“ Multiplex cinema in Cromer, Norfolk. „
When staying with my boyfriend for the week in North Walsham, we decided to head to Cromer for the day and go to the cinema while we were there. I had been warned beforehand that this cinema was not going to be the kind of thing I was used to due to living in a city but I was prepared to go anyway.
The cinema is situated on 4 Hans Place. If you unfamiliar with Cromer, it is only a couple of minutes walk from either the train station or the pier so it is centrally placed and very easy to get to. Cromer is a pretty small place anyway and has a large information center so if you are unable to find it, it wouldn't be hard to ask for directions. As I walked up to the building, I could see the disgusting pink painted walls and it all looked very cheap and tacky. There is also a neon light outside, advertising the cinemas name although as it was the daytime, this was not turned on (thankfully).
Just like the outside of the cinema, the interior of the entrance is extremely dated. The ticket office is tiny, with someone working behind it also tending to the food counter. The food counter sells a range of drinks and snacks although most of this come pre-packaged. The cinema does serve fresh popcorn but nothing like bigger cinemas e.g. hot dogs or nachos etc. The food choices are very limited and while you aren't supposed to, I would recommend sneaking your own snacks in, which is what we did. The food and drinks are overpriced, just like any other cinema but here, there is very little choice to make it worth buying.
The Cromer Regal Movieplex has a total of 4 screens. However, there is a range of the newest films showing so it isn't as bad as it sounds. Currently, there are 9 different films showing but obviously there aren't enough screens to show all of them all of the time. The films are rotated around different screens so that everything plays a couple of times a day. When you buy your tickets at the office, you will be asked where you would like to sit. As the screens are small, there is limited seating as well so you are allocated seats. This is something I hate about cinemas so I was instantly unimpressed. There were only about 6 or 7 people in our screening of Dark Shadows but a staff member kept coming in the theatre and showed us to our seats and we were unable to move. I do understand that this is a good idea for when it is really busy but the theatre was practically empty.
Only screens 1 and 4 have wheelchair access which I think is not very good at all. The other screens are up a couple of flights of stairs and without an elevator, they are very inaccessible. I think it's pretty bad that anyone in a wheelchair will be forced to see films in particular screens and therefore, not really given an option at all. Even though this is a small cinema, I do this accessibility is a big thing and should have more thought put into how this aspect of the cinema is run.
However, for a place as small as Cromer, I was quite impressed there was a cinema at all. It's nice to think that you don't have to go all the way to Norwich to see the latest films, even if the space being used isn't reaching its full potential.
Adults (15 & over) £6.00
Adults (15 & over) with Movie Magic Card £4.00
Children (14 & under) & Senior Citizens £4.50
Children (14 & under) & Senior Citizens with Movie Magic Card £3.00
Super Saver Shows marked with * £4.50
Monday Shows: for everyone, all performances all day!
(From what I understand, the Movie Magic Card is just a discount card although as I don't live there or use this cinema often, I'm not sure how much it costs)