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Your favourite cinema - 7/10/2011 2:35:33 PM   
JIm R

 

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Which cinema is your favourite ? Could be for any reason, where you saw childhood classics, a contemporary one for the atmoshere or choice.
 
Mine are both now demolished, back when living on the Wirral in the late 70's and 80's, we had two classic old school 'flea pits', Hoylake and The Unit 4 at Wallesey, saw the original Star Wars trilogy here at the unit 4, ET, Raiders etc., a very small family run cinema with tons of atmoshpere, that kind of experience has now IMO gone with the huge chains that exist now.
 
My only prefered option now is the Prince Charles in Leicester Square or the Ritzy in Brixton.
 

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RE: Your favourite cinema - 7/10/2011 2:39:02 PM   
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The MacRobert Centre at Stirling University. Not only because it was on campus, but because it really is a great independent cinema. Yes they show the blockbusters, but they do so much more. And they let you take a beer in to watch the film. Celebrated my 20th with a pint of Guinesses watching Battle Royale on the big screen.

It is also a more general arts venue. One of the things I miss about my uni years.


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RE: Your favourite cinema - 7/10/2011 2:57:57 PM   
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Mines was the old Edinburgh Odeon. Saw all my films there as a kid, it was huge with really nice architecture. Its derelict now which is a shame. Now I frequent Cineworld which is fine but generic.

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RE: Your favourite cinema - 7/10/2011 3:00:57 PM   
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I really love The Prince Charles in Leicester Square, but since I live about twenty miles from Central London I don't get to visit it as often as I like.




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RE: Your favourite cinema - 7/10/2011 3:01:43 PM   
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My all time favourite was the legendary Scala Cinema in Kings Cross, sadly long gone now. It had a huge, steep incline as an auditorium, the films, always double or triple features, ranged from art house to, to avant garde, to exploitation and the back row used to often be occupied by hookers and their clients. There was a cinema cat that sometimes scared the patrons when jumping on them during a horror film. My favourite movie event of the year was the Shock Around the Clock marathon on new years day when they previewed brand new horror films at a screening that went from noon till the early hours the next morning. I also went to some great parties there.

In all these cases the largest auditorium is the best:

I always enjoy seeing films at the BFI.

I also like the Cineworld Haymarket, which still looks like it hasn't changed since the 1930s.

The Curzon Mayfair is great, not least because it looks like a set from the James Bond film Moonraker on the inside.

For first run films nothing beats the huge Empire screen.

I too like the Prince Charles


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RE: Your favourite cinema - 7/10/2011 3:02:19 PM   
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I don't think I have a particular love of a particular one, though I have a fondness for ones that I have spent time in at various points, as they tend to mark different parts of my life.

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RE: Your favourite cinema - 7/10/2011 3:20:51 PM   
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My favourite cinema would be the (now sadly defunct) Playhouse cinema in Portrush. Family owned, and a little grotty but still a lovely little place.

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RE: Your favourite cinema - 7/10/2011 3:30:45 PM   
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The Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen. Another one of these Victorian era theatres that added a big screen and projector back in the day, but I loved it. It's still in use, but now that a new multiplex has opened up nearby it's used mostly for stage productions and concerts.

Still has the best sound of any cinema I've ever been to though.

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RE: Your favourite cinema - 7/10/2011 4:44:44 PM   
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There's an independent cinema here in Derby called Quad which is just awesome. They show new releases, classics, re releases and have themes each month. There's a lovely cafe/restaurant inside and you can take a beer into the movie with you. They also have computers linked to the BFI archive, art exhibitions, screenings for people with toddlers and they do a horror all-nighter every Halloween with a free bacon sarnie in the morning. I love the place. It's only been open a few years and before its existence it was virtually impossible to see anything that wasn't a Blockbuster in Derby.

Also, has anyone ever been to the Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds? I don't know if it's still there, but that was a gorgeous little theatre.

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RE: Your favourite cinema - 7/10/2011 6:09:46 PM   
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In Edinburgh, the Film House and Cameo are really good cinemas.  Obviously they're smaller than places like Cineworld, Vue and Odeon, but they often show more interesting films.  Cameo in particular screens older, classic films every Monday, and sometimes screens double-bills.  Just the other week they had a Crazy Heart/The Big Lebowski screening :) 

Since I have an unlimited card with Cineworld, I usually just go there.  It doesn't have quite the same atmosphere, like the other day I was walking out of Melancholia (which blew me away), and instead of being able to reflect on it, I had to listen to Katy Perry blasting through the speakers.  But it does show all the latest films, and, with the unlimited card, I can see them all for pennies.  I can't really see a smaller cinema offering such a deal, unfortunately...

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RE: Your favourite cinema - 7/10/2011 6:18:32 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Whistler

In Edinburgh, the Film House and Cameo are really good cinemas.  Obviously they're smaller than places like Cineworld, Vue and Odeon, but they