its the metal detector thingys just tell them before you walk through may speed things up.
I'm assuming by the O2 you are talking about the O2 in Greenwich. If you are they will likely only ask you to go through metal detectors if you look suspicious or possibly middle easten.
I've been to the O" both to the arena, the O2indigo and the cinema, which is one of my local ones and have never ever been stopped let alone asked to go through their two metal detectors despite the fact I'm carrying a bag. Usually they just don't bother using the metal detectors. Strangely the very few people I have seen getting stpped and asked to go through it look like they are for the want of a better term "foreigners" all though they could of course have been born in the UK.
These people aren't acting strangely or doing anything that would make you look at them twice, they just seem to randonly get picked out of everyone carrying a bag to go through the scanner.
As you aren't going into the arean taking drink and food shouldn't be a problem. The O2 security don't care what you take in to the O2 if you aren't going into the arena. There are numerous eateries (inc Nandos, Silk Garden, pizza something or other, many bars that over charge [the slug and lettuce is the cheapest place to eat]) in there so people carring bags around in the O2 is expected
As far as the cinema it'self. It's one of the Cineworld chain. Cineworld do have a policy of no taking your own food and drink into the cinemas and are supposed to check bags. I've only had it done once to me and that was at another branch. The staff in the O2 really don't care, even the jobsworths. When I go to see a film there I usually take in at least one, sometimes 2 small bottles of coke in a bag. I buy one small coke and then just do top ups from the bottle. Perhaps it's because I bought a drink they don't think about searching my bag, but I doubt it. At that branch I have never seen anyone have their bags searched.
Three things it is worth noting about that Cineworld
1) The corridors sometimes smell of pee. I have no idea why it is, but they always seem to have problems with their drains and you have a waft of stale urine coming from out the gents.
Around about Sept/Oct the whole O2 got shut down causing Lee Evans to cancel his gig so they could sort the drains out. Since then the pee wafting has improved significantly, but every so often a mild waft returns.
You likely have your tickets for the film in advance (I wouldn't know I've not been to a premiere) so these may not be relevant. If you dont or in the future you want to return to this branch just as a regular customer.
2) If you are just buyng tickets and don't want popcorn go to the ice cream counter as it's quicker. They can only sell tickets, fizzy drinks and ice cream, not popcorn, nachos etc. that are on the main counter. This means you get served quicker. Rather stupidly this branch doesn't have a seperate box office manned by a person. It's done at the food counters. The box office are machines (only take crads) downstairs in the public concourse.
3) Lately they have been getting silly with Unlimited card holders. The policy is you are supposed to show the ticket checker your card when you give him/her your ticket. Usually they don't bother but lately they have been. Whether its ecause it's new staff so they are doing what they are trained and later will lose interest and not bother I don't know. So if you have a unlimited card dont put it back in your purse or wallet as you will have to take it out again whilst also holding a cup and food.
These bottom two probably wont apply to you for this, but it may be useful for some people.
Edited by cunningham1471, 06 March 2012 - 09:04 AM.