This is my favourite cinema in this city. It's luxury compared to the others. I love the big theatre rooms and even when its busy it doesnt seem overly cramped. The staff are really friendly and helpful, and there is seating outside the threatres when you are waiting to go in. There is even a children/kids play area.
I would say the main downside is the queues. If you are impatient it would be best to buy your tickets in advance because the queues can be horrendous. I also don't like so much confectionary choice, but thats just because I can't resist spending a small fortune in the shop there!
Oh my god, i used to love going to the cinema. I remember when I was able to take my own sweeties and drinks in, and only had to pay £3.50. Now its a whole different story. Now I cant take my own sweeties, i cant take my own coke. Now I am paying nearly £8 just for one person!!! Now i am spending nearly £5 on a small bucket of popcorn and a small coke. Just for me and the hubby to go we'd be spending around £25 quid (not including bus fare, parking or petrol). Id rather rent or borrow a DVD and get a take away. its cheaper.
PLUS the seats in this cinema are SO uncomfortable its not true. Your legs might as well be wrapped around the lucky sods neck sat in front of you.
Simply put its nothing more than a cinema. Its a massive complex with what is now a big overpriced club opposite it. When prices were lower it was a lot more tempting to go there as there was (and still is) a lot of choice between films. Now however, the prices are nothing short of extortionate. A single cinema ticket is nearly 8 pounds (being slightly cheaper with student id), and the the choice of snacks and drinks are just as extortionate as the ticket price. When it comes to not being allowed to bring in your own softdrink and sweets, this is something that I disregard and do anyways. Power to the People!
If I were to choose a cinema to go to in Southampton it would have to choose the Harbourlights Cinema down by the harbour.
Not a bad cinema as far as cinemas go!
It is situated within the Leisure World complex near West Quay, which is a good thing if you fancy doing something before or after the cinema, however it can get quite hectic because there are two club/bar areas right by the entrance so sometimes there are lots of drunk rowdy people around.
They show all the newest films and they have a good food selection.
I have found on occasion that the staff can be very rude, even the managers.
Parking is ample, but on a Friday and Saturday night it gets really hectic.
I prefer to go the Ocean Village cinema although they do not always have a large choice of films.
Nice cinema but expensive. It is easy to get too and has a big car park outside. The same building has night clubs and restaurants inside. You can pay for standard seats or upgrade to a 'better' seat but I don't really notice much difference. Some of the screens are in fairly small rooms with not very seats. The tickets are for a set seat at this cinema. I have been to better cinemas.
The Odeon is a very large cinema in Southampton. It functions exactly as a cinema should; shows films, deals in popcorn and drinks etc.
The cinema itself is very clean and one of the nicest that i have been to. However, at £7.50 for a student ticket, it is a pretty expensive cinema and with another almost nextdoor, is to be avoided if cost is a worry
This cinema should be avoided at all costs, unless you like paying exorbitant prices and being surrounded by youngsters talking and eating loudly during the film and generally causing a disturbance. The food is particularly pricey and unless you drive, the cinema is a pain to get to.
The place is easy to access later at night and the prices are the normal ripoff that they are nationwide. We always manage to smuggle our own drinks and sweets in there as we have big coats and big pockets. As with every other Odeon, you get uncomfy seats at the normal price and just about bearable seats for an extra 1.5 punds. The main gripe I ahve against this particular cinema are all the nightclubs and restaurants situated in the same building. The noise while queuing is very tiring and seeing people fight outside when coming out of a latish showing is not my idea of a goow way to finish an evening out.
I visited the Odeon in West Quay with a friend to see Twilight, the movie. One thing I like about this cinema is that the parking is free during the evening when we visited. There was no queue to purchase tickets and of course the teller tried to upsell the premium seats for an extra £1.50 I think. We decided to go for this and the two tickets were just under £20. We had already purchased drinks to take in with us but decided on a small popcorn which set us back another £3.00 odd. The movie was very good, the cinema was relatively clean and tidy but the premium seats were nice. The cinema was actually quite busy for this movie and being quite short we were glad that we had opted for the premium seats as no-one blocked our view. The staff were mainly all teenagers or early 20's and were more interested in chatting with their friends than actually serving or assisting customers. When you think DVD by post rental is so cheap now, over £20 for two tickets to see one movie is overpriced, especially given the lack of quality service they offer. I probably wouldn't bother again unless there was something I was desperate to watch but would rather wait for the DVD release.
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