Whats your opinion on your local cinema?

mannyjarnail

Active Member
I love watching a good flick at the pictures even though i have what i consider to be a mental system at home :suicide:.

Over the last couple of years or so I have been finding that the value for money at my local cinema is really poor i mean £8.20 a ticket to be sat infront of idiots who dont shut up :mad: misses had to calm me down hence the rant. Its not my job to sort that out it should be the ushers there useless at that.

Furthermore i have been to some screenings at some cinemas in which i would regard as really poor sound and images. I have seen and heard better in some home cinema installations.

Whats your opinions guys on the popcorn and coke (if you can call it that)?

Rant over:mad:
 

Synax_Injector

Well-known Member
Craphole.... To be blunt.

It's an old 1 storey tiny cinema, my projector probably makes a bigger better quality image.

That's why 95% of people here travel 20 miles to Norwich to go to the Odeon or UCI cinemas :thumbsup:

Just makes it quite an expensive night each time.
 

mannyjarnail

Active Member
Craphole.... To be blunt.

It's an old 1 storey tiny cinema, my projector probably makes a bigger better quality image.

That's why 95% of people here travel 20 miles to Norwich to go to the Odeon or UCI cinemas :thumbsup:

Just makes it quite an expensive night each time.

Well at least i only have to travel 8 miles one way. My experiences are at a vue cinema and odeon.
 

eric pisch

Distinguished Member
I use the showcase cinema at bluewater

For: The gallery seating system is brilliant, large double bench seat with tables, ideal for snuggling, loads of leg room, nice complimentary snacks and alcohol :smashin:

Against: poor PQ compared to my TV and BD, awefull SQ they just make it very loud but the balance of the frequencies is real bad, they never show the films i want to see in the gallery like rise of the lycans atm ....

Hardly ever go any more
 

Naaktgeboren

Distinguished Member
I use the showcase cinema at bluewater

For: The gallery seating system is brilliant, large double bench seat with tables, ideal for snuggling, loads of leg room, nice complimentary snacks and alcohol :smashin:

Against: poor PQ compared to my TV and BD, awefull SQ they just make it very loud but the balance of the frequencies is real bad, they never show the films i want to see in the gallery like rise of the lycans atm ....

Hardly ever go any more

Another user of the Showcase in Bluewater here. Like Eric, I don't go often although my son is telling me every week now he wants to experience the cinema.

I agree with the comments regarding the sound balance, I could only describe it as loud, the surround does not seem to work.
 

KhalJimbo

Distinguished Member
Mine is quite alright its an Empire Cinema, the screens seem a little small to me though, but the sound is pretty good only thing against it really is that quite alot of chavs go there and make a bit of noise sometimes which can spoil it. And why do girls doll themselves up so much to sit in a dark room where no one is even looking at them????? :confused:

Slightly off topic there I know, but mt local cinema is not half bad, I've been to worse !!

There is even a little casino type place in the same complex and there were a group of chavs screaming and swearing at the policeman and bouncers outside the door (obviously something happened not sure what though) when I was walking to the cinema, and when I was walking back to the car after the movie, there was a big puddle of blood on the floor outside the casino - I take it the little swaering chav got what was coming to him.
 
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Naaktgeboren

Distinguished Member
In Holland, I used to visit cinema's around Rembrandt Square, there are so many in that area.

Dutch cinema is alien to the experience in the UK, movies are typically shown in 2 halves. They are all English language but with Dutch subtitles. It's not uncommon to have half the cinema drink Grolsch, straight from the bottle.

German cinema is far far worse, an experience you would only tolerate once (or twice for comedy effect) I lived in Munich for 2 years and was shocked to find they dubbed the English sound track into German :eek: The German voice overs were just so tacky, completely ruined the experience.
 

nvingo

Distinguished Member
Craphole.... To be blunt.

It's an old 1 storey tiny cinema, my projector probably makes a bigger better quality image.
Which one is left?
My uncle travels to Norwich, being OAP the bus there is free :).

Currently my nearest are 11miles (Majestic, King's Lynn, old building with 3 screens wedged in) and 20 miles (Showcase, Peterborough).
It's been a while since I went to KL, I know many from there travel the 50+ miles to Norwich, although Majestic's main screen is reasonable they just don't match the choice of Showcase etc.
I've not been disappointed at the Showcase but then my home viewing is only a 28" CRT.

