is a challenge to eat a box of popcorn during a film. However. they do taste just as nice the following day!!
The facilities are top notch, including the toilets, as the venue has been rebuilt. If you’re still at the stage of taking your children to the toilet, there is plenty of space and more importantly, very clean.
All in all, it is really good to see a national brand invest in the region. The venue really raises the bar in terms of what is expected of the cinema experience and is perfect for an evening night out for all the family.
For more information about what’s on and special offers at the Odeon Luxe, go to: http://www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/leeds_bradford/103/
Full disclosure: I received 2 tickets to the film/event for the purposes of this review. However, no influence has been made as to the content.
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