Parrs Wood Leisure Building, East Didsbury, Greater Manchester, M20 5PG
Tel:0870 907 0742 „
The pars wood Cineworld is a pretty average new multi screen cinema that and is pretty much like any other recently built large multi screen cinema but this one has an unusual twist its extortionately expensive. The standard ticket being £7.50 and the student £5.00 which leaves me with the feeling that I could just pop into the Tesco opposite an buy myself a dvd which would be cheaper.
The choice of films is reasonable but that more because of it large number of screens rather than any kind of ethos. again its the standard fare of Hollywood blockbusters with maybe if your very lucky a extremely popular non mainstream film thrown in. the food and cafe extra follow the prevailing theme of milking you wallet and so budget for about £15 per person for popcorn a drink and a ticket. The food can be describe as so so at best.
Most people won't bother with the food on offer here and there are a number of chain restaurant around if you don't want to be utterly ripped off. There's also a Tesco nearby so you can just sneak food in which can be a fun challenge and often more fun than the films inside.
So iv established its expensive and extremely generic so i guess its time to compare it to its rivals. The best two cinemas iv been to in Manchester are the corner house and the AMC in the great northern.
The AMC is brilliant because its cheap at around £5 per person and about £4 for student and its usually deserted so you can always get a good seat. The AMC again has the same problem with generic films as the Cineworld but at least its cheap.
The corner house is Manchesters independent cinema and so will often show the best and most challenging films. Its also reasonably priced and has an awesome cafe that serves good food cheaply the only problem being its often full and can be difficult to get a seat but its hard to criticize it for being popular.
So overall unless your desperate to see a film and really want to avoid the city centre then I would advise going else ware. However if you do go it's not far to walk to the Didsbury pub so I would advise you eat there if you want food as well.
In an attempt to save money but at the same time avoid going insane by staying in every night Ive started going to the cinema a lot more over the past year. Most of the cinemas in Manchester are located in the city centre and therefore involve extortionate parking charges so my flatmates and I tend to visit the one in Didsbury the most. The cinema is part of the Cineworld group which is quite a large group although not as widespread as the leading Odeon group.
The Didsbury cinema is located in the Parrs Wood complex in East Didsbury which also houses a Holmes Place gym, a 2 for 1 pub, a bowling complex, a Pizza Hut and several other restaurants and eateries. Theres also a large parking area with over 500 spaces, the main bonus of this is that its actually free to park there for users of one of the outlets at the complex. The complex itself is relatively new having only been there for a few years now meaning the layout and general visual appeal of it is fairly modern. Its easily accessible from central Manchester and theres a bus route which runs from the centre of Manchester, through Rusholme and Withington to the complex approximately every 10-15 minutes.
The cinema itself is housed in the very centre of the complex and when you walk in your enter a large lobby, much bigger than the majority of other entrances in cinemas. The whole of the ground floor comprises this lobby with five ticket desks being situated to the right hand side of it, a lift in the centre of it and escalators towards the back. The entrance area itself is always really clean with poster boards advertising up and coming films decorating the walls. Ive never encountered much of a queue at the cinema although Im sure at weekends the queue can build up especially in the evening. Theres the option to buy tickets online and then simply collect them from one of the machines in the entrance area which of course would save time.
Once youve bought your tickets the actual screens and main part of the cinema are accessed by escalators towards the back of the entrance area, much preferable than climbing stairs especially when youre coming out of a film! The upstairs area is circular in shape with the front area housing a café and seating area while the back area contains your usual cinema type shop for popcorn and drinks. Theres also a small pick n mix area as well as a childrens area which is normally reserved for parties held at the complex.
Ive visited the café a couple of times while waiting for my film to start and have always had a pleasant experience. They typically serve all your normal beverages and snack food items including jacket potatoes, sandwiches and cakes. The items themselves are priced much as youd expect with a simple coffee costing £1.00 while a cappuccino is priced at £1.70. Soft drinks are available in two sizes and are priced accordingly at £1.10 and £1.70. On the opposite side of the cinema area is the snack shop and prices here are fairly extortionate in my opinion, much like those found in most cinemas. Popcorn ranges from £2.20 up to £3.90 and so I do tend to try to sneak my own food and drink into the cinema, again in an effort to save money!
The cinema screens themselves are accessed through double doors on the left and right hand of the cinema with the complex itself housing approximately 12 screens in total. The screens themselves vary in size, some of them are very large with about 250 seats while some of the other ones on the opposite side of the cinema are smaller with only about 150 seats. The cinema screens themselves are suitably large and the seats are really comfy with large arm rests and plenty of leg room as well.
Prices for this cinema seem quite reasonable compared to some others with a student price being only £4.30. Childrens tickets are priced the same and adults are £6.50 which does seem quite expensive. An alternative is the family ticket option for either 4 or 8 people where tickets are priced at only £4.50 so its an ideal option for those of you with children or in a larger group. If you do decide to book online then there is an additional charge of 55p per ticket.
Id definitely recommend this cinema, the main criteria for me are that the cinema seats are large and with plenty of leg room and this cinema certainly meets both of them! Another bonus for this cinema is that it is wheelchair friendly with wide aisles among the seats and a lift to enable access between floors. They always have the newest releases showing right from their day of release and there's normally about 12 films being shown each week here. The staff are always pleasant enough, well the ones that Ive encountered anyway and all in all Ive had nothing but good experiences here!
Thanks for reading.