ODEON Dorchester announces new season of alternative screenings

ODEON Dorchester announces new season of alternative screenings

ODEON Dorchester has a busy autumn and winter season ahead, with a variety of alternative screenings planned, including National Theatre Live productions, Royal Opera and a selection of documentaries.

The season begins on Thursday September 1 with the NT Live screening of Terence Rattigan’s ‘The Deep Blue Sea.’ Rattigan’s masterpiece features Helen McCrory playing what is held as one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. Her affair has devastating consequences, leading to a suicide attempt.

The new season continues with footage live from the red carpet in Ron Howard’s ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years’ on Thursday September 15. This new documentary compiles interviews, anecdotes and music from the iconic rock band.

Cosi Fan Tutte will be broadcast live from The Royal Opera House on Monday October 17 in a new production of Mozart and Da Ponte’s opera on the nature of love. Conducted by Semyon Bychkov, the production features a cast of young and up-and-coming talent, including American soprano Corinne Winters.

To round off this year’s alternative screenings, The Nutcracker by the Royal Ballet will be shown on Thursday December 8. Captivating generations of audiences around the world, Tchaikovsky’s ballet tells the story of a young girl that disappears into a magical world, after opening a new present on Christmas Eve.

Alan Escott, general manager at the ODEON Dorchester, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming fans of our alternative screenings back to the cinema after a busy summer of blockbusters. We have screenings lined up from National Theatre Live and The Royal Opera House. The season will be complemented by a great selection of documentaries.”

Tickets start from £10, with family tickets available. A full list of screenings can be found online or in the cinema, with new showings being added regularly.

The ODEON Dorchester is situated within the Brewery Square development and tickets can be booked by calling 0871 224 1891 or visiting www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/dorchester/214.

Apprentice builds promising career at ODEON Dorchester

Apprentice builds promising career at ODEON Dorchester

A young apprentice’s career in customer service and operations management is flourishing since her appointment at ODEON Dorchester in 2012.

 

Chloe Pitney, aged 21, was taken on by ODEON Dorchester as an apprentice through training provider, Lifetime Training in 2012 and now helps head up the team as guest experience supervisor.

 

Chloe is supported by both the cinema and Lifetime Training to complete the nationally recognised and accredited NVQ in management training. With just a few months to go until the qualification is complete, Chloe continues to learn on the job guided by the management team at ODEON Dorchester. In the role of guest experience supervisor, Chloe is responsible for a variety of duties, including supporting the general manager in all aspects of the operation of the cinema to ensure the delivery of first-class customer service.

 

The cinema in Brewery Square, Dorchester is committed to helping young people with employment, with a successful apprenticeship programme firmly in place. Since opening in 2012, ODEON Dorchester has believed in growing young talent and has provided training opportunities to those living in the local community and surrounding areas.

 

Alan Escott, general manager at ODEON Dorchester, said: “It’s been a pleasure to watch Chloe rise through the ranks at ODEON Dorchester. She has come a long way since joining the team and we’re pleased to see her confidence and abilities grow through her position at ODEON Dorchester.”

 

Commenting on her role at ODEON Dorchester, Chloe explains: “I’m delighted I’ve nearly finished my NVQ. The ODEON Dorchester team has been so supportive and I’m so proud to be a part of the ODEON Dorchester family.”

 

For further information about the cinema please visit www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/dorchester/214/.

 

ODEON Dorchester shortlisted for Cinema of the Year at 2015 Screen Awards

ODEON Dorchester continues to go from strength to strength in 2015, having been chosen as a finalist in the Cinema of the Year category at the upcoming Screen Awards.

The popular cinema, which opened in Dorchester’s Brewery Square in 2012, is up against the likes of the Curzon in Victoria, London and Showcase Cinema de lux in Bluewater, Kent, for the prestigious award.

The Screen Awards celebrates the agencies, distributors, media planners, marketers and cinemas producing the best design, campaigns, premieres and trailers of the past year. Winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at The Brewery in London on Thursday October 22.

ODEON Dorchester screens a variety of content, including live broadcasts of National Theatre, Royal Ballet and Royal Opera House productions as well as the latest movies. Ticket prices start at £3.50.

For further information about the cinema please visit www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/dorchester/214/.

 

Tickets now on sale to see Far From the Madding Crowd at ODEON Dorchester

 

ODEON Dorchester is the first cinema in Dorset to be selling tickets to see the major film adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd, which hits cinema screens nationwide on Friday May 1.

Based on Thomas Hardy’s literary classic, this timeless story of tragedy and love was written in 1874 and set in rural Dorset. The county formed the backdrop for the modern film adaptation, which was shot on-location in 2013 in key locations, including West Bay, Sherborne, Mapperton House and Forde Abbey.

Hardy’s first major literary success, it depicts the story of beautiful and independent Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors and controls her own path.

Alan Escott, general manager at ODEON Dorchester, said: “We’re delighted to be the first cinema in Dorset and the first ODEON cinema nationwide to be selling tickets for Far From the Madding Crowd. They are selling like hot cakes already!”

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg, this new adaptation features collaboration between British production company DNA films, Fox Searchlight and BBC Films.

Far From the Madding Crowd reaches cinema screens nationwide on Friday May 1. Tickets are priced from £3 for performances starting before 2pm. After 2pm tickets are £3.25 for children, seniors and students and £5.25 for adults.

ODEON Dorchester is situated within the Brewery Square development and tickets can be booked by calling 0871 224 4007 or visiting www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/dorchester/214.

ODEON Dorchester wins Local Marketing Cinema of The Year award

 

ODEON Dorchester has received national recognition at a glittering company awards ceremony, winning the Local Marketing Cinema of The Year award for its efforts in supporting the community and for turning around visitor perception in the local area.

ODEON Dorchester competed with cinemas across the UK and Ireland to win the coveted award, which was presented by Andy Edge, ODEON’s commercial director and Duncan Reynolds, UK & Ireland managing director.

The cinema in Brewery Square, Dorchester enjoyed a year of success in 2014 and since opening its doors in 2012, the ODEON Dorchester has become a popular venue for local residents.

Alan Escott, general manager at ODEON Dorchester, said: “We are really proud that our hard work to put ODEON Dorchester on the cinema map has been recognised. We’ve been involved in partnerships with the Dorchester BID and Wessex FM in order to increase awareness of the cinema locally. What’s more, in 2014 we adopted Julia’s House as our charity of the year.

Alan added: “As much as we’d like to think the ‘magic’ of Harry Potter helped us scoop the award, it’s definitely got more to do with our loyal patrons who keep our cinema thriving.”

ODEON Dorchester screens a variety of content including live broadcasts of National Theatre, Royal Ballet and Royal Opera House productions as well as the latest movies, and its pricing structure which sees ticket prices at £2.25 on a Monday and start from £3.00 on all other days.

For further information about the cinema please visit

www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/dorchester/214