Chapman Taylor’s industry-leading cinema expertise

Chapman Taylor has designed and delivered many of the world’s largest and most striking cinema projects – from the many world firsts at the Reel Cinemas complex in Dubai Mall to the then-largest cinema complex in the world at Star City in Birmingham. Working for, and with, leading industry names, we have decades of experience in creating state-of-the-art cinema environments which enhance movie-goers’ experience and maximise value and impact for the cinema developers. Here are some of the projects which have put Chapman Taylor at the cutting edge of cinema design.

​Cineworld Leicester Square, London, UK

Cineworld Leicester Square, formerly Empire, is a world-famous cinema in the heart of London’s leading entertainment district. It has hosted many major film premieres and has welcomed leading movie actors, directors, producers and others, including royals. Chapman Taylor’s Leisure team has refurbished the basement cinema to make it a new 136-seat 4DX motion theatre, including high-tech motion seats and special effects including wind, fog, lightning, bubbles, water, rain and scents.

Chapman Taylor also delivered the innovative design by Innebo Architects in Warsaw for the refurbishment of the nine-screen cinema’s lobbies, bringing the highest standards of finishing, including LED screen technologies, providing a fitting welcome for VIPs stepping off the red carpet.

​Cineworld 02, London, UK

Cineworld O2 is located in the most popular music and entertainment venue in the UK, and is served by a wide range of restaurants and bars, a large car park and excellent transport links. Chapman Taylor refurbished the 11-screen complex, modernising it cutting-edge standards. A large digital LED screen has been installed in the lobby. Seven more cinemas, including a 4DX theatre and VIP cinemas will be added to the premises by the end of 2018.

Chapman Taylor will provide the extension fit-out and final delivery for the next phase of work at Cineworld O2, which will make it London's largest cinema.

Reel Cinema, Dubai Mall, UAE

Chapman Taylor acted as Lead Consultant on this ambitious development, designed to be the largest cinema in the UAE, at over 12,000m². The first phase of the flagship 26-screen Reel Cinemas at Dubai Mall adds five theatres, including a Dolby Cinema (the world’s foremost premium large-format cinema), a Platinum VIP Cinema, a Barco Escape Cinema (an immersive cinema format where the movie is projected onto three screens and is exclusive to Reel Cinema in the UAE) and an MX4D motion cinema and dining cinema anchored by leading celebrity chef Guy Fieri. Chapman Taylor provided the architecture, interiors, AOR, structural engineering, MEP, FLS, acoustics and specialist lighting for this cutting-edge Cineplex.

There are also a number of specialist F&B outlets located within the cinema, where you can sit and relax and upload your comments to the enormous Twitter wall in the lobby. The cinema is the world’s first to be fitted in every theatre with RGB laser projectors and Dolby Atmos sound systems, delivering the best possible picture and sound presentation.

The complex also includes the world’s first fully automated online order and pick-up purchasing system within a cinema. Tickets and food can be ordered in the lobby at one of the many swipe screens (or from your smartphone via the app), then retrieved at the pick-up point conveniently located on the way to the theatre. The latest LED and OLED display technologies are used throughout the cinema. An enormous LED screen is positioned in the lobby, with curved LED panels throughout the complex. 

Cineworld Wandsworth, London, UK

Providing a revolutionary cinematic experience which stimulates all five senses, London's first 4DX cinema includes high-tech motion seats and special effects including wind, fog, lightning, bubbles, water, rain and scents, in both 2D and 3D formats. Cineworld Wandsworth also includes the first large-format cinema ‘Superscreen’ in London, complete with 4K Dual projectors and an immersive sound system from Dolby ATMOS.

Chapman Taylor designed this significant refurbishment, bringing the 15-year-old cinema up-to-date, in line with Cineworld’s current design standards. The 14-screen Cineworld Wandsworth renovation was completed in 2017, providing London with a new and transformative cinematic experience.

Jebel Ali Village, Dubai, UAE

This is the UAE’s first dining cinema concept. The development incorporates a US-style restaurant and bar which will be anchored by celebrity chef Guy Fieri. The complex houses four dining cinemas where people can enjoy excellent food while watching their chosen movies.

Chapman Taylor acted as Lead Consultant on this project, designing the architecture, interiors, AOR, structural engineering, MEP, FLS, acoustics and specialist lighting. 

Eltham Cinema, London, UK

Our design will bring a new cinema and restaurants to Eltham High Street, in a striking building which will become a landmark for the town centre. Vue Cinemas will be the major tenant for the new building, complemented by F&B offerings from Pizza Express and Nando’s.

A ‘Sky Bar’ with an external seating terrace will wrap around the cinema, cantilevering and projecting animation onto the High Street and complementing the active street-level restaurant uses below. The curved corners to the building at Ground and First Floor levels give a subtle nod to the Art-Deco cinemas of the 1930s. The scheme creates a leisure destination that will act as a catalyst for the wider regeneration and increased prosperity of the area, providing a new focal point in Eltham town centre.  

Rove Downtown Hotel Cinema, Dubai, UAE

The 49-seat Rove Downtown Hotel cinema will be the first of its kind to open in the UAE, offering the latest global and regional films to both hotel guests and the general public. The stylish yet comfortable décor and seating are colourful and in keeping with the target demographic of this mid-range, hipster-friendly hotel. The cinema will also be a venue for screening other events, including sporting and cultural events.

Rove Hotels is a joint venture between the major development firm, Meraas, and Emaar Entertainment, the owners of Reel Cinemas, which operates the hotel cinema. Chapman Taylor acted as Lead Consultant on this boutique development.

Marina Mall Cinemas, Dubai, UAE

Chapman Taylor’s Dubai and London studios were involved in designing these state-of-the-art cinemas - the first Dolby Cinema in the United Arab Emirates and a Barco Escape Cinema.

Dolby Cinema is a premium offering for moviegoers which combines spectacular image and sound technologies with inspired design to deliver the total cinema experience – making every visit a captivating cinematic journey. Meanwhile, Barco Escape Cinema is a premium offering for moviegoers which presents the movie over three screens, giving a totally immersive experience.  Barco Escape harnesses the power of 3x DCI Barco Series II projectors and Barco Alchemy processing to deliver a compelling new way to experience the cinema. 


Chapman Taylor’s cinema portfolio contains many of the most cutting-edge cinemas in the world. Our understanding of what adds value to the customer experience is essential in creating high-quality, efficient and exciting environments for people to enjoy. We strive to design the best cinematic experience available, combining state-of-the-art technology with simplified functionality to create maximum value for both clients and cinema-goers. This is why many of the best-known names in cinema choose to work with us again and again.


David Wallace (B.Arch. Dip. Arch, RIBA)

Director, London

David joined Chapman Taylor’s London studio as a Director in 2015 and leads our work in the leisure and hospitality sectors.

He has over 25 years’ experience working internationally in the cinema sector, as well as the fast-moving Chinese hospitality market.  

He has an established track-record and reputation for good design with an ability to deliver projects on time and to budget.

Areas of expertise:

Leisure / Hospitality

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