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When I was a little girl, I used to look forward to visiting the conema in Merthyr Tydfil. Looking back it was a bit of a dive. Half the time you would have to wait while they fixed the tape. But I loved that intimate cinema, with the ice cream break in the middle of the film.
Sadly for a number of years, Merthyr Tydfil didn't have a cinema. People didn't use the facility and it fell into disrepair. The grand cinema building became an eyesore.
Over the last few years, Merthyr Tydfil has had a major revamp. It now boasts a retail park that hosts a number of excellent stores. But more recently, it has developed a leisure village. The old leisure centre has been knocked down and a state of the art leisure building has been erected, complete with a huge swimming complex. Next door to this leisure centre is the very impressive vue cinema.
Vue cinema Merthyr is very state of the art. From the time you walk in you know you are in for a great experience. It offers both comfort and excellent entertainment. It's 8 screens showing all the latest movies.
The first time I went to this cinema, I was suprised at it's vastness. It is also kept in the highest standard with all areas cleaned and monitored. The staff are all turned out in a smart uniform which somehow adds to the professional ambiance. I have been to this cinema a number of times, I have always noticed that the staff are very accomodating and helpful. They are also very efficient and manage to work very fast in order to keep the queing time to a minimum.
The prices for the cinema viewings differ from £7 at peak times to a great £5.40 on off peak times. You can also take advantage of a family discount ticket which I believe is just over £24. It is worth visiting the website before visiting, as they occasionally have special rates. Also they have Orange Wednesdays where people can take advantage of the buy one get one free offer.
Not only have you the great choice of films on offer, You also get to choose which type of seating you would like. For a small extra fee you can sit in the vip seats, these seats are leather and offer the utmost in comfort. However I have to admit, after seeing these seats I don't think they are very different to the normal seating apart from the leather material.
If you are after a more informal evening, you may wish to choose the bean bag seating. This seating is right at the front of the cinema. Black leather bean bags which look cool and contemporary. I think this seating is aimed more for the teenage age bracket. I wouldn't fancy sitting on these bean bags for long.
Another important factor, is that there is excellent disabled access. All cinemas are easily accesable. Every where in the cinema is wide and flat. The front of the cinema offers ample room for wheelchairs. I also love the way that the wheelchairs are not pushed into a corner, but incorporated onto the end of the first row. Which must make it a far more pleasurable experience for the wheelchair user.
Not only does the cinema offer the customers the chance to see the latest films. There is also a kids club which runs on weekend mornings. It also runs every morning throughout school holidays. On these mornings, the cinema offers children and accompanying adults the chance to visit the cinema and watch a fairly recent film for 95p. The film shown are a few months old, but still new and modern. Ususally a film that was screened in the main cinema a couple of months previous.
My daughter loves the kids club. Both her and her friends meet there and get to watch a movie and have a bit of independence all for 95p what a bargain!! What I would advise is that you book in advance for these films as it does become fully booked very quickly due to it's popularity.
You can also pre book all other cinema tickets via the internet site. Or if you prefer you can book your tickets via the computerised machines in the cinemas foyer. This will save you the queing. However there are plenty of till area open if you wish to pay a cashier.
One thing that lets this cinema down is the cost of the refreshments. I think that it is a complete rip off. I understand that in cinemas the prices of sweets and popcorn are inflated, but I think that the prices in Vue are crazy. I will not pay £5 for a small bucket of popcorn when I know I can get a huge bagfrom the local supermarket for a £1. Also I will not pay £3 for a bag of maltesers when I can again get these for a £1. So I always take a great big handbag with me and smuggle in enough provisions to keep the kids happy. I know this is not what your supposed to do but unless they lower their prices to a more acceptable level, this is what I will continue to do.
Apart from the popcorn, Nachos, hotdogs,sweets and pop. They also have a Ben and Jerry's stall which again is very expensive. However well worth the parting of your cash as the icecream is divine.
I have noted that there is a no nonsense approach in this cinema. I witnessed teens being asked to leave once for being rowdy, which I thought was very efficient as it didn't reproach on our viewing pleasure.
All in all I am very impressed with Merthyr Tydfil's vue cinema. There are a couple of issues which could be improved. The cost of provisions for one. Another bug bear of mine is that it is always really cold within the cinema. I take a big cardigan with me as I am often freezing!! But apart from them little problems I am very pleased with our state of the art cinema.
They have also just introduced a 3d cinema screen which is excellent and offers a whole new viewing experience. Well worth a try.