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Leicester Showcase Delux forgot to buy soap
Showcase Cinema De Lux
Member Name: taker4376
Showcase Cinema De Lux
Advantages: Competitive pricing, good range of films, COMFY CHAIRS
Disadvantages: No soap in toilets, a bit messy, Small popcorn sizes
On Wednesday, after looking at several cinemas in Leicester I decided to go to see The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus at the Showcase Cinema De Lux. The cinema is located near the High Cross Shopping centre in Leicester. It is near lots of yummy restaurants and I went for steak before going to see the film. The entrance to the cinema is a small foyer where you buy your tickets. There were three or four counters to buy tickets, as well as places to pick tickets up if you had pre-booked. I hadn't pre-booked and I showed up an hour before the film started to get the tickets before going for dinner. There was no queue and I was pleased to find the prices were the same as at other showcase cinemas. They hadn't hiked the prices up because it was "delux". I got a student ticket for £5.50 which is cheaper than most other cinemas that I know of.
When I returned an hour later to see the film I was pleased to see a nice long queue of people waiting to get tickets, as I went straight to the escalator and rode it up to the next floor. The escalator opened up to a nice open area where the confectionary stands were. To the right was a posh restaurant called "Studio One" and more escalators up to the next floor. At the restaurant you could get two for one cocktails ;) which I am pretty sure you can take into the cinema with you. The prices of the confectionary were also standard to other showcase cinemas and on a par with cinemas like the odeon and vue. Unfortunately I felt a little let down by the ambiance of the cinema. I had heard that it was meant to be very posh and high-tech but the floor was dirty and the lighting was very clinical. There was a big 3D deluxe sign which you could sit in which looked out over Leicester, but we did not have time to sit down and watch people buying their popcorn as we had a film to catch. We queued up for food and were served promptly and relatively efficiently, the steward forgot our order a few times but she was obviously run off her feet and so we were very forgiving lol. We managed to get a large popcorn, large drink, medium drink and 2 tubs of Ben and Jerry's for £13.50. The large popcorn was to share and we were a little disappointed by the size of it. The large at the Odeon is probably twice the size of the showcase version of large (although the drinks have no difference). You can get a supersize at the Showcase but they should really warn you before you order that their large is actually a medium (especially as the steward did not fill it to the top and then proceeded to spill some when she put it down and did not bother refilling it).
Next stop was of course the toilets, being females I can only talk about the ladies, but I assume the mens would not have been too different. The toilets were pretty standard of any cinema, black floors, doors and walls, low level lighting, posh sinks with sensored flushes and taps. BUT NO SOAP! That's right, the "Posh" cinema had absolutely no soap in the toilets! They did not even have soap dispensers! Poor toilet planning!! ... moving on lol. We walked down to our screen and I was fairly annoyed to find that the door to the cinema had to be opened out toward you, with hands full of drinks and popcorn this was quite a struggle, it would have been much better to have doors which opened in and you could push with a shoulder or foot, rather than juggle the confectionary. (you may think I am being picky lol, but i was still a little annoyed about the soap at this point)
You don't get assigned seats in a showcase, which is great, you can sit where you want when you judge where is best based on the size and position of the screen. The cinema was about half full by the time we arrived and so we sat to the side. The chairs were great! Really great!! They not only tilted back slightly, to ease that crick in your neck you may experience sitting in some areas of the cinema but they were also moulded, like sport car's seats to your back so it is supported. Most definitely the best seats I have sat in in a cinema! They was ample leg room and the seats were lovely and wide, I had great fun rocking myself in one. The only downfall is that it is quite possible that you will easily fall asleep in them. There was also a nice big cup holder by each seat, big enough to take the large cup (unlike at the Odeon).
The lights went down and the adverts began, well I say adverts, I mean trailers. Because either I blocked them out of memory and had a black out for fifteen minutes OR the cinema did not play adverts!! Fantastic! I hate having them forced down my throat at cinemas; I don't watch them on t.v I don't want to pay to watch them at a cinema! The screen that we went in (4) was pretty typical of the average cinema, nothing big or special about it. I'm not sure about any other screens as this was my first visit. The only problem I did find was that at certain points the film's volume got a bit too loud, it made me squint because of the noise. I'm not someone that doesn't like loud movies, I love action films and explosions but for the film I was watching the volume was a bit loud in places. I left screening room after a fairly weird film and made my way to the exit. My experience of the showcase delux was pretty average, on a par with other cinemas and not overly special. As you don't pay anything extra for the delux I wasn't too disappointed.
There are premium experiences you can have at the cinema though. You can see films in the directors Hall, where the seats are leather and its over 18's only after 8pm. There is a lounge attached to the hall where you can go for a drink before and after the film and you can hire the whole screen out for birthdays or special events. This sounds like a great idea to me, an avid film buff, especially for the release of a big blockbuster! You can buy giftcards for showcase on their website if you want to treat someone special.
There is no parking at the actual cinema location, but it is very near high cross and so you can park in that car park for a fee of £2 after 5pm. Don't forget, if you're not familiar with Highcross that the shops shut at 8pm so if your film ends after this then you'll have to get to the car park through some side doors. I was not aware of this fact and ended up circling Highcross twice before someone told me where to go, lol.
Summary: Overall a good cinema experience, but little touches could have made it great!
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