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Showcase Cinema De Lux
Member Name: MinniMeW
Showcase Cinema De Lux
Advantages: simple luxury while at the cinema
Disadvantages: A little more expensive
The showcase cinema de lux has recently opened in Cabot Circus in Bristol and is one of the flagship "stores" right up on the top floor. The fully glass fronted cinema is always clean, tidy and well kept as is the inside. When you walk into the lobby the first thing that hits you is the space, it is really well laid out. Automatic ticket machines are just to your left where you can pick up pre-booked tickets, purchase tickets (instead of queuing) and also buy confectionary vouchers - which basically means you pre order all your cinema nibbles, pay there and don't have to queue to pick it up - ingenious idea! In the left-hand corner are the ticket sales, be careful there are two queues! The first is for standard tickets and to be honest certainly in Bristol there is generally a queue but to the right of this queue is the Directors hall ticket sales (I'll come back to the Director's hall later). On the far wall of the lobby is the confectionary stalls - offering all the usual cinema eats but on the opposite wall is a restaurant that is fully licensed!
To head up to the cinema screens there are escalators and lifts at the back of the lobby - after you display your tickets. Now there are 13 screens in total - 11 standard screens and 2 Director's screens. The standard screens are all located just off the escalators, where there is another place to buy nibbles (generally very quiet) and also some nice leather sofas so that you don't have to stand and wait to get into the screen - another great idea! I have been in a couple of the different standard screens and they are quiet spacious, with good leg room and well padded seats, toilets are well distributed between screens so that if you do need to nip out it wont take you too long!
Now the Directors screens and Director's lounge! This is just a great idea. Tickets to the Director's area will cost you more - its roughly £4.50 more than a standard ticket but with great benefits. The Director's lounge is fully licensed and also serves nibbles - all of which can be taken into or delivered to you in the cinema. The cinema itself is huge! The seats are more like sofas, leather and quiet large, generally separated into two's with the exception of the disabled areas. Each seat has a small wooden table that can be pulled across from the arm to sit basically across your lap to hold drinks and food. It really is very comfortable and more like watching a movie at home but with a really big screen and great sound.
Overall the cinema is definitely De Lux, well kept, clean, tidy and with friendly staff makes for a great evening out.
Summary: A really nice change for cinema goers.