This cinema is gargantuan, gigantorific, ginormous and other g words as well.
Coming from the land of the free, where cinemas are stadium style and each chair is huge and plush with arm rests, I've been, needless to say, a little short of shocked and appalled at the state of cinemas in the UK.
But this cinema is enormous, with four stories, 8,000 screens (really) and fine decor. As with most cinemas, the carpet is a bit faded, and the walls slightly tatty, but nothing out of the norm here.
Someone else has mentioned the movie memorabilia, which I feel a dolt for forgetting about. The queues for tickets are always long, but only because it's busy. The service is quite fast.
There's the usual array of pretzels, pop corn, hot dogs and sweets, plus Ben n Jerry's and pick n mix.
The screens are all curved flex screens, which provide better viewing from anywhere in the cinema, and the seats are big, plush and comfy.
I noticed one of the tags is for small seats -- I've been here a few times, and I think unless you're a "larger lady", the seats should do you just fine!
Great movie watching experience!
Situated easily at Five ways it gets five stars.
This is a great cinema with great prices. It offers great family and student discounts everyday of the week.
It is also deceptively large, and very clean and kept in a high standard. It has more than one snack counter and queues are dealt with very quickly.
The screens are large and the seats are very comfy, so there is nothing to moan about in here.
Also a great range of films are on offer including Bollywood, Art house and classic re-releases.
The ticket queue on weekends can be very long due to the cinemas ever growing popularity, so you have be fore warned.
Ah, Cineworld. Staple of any serious film buff in Birmingham, purely by merit of the firm's Unlimited card, which allows you to watch as many films as you like for the price of approximately two admissions per month. Add to this the fact they have a Ben & Jerry's ice cream bar, and there you have the two principle reasons for picking this place over the nearby AMC or the Odeon in the city centre.
Unfortunately, there are several reasons to advise against the Cineworld for the casual cinema-goer. As it's the most accessible cinema on the main Broad Street strip, it is disappointingly common for your experience to be interrupted by inconsiderate folk on their mobile phones. I don't know what it is about this cinema, but it seems to attract some of the rudest clientele I have experienced anywhere. The whole place could do with a proper clean, too, or even better a complete refurb. I've been going there for years, and there are still screens where you get an unpleasant odour that I can only assume are coming from the nearby toilets.
It's also more expensive than the AMC, which is hard to understand given that its facilities are inferior. You have to pay even more if you want to see a 3-d film, even if you have a pair of glasses left over from a previous visit. They even have the cheek to ask you to return your 3-d glasses afterwards, no doubt to be re-sold over and over again! Also, do yourself a favour and avoid the upstairs bar; It's vastly overpriced and the lager I had tasted of cleaning fluid.
On the plus side, the cinema does boast a diverse range of international films that you won't see anywhere else in the centre of town, so if that's your bag it's worth at least checking this place out.
This cinema is passed it's sell by date. It needs a spring clean, and generally made to feel nice - I hate going and finding popcorn everywhere! Also get fed up with noisy people though they seem to have sorted this out.
The toilets (well female ones, cant comment on mens) have a problem with sewers or similar as it aways is smelly. Also they are tatty and bit run down.
They do a better choice of film than the ODEON occasionally showing arthouse fare but in the main it's mainstream stuff.
There is the obligatory popcorn and sweets/ice-cream counter upstairs and downstairs. Bar (licensed) upstairs to meet friends if yo are early.
The cinema is at the top of Broad St so is busy at the weekend so if you are driving give yourself plenty of time in case you get stuck in the horrendous traffic.
If you visit the cinema regularly, might be worth getting an unlimited card which is £12 a month which means you can see as many films you like a month.
This Cineworld cinema is on Broad Street which is full of bars/pubs and clubs. It is a nice, clean cinema with comfy seats. Be aware that if you are watching a late movie as you are walking out there are likely to be lots of drunken crowds especially if its a big club night with Gatecrasher right next door. It is probably easiest to get to by foot as the road is always very busy. Definitely a good place to watch a movie and out of all the cinemas in Birmingham I recommend it (Imax is better!)
The screens are large and the seats spacious. There is a great list of films to choose from and a must go for the bollywood fans. Queues are never long and you can be in you screening within minutes of purchasing your tickets.
Really nice interior, the prices were reasonable and the seats comfortable. The only downsides were that the popcorn wasn't great, the bar prices were a little high and the staff weren't friendly.
Normally pretty quiet but busy at the weekend due to its central location on Broad Street where Birmingham's main pubs and clubs are located.
A modern multiplex set over two floors with escalators taking you upstairs. Queues to buy tickets move very quickly and the staff always seem very pleasant. Seats are comfy and modern and the screens are all of a decent size.
2 for 1 student tickets on weekday nights with voucher from StudentBeans.com
This place is massive, and has an interesting array of signed film posters and memorabilia upstairs. I think it's the prime location for any Birmingham premieres of films (not that such things tend to exist).
I find the prices very competitive, and the screens are all big and well-seated. The big bonus for Cineworld Broad Street is the range of films on offer. Outside of some of the smaller arthouse cinemas, this is where you're going to find the more independent and niche films of the day.
There's a huge car park round the corner from the entrance as well. Good start to a night out, as you can hit Broad Street's clubs and bars afterwards.
Cineworld is in the middle of a busy location, so it can be easily accesed by local buses and by car, as there is a carpark nearby. It is not normally busy during the days, but is jampacked on friday and saturday nights and wednesdays, due to the orange 2for1 promotion. The student ticket is very reasonable, and ticket staff are very polite and dont ask you too many questions. However, I find the popcorn and drinks prices astonishingly overpriced, and cannot think how anyone can afford them. I buy some popcorn from the nearby select and save, and take my own drinks/snacks in my bag.
Ticket staff just let you in without questons, as they have no reason to suspect anything. I did buy a medium drink on 1 occasion, and found it to be satisfactory, fizzy enough, and in fact i found nothing wrong with it.
Inside, the seats are spacious and comfortable with a drink holder available. Screens are large, clear and loud enough, so you can still see/hear, even if someone is sitting i front of you or talking.
The toilets are very posh and welcoming, like a hotel. Soap is always available, there are lots of toilets/sinks, so you don't have to wait, and they are always clean.
Overall, it is a really good cinema, but the price lets it down.
its a big cinema, clean, well organised and really big screens
its a nice pleasant experience coming to cineworld but i wouldn`t really travel to go there again, it is nice though and the sound system is great. if you like your bollywood movies i think this is the place to go to watch them on the big screen
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