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Cineworld vs ABC
Member Name: Roxie_228
Date: 19/06/03, updated on 19/06/03 (410 review reads)
Advantages: enormous, facilities for the disabled, times
Disadvantages: Rip off food prices!
It?s been just under two years now since the old ABC cinema closed down in Yeovil, with a brand new shiny 10 screen cinema opening just down the road just what would be the point? I thought it about time that I wrote my own review on the main and well-received attraction of Yeovil, in a small rough town full of almost only two types of people. There?s the ?suits? the type that think they are above everyone because they are paid well (yes this is adults) and then there?s the common ones who think they are tough enough to shout and yell like banshees at the ?suits?. So I think we can be sure it?s not the loving atmosphere that attracts the tourists in peanut-sized amounts.
Although the old cinema was a favourite in its own cosy way there were many flaws in the somewhat small building. Queuing could cut five minutes into the film just trying to buy tickets at the tiny two-till booth, customers could queue out the door and quite a long way down the street. Parking was Ok considering, but often these places were already full of people making their short trips into town. The sweet section was particular limited, and although there was popcorn and Pepsi, as no cinema would be complete without, once again you had to queue for a considerable amount of time and in the end people would just buy from shops and take their own goods in.
The rumour now, which has been confirmed by the local gazette is that the old ABC will now be an xxx strip club. Good grief I hope not, there is enough bad material around to make Yeovil the town of thugs as it is without that influence as well! Not to mention the kind of jobs it will encourage upon the women trying to pay through college. I mean would you really be able to trust your man, living in Yeovil with a place like that within reach, who knows if his car really wouldn?t start or if it just happened to stop outside a certain building?on a certain road..at a certain time! Anyways..there goes our ABC!
Our Cineworld is located in the centre of the Multiplex, a key feature to this town, saving our souls from boredom. It took 2 years to build, maybe less I can never keep track, everything is like one looong day to me! But it was a short time considering what was built, right over the top of a car park! It was an enormous car-park and parking to go shopping is now a pig, but not a problem I have to deal with! I?m sure the bus company loves it.
After passing the zebra crossing the first place you reach is Pizza Hut, brilliant, and a stark difference to the Frankie and Benny?s beside it, so we now have the option of a casual day out ending with a Pizza, or a proper date with expensive Lasagne in Frankie?s.
Opposite this is the Cannons gym, not something I can comment on, as I am too lazy to drag my backside in there, let alone pay the fee that comes for the first few classes, which I have heard is also very expensive. But aside from the treadmills which can be seen from the other side (Ha-ha we all saw you jogging up there, we were looking through the groovy-pink glass windows!) there is definitely a swimming pool in there, that much can be told from the chlorine smell radiating around the side of the building.
Aside from Cannons is our very own blockbusters, long has Yeovil awaited a proper rental from our cheap Spar shops with as much of a choice so that I have seen each and every film they possess.
Along with Cineworld, Bowlplex is the other main building for this site, there are double doors entrances usually guarded by men I have deemed very polite! There are dance machines, driving games and the usual arcade penny rubbish.
To preserve the cause of this attraction under 16s are banned from the building after 8pm without an adult, otherwise the whole place would be permanently flooded by that girl who just couldn?t get the top score on the dance machine, or that boy who cant pull the girl and needs his mates ther
So before 7pm on a school day can be a nightmare, but if you?ve booked one of the alleys or have a private party there the service is brilliant.
There are about 4 doors into Cineworld, and one automatic door for disabled persons, a big difference to the steps up to double doors in the ABC! These open up to the main area, approximately 5 times the size of our previous. To one side is a long seating area for people waiting for the screens to open, a very small arcade room with fewer than 5 or 6 games in, stands with funny postcards on. (My favourite I discovered yesterday is a man sat innocently in the cinema, with a moose sat in front of him!!! Hilarious, I was wetting myself!) The Star bar, I?m unsure what the use of this is for, I never see workers in there, or customers for that matter.
