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Address: Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre / Wilmslow Road E /Disdbury / England

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      12.07.2008 00:33
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      A good cinema as it's in a good location with lots of amenities around it

      I have always used the Cineworld in Didsbury as this is my local cinema but, more recently myself and my husband have signed up for an Unlimited card which for £11.99 a month means we can see as many films as we like. So after taking it out we have been going to the cinema a lot more and suddenly this place is starting to become very familiar to us!

      So with this in mind I thought I would share my views on this cinema in particular - the Cineworld in Didsbury.

      Where is it:
      The location is on the main road that leads from Manchester city centre down into the areas of Didsbury and other local areas such as Cheadle and Gatley. The road that it is located next to is called Kingsway. The cinema sits back just from the road in a purpose built area for the cinema, entertainment area with bowling alley, bingo and gym along with a selection of restaurants. There is a large car park next to this complex that is free.

      How big is it?
      The cinema is 2 storeys high with the first floor lobby and the second floor where all the screens are. The lobby is quite big with all the usual display boards advertising the latest film along with the film guide board with the free movies magazines. There is a cash machine also a couple of seating areas.
      The ticket desk is not really that big considering how busy the cinema gets at weekends when they could certainly do with more staff on! There are 5 ticket desks but, I have only ever seen 4 open even when it's jam packed and the queue is out of the door!
      To get upstairs there is a lift and an escalator.
      Once you reach the second floor there is a large area where they sell the food and drinks which include hot dogs, nachos, hot and cold drinks and ice cream.
      There is also a separate ice cream shop that sells Ben and Jerry's ice cream and a pick and mix selection.
      To the other side is a bar with plenty of seats although again when it's busy it is quite difficult to find a seat!

      Screens:
      The cinema has 12 screens some which are very large and some smaller ones too. The screens are laid out on either side of the main upstairs area so there is 6 screens on either side of the section where they sell the food. To go through to where the screens are you have to pass through the doors where they take your tickets.

      Films:
      The cinema shows pretty much all of the latest films out although they do tend to show a film on quite a few screens if it is a major release - last week whilst there they had 4 screens showing the same film and another 3 all showing another film that was the same.

      Prices:
      The cinema charges are quite high if paying for an adult ticket now which is why I have signed up to the Unlimited card. The adult rate is £6.30 from Monday to Thursday and on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday this is higher at £7.20. A child ticket will set you back £4.80 all week. Students can get in for £5.00 all week and anybody seeing a film that starts before 12pm is charged £4.50.

      Staff:
      Most of the staff I come in to contact at this branch are OK - they don't seem rude but the only gripe I would say is they don't seem to speed up at all even when the queues are massive at the food and drink area. Normally if you want to buy food and drink from here before going into the film then it's best to arrive that little bit earlier as I've learnt! Other than that I have no complaints as they have never been rude and are always polite. In particular the girl who singed us up for the unlimited card was very nice and pleasant and made the whole process very quick.

      Overall experience:
      I like this branch of Cineworld as it is close to me and also has a lot of amenities around it. There is a selection of restaurants which means it can be a nice evening out and you can walk straight out of the restaurant into the cinema!
      Also compared to some cinemas I've been in they are pretty clean - there is the usual mess of popcorn but generally staff try to keep on top of it and it's always clean when you first enter the screen.

      I would recommend this branch as it's in a good location and has free parking which is always a bonus!

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