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    • Qype User tierna…
    • Cardiff
    • 17 friends
    • 146 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    One of the best cinemas i have ever had the pleasure of going to. The entrance is tiny and quite misleading because once your in you realise that this is as modern and vast as a cinema can be.

    Amazing amounts of leg room, great sized screens and just everything was immaculate. This experience reminds me why i love going out to the movies. The company wasn't bad either!! My girlfriend and I have already picked out what we'll be seeing together next and it will be here i am sure of that.

  • 3.0 star rating

    I recently went to see Up (which, by the way, is a brilliant film!) at this cinema. The whole building is a little bit odd, to be honest. You have to go up two storeys to even get to the tickets booth and then might have to go up three more if your screen is right at the top... not really a problem because they've got escalators but we were quite unlucky. There was a fire drill and, unable to use the escalators, we had to walk allllllll tthe way downstairs and then allllllll the way back up.

    The prices at all Cineworlds are quite good, especially if you have a student card. They also give you money off vouchers every time you go (plus we got a free viewing for having our viewing interrupted - excellent!).

    The popcorn is also particularly good - I am very specific about my popcorn! But, trust me, yum!

  • 4.0 star rating

    Film is pretty much my life and where better to go then, than the cinema. Cineworld is in a great location, about 2 mins away from Queen Street station.

    Boasting 3 floors of screens (Over 12 if I remember rightly) the setting for the world of films is a grand old spectacle. Full of blue lights decorating the windows, you can the building way before your anywhere near it.

    Besides films, what's really good about this place is that they support the Atrium University and do hold events etc for them. There's also other festival that have passed by there and is worth checking out their site to see what's going on.

  • 3.0 star rating

    My best friend has a Cineworld unlimited card and so always suggests meeting there to see a film as she pays a flat monthly rate for...err.... unlimited films presumably. I don't, and not because I don't have a need for it (I personally think it's great) and not because I don't like Cineworld but because it's a bit awkward to get to.

    If you live outside the city in the surrounding areas and you have a car then the choice is presumably for the Odeon which is in a huge multiplex with free parking and roomy gallery seats. Cineworld is smack bang in the middle of the city and so parking is always an issue.

    The cinema itself is pretty good but odd in terms of the set up. It's tall but a bit thin and so as Laura has mentioned, there are lots of escalators and stairs which is a bit annoying.

    Cineworld gets much respect from me for showing some of the less well known films and so if you're eager to see something that you can't find in the Odeon, then Cineworld will probably be your best bet.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Although I'm generally a frequenter of Vue, due to its location next to the train station, I do on occasion venture over to Cineworld. Usually only if the showing times happen to be more convenient, or that kind of thing.

    They show your usual kinds of Hollywood films, and, I must commend them here, also show a good amount of Bollywood films. I do enjoy the odd jaunt into lavish sing-songs. They also show some films, namely children's, for slightly longer than other cinemas.

    I recommend you use the cheap Tuesdays (always a nice surprise when I forget about them).

    There is also a film quiz held regularly in the bar upstairs. But this is quite a hardcore quiz. Three friends and I from the same Film degree went with another friend who works for Working Title and another for the BBC, and we came last. The shame. Are you up to it?

  • 5.0 star rating

    A place to watch films...

    A place to relax...

    A place to let your mind and its imagination, evolve and boggle at the awe of visual & audio, creativity...

    Here you can see for yourself how, the wonders of the human minds can create such fascinating worlds, all in front of your very eyes, you do not have to do a thing, except pay for a ticket or two and take a trip to the cinema.

    It is perhaps like any old cinema, but here at least you get the cheaper prices and the cheaper food to add to your comfort zone that you should so wish to acquire.

    They do 3D films here; such as Toy story three and Shrek four. They do charge you for the glasses though but the price is under a £1.

    They have even had the odd film premier here for films starring Ioan Gruffed, unfortunately I was unable to attend that day as anyone from the public can stand outside and wait around for the stars. This cinema is based opposite the CIA.

  • 4.0 star rating

    The Cineworld cinema in Cardiff has the unusual distinction of being one of the marks of the landscape. You see, it's an owl. I don't mean a literal owl. I mean the architect, for some unfathomable, no doubt drug-fueled reason, saw he had to design a building for a cinema and said to himself "What best represents the cinematic experience? I know! AN OWL! With a beak! AND EYEBROWS! I'm a genius. Where's the vodka gone?"

