Unlimited Movies: Odeon Limitless vs Cineworld Unlimited vs Curzon Cult
Cinema can be a pricey affair in London & for the film geeks amongst us, price can really be a turn off to our cinephile nature.
This year, Odeon Limitless has joined the unlimited cinema scene, already populated by Cineworld’s Unlimited scheme and Curzon’s Cult membership.
The chance to see unlimited cinema for the same price as one ticket in the West End seems irresistible to us. We thought it was time to have a closer look at these schemes which offer unlimited cinema visits for a monthly or yearly fee…
To Do List presents our no-holds-barred findings & frank conclusions on the LIMITLESS world of cinema in London…
Here’s a quick run down of the key benefits, small print & details:
|Price without Central London|
Price with Central London Cinemas
|Outer London Cinemas||Beckenham / Greenwich / Holloway / Kingston / Lee Valley / Putney / Richmond / South Woodford / Streatham / Surrey Quays / Swiss Cottage / Uxbridge / Wimbledon||Bexleyheath / Enfield / Feltham / Hammersmith / Ilford / The O2, Greenwich / Wandsworth / Wembley / West India Quay / Wood Green||Goldsmiths (New Cross) / Wimbledon / Richmond|
|Central London Cinemas|
|Not included||3D screenings, 3D glasses, IMAX, ISENSE, The Gallery, D-Box, Premier seating and any premium screening or seat type. ODEON Event Cinema (music, theatre, sport etc.), and special or private screenings such as film festivals and premières.|
BFI IMAX and The Lounge at Whiteleys are not part of any Limitless package.
|3D uplifts payable for standard membership. IMAX, D-Box and Alternative Content uplifts payable. 3D glasses and VIP/Delux seating excluded.||Discount is not applicable for food and drink purchases at Mondrian Hotel London|
Discount is not applicable for DVDs purchased at hmvcurzon Wimbledon C Events include Q&As, opera, ballet and theatre broadcasts and other alternative content
Local rate membership available only at Wimbledon, Canterbury, Sheffield, Knutsford and Ripon Discounted admission varies on time and type of screening and is never less than £1.
|Other small print||Advance booking: You can book as many tickets on the day but only 2 tickets for future screenings.|
12 Month Contract
|Advance bookings: 3 advance bookings at one time.|
12 Month Contract
|Only available as a year long one fee commitment.|
Breathe! Wow, that was a lot to take in! Well, our final thoughts about all the pros and cons of all three unlimited cinema schemes are:
Odeon Limitless is best for cinema choice including some high-profile cinemas in the West End for just £19.99/month and you save 5% by paying yearly. However, the downer is there aren’t many (advertised) added benefits of membership.
Cineworld Unlimited is best for added extras such as advanced screenings and discounts on food and drink. If you live near an outer London cinema this one could be perfect for you as it’s currently £17.40 (so cheaper than Odeon unless you’re paying for 12 months up front). Cineworld is more competitive on Central London cinemas now, too, with the recent takeover of the Empire on Leicester Square.
Curzon Cult Membership is best for if you want the premium experience with gorgeous cinemas, but it is pricier so not for the budget conscious out there. It’s also worth noting that Cult Membership is for the lower price of £200/year if you just want to visit Wimbledon, making it much more affordable.
Bonus Cheap Cinema Tips:
For the price of one month of Odeon Limitless you can go to PeckhamPlex four times. Seems like a good deal to us, and no 12 month commitment which is useful when you get a dud month with no good films out. The downside is not being able to book online but you can book tickets over the phone.
Not bothered about the latest Marvel outing? Then head on down to the Prince Charles Cinema to see a classic antique cinema gem for a reasonable price near Leicester Square.