Last week, I was invited to a special opening night at the new ODEON cinema at Fort Kinnaird. The Fort hasn’t had a cinema for ten years, and ODEON are a big part of the regeneration happening at the Fort just now. Set in the middle of a new row of restaurants, it’s surrounded by shiny new branches of Frankie & Benny’s, Five Guys, and TGI Fridays.
The new ODEON cinema is huge, with seven screens and 1,182 seats. They’re also going to be having special events including ODEON Kids screenings, special screenings for seniors with ODEON Silver Cinema, and, excitingly, the company’s ground-breaking Screen Unseen nights – which allow guests to see an unmissable up-and-coming film for just £5 a ticket, weeks before its official release.
On to the cinema itself; it’s very fancy. Walking in, there’s a Costa coffee just inside, and food options include Beechdean’s ice cream (I can fully testify that the Cookies & Cream flavour is divine), nachos, lattice fries, and a wall of pick & mix to choose from.
After a quick introduction to the cinema and a glass of prosecco, we all headed into the screens for the big reveal of what film we’d be seeing. The screens themselves offer premier seating, and for the opening, every seat had sweeties and drinks and fancy popcorn (forest fruits?! so good.)
Settled into our seats, we were told that we’d be seeing Disney’s new Cinderella, at the same time as it was premièring in London. Exciting!
Possibly more exciting – and I must say, a very smooth move for Disney – Cinderella also includes the new Frozen short, Frozen Fever. I haven’t seen Frozen (I KNOW.), but the short was super cute, and I think that a lot of people will go to see Cinderella in order to see it. Nice one, Disney bosses!
Cinderella is in cinemas from today, and definitely won’t disappoint Disney fans. Lily James is beautiful as Cinders (yes, that dress really is incredible), but Cate Blanchett totally steals the show as the Evil Stepmother. She’s great. Add in a cameo from Rob Brydon, and a Fairy Godmother in the shape of Helena Bonham Carter, and you’ve got yourself a pretty awesome cast. Obviously everyone knows the story of Cinderella, so I won’t go into too much detail, except that my mind has clearly been warped by all the grown up fairy tales I read and I kept expecting people to start chopping off their toes to make the glass slipper fit. This is Disney, so don’t worry, that doesn’t happen! Ha.
I had a great night at the new ODEON, and I’ll definitely be going back!
Disclaimer: I was invited to a special opening screening of Cinderella at ODEON Fort Kinnaird. All opinions are my own! Photos are mine, except for the top image.