    Dubious structural design aside, the Cineworld is the middle-child in the Cardiff cinema trifecta. Not as vast and all-encompassing as the Odeon down the Bay, and not as scummy and as chav infested as Vue next to the Stadium, Cineworld is instead, just a cinema. The venue of the unassuming cinephile. The Odeon is where you go if you are treating yourself to an IMAX screening, and the Vue is normally the place to go if you've just stabbed someone for a fiver and need an alibi and a place to lay low for a bit, but the Cineworld is the place to go to just watch a movie.

    With its twelve screens and large auditoriums, the complex is in no way small, and competes with the more expensive Odeon on everything apart from the iMax experience. It also provides monthly viewings of classic films where the true cinephiles come out. It's one hell of an experience to watch Withnail and I on the big screen, you and all your friends (and everyone else, for that matter) surreptitiously sipping on sneaked-in wine you brought just for the event, and I heartily recommend it should you be given the chance.

    (Note: Yelp does not condone sneaking wine in cinemas. It is a naughty and potentially awesome thing to do in the right circumstances and should not be attempted by anyone.)

  • 4.0 star rating

    Cineworld is very handy if you're in the city centre on foot and fancy seeing a film, because it's very central. It's not so convenient if you're driving directly to the cinema from elsewhere, however - in which case you're better off going to the Odeon which offers on site parking. If you're arriving by train, it's closer to Queen Street station than Cardiff Central.

    Cineworld appeals to a wider audience than many mainstream cinemas, however, because it screens not only the big Hollywood films, but also some top Bollywood movies and 3D films.

    If you're a real film buff, you could go along to their film quiz which is held in the upstairs bar - but for lightweights like me I'd only show myself up!

  • 5.0 star rating

    There have been some great movies released in the last 20 years, and I've been lucky enough to see some of them in the cinema. Unfortunately for me, and I imagine for a lot of people, there were a lot of even greater films released in the last 20 years that I was too young to see at the time. And there were many more that were in the cinema before I was born. Out of my top 10 films, I think I only saw one in the cinema when it was released. Obviously I've got them all on DVD and I've watched them hundreds of times, but I am a little bitter about the fact that I missed out on the big screen experience. Luckily for me, Cineworld shows a classic film once a month and I hope I'll eventually be able to tick all my "wish-I'd-seen-at-the-cinema" films off of the list.

    Cardiff Cineworld is by no means as flashy as the Odeon, but one assumes that you're not there to sit in big leather seats, but to watch a (hopefully) good movie, and Cineworld is the perfect cinema for doing just that. However, having lived a long way from town for the last 2 years, the Odeon had been preferable on the basis that I was able to drive there. Thankfully, the new St David's car park has meant that Cineworld is once again my cinema of choice.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Cineworld is located right by the newly renovated St David's 2, just opposite the Cardiff International Arena.

    Boasting an impressive 14 screens, this cinema is by far the best place to go and watch the latest films to hit the box office.

    With four floors, including a bar area that offers a pool table and lounge facilities, Cineworld is much more than your average cinema. They have also recently introduced a new 'Unlimited' scheme that allows members the use of unlimited screenings, exclusive food and drinks offers, as well as preferential advanced screenings prior to many film releases. However membership isn't cheap, but if you regularly attend the cinema then it can save you a lot of money in the long run.

    Also, Cineworld have been pioneers of 3D technology being one of the first venues to show 3D films in Wales. They even screened the Wales/England 2010 Six Nations rugby clash in 3D, which was a strange but very enjoyable experience, with a fun-filled atmosphere; although it was quite surreal to look back at a crowd of rugby fans all looking like bad Buddy Holly impersonators.

    With comfy seating, plenty of screens and good facilities, Cineworld is a great place to enjoy a quality film.

  • 4.0 star rating

    A large cinema situated next to St Davids 2, this is my cinema of choice when I want to catch a flick or two. This cinema can get very busy, even in the day time due to its central location, so be prepared to get there early if you're a fan of those annoying Orange ads and other pre film faff.

    Being a rather large cinema, it has 5 floors, mainly consisting of cinema screens, naturally, but also 2 bars if you fancy an alcoholic beverage before your film or to even take in with you.

    Packed with your expected confectionary outlets, they also serve up hot food like nachos and hot dogs.

