Oxford's Vue cinema is very different to the cinemas in the centre of the city. It's out by the Kassam Stadium, and has a free car park - so it's easy to get to if you have a car, although it's a bit remote if you don't.
The cinema is only a few years old, and was built with very comfortable seats and a good-sized screens, so you won't have any complaints about your viewing experince. They generally show a good range of films, with times to suit everyone. At peak periods it can be very busy, though, and the foyer is not large enough to cope with crowds - it's the only space for queueing, but also houses the ice cream shop, the pick and mix and the snack bar.
It's right next door to the bowling alley, Frankie and Bennys and a Chinese buffet restuarant, so if you want to make a day of it you can. My only complaint is that the air conditioning tends to recycle air from all of these places - so while you're watching the film the air can be very stale or smells of food.
Vue cinemas used to have a deal on with lots of student companies and you could see films incredibly cheaply. It's still pretty cheap and has a great range of films, but it's worth going at an off-peak time, not only for the better prices, but also because it gets so busy!
I've no idea how most people get here - it's such a nightmare having a car in Oxford, but this is so out of town, it's pretty much necessary. Still, get here they do, and the queues can be spectacular.
They've got lots of showings of recent films, mainly of the American blockbuster variety, but a good range of other things. There's all the usual junk food to accompany the film, as well as some chain restaurants below.
It's not luxurious or the most stress-free experience, but it does the job.
Lovely friendly staff, lots of space and comfy seats. Good choice of films, regular showings and a very easy hassle free time. I'm a regular visitor and much prefer it to the pokey dark, cinema's in town. Parking is never a problem though you have to look a bit on busy nights but there is plenty near by.
Great experience all in all
Vue is big multiplex cinema on the outskirts of Oxford. Great car parking right outside but not so well served by buses and I find it is much quieter than the town centre cinemas - probably because unaccompanied kids/teenagers struggle to get there.
Vue is huge, has about 12 screens so always good range of films showing. There's a coffee bar in a smart lounge area and the usual hot dogs/popcorn and pick and mix selection available. It's part of a complex which has ten pin bowling and a couple of restaurants are downstairs (Frankie & Benny's - cheap and cheerful American/Italian type stuff and a Chinese which I haven't tried) - all very convenient for a birthday trip out.
This cinema is definitely to be avoided. Almost impossible to access if you have limited mobility (especially when the escalator is broken) and the customer service is appalling.
I have been laughed at an insulted by staff at this cinema, witnessed people taking drugs in their toilets and had screenings disrupted by awful members of the public and very poor knowledge of how to work a projector!
Avoid itgo to the Regal in Henley instead, small but very very nice people!
This complex is not terribly accessible without a car, but I have occasionally walked there from the nearby bus stop - it's manageable but not with small children who just want to 'get there NOW!'. When you get there the place is bright, clean, and usually busy - late night showings are preferable for films that aren't aimed at small children, as a result, as you get a choice of seats and don't have to queue for 25 minutes for tickets/popcorn that way.
Booking online is the most convenient part of the Vue experience - you can just put your card in a machine and get your tickets printed off. At busy times this is wonderful (but bring your own sweets etc!). The cinema gets a good selection of first-run blockbusters, and Saturday morning showings of older children's films - excellent value for money, too. It's not so good if you want 'arty' films, though.
It can sometimes be a little cold inside, otherwise I'd probably give it five stars.
By far the best cinema in Oxford, the Vue is very difficult to get to unless you have a car. Located close to the Kassam stadium, there is also bowling, restaraunts nearby. The screens are fairly new and the cinema allows an experience more similar to what you would expect from a large cinema in London. It is always quite busy, so it can be worth booking ahead if you're going to see a popular film.
I'm really not sure about combining buying the tickets with the concessions stand. It means the queues are really long, and it's more tempting to buy over-priced food you were trying to avoid, but apart from that, this is a pretty good cinema. Easy to park, and I loved the t-shirts the staff were wearing on Saturday night, looked like a suit!
I don't go to the cinema all that often, but when I do, it's here. With a large free carpark, it's simpler to get there than going into the city, and has a reasonable range of films on. We go on 'Orange Wednesdays' to take advantage of the '2-for-1' offer, and it does get very busy with long queues, though the staff do their best to clear them quickly. Generally, it's comfortable, though I don't recommend the extra-large seats for those with short legs. We thought we'd try for extra luxury for the final Lord of the Rings film, being it was so long, but I had to move to the cheap seats because my feet didn't touch the floor!
If you can call it local, this is my local movie house. As a chain cinema it gets all the major films. It gets busy in there during the peak hours and buying a ticket isn't always the simplist of tasks. Orange Wednesdays are a great way of breaking up the week. Order online & it makes life easier but I don't understand why there is such a large transaction charge for saving the cinema time. The only downside is the fact that it shares parking with Oxford Football Club & so don't even think about watching a film when they're playing at home.
Though I would have no idea how to get there without a car, it's a great place to go for that long-awaited blockbuster as this is the big cinema experience all right. Long queues for tickets and food favours those who use the ticket machines on the left as you enter (though they were out of order last time I went). Car parking can be a chore when there's a lot on as it's also used by the pool/bowling place next door. All in all the most American-style cinema experience you can get in Oxford.
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