The Mallard DoubleBill Cinema is Guernseys only cinema. We do not or have never had any well known cinema chains which you have probably been to like Odeon Cinemas.
Our cinema is a very small family business. Until last year I had never been to a cinema other than this one and I was amazed at the size of the cinema in comparison to the Odeon in Southampton, where we went.
The cinema opened in 1993 and had two screens. The following year as demand grew it added a further two screens. Their are now four screens of different sizes which seat between 54 and 154 people.
The seats are not the most comfortable around so if it's winter I usually sit on my coat. There is very little leg room as it is such a small cinema. You can see from most seats but children cannot always see if there are tall people in front.
You can pre book tickets which allows you to reserve a seat which is best for you. This can be done by phoning the number on their website.
The cinema is usually very cold in winter so you must wrap up warm. I have kept my coat on before.
The screens are quite small in comparison with UK cinemas but larger than a television would be.
As you enter the cinema there are places to get your tickets. The left counter is for if you have pre booked to get your physical tickets and the right counter is to get tickets if you haven't booked. We always risk it and buy tickets on arrival. They rarely run out of seats.
When you have entered there is a small waiting area in case the doors aren't open yet. I have rarely needed to wait here but it's nice to know it's there in case.
The shop sells freshly made popcorn, pick and mix, bottles of drink and some sweets and chocolate bars. I always buy food before I get there to take in as they are very expensive.
The toilets are also on the ground floor and are always very clean and well looked after.
The cinema is on two floors, two screens upstairs and two downstairs. The upstairs screens would be an issue for wheelchair or push chair users.
On the walls around the cinema are old cinema posters like Grease on the upstairs wall. This adds a nice touch.
The cinema is open 6 days a week in the afternoons, it is closed on Tuesdays except in School holidays. There are a matinee and evening showing each day. I usually go for matinee as evening is a lot busier.
It shows newly released films but not always as soon as they are released. Unfortunately they do not have all newly released films but most of the popular ones.
The cinema is located in the Forest parish which is a two minutes walk from the airport but a half an hour drive from town. If it was closer to home I may go more regularly. It is a long way from the capital, St Peter Port, and in the middle of nowhere really.
It shows films on clear screens but you can only see 2D films at the moment. We will get 3D screens by the Summer holidays. This will be nice for the childrens school holidays.
The prices are £5.60 for matinees and £6.60 for evenings.
This is a lovely cinema but could do with being warmer and comfier. Very popular during school holidays.