    I personally have bought the unlimited cinema card which costs me £13.50 a month to see as many films as I like, with prices reaching an extortionate £7 for a film in the evening, this has been the best way to go to satisfy my movie craving.

  • 4.0 star rating
    5 check-ins

    I'm making a bold statement here, perhaps, but I would say this is the best mainstream cinema in Cardiff. Cinema prices are not cheap anymore, but Cineworld still offers one of the cheaper ticket prices.

    Set across four floors and around 14 screens (I think) any blockbuster films is bound to be being played here. They also play some alternative, foreign, or arthouse films, but its best to check on their website. Though, if your trips to the cinema are solely for alternative and arthouse films and you have lived a life devoid of the brilliance of Die Hard then somewhere like the Chapter Arts Centre may be a better bet.

    Top tip: You can buy tickets from any counter around the cinema (except the bar), so if the queue is too long for your liking at the main ticket cash tills then head up a couple of levels and surprise someone that's selling popcorn with the fact that you are part of the exclusive club that knows this valuable secret.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Cineworld is in an ideal location for all customers. It sits right next to the St David's 2 shopping mall. So when you have done all that shopping of yours and you have a bit more money to spare then it's definitely worth checking out this cinema and of course the film you want to see.

    When you enter this cinema you are immediately struck with the sense of how clean it is. Everything looks shiny and dirt free. For me this is a great first impression. You feel that the rest of the cinema would be like this. I also like the service you get too, the employees are friendly and like to involve their knowledge on the film you're seeing. It can get very busy and certain days like the dreaded 'orange Wednesday' so I would book earlier in the day if you were seeing a film in the evening. It can be cheap on which days you choose to go and what times. Tuesdays is 'cheap Tuesdays' with tickets only being £4.50. What I like about Cineworld is the range of films they show. Where as a lot of other cinemas only show major blockbuster films, Cineworld shows both blockbuster and art house films so it appeals to a much wider audience.

    Cienworld is a good cinema to visit for a night out or after shopping in the afternoon. My only problem with it are the way they display certain films. If a film is not shot in widescreen then they display the film as it is with blurry edges that are off putting for me. Besides that, this is a good strong cinema worth visiting.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Cineworld is located right next to what is fast becoming the hub of Cardiff activities- St David's 2. It's spacious inside and always fairly busy. I generally prefer a cinema to be quiet, like the Vue next to the stadium but on occasion it's nice to be in a busy cinema to make it seem more of an event. I did that for the most recent Tarantino film and it was good to share the experience with a full room of people, rather than an empty room.

    It's got everything you'd expect from a cinema - outrageously priced popcorn, nachos, hot dogs, sweets a games room, bar etc. Ticket prices are expensive everywhere. but this one is one of the cheaper cinemas around.

    If you do head there check if I've still got the Pac-Man highscore!

  • 4.0 star rating
    First to Review

    I really enjoy going to Cardiff Cineworld as it's right in the centre of the city meaning it's easy to get to and it's also easy to pop in after work or combine it with shopping. The building is always clean and tidy and you get quite a bit of leg room in the screens.

    There are around 15 screens offering plenty of choice from the latest mainstream blockbusters to Movies for Juniors, Senior Club and most recently Bollywood and Metropolitan Opera. They quite often have advance screenings of films and many Welsh premiers take place here.

    The range of snacks available could be a bit more varied (but this is the same with every Cineworld). But the staff are very friendly and make really good recommendations. There's also a free film quiz on Thursday evenings in the top bar where you can bag yourself some film merchandise.

    The downside is that with all the building work currently going on for St David's 2 there's very limited parking and it's a nightmare when there's a big event at Cardiff International Arena which is directly opposite.

    If you plan on coming regularly then it's well worth signing up for an Unlimited card which will set you back around £12 a month, but considering most evening showings are £6.70 then you're going to get your money's worth pretty quickly. Unlimited card holders also receive Cineworld food and drink offers in the post periodically and also get 25% off their food bill at Bella Italia.

  • 4.0 star rating

    A very decent multiplex that is still open for business despite all the building work going on around it, none of which seems to impact on Cineworld itself.

    It's very efficient and straightforward, almost to the point of being a bit bleak. You walk in straight into the orderly ticket queue (with plenty of staff serving so even if the queue looks long you'll be getting a ticket soon enough), up the escalators, the popcorn area is tucked off to one side so you can easily ignore it, then just follow the sign to your screen number and that's it. Where, I thought, was the glamour? Why weren't there loud trailers being blared at me when I went up the escalator? Why didn't I have to dodge hundreds of free-standing cardboard cut-outs to find the screen? Why wasn't I surrounded by gangs of kids running around? It was a pleasant surprise.

