“ Address: Liffey Valley Shopping Centre / Fonthill Road / Clondalkin / Dublin 22 / Ireland „
My cinema of choice here in Dublin is without a doubt the "Vue " cinema multiplex that is situated in one of the huge shopping centres on the periphery of the city, the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre near Lucan village on the main N4 road out of the city.
You'll never have any problem parking at this cinema, an important consideration here in Dublin where city centre parking is at a premium both in terms of availability and cost. (It's free at Liffey Valley)
This cinema itself is part of a nationwide UK and Ireland chain, which also have complexes in Cardiff, Leeds, Basingstoke, Romford, Edinburgh, and Norwich.
They have recently changed their name from "Ster Century" to "Vue".
The Dublin cinema has no fewer than fourteen screens, the largest of which seats 459 people, and the smallest 176. With movies showing here seven days a week, this means it is never too difficult to get in to see a film, even if it is a new one that has just been released. And the 'Vue' does show ALL the latest releases as soon as they are released. I had a quick glance at this week's listings before writing this review, and all the current new cinema releases are on offer.
A facility I generally use is their credit card booking system.
You either ring them up and book your tickets for the show over the phone, or else book them online on their website, and when you arrive there is a machine to pick up your tickets conveniently located in the (very large) foyer. Here you simply insert your credit card, it does a quick scan for your card number in its files, and hey presto, your tickets are delivered without having to queue for them. (I like this a lot!) There is a Euro1.00 surcharge per ticket for the use of this facility, but to be honest, I don't really mind. It's just SO convenient and hassle free.
As you enter the cinema complex proper there are two food outlets to choose from. There's a large burger, hotdog, soft drinks, popcorn and ice cream and sweets counter, as well as a smaller café with some pedestal and high stool seating, where the adults can avail of a coffee or tea while the kiddiewinks stock up with their goodies for the show. As a caffeine addict I really appreciate this! Prices are on the average to high side here, but it is always scrupulously clean, and the queues are never too long.
The toilets are in the corridors outside where the screens are located, close to the doors, so that you don't have to make a marathon trek if you're 'caught short' during the film, and thus miss half the action. There are four of these, and again they are well maintained and in a spotless condition.
The various screens themselves are pure 'state of the art'. As well as the latest sound and projection systems, they are all heated and air-conditioned, so that you never either freeze half to death or sweat like a pig. The seating is tiered, so that you don't have to worry about getting a seven-foot giant right in front of you, and thus not being able to see the screen. And the seats themselves are large, clean, padded armchairs, with enough legroom to stretch out and make yourself really comfortable. They even have holders set into one of the armrests for keeping your drinks safe. (Oh, I LIKE it here)
Prices are reasonable by today's standards.
The adult charge is Euro9.95, and for a child or senior citizen, Euro6.80.
If you go to one of their afternoon matinee performances then you get a reduction to Euro7.85 for adults, and students get a flat rate ticket for Euro6.80 for all performances from Monday through to Thursday. They've even revived the old cinema tradition of a Kid's Club at noon each Saturday and Sunday.
You can contact the cinema directly at 0353-1-605-5700 if you're visiting Dublin or check what is currently showing on their website http://www.vue.ie.
Formerly called Ster Century.