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Electric Cinema Portobello Road (London)

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191 Portobello Road / London / W11 2ED / Tel: 02079089696.

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      05.10.2006 10:12
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      Really nice treat or somewhere to impress a date with!!!

      I know none of you would be able to wait for the second instalment of my absolutely riveting Tuesday night out, I have just posted part 1, been down to our work canteen and had half a rather bland sandwich, and here I am slaving over part 2, just for you!

      Any of you that have not read part 1, stop reading this review and be bloody normal and read the story from the beginning, remember if you rate this review and not part 1, I will know what you have done and come after ya! Ha let that be a warning to all of you!

      ohhh....don't know what came over me there, onto the review

      ~Tuesday 21:05 hours~

      Leaving the Churchill Arms full and satisfied, we meet Harry's bro and made our way down to the Electric Cinema on Portobello Road, which is actually further from Nottinghill Gate than I first thought, especially with my boyfie's "special" sense of direction. I would highly recommend going to Ladbrooke Grove or Westbourne Park tube stations, as they are much closer.

      Again, none of us have ever been to the Electric Cinema, but it is one of those places that Londoners always talk about, you know "that cinema with the sofas", so Harry had taken it upon himself to book some tickets to go and see An Inconvenient Truth (look out for the third and final part of my super exciting Tuesday night - more shameless plugging).

      ~Tuesday 21:15 hours~

      We arrived on Portobello road, and found ourselves outside the cinema, you will be able to spot it from the end of the road, it has a big blue neon sign that reads Electric, the entrance is ram-a-jammed full of fashionable (well we let them think they are) notting heller's er i mean HILLers.

      First things first, boyfie and I had run out of ciggies, so he disappeared off round the corner to find some before we had to go in & we were sent on a mission to find a suitable lamp post for Harry's Bro's bike.

      We were told that the film begins at 9:30, and that we should arrive to take our seats and collect our tickets about 15 mins previous - check & check, so far so good, we are able to follow simple instructions!

      ~Getting tickets~

      As mentioned earlier, this little jolly was Harry's brain child and he had booked the tickets in advance this morning and whilst we were at the Churchill Arms, he had recounted a tale of marvellous customer service and unimaginable intelligence, intelligence that even Mensa would have been astounded by!

      So here is the situation - five tickets are required, so Harry calls up the booking number and asks for five tickets. The scarily intelligent girl at the other end of the phone states that there are only four tickets left, so Harry enquires after a spare ticket anywhere, to which she replies "I am sorry sir, but we are fully booked and there are only four tickets left". Again Harry enquires as to whether he can chance it and purchase a ticket on the door, to which she replies, they are fully booked, but they do have a spare seat that is not with the group of four (?!)...Interesting, I was always under the impression that 4 + 1 = 5....obviously key stage 1 maths is getting harder and the government are wrong, examinations are not getting easier at all, they are clearly getting much harder!

      I would highly recommend that you book in advance and call up in the morning that you want to go (at the latest) to avoid any disappointment, and if you are intending on going as a group, I would suggest a couple of days in advance to ensure that you all manage to sit together. Whilst outside the cinema, and giving Harry the cash for the tickets someone approached him because they thought he was a ticket towt (sorry can't spell it and my spelling is so bad my spell checker doesn't even know what I am trying to spell).

      ~Seating & Ticket Pricing~

      The cinema has a total capacity of 102, and the seating is broken down as follows:

      Front 3 rows (seating a total of 42 peeps) - brown leather seats, with plenty of leg room and a table for your snacks and a convenient little wine cooler. This is where we sat and paid 10 squids each for our tickets.

      Back 4 rows (seating a total of 56 peeps) - same brown leather seats, but with the added bonus of a matching brown leather footstool, and table for alca-mar-ol, so for an extra two-fiddy you get a footrest!

      Very back row - 2 x 2 seater sofas - which look extremely comfortable, these are large leather sofas with virtually another seat attached to the end they really should be called 2 person day beds! The sofas are 30squids to hire for two people.