I never buy snacks there - rather go without for the duration, not many are over 90mins.

My home town is supposed to be getting the first-in-the-UK purpose-built digital multiplex so that's something to look forward to, plus some old building in town being converted to an arts cinema.

Like most towns the original is now a Bingo hall :mad:
 

nheather

Distinguished Member
My local (CineWorld) is okay. We tend not to go for opening week of big film because when crowded the chance of getting noisey idiots is too great for me.

I get tickets from a scheme provided by my employer which works out at £8.50 for two adults and £6.50 for two children. If it weren't for that I doubt I would go very often, if at all.

Popcorn and drinks are a ridiculous price. Tend to go without drinks but usually buy a large popcorn to share when the children are with us. Otherwise we just smuggle in our own sweets.

I agree that sound and video quality are often poorer than the my HT (and that's only 720P and SD DVD) but I do still find the huge screen immersive.

Even with the cheaper tickets I still restrict cinema to just those really big blockbuster films or those that I specifically want to see. For those that would be nice to see, I generally just wait for the DVD release and buy or rent.

Cheers,

Nigel
 

Lee

Moderator
... i mean £8.20 a ticket...

:eek:... At the Birmingham showcase it's £6.20 (still alot) in the evenings and £5.15 during the day. We tend to go on a Wednesday when Orange do a buy 1 get one free.

I only really go to the cinema when the kids want to watch something. The main problem I have is with the picture, sometimes it can be abysmal . I find the surround sound and the sound in general to be very good and adds to the movie.
 

Ned Senior

Well-known Member
we have a community cinema about 10 minutes walk away they show all the latest movies generally... I remember cinema from the 70's so it is just as good as it was then pic is ok sound ok nothing awe inspiring tho'
You get the little flippers in there for some movies making noise which is why I don't go very often (should do though to support them it would be a shame if it closed!!)
Went to see the Halloween remake in 2007 there were 8 of us in there SUPERB
think it costs £4.50 for adults £2.50 for kids

Those large buckets of popcorn do not last ME the length of a film
My son was thinking of doing some voluntary work there to help out as a mate of mine is one of the old hands there
 

mannyjarnail

Active Member
Another user of the Showcase in Bluewater here. Like Eric, I don't go often although my son is telling me every week now he wants to experience the cinema.

I agree with the comments regarding the sound balance, I could only describe it as loud, the surround does not seem to work.

I sometimes go to bluewater and overall had a good exerience there.

I dont understand why they dont do what they do in america here they use phone jammers in some cinemas hence no reception superb.
 

mannyjarnail

Active Member
:eek:... At the Birmingham showcase it's £6.20 (still alot) in the evenings and £5.15 during the day. We tend to go on a Wednesday when Orange do a buy 1 get one free.

I only really go to the cinema when the kids want to watch something. The main problem I have is with the picture, sometimes it can be abysmal . I find the surround sound and the sound in general to be very good and adds to the movie.

I do tend to go on orange wednesdays although but unfortunatly i think thats when you get most of the idiots.
 

Lee

Moderator
I do tend to go on orange wednesdays although but unfortunatly i think thats when you get most of the idiots.

We were very lucky when we went to see Twilight, we were the only ones there. I couldn't help myself though and moved seats a few times to find the best spot :D
 

nheather

Distinguished Member
Went to see Twilight with the family last wekend. Was expecting an empty cinema but was surprised when it was absolutely full.

We arrived early as always to make sure we got good seats.

But it wasn't great. Lots of chattering - very loud in the trailers which I like to watch, less so during the film but still noticeable.

It always amuses me when a group of 7 people turn up 10 minutes after the advertised start of the programme (still in adverts and trailers though) and look very puzzled when they see that seats are in ones and twos dotted about. If there are 7 of you and you want to sit together then turn up early - doh!

Cheers,

Nigel
 

Haly

Active Member
I like going to my local Vue, go nearly every Wednesday. However I'm fortunate that I can go Wednesday afternoons which means it only costs £5.20. I never buy any food there as it's all overpriced and usually fairly average, so I make sure it's a cheap trip.
Wouldn't be happy paying £7-8 a time as that would just feel too expensive for me considering what it offers.
 

PoochJD

Distinguished Member
Hi,

I dont understand why they dont do what they do in america here they use phone jammers in some cinemas hence no reception superb.

