Last month I was invited along to the Showcase Cinema in Bluewater along with Tanya, Tapanga and Tanya's little sister where we went to see Earth to Echo.
The Showcase Cinema has recently undergone a brand new refurbishment and boasts an IMAX cinema screen along with 12 other screens as well as a gallery bar where you can watch movies in a top level balcony with the most amazing comfiest seats. Now we didn't actually watch our movie in the IMAX or the gallery bar but we were shown them and I have to say from what I saw I am definitely looking forward to going back again and watching a movie in both of them.
When you enter the cinema you are greeted by a very large foyer where you can buy your tickets, grab some pick & mix, indulge in some Ben & Jerry's and also grab some of the amazing popcorn that they pop themselves on site - They do a range of flavours with your standard sweet and salted as well as their very own caramel flavour.
We watched our movie in one of the standard screens and I have to say it was one of the comfiest cinema experiences I have ever had, the seats were spacious and very comfortable along with the sound being perfect and non tinny like it has been in some cinemas I have attended. After we watched our movie we were taken upstairs to see the gallery bar where we were treated to a snack plate and drink which is something that is included in the price of a gallery ticket. The snack plate consisted of some tortilla chips, salsa, a chocolate muffin and a box of celebration chocolates plus the drink is completely refillable.
We were able to view one of the screens that you can buy a gallery ticket for and I have to say it is absolutely massive with the gallery section being completely away from anyone down below. The seats in the gallery section are also something to shout about as they are like two seater sofas and so comfortable which is probaably why Tanya and I spent quite a while testing them out.
The staff at the Showcase Cinema in Bluewater were also very friendly and Mathew who showed us around really knew what he was talking about and provided us with great information about the cinema and the refurbishment.
The ticket prices are also really good for the standard of the cinema with tickets starting at £8.10 for a child and £8.55 for an adult. The gallery tickets are much more expensive at £21.45 per ticket but I think they are definitely worth it especially if you like to watch your movie in peace and complete comfort, the fact that you get the snack plate and refillable drinks is what makes these tickets quite appealing for me as you would normally spend quite a chunk of money on things like drinks and snacks at the cinema although I would much prefer a box of popcorn rather than the tortilla chips or have popcorn as an option instead.
Over all I am really impressed with what I saw and I can't wait to go back to see another movie.
Have you been to the Showcase Cinema in Bluewater?