Oscar season has just concluded, and as always, there was plenty of British talent on the red carpet. Throughout 2014 Leicester Square hosted premieres for some of the most talked about films of the year, such as The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything – both of which won numerous awards. But moving into 2015, beyond Birdman and Boyhood, there are plenty more movies to get excited about.
On The Edge – March 5th
It may not be a star studded affair, but the premiere for the French/German production On the Edge is set to be equally as exciting. This acclaimed film was first shown at the Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews and will now have a limited viewing at the BFI Southbank. BFI Members are able to buy tickets to the premiere on March 5th for discounted prices before they become available to the public.
Insurgent – March 11th
The world premiere of Insurgent will occur on March 11th; however, the venue is still yet to be announced. Theo James and Shailene Woodley are already confirmed guests, but a number of other stars are also expected to attend, including Kate Winslet and Ashley Judd.
Cinderella – March 19th
Cinderella is one of the most hotly anticipated films of the year. The premiere will take place on March 19th at the Odeon in Leicester Square. Confirmed guests include Helena Bonham Carter, Lily James and Hayley Atwell. Large crowds are expected so make sure you get there nice and early to secure a decent spot.
Meeting the Stars
One of the best things about visiting London is that there is guaranteed to be a premiere at some point as Leicester Square hosts several each week. If you want to meet the stars make sure you get there at least two hours in advance (the earlier the better). Getting a spot by the barrier isn’t easy, but it’s the only sure-fire way to get an autograph or handshake.
Premieres usually start at around 4.30pm; however, the talent doesn’t usually arrive until 5.30pm. The actors and crew will usually stick around for interviews and ‘meet and greets’ for roughly an hour before moving inside. Film viewings usually begin at about 7.30pm.
First and foremost, before you walk out of your hotel door remember that you’re in London! The weather can take a turn for the worse at any moment, and the last thing you’ll need is to be stuck outside in the pouring rain waiting. Take a coat and a few snacks with you just in case.
Getting tickets to the actual showings can be tricky. Most are given away for free to competition winners; however, it never hurts asking the cinema itself. If there’s a premiere you want to see just give them a call and ask for details. There’s no harm in trying! Keep a lookout on Mark Meets for up-to-date information. They usually have a number of freebees available for each premiere that they give away on a first come, first served basis.
Film premieres often spring up out of the blue, so always stay on the lookout. Keep checking the Internet and don’t be afraid to ask box office staff at the Leicester Square cinemas. Sometimes they will have inside knowledge. If there’s a movie coming out, expect the premiere to occur during the week leading up to the official release date. If you’d prefer to skip the queues altogether book a trip on the London Helicopter and watch the event from above.
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