    The standard adult ticket for most films seems to be £6.90. Because I'm a skinflint, that's by far the main reason why I won't be visiting Cineworld too often. Apparently there are quite a few ways to get discounts (Orange Wednesdays, student prices, special offers etc.) Besides the price, everything else about it is absolutely fine.

    • Qype User Lee_Ro…
    • London
    • 58 friends
    • 82 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Not much to say about this one as I haven't been there in a while now but the memories that I do have are pleasant ones

    The staff were even willing to engage in conversation and offer their own recommendations as to which film may be a good one to go and see

    I wouldn't shy away from going to this one again

    • Qype User GCVU…
    • Cardiff
    • 1 friend
    • 4 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Took ages to get served by Richard who looked like working there was boring. Although he did his job efficiently the tills took forever to process our tickets and transactions, 2 of which were unlimited cards and the other 2 were card payments.
    Apart from that it's a good cinema with nice large screen, loads of seating space in the screens even when packed usually. Food, snacks and drinks are a bit expensive as usual with a standard hotdog at just over £4 and packet of M&M's at £2:80, but have paid more in some other cinemas.
    Would recommend this cinema as its good value for money especially if you buy the Cineworld unlimited card whee you can see as many films as you want anytime for £14:99 per month. 3D films cost an additional £1:50 plus 80p for the glasses.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    Big screen. Big sound.

  • 5.0 star rating

    I came here to see 'Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna' with the wonderful Shah Rukh Khan. I mean he was in the film, not that he accompanied me (more's the pity, lol) It's a large, neat and clean cinema with escalators to the various levels and a pleasant bar at the top. The toilets are also clean and looked after well. (It's great to find a cinema which shows Hindi films)

    • Qype User em…
    • Cardiff
    • 11 friends
    • 116 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    Me & my boyfriend come here to the cinema about once a week! (Major movie fans!)
    The cinema complex is very good for watching films, & i recently watched a 3d movie here (wow what an experience lol i felt like i could jump right into the action!!)
    The also have hot dogs (mmm i recomend!) as well as nacho's & drinks.
    This is cinema is ideally situated right in the centre if cardiff city centre.

    • Qype User hranic…
    • Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan
    • 15 friends
    • 60 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    In fairness this is a good cinema.. their priorities regarding the customer are spot on. The staff are constantly sweaping the carpets of popcorn, checking the screens, even during the film they sneak in.. check the sound levels, picture quality, the temperature, all that sort of stuff. They do have a strange system that if the cashier gives a wrong ticket they now have to radio down a supervisor, who maybe right at the top of this massive complex, say the 4th floor, taking ages to get to the ground floor, just to authorise aticket change. This do feel is a bit silly!
    The choice of films are great, they show oldschool films on a tuesday like waynes world, cult films! on a thursday they have the oap's in that get buiscuits a vuppa and a classic film. The top bar is part of bafta wales, and they often have opening parties there, of all sorts of film, including independant shorts etc. Although the prices have gone up a lot they have tried to combat this with days like cheap tuesdays where tickets are half price all day and orange wednesday, and cheaper tickets before 12. The only thing that at the moment i think lets it down, but is the same for all cinemas except the uci is that now the new st davids 2 building is up i think the parking that was free for cinema gowers after 6 has been knocked down, it maybe the case that they have moved the free parking to the ncp further down the road. who know!?
    i also feel that the screens are the best out of all the cinemas, they do definatly have the biggest sccreen, i think its meant to be the biggest in wales, or the uk or summit screen 3 or 2 was it, not sure.

    • Qype User welshb…
    • Newport
    • 1 friend
    • 59 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Cineworld Cardiff is located centrally in Cardiff City Centre, opposite the Cardiff International Arena. The building is interesting because the cinema screens are located on different levels and to get up to them you need to go up escalators. These are lit up with bright blue light in the night which looks cool, and they take you up to the lower bar level and the impressive top for bar with semi panoramic views across the city of Cardiff. The cinema is kept quite clean, and the prices are fair. They participate in the Orange Wednesday Scheme of 2 for 1 tickets, and also sell tickets cheaper on Tuesdays (Cheap Tuesdays).