A big section for pick+ mix, alongside an ice-cream stand with the strangest variations you?ve heard of. E.g. big blue berry and sherbet / rocky road chocolate, and so on and so forth. The steep downside to the ice-cream is the prices, at £1.40 for the smallest available ice-cream its best to stick to the little pink free-tester spoons!
I once watched the scale whilst being served a single ice-cream, and on this scale there was a convertion from weight to worth in £, and I was sold a 70p ice-cream for £1.40 which I was extremely cheesed off with. Never again shall I buy ice-cream from there with my own earned money!
Also in the main area is this strange ticket thing, it works like this; if you do not have any cash on you and would like to buy a ticket, you may use your credit card by following the instructions on screen with these strange post-box looking machines.
There is of course CCTV directly above these machines to save someone robbing your card from you should anyone be cheeky enough to try.
In the centre of the main area hanging from the ceiling on a scary circular rail sit about 15 televisions. I kid you not,
a good 15 or so varying size televisions, all of which play the same advertisement at the same second, ok so I presume this is good for advertising each film but must they use so many televisions?
Cineworld is most busy on a Tuesday, this is because it is Bargain Day! When the cinema first opened the prices were lowered to £3 for any film any age on a Tuesday, and so all my film-seeing opportunities were massively increased!
The normal price for a child is £3.60, for a child over the age of 15 is £4.50 and films after 5pm are umm?.£5.50 I think? I?m not sure they change the prices change so frequently I can ever keep up, Bargain Tuesday is now £3.30 and I dread to think how much money they must have lost by introducing this scheme. But then perhaps it was appealing enough to the viewers to cover the expenses?
Another benefit to Cineworld is the offers printed on the back of the cinema tickets, on each there are vouchers for Burger King, ?Buy two meals for the price of one? or ?Any 2 meals for £5? I prefer the first option. Apart from the fact that this is encouraging people to each junk food, which there is enough of anyway, and the idea that I am now avoiding Burger King for the very same reason, I suppose this is a very welcome addition.
Unlike our old ABC cinema the new Cineworld supply leaflets of the times of each film including little summaries etc, which any cinema could well do with, they also offer a free magazine updating you on films to come and little details on actor/resses comeback appearances etc.
To while away the time I had off school this Tuesday I picked up one of these magazines, (Tuesday off due to lack of teachers, attending the funeral of my I.T teacher Mr Bagnall. He died a sudden death at the age of 52 last week, god bless his soul and bogey green socks.) Anyways, I was appalled by the amount of sequels promised soon:
Charlie?s Angels 2
2 Fast 2 Furious
Jeepers Creepers 2
Legally Blonde 2
mb Raider 2
What on earth is going on? Is there no fresh ideas circulating anymore? Surely some of these films were not such brilliant hits that the public plead for a sequel? I doubt it.
Yet another difference between our ABC and Cineworld is the times, whereas the old ABC would only show horror films at late night, and would always close by 11pm, the new cinema shows all films (excluding animated children?s fiction) until late at night, and at the weekend early in the morning too. Premieres are shown at these kinds of times, a friend of mine was invited to the premier of Harry Potter 2 from 11.30pm till 4am! So that just goes to show what a life some people have?..(some people being me and my parents shopping in Tesco?s at 1.30am after LOR2! But that?s irrelevant!)
So altogether Cineworld?s 10 screen is definitely an extreme preference to ABC?s 5 screen building, the refreshments, the magazines, the times, and did I mention that the whole of Cineworld is on the ground floor? No lifts required, automatic doors and helpers speckled all over the place. They offer a Junior Saturday morning to take your children to a film while you sit in the star bar, who says single parents never get the chance to meet people? So?I love Cineworld its brill! Now I?ve just got to see if I can find the right category?..nope.
* * 10 minutes later: Ok ok I know this is the wrong place but it?s the closest I can find! Cineworld is supposed to be quite a big company too! Darnit! * *