A thread about cinemas themselves, rather than the films shown in them.
I was inspired to post on the subject because last night I went to an Everyman cinema for the first time (a new one has just opened in my city), and was very impressed by the entire experience.
The whole thing had a much more adult and luxurious feel than most cinemas, with a smart bar instead of a lobby, much more comfortable sofa-style seating in the screens with tons of legroom and actual tables for drinks, snacks etc., and a much more personalised service all round (including table service within the cinema and individual bars immediately outside each screen).
The whole thing just contributed to an incredibly, relaxed, comfortable environment that enhanced the enjoyment of the whole experience considerably, and it made me wonder whether I’ll ever bother going back to a sticky-floored hard-seated multiplex now that I’ve got this on my doorstep.
I know the Everyman is a chain so I’m sure this won’t come as a surprise to most people, but it was a minor revelation for me.
There’s also a lovely little independent cinema in our city - Birmingham’s Electric Cinema - that has also swayed me away from the big chains recently, offering a lovely old-fashioned cinema experience as well as home-made cakes, freshly-brewed coffee, and a nice range of real ales at the bar.
It’s made me realise how much the cinema itself is an integral part of the experience (and what a great frame of mind it can put you in even before the movie has started: every trailer somehow seemed much more appealing in this environment!).
Has anyone else got any favourites or recommendations?