      If you think about it, at first it does seem like a lot of money, but if you think that for the front three rows the price of a ticket is a tenner, and then you think about the price of a ticket at a normal Odeon Cinema (about £7.50 - £8.50) then it really is worth it, and if you think the sofas are £30 for two people, that's £15 a head....You would probably pay that for a ticket in central, say Leicester Square.

      If you go on a Monday, the front three rows are half price (£5), the other seats are £7.50 and the sofas come in at £20 (so if you book ahead it really does make it worth your while).

      ~Fodder & Alca-mar-ol~

      There is a bar at the back, and I was pleasantly surprised at the range of drinks they had on offer and was suitably impressed at the price of their range of beverages!

      As mentioned earlier you are invited to take arrive at least 15 mins prior to the time that your film is due to start, I would however recommend at least half an hour, to compensate for bar queuing time, the service is awful and unfortunately because of the location, some of the people that frequent this cinema have a certain sense of their own self importance - idiots with pink golf jumpers tied round their shoulders, wearing boat shoes, sans sockas (see where I am going with this one?).

      I ended up standing actually at the bar for 15 mins waiting to try and get someone's attention, not to mention the fact that I had been queuing for about 10mins just to try and get to the bar. This meant that I missed the first 10mins or so of the film, and for anyone that has ever seen me in a bar, they will know that I do not understand the concept of queuing for my alca-mar-ol and will just very politely (but forcefully) fight my way to the front of the bar - unfortunately, there were some deluded people there who thought they were more important than me!!

      There are a wide range of drinks at the bar, you can get wine by the bottle (3 varieties of white & 3 of red) which start from £14, wine by the half bottle, a choice of red or white, the red is a very good valpolicella, I do remember thinking it was a bit pricey for a half bottle for red, so just went for the full bottle of French red at £14, which was really nice and drinkable. Wine is also available by the glass and prices start at around £3.50, a couple of beers on draught are available and amstel by the bottle, all at very regular prices, I also noticed that they did Veuve Clicquot by the glass - very nice!

      If you want popcorn or penny sweets whilst you watch your film, I suggest that you bring your own, because that is the last thing that you would find here, you can get a pot of a mixed nutty type thing or a choccie brownie (which very nicely comes served on a china plate). I did notice one thing however, a man did not like the mixed nuts that had been boxed up and wanted some that he could see in a jar behind the bar, the bartender told him that they were not selling that particular mix of nuts that night therefore could not serve him - rightly enough the man just asked if the bartender could very kindly take the empty pot (used to put the mixed nuts in) in front of him, take 3 steps left, open the lid and put some nuts in his pot for him - to which he got the same answer!

      ~Useful Information (well I think it is)~

      The Electric Cinema's website: www.electriccinema.co.uk

      The website is full of useful information, like what movie is playing, pricing info and a little plan so that you can decide where to sit.

      There are also a couple of other interesting pages on the site such as "Electric Scream" this is a regular night where parents or carers can bring their sprogs that are under a year old and have them on their laps, apparently these run every Monday and Tuesdays (from March) too, cheap ticket prices apply.

      ~That's a Wrap Folks~

      Overall I really enjoyed the experience in the cinema, despite my moaning and groaning about the other clientele, the cinema does tend to draw a more civilised crowd, I was actually really surprised at how well behaved everyone was considering they were all boozing it up and the film that we chose to watch was a little er....non-gripping (but you'll have to wait for the third and final instalment of my riveting Tuesday night to find out about that one!). I would highly recommend this place for a really sweet, romantic date (on the sofa of course), a bit of a treat or just because you can afford to pay a little extra to go to the cinema. There is only a minor problem with this cinema, because it is so small only 1 film is shown at a time, so you can't just decide that you want to watch a film that's on at the rest of the cinemas, you sort of have to watch out for when they are playing the movie you want to see.....but to be honest, the Electric Cinema is not the sort of place that becomes your regular cinema (those pennies do add up you know!).

      Thanks for reading


      *also on ciao*


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