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My local Apollo cinema is located at Hollywood Park in Barrow-in-Furness, after having had a friend who worked there over the summer i became pretty well aquainted with the cinema.
Overall the cost of the tickets isn't too bad, £5.90 for an adult and £4.70 for concessions. I am a student in Liverpool and comparing that with the price f the cinemas in Liverpool it is pretty good as they usually come in over £6! However I wouldn't advise buying any food or drink there as most people already know, cinema food is grossly over priced.
Picture and Sound:
In the past i have been to cinemas where the whole experience has been ruined by the fact that the sound quality has been very poor and muffled, however the same cannot be said of the Apollo in Barrow.
Noone wants to sit through a three hour movie in a rediculously uncomfortable seat, you knees digging into the seat of the person in front. I am of an average height (aprox 5ft8) yet i find that sitting in some of the smaller screen rooms it can be quite uncomfortable, yet it has never been that bad that i have not enjoyed the movie (if it is worth enjoying that is). Be warned, if you are over 6ft be prepared for an uncomfortable couple of hours.
Summary: Overall the Apollo makes for a good night out, however one thing that lets it down is its tendancy to shy away from foreign movies, or movies with subtitles.
I absolutely love going out at night in the summer when you don't need a coat and the nights are warm enough for me to avoid getting hypothermia queuing to get into clubs... unfortunately it's not the same case in the winter when the cold, rain and wind are enough to put me off going out! There's a relatively new entertainment complex housing a cinema in Altrincham which has luckily saved me from spending too many nights in with the TV this winter.
The Metroplex Cinema Complex is located off Denmark Street in central Altrincham. The complex itself is a large grey and white building which is quite visually obtrusive to the landscape and certainly stands out. It's easily accessible from the M56 and the M60 and there's a train and tram station just a five minute walk away. There's parking both opposite and behind the complex although I tend to park at the nearby Tesco store where parking is free. There are also several restaurants within the complex including a Chiquitos and a Frankie and Bennys.
The Altrincham cinema is part of the Apollo chain of cinemas. I'd never actually heard of Apollo before visiting this cinema but have since learnt it's quite a small chain and there are only actually thirteen Apollo cinemas in the UK. With regards to how they compare to other cinemas I'd say there's not a lot of difference; the decor and facilities are relatively similar with very little to distinguish Apollo as a different brand.
The first thing that struck me about the cinema was the size of the entrance lobby, it's incredibly small compared to what I'm used to! As you walk in there's a small licensed bar and seating area on the left but this only has two tables each with three seats. To the right is the ticket desk which has room for two cashiers to serve at. Straight ahead is the main refreshments desk which has three cashier spots and sells your usual (overpriced) refreshments including drinks, hotdogs, pick n mix and popcorn.
What struck me most about the lobby (after the size) was that it was incredibly bare; normally in cinemas I'm used to poster boards and every available wall space being used to advertise new films but here the walls are remarkably bare giving quite a cold and sparce feel to the overall cinema. The lobby area tends to be very clean and tidy with the two tables by the bar area being frequently cleaned.
The actual cinema screens are located through an entrance way to the left of the lobby where you have to hand in your tickets to gain access. This is also where the toilets are located which is slightly annoying if you arrive too early at the cinema and want to use the toilet. The toilets are fairly large with the girls toilet having around twelve cubicles and I've never had to queue there to use the toilet. The waiting area before you go into the screens is quite dimly lit and very narrow with leather couches against the walls. Here you will find advertising of future films on the walls which I quite like to look at if I'm honest!
There are only six screens in this cinema which does make it the smallest cinema I've ever visited I think. All the screens are fully air conditioned and they all have tiered seating with digital sound. As it's quite new the screens are all still in tip top condition. As far as I know all the screens are the same size with around 180 seats in each. Some of these seats are on the ground and quite close to the screen while the majority are tiered. The two rows at the back are the luxury seats which you can upgrade to and feature a leather chair, a wider seat and more leg room. However the normal seats themselves are really comfy with large arm rests and plenty of leg room as well.
The prices for this cinema seem quite standard in comparison to other local cinemas with it being cheaper to see a film Monday to Thursday before 4pm where prices are: Adult £5.50, Child £4.50 and Senior / Student £5.00, for Premier Seating you need to add £1 to any of those prices. To see a film Monday to Thursday after 4pm and Friday to Sunday all day the prices are: Adult £6.50, Child £4.50 and Senior / Student £5.00. For premier seating you need to add £1.50 to any of those prices. My next choice for a cinema would be the Odeon at The Trafford Centre and tickets here are slightly more expensive.
I'd definetly recommend this cinema, the seats are comfortable and large and I've always had a pleasant experience when I've visited it. The staff are always really friendly and I've never had any cause to complain. The only downside is that due to it only having six screens they are somewhat limited on how many films they can show but they do tend to show the newest releases when they first come out. If you're looking to see a film that's already been out for two to three weeks you might find that it's already stopped showing at this cinema which isn't always ideal.
Thanks for reading!