Third UK Dolby Cinema opens ahead of The Joker release

Third UK Dolby Cinema opens ahead of The Joker release
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Following the grand opening of the Dolby Cinemas in Odeon Luxe Leicester Square (December 2018) and Odeon Luxe Leeds Thorpe Park (April 2019), the UK’s third Dolby Cinema has arrived.

The Odeon Trafford Centre in Manchester now comprises a designed-from-the-ground-up Dolby Cinema auditorium that supports Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision and, exclusive to this Dolby Cinema, 160 luxury reclining seats that offer three times more legroom.

While Dolby Atmos is available in thousands of screens around the world, Dolby Cinema (which marries Atmos with Vision and bespoke auditoriums for the peak Dolby theatrical experience) is less ubiquitous, with 400 screens currently open or committed worldwide.

A Dolby Cinema in Odeon Luxe Birmingham Broadway Plaza is expected to open later this year, meaning over half of the seven UK Dolby Cinemas planned to launch "over the next several years" will be open.

Over 230 films have so far been released theatrically in Dolby Atmos and Vision, and the next batch includes Downton Abbey (September 13th), Ad Astra (September 20th), The Joker (October 4th), Frozen 2 (November 22nd), Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (December 19th) – which London-, Leeds- and Manchester-based film fans can look forward to.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.