    • Qype User ruthda…
    • Cardiff
    • 2 friends
    • 48 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    The best cinema in town, good leg room in the screens, lota of screens so good film choice and it has reasonably priced tickets and if you go for the 11.99 a month unlimited card it really is the cheapest place to go. Easy to get to by bus and walking, tuesdays is the cheap night and there are early bird offers on during the week.

    • Qype User afello…
    • London
    • 6 friends
    • 136 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Cinema, sweets, arcade games and the choice of an alcoholic beverage with your film. Seems like a good cinema to me :)

    • Qype User matt_1…
    • Cardiff
    • 0 friends
    • 39 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    If your a student then this is your cheapest option in terms of cinema.

    A student can watch a movie for just £4.60 compared to the full price of £6.90!

    The food is expensive so may be worth sneaking in some of your own.
    The seats are comfy and the screens are big so if your not worried about the price then its the place to watch a movie!

    • Qype User Captai…
    • Cardiff
    • 1 friend
    • 12 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    The best cinema in the U.K if you ask me :) I come often as I have a cineworld card and have always enjoyed my cinema experience here. Furthermore on a clear day it is worth going up to the top floor for great views of Cardiff.

    • Qype User hughth…
    • Bristol
    • 4 friends
    • 67 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Saw two movies in one day here on a recent visit to the city. It's the nearest thing I've seen in the UK to the giant state-of-the-art American multiplexes you find in places like New York's 42nd Street. There's umpteen large digital screens showing all the latest movies with acres of well arranged comfortable seating, set out on several floors reached by a network of escalators. Unfortunately, mankind has improved everything except himself, and during both films there was a pretty constant hum of conversation in the auditorium. Why pay £8 plus to go to the cinema if you're just going to sit and have a chat? As Jean Paul Sartre so rightly said, hell is other people. I noticed there is a Darth Vader-style security guard on duty here so I suppose if it gets too bad you could go and get him. If your film is just car chases and explosions you should be ok though. Apart from that, my other quibbles would be that the entrance area is surprisingly cramped (if you already have your ticket you have to elbow your way through the queue) and the sinage isn't always that great so people (not only me) can have a bit of a hunt for the toilets or the way out. Even the list of what's on when is a bit tichy and set quite far back behind the ticket desks.

    • Qype User SCOTTY…
    • Bridgend
    • 3 friends
    • 143 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    The best cinema in Cardiff. A multi-storey cinema with very large screens. The tickets are very reasonably priced, and you get to choose where you sit (which differs from the majority of cinemas I've been to) and you get lots and lots of leg room (once again, compared to other cinemas I've visited). They have all the latest films, and have lots of showings of the bigger blockbusters.

    • Qype User Jo79…
    • Cardiff
    • 0 friends
    • 15 reviews
    2.0 star rating

    Great leg room and comfortable seats. It only gets two stars from me though as all the way through the film we could hear what was happening in the film on the next screen, making it very hard to concentrate on the film we had paid to see. Not what you expect from a cinema.

    • Qype User jcheca…
    • Cardiff
    • 1 friend
    • 16 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    Cineworld cinema is located right in the centre of town, opposite the CIA building. Parking and access can be a problem of late with the recent building developments of St Davids 2 complex. Large multi-storey multi-screen cinema so a huge choice of films to see. I used to go regularly after work to this cinema, comfortable seating and good views. Prices are average but do offer special rates for early birds, cheap Tuesdays, there is a monthly unlimited card for around £12 which seems excellent value. On a Saturday there are movies for juniors for £1 per person, this is great value for families and my children love it. Overall great reasonably priced cinema with good offers.

    • Qype User nonny0…
    • Cardiff
    • 0 friends
    • 39 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    This cinema is tucked away just away from the main shopping street in Cardiff, and currently surrounded by some serious construction work with the St Davids 2 development that is ongoing. As previously mentioned, it IS expensive, but the layout is nice, and the bar prices are not as extortionate as some cinemas.

    • Qype User Drubab…
    • Cardiff
    • 2 friends
    • 36 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    clean and tidy. happy polite staff. nice seats and a nice big screen. overpriced food and drink

    • Qype User nig…
    • Cardiff
    • 13 friends
    • 92 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    a cinema of quality excellent sound systems clean cinemas & wonderfull snacks available at reasonable cost car parking discounted

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