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Overpriced but with lots of free parking
Vue Cinema (Plymouth)
Member Name: moo2moo
Vue Cinema (Plymouth)
Advantages: Free parking and a 95p Kids club
Disadvantages: Horrifically overpriced at evenings and weekends
At 9:45am on a Sunday morning, with the exception of the concession stands, Vue cinemas are barren of staff and all payments must be made via card as the cash desks are closed. The self serve machines are clunky to use, the touch screen was out of sync with the cursor, tickets are displayed most expensive first fortunately they're simplistically laid out. Select the day of the film you want to see, followed by a film, a time, the number of people in each category and specify sets where applicable then insert your payment card and panic as a 20 second countdown commences but nothing more happens. For those of you fortunate enough to be under 4' tall there's a keypad attached to the card reader which requires you to input your pin but for those of us at the 6' height it just looks like a card reader. Fortunately there's a "try again button" and with some prompting from my seven year old accomplice we eventually succeeded in purchasing tickets.
The system also allows you to pre-book tickets for films several days ahead. You can also do this from the comfort of your own PC paying a surcharge for the privilege and collecting your tickets from the lobby machine upon arrival at the cinema.
The array of tickets on offer is surprisingly large with an array of discounts available. Prices start from 95p at 10am on a weekend or school holiday showing to an astronomical £9.85 each for adults watching 3D films on evenings and weekends. Unfortunately there is also a £1.55 per seat surcharge for a specified pre-booked faux leather seat with a wide armrest, leg room and a good view. The cheapskates are relegated to the sides and front of the auditorium where latecomers find themselves craning their necks to view the screen.
The lobby is spacious and amply stocked with over-priced sweets, popcorn and hot junk food. Toilets were clean and reasonably well maintained and there's plenty of free parking.
The Vue website http://myvue.com/ is extremely comprehensive and often includes some downloadable 2 for 1 offers as well as film times.
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