£20 to see Paddington 2 in IMAX at Odeon – will you pay?

IMAX £20… well, £19.60 is the cost for a Friday to Sunday (or post-5pm Mon-Thurs) Premier seat at Odeon Cinemas at the Trafford Centre for unnecessary sequel Paddington 2. Good God! Are these seats made of gold??

The film is due out in cinemas this Friday, and with Paddington, himself, voiced by Ben Whishaw, Paddington is now happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

There’s also a huge cast including Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Julie Walters, Sally Hawkins, Imelda Staunton, Hugh Bonneville and Ben Miller.


However, as good it might sound to some, the cost of cinema tickets is just spiralling out of control. In the case of Paddington 2, none of it was shot in IMAX, so it shouldn’t even be on that screen in the first place, so what exactly are you paying extra for?

At least some Vue Cinemas have some slight common sense with charging a mere £4.99 for 2D films at the moment – an offer that’s been going for a fair few months. However, they lose points for the stupidity that their head office haven’t got a single clue when it comes to the end credits of a film, as they whack the lights up to ‘nuclear bright’ proportions, while Odeon keep them as dim as the chumps leading Vue’s Head Office. They claim this is down to ‘Health and Safety’ from the council’s rules, but Odeon Trafford Centre come under the same council and they manage a dark auditorium.

So, how much would you pay for a cinema ticket, normally? £20 for the IMAX screen is crazy money, especially when Odeon’s at the Trafford Centre is quite a small one.

Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image.

Reviewer of movies, videogames and music since 1994. Aortic valve operation survivor from the same year. Running DVDfever.co.uk since 2000. Nobel Peace Prize winner 2021.


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