Odeon Presents The UK Film Locations You Didn’t Know About Odeon Presents The UK Film Locations You Didn’t Know About
rom a list of 50 iconic movies filmed in the British Isles – film fans failed to identify 78% were totally, or in part,... Odeon Presents The UK Film Locations You Didn’t Know About
  • rom a list of 50 iconic movies filmed in the British Isles – film fans failed to identify 78% were totally, or in part, shot on home soil
  • 92% of those polled didn’t know the classic airport scene in Love Actually was actually filmed at Epsom Racecourse in Surrey
  • ODEON Cinemas giving away up to 1,000 free cinema tickets to film fans taking selfies at film locations in the UK & Ireland

London’s Millennium Bridge, Liverpool’s Stanley Dock and the River Thames regularly appear in blockbuster films, but new research has found they’re unrecognisable on the cinema screen.

ODEON – part of Europe’s largest cinema operator – found that film fans cannot recognise 78% of film scenes shot in the UK and Ireland as being filmed on home soil.

Guardians of the Galaxy is the most surprising film to be shot in the British Isles, with 95% failing to identify some of the intergalactic scenes were captured on London’s Millennium Bridge.

The superhero smash Wonder Woman, whose ‘New York’ castle is actually based in Arundel Castle in West Sussex, also took film fans by surprise.

Marvel hit Captain America: The First Avenger, which was partly shot at Stanley Dock in Liverpool was the third most surprising to British film fans. In actual fact, the dock is often used in film due to the distinctive 1850s Victorian red-brick buildings and cobbled streets that can double as New York with little effort.

The epic opening battle scene of Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, which was shot in Surrey, was thought to have taken place on foreign shores with film fans citing Greece (31%), Italy (25%) and Malta (24%) as the most likely locations.

Furthermore, 9 in 10 (92%) of those polled were surprised to learn that the classic airport scene at the end of Love Actually was actually filmed nowhere near an airport – but at Epsom Racecourse in Surrey. Over half (54%) thought this was shot at Heathrow, with a third believing this was Luton airport (33%).

ODEON Cinemas is giving away up to 1,000 free tickets to anyone who takes a selfie at one of the top 50 film locations in the UK and Ireland, to enjoy a film of their choice.*


  1. Guardians of the Galaxy – Millennium Bridge, London
  2. Wonder Woman – Arundel Castle, Sussex
  3. Captain America: The First Avenger – Stanley Dock, Liverpool
  4. Superman II – Chobham Common, Surrey
  5. High Rise – Bangor Castle Gardens, Northern Ireland
  6. Batman – Knebworth House, Hertfordshire
  7. X-Men: First Class –  Englefield House, Berkshire
  8. Transformers: The Last Knight – Alnwick Castle, Northumberland
  9. Fast & Furious 6 – Dale Street, Manchester
  10. Florence Foster Jenkins – Cunard Building, Liverpool

Sylvia Woon, Interim Commercial Director at ODEON UK & Ireland said: “The British landscape is dominating the big screen this summer, with blockbuster hits including Dunkirk, The Mummy and Churchill. With such a strong line-up, we want to welcome as many people as possible through our doors to enjoy the very best entertainment. We’re urging the public to get out this August, track down some real-life locations and then come back to enjoy a film on the big screen at ODEON.”

The ODEON research additionally found:

  • Nearly half (46%) thought the iconic opening D-Day invasion scene in Saving Private Ryan was shot in France, with only 1/5 (22%) knowing that Spielberg’s iconic scene was actually shot on Ballinesker Beach in Ireland
  • Two thirds (65%) didn’t know the famous flying car chasing the Hogwarts Express scene from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was filmed in the Scottish Highlands – more believed these scenes were captured in the Yorkshire Dales
  • The most recognised film was Richard Curtis’ Love Actually, with 70% of those polled correctly identifying this was shot in the British Isles, followed by Brit comedy The Full Monty (66%) and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (63%)

Adults can pay kids prices at ODEON this summer with the ODEON Family ticket. Films including Spider-Man: Homecoming, Cars 3, The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature and The Emoji Movie will hit the big screen this summer. For more information visit:http://www.odeon.co.uk/summer/2017/

Also, this August, to mark 20 years since the release of James Cameron’s epic tear-jerker Titanic, ODEON is offering 2-4-1 tickets at selected cinemas across the country. Tickets for screenings are on-sale now and the 2-4-1 offer is available to redeem in cinema. For more information visit: http://www.odeon.co.uk/films/titanic_20th_anniversary/101202/

Source: Odeon

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