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      24.10.2009 23:50

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      i was not impressed by the vue cinema in reading at all today. we all turned up with the tickets we bought online and we were not allowed to go in because we did not have ID ?!?! i meen, im sorry but we are 15, we are not expected to carry around ID with us. and the tickets were bought online and it did not say on the website anything about needing ID, it is a silly rule and it ruined my friends b-day... we were not allowed to go in and therefore had to get a refund from all 7 tickets - couples retreat. i was very dissapointed.... and soo were my gallsss/joeee x

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      22.09.2009 22:46
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      a cinema in the heart of Reading

      There can be few cinemas with such a prime location as Vue Reading. Nestled on the river side, in the heart of Reading, right next to the Oracle centre and a short walk from the station, Vue Reading is a modern and deceptively large cinema.

      There are 10 screens in all; this being a chain cinema you won't find this cinema showing many "arty" films - but all the blockbusters and new releases are generally available. Parking is in the adjacent Oracle carpark, a short lift ride away, and is at your own cost.

      Tickets can be pre-booked on the Vue website at www.myvue.com ; I find this worth doing even at the slight extra card cost of £2.50, as even at quite busy times the only ticket booths open can be those on the first floor, which means queing up with those buying quite expensive popcorn. There are 3 tills on the ground floor in the rather small lobby, but these are often closed or at times when they are open rather frantic. By reserving online you can also pick the exact seat you want and see how large the auditorium is, as they do vary. I have always found printing out ticket in the machines in the lobby to be quick and hassle free.

      You will also find up to date ticket prices on the website, at my last visit the adult price was £7.65, a child £5.75, with concessions available. A particularly good deal is the popular "kids AM" which runs at the weekend and every day during school holidays, with tickets being a bargain 95p each at the time of writing. The cinema also participates in the Orange Wednesday scheme, and if you are a member of www.seefilmfirst.com you are likely to be offered free viewings here too.

      This cinema has all the usual offerings - as well as the aforementioned dual snack and ticket booth, there is also a sweet stand, icecream and most recently a dvd dispenser machine, for some strange reason.

      I have been coming to the cinema regularly for the last couple of years and find it to be the most pleasant place in my area to see a film. The seats are much more comfortable than at the other Reading cinema, The Showcase (actually located in Winnersh), and generally the sound and lighting are good, and seats are well staggered on quite an incline. Two of the screens are also equipped for 3-D.

      Booster seats are available for children on request, though if booking online if you select the seats in the second section of seats you will find yourself on a raised platform with no one in front of you, which I personally find makes for a good film viewing - if anyone was going to end up behind the world's most fidgety person with a big hairstyle it would be me. Actually it has been me before at other times and in other places.

      That this particular cinema the staff are polite and helpful in the main, and everything is clean and innocuous, and not looking too worn or dated.
      The cinema is accessible to all, there is access to every screen for those in wheelchairs, and hearing assistance in all screens for those who need it. If visiting with small children the only way down from the cinema after a showing is via some quite steep open stairs, which can be quite scary at peak times as people rush out, so you are advised to either head out speedily or wait for the rush to subside.

      You will find plenty of restaurants and bars right next to the cinema, as well as the Oracle for shopping.

      Overall this is a good place to see a film, it may be a bit souless, but it is modern, comfortable and a perfectly pleasant, I just wish it offered a more adventurous range of films.

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        10.05.2009 02:24
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        As good a cinema to go to as any..

        I was quite impressed with this cinema the first time I went. As you walk up to it the entrance is surrounded by little screens which show you still adverts of current and upcoming films which is nice to give you an idea of whats being shown before you even walk in.
        When you go in there is a reasonably big ticket dispensory, probably about six tills. There are also a few self service tills if you're paying by card or have prebooked your tickets.
        You then head on upstairs to the food section, which also doubles as a ticket sales area sometimes when the cinema is quiet. Again there are quite a few tills and a specific Ben and Jerrys ice cream area, as well as a section with a few games machines. In the middle there is a small seating area and around the edge are some more seats for people waiting for their films. There are lots of screens showing a variety of adverts, again for current and upcoming films.
        When you go into the screens, some are quite big and some are quite small, however they are all spacious and the seats are very padded and comfortable, something I think is standard throughout VUE. In the biggest rooms, the seats go up quite steeply rather than the standard shallow incline, which means that even if someone tall sits in front of you, its still very clear to see the screen.
        Overall I have been very impressed with this cinema everytime I've been, its generally always clean and well staffed with polite staff members. The prices of food are extortionate, but this is the same with every cinema I've ever been to so I won't hold it against this particular venue.

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          11.12.2008 23:49
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          Not my first choice

          I went to this cinema to see Quantu of Solace not too long ago. This was my first visit to any Vue cinema.

          My first impression when I walked in was slightly confused. The ticket office was there but no one was around and the display was off. Instead, a crude sign told us to go and buy tickets from the food place. There was nowhere giving us a brief descriptions of the films as in Showcase, Cineworld, Savoy and just about every other cinema I've been to. This was annoying as we didn't really know what was on or have a film in mind we wanted to see - hence why we ended up going to see James Bond.

          The cinema was a lovely size, and they had a good range of food on offer, albeit at expensive cinema prices. The toilets were also nothing to complain about.

          Upon going to enter the screen, there was a sign on the way rudely stating that bags would be searched. They weren't, and even so I wouldn't have minded because of recording equipment etc., but it was worded quite aggressively which made me think they'd had problems with people. This made me a bit uncomfortable.

          The film itself was incredibly loud. We were sitting in the middle, and I was practically deaf after the first ten minutes. I sat with my hands over my ears for most of it. In that position, the film was still louder than average. I do have more sensitive ears and can hear higher frequencies than the average person, but I still don't understand how people managed to sit through it!

          Halfway through, a man in the audience started shouting really aggressively at some girls to stop talking. I hadn't heard them making any noise (not that I could over the film and my fingers in my ears), but they seemed to shut up.

          All in all, my experience was pretty bad. If I went again, it would be purely because of its convenient location near the shopping centre and good selection of restaurants, and also because I'm not familiar with Reading generally.

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