Unfortunately, phone jamming in the UK is illegal, except under very, very heavily proscribed legal reasons (e.g. terrorism, loss of state secrets or other similar threat to the nation's security, et al). :(

THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT BELOW IS AN OPINION OF THE AUTHOR ONLY, AND IS NOT THE VIEW HELD BY ANY OTHER INDIVIIDUAL, BODY, OR ORGANISATION, NOR THE WEBSITE OR PEOPLE RUNNING THE SITE.

My local cinema - Scumpire of Bishop's Stortford - is a hell-hole! :mad: Not expensive, at £6 on Friday and Saturday nights, £5 at all other times, (except on Orange Wednesdays or Tuesdays, when it's £3-95 any film, any age, any person). However, the company's run by morons both in-house and at the Head Office. The staff are idiots, (mostly older teenagers doing part-time work to fit around their A-Levels or Uni study); some of them are allegedly involved in illegal acts. Most of them don't know or don't care about anyone or anything at the cinema, but the picture quality is reasonable but certainly not that great.

Ultimately, though, the company is run by people who pay peanuts, and hence employ monkeys, AND who don't give a toss about the staff, which might actively help them to do a decent job. :rolleyes:

And, I used to be a staff member there too, so I know what it can be like! :eek:


Pooch
 

jasonf01

Active Member
My Local is the Showcase Cinema at Leeds. There are others but this cinema is the closest to me and has the most available parking, though theyve just built a nandos in the car park. On saying that though, even on orange wednesdays they have spaces free, so I guess they decided they could afford the room.

Picture quality is average but this varies across screens. Their biggest problem seems to be focus, especially at the corners, but projector shake is another problem I get there occasionally.
The real downside to this cinema is the sound. Again, it varies across screens but expect the audio to fall back to analogue several times in the film. One screening recently (Yes Man, I think) the front-right audio was completely missing, inexcusable for the prices they charge (6.35 on a normal day).

There are better cinemas around here, WB in Kirkstall Leeds is good but a lot of the screens are pretty small, and parking can be bad. Huddersfields Odeon (next to the football ground) has a great main screen but parking can be bad, especially on match days.

By far my fave cinema at the moment is cineworld in Sheffield. They have several good-sized screens and something like 22 screens overall. Some of the smaller screens ive been in have been pretty small, but picture/sound quality seems to be consistently good to excellent. And good parking.

Way back, I used to live in Oxford and would travel to high wycombe for normal movies, or Leicester Square for big blockbusters, so travelling to Sheffield for a good cinema "fix" isnt a problem to me.

Jas.
 

FZR400RRSP

Banned
Until they ban food and drink, I will never 'enjoy' going to the cinema.
I will suffer it to see a good film, but I will never enjoy it.
Seriously, when I see someone with a wheelie bin of popcorn and a Ford Fiesta fuel tank of Coke, I will them not to come and sit near me.
If they cannot go two hours without stuffing their face, they have a problem.
 

PJTX100

Distinguished Member
A half decent projector based home cinema setup is superior to many cinemas from what I've seen. Size of screen IMHO is the major aspect to the immersive cinema experience. Being also the owner of two decent 40/42" LCD/plasma screens, I still can't get into a movie on them in the same way as a very large screen.
 

jay mc

Active Member
The odeon at lakeside is a total dive now, last film i see there i walked out of due to the sticky floor and the huge dirty marks on the screen.

Vue in the main shopping centre looks good since the refit, shame they diddent change the staff. Many times ive been left anoyed by them for not informing if a film was signed or just there genral attitude (they should be glad there got a job).

The empire at Basildon while not a bad cinema is to near the local gypo site and as a result where often some form of disturbance witch the staff do little to control.

Best round here has to be bluewater and was the only one doing 3D.
 

IronGiant

Moderator
What's a cinema?

Dave
 

virtual22

Well-known Member
Ours is rubbish as well. No staff policing the screens so you just get a load of loud people kicking your chair from behind the whole way through a film and rustling their over priced food. Not to mention it's dirty and the screens have so much muck on them you can see it through the film. It has to be something really special to get me to the cinema now, quite happy sitting watching it in my comfortable sofa with half decent sound on blu-ray. Plus I can have a cold beer at the same time as well :thumbsup:
 

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