“ Address: Peel Leisure and Retail Park / Lower Audley Street / Blackburn / BB1 1BG „
Vue is the only cinema in Blackburn and it is located on a retail park near the train station close to the centre of town. It has 10 screens and these are located upstairs in the building (or up in the lift). There is a bowling alley downstairs which is good if you want to bowl and then watch a film or vice versa. There is also a range of restaurants on the adjoining retail park - Pizza hut and Frankie and Bennys for example. It is a typical Vue cinema with plenty of expensive food - the usual popcorn, sweets and ice cream. I like the old fashioned cinemas but there's not many of them anymore. Vue cinemas are functional and have all the latest films. I usually go on an orange Wednesday (where you get two for the price of one - you need to have an orange phone and to send a text requesting a code for this). The car park can get very busy on Wednesday evenings because of this and tickets for recently released films can run out. All in all it's a convenient cinema with options to extend your entertainment with bowling, eating out or heading into the town centre afterwards.
Vue Cinema opened up about five years ago. To say Blackburn is such a large town its a surprise that there has never been a large cinema in the town. We used to have to either travel to Preston or Bolton or make do with the tiny cinema in town that was really old and old had 4 very old screens. This cinema is a typical vue one. Its got twelve screens, some big some smaller depending upon which film you are seeing. All the modern films are shown and they sometimes show ones that our hard to find anywhere else. They also have the ability to screen the modern 3D films which is good news. I must say I'm, not a huge fan of the new cinema. I often go to the one in Bolton which I think is much better. The Blackburn one does not have as many facitlies. They is a balling alley down stairs with a bar in it but its next to the games arcade which means its really noisy and full of kids. They have recently had to put bouncers on the doors and they dont let kids in on there own as they had loads of problems with kids coming in off the local estates and casuing probelms. The food is very expensive in the cinema all though this is something that you tend to find with most cinemas. The price for a ticket is around £6.00 which again is pretty average. If your watching a 3D film its closer to £10. Again about average. The screens themselves seem to be ok. But again I've been in better cinemas. I have found sometimes there is alot of rubbish left around and popcorn on the floors or seats, I honestly think this is because of the area the cinema is in, you get some pretty scruffy people rolling in who dont really seem to care about other people. The seats are quite comfy and you do get a decent amount of leg room which is always a good thing. The sound in the cinema is also quite good and I think as this is a modern cinema all the sound systems are pretty much as good as they get. If you are looking for times of films and what is showing you can always check the myvue.com. Here it is pretty easy to find the cinema your looking for and check whats on. There is a pretty good size car park at the cinema but it does fill up quite quickly and then iy can be tricky to find parking. Last time I went the car next to me had been broken into which really worried me, I don't feel like my car is very safe parked on this car park which again is a reflection of the area the cinema is in. Overall this is a decent cinema but not a great one. Sometimes I still travel to Bolton which is half an hour away. I prefer the cinema there and think its a shane that Blackburn is not quite upto that standard. That said its nice to have a local option that I can always use. Anyway if your in Blackburn and fancy catching a film this is a good option.
Vue cinema is the only picture house in Blackburn. It is situated on the edge of the town centre on a retail park at the rear of the train station. It houses a bowlplex with cafe and bar and is surrounded by various eating establishments in close proximity such as pizzahut, chiquitos and frankie and benny's. The cinema complex is easy to get to by bus or trin and can be accessed through the subway at the train station. If you are driving access is from the Darwen street end of town. Parking can be busy at peak times but i have never struggled to find a place. The cinema boasts 10 screens with a seating capacity of around 6300 and is always showing a variety of pictures to suit all ages and tastes. they often have incentives such as Kids am. For only 95p a ticket on selected films Saturday and Sunday mornings and every morning in the School Holidays. Cheap enough to take the kids for the price of an adult ticket, however if booking on line it charges over£2.00 for a card processing fee. Still a cheap morning out! Cheap day is tuesday with tickets only £3.70 all day and you can easily sign up now for a free Cheap Day Tuesday card online. Vue offers voucers for those who are regular cinema goers such as the vue more voucher where you save £1.50 on all adult ticket, 75p on all other tickets, when you return within two weeks. Tickets can be purchased online with a fee or in the machine on the ground floor. They can also be purchased from the counter on the first floor where you will be greated by friendly helpful staff. One evening i visited the cinema with a friend and when paying for the ticket the staff member reminded me it was orange wednesday and gave me the number to text, she waited for my confirmation code to come through and then processed the tickets 2 for 1 how good is that so we both got in for the price of 1 adult ticket thanks to the helpful member of staff. There is a large selection of overpriced sweets popcorn and drinks and even a ben and jerrys icecream counter. Overall a good night out! You can even make it a day out with the kids and visit the bowllex underneath get a spot of dinner and a film all under one roof!
The cinema at vue is really nice in comparison to the old one in the town centre. I think it has 13 or 14 screenings and unless its a brand new movie you can always find seats next to each other. The car parking can be a bit of a problem (especially on orange wednesday) as it is often hard to find a space. There is also a JJB gym next to the cinema which shares the carpark (kind of) therefore a lot of the gym goers go onto the car park as well. I often find myself parking on the trainstation car park at the back of vue, this only really happens on a Wednesday though. The cinema staff are relatively helpful, they can recommend films that are on or coming out. The price of the food is really expensive as is most places, however they do do some meal deals, even if these are expensive too. The cinema has the orange wednesday deals, therefore you can get buy one get one free tickets on a wednesday which is really good! The screenings themselves are fairly big with huge screens. Some security men come into the screening sometimes to check that the kids arn't messing around, and if they are they get thrown out. I did have a couple of lads chucking stuff at me throughout a movie and they got removed. There is hardly ever any problems though. One criticism of the cinema is that it doesn't have the "family" feel that the old cinema did. I don't know if it was because it was in an old building but the old cinema felt so much more friendly and cosy, it was a real "day trip out" experience, where as now I only really go to the cinema at night. All in all it is a better cinema as it is much bigger and even has a bowling complex. It is a bit expensive but its fun for all ages.