It -must- be a sign that on the opening weekend of a new film, on a Saturday evening at roughly 2130, our showing was at -most- 30% full.
What's most boggling is that this is directly across from the tube station (although there are mad road works directly in front of the entrance) and Covent Garden was otherwise thronged with passersby. Is it the economy? The hefty £17-18 3D film prices? Or something else...?
I will agree, however, that for those kind of prices, one would almost expect a little extra somethin' somethin' for the money. If you know what I mean...
I recently had the Great misfortune of seeing The mediocre Gatsby but enough about that, what I would like to know is how a Vue cinema can charge £15 for a ticket? That is beyond me. The only reason they'll charge prices this high is because this particular cinema is in Leicester Square and they think hiking up the prices is acceptable. It's not. No Vue cinema is worth a £15 ticket. The 'higher end' cinemas (like Curzon for example) don't charge this much despite offering a greater all-round viewing experience. All this Vue has going for it is a huge screen but with that comes a much larger audience - all the more people to jibber-jabber and rustle plastic food packets.
2 stars because the Vue fulfils it's basic function as a cinema - it shows films in an acceptable standard and fashion and serves beverages and foodstuffs. Even though the service was slow and some of those foodstuffs are crisps and/or nacho's, how have the noisiest snacks become accepted as an appropriate choice for a cinema?
The Vue Leicester Square is a trap I will not be walking in to again.
Expensive, outrageously overpriced, rip-off, I always feel like I've been mugged when I go into the Vue. I know the West End cinemas are expensive but this place is a bloody joke. They charge more for premium films, how do they tell which are better than others?, they charge more for premium screens, so just bigger mostly, and charge more for 3D. The prices fluctuate wildly from £11 to £15 or more.
I had a run in with staff once when we paid the premium price and ended up in one of the tiny screens, I went out and complained that this was not a premium screen. The staff member argued that it was and we stood there bickering till he said I could wait for the manager but the film was starting and I was hardly going to miss the start, the credits probably cost 4 quid.
Having been to fantastic cinemas in Ireland where you pay less than a tenner (in euros people) to watch any film in any screen, I just think the Vue are having a laugh and wonder why they can get away with it. I also hate navigating the horrific zoo that is Leicester Square every time we leave.
Well, it's certainly convenient.
Oh, and large. It's a large screen that's convenient.
But my god, the prices. And the service. All terrible. 100 percent terrible all around. You can pay up to £20 a ticket depending on time and it's 3-Dness. There are usually a ton of seats and I've never been turned away from buying a ticket. And it's right next to the tube stop but beyond that, ugh.
And the service is so bad. They're either rude or slow. All bad news.
And as many people have pointed out - no stadium seats. Sit behind the wrong person and you're going to see next to nothing. Yikes.
I avoid this one if I can. Not always able to, but dammit, I give it a good try.
£20+ for an adult ticket on a Wednesday night for a 3D film on a screen that wasn't even that big with seats that weren't even stadium-standard?
What the actual fuck?
This cinema has a large number of screens, I saw a film on one of the smaller screens. It was small, and intimate. Good job it wasn't packed, but that's what happens when you go to see Saw 6 2 weeks after it's release date at 8.30pm on a Weds evening.
Good points are plenty of food for punters to choose, plus beers n wines. Bad points - toilets smell, and aren't very clean, too many screens, too expensive (unless you do Orange Weds)
All in all, plenty of better film viewing sites in London (the Prince Charles is just around the corner), this serves a purpose for the masses ie; plenty of choice of film, and probably makes quite a bit of cash doing so.
As you'd rightly expect for a Leicester Square cinema, Vue is big. There are at least seven screens, and I can ascertain that screen seven is a large theatre with a good sized screen and sound capabilities. There is a certain pizazz about Vue, maybe it is the location, the amenities at hand, or is it simply grandeur?
I tend to think through my belly, so seeing the full range of cinema food offerings on sale made me happy, and a tad poorer. Hotdogs, popcorn, nachos and a huge container of soda... smashing!
The downside of Vue is the price of tickets. Prices range from £8-£12 depending on whether you can get a concession. Too much? Yes, I think so.
Perhaps I am spoiled by the huge suburban cinemas in the US but this was a perfectly decent but unremarkable movie theater. Sound and picture quality were very good.
We went for a 3D movie which made it extra expensive (£15) and perhaps that is why I expected something a little fancier... something like the Bridge in LA (see yelp.com/biz/the-bridge-…) No cuddle seats nor stadium seating.
Finally, the bathrooms were rather far from the screening room. Perhaps they could have a toilet on each floor of the building.
I'm sure that a portion of this is because I'm a complete cinema snob and hate people.... but FOR REALS... I will never come here again. The location is fine, staff is friendly, theaters are spacious. Which is where the one star goes. But, I have never been so annoyed with people in all my life. At first, I wondered if it was a British thing (becuase it was my first film-viewing experience), but no! It's an annoying chick-decides-to-go-to-the-cinema-on-a-tuesday-afternoon thing. Between the 3 broads behind me who literally talked through the ENTIRE movie and the old women who were escorted in 30 mins into the movie with flashlights and sat in front of us, walked around passing nachos back and forth, and squealing for two hours I wanted to slit my wrists.
Come to think of it, there was a dude that sat waaaaaaay in front and I couldn't figure out why he would do that. Now I know.
I recently returned to this cinema for the London Film Festival. It was pretty cool getting to walk down the red carpet. And of course as actors and other film types were present, the staff were extra courteous. My issue with this theatre is with the seats. I struggled to see around the massive cranium of the guy ahead of me to see the film. If they could fix one thing, it would be to add a steeper incline so that your view isn't so easily obstructed.
Dunno what people are talking about by tiny screens. Clearly they've never seen the Empire City Centre cinema here in Edmonton. Maybe I was lucky because I saw a big blockbuster (Battle LA). Though the movie sucked, It was a cool cinema. However, I didn't like having to go up 2 escalators to go to the bathroom. And the trailer count was much worse there than over here in Edmonton. That said, it's not a bad cinema at all.
Be prepared to pay upwards of 13 pounds for an adult viewing on a standard screen - and by 'standard' I mean small. Premium screening, which I believe to mean a normal-sized screen anywhere else, would cost an adult above 14 pounds. Theater seats are rather small and there's very little leg room especially for a taller guys like myself. Leicester Square is probably not the place to catch a flick.
This is probably my favourite theatre in London. It was the first time I saw alcohol for sell in a theatre which when I was 20 was pretty cool to me. I like to arrive early to shows here and go and sit in the bar on the leather sofas and have a chat and munch my overpriced popcorn before I go into the screen room. I usually arrive quite early for films because I like to get the best seats and a movie just isn't a movie unless you see the previews. This multiplex has nine screens, unfortunately they vary in quality from large screens for the new releases to small screens for older films which I find irritating. If I am paying the same price I should get the same screen, but its London what can I say. There is the occasional premier here but not on the same scale as the Odeon. It is central London so tickets are around £13 or £9 if you are a student. What I really like are the late screenings where you don't find children and for busy people sometimes 23:00 is the only time you can find to meet up with your lover and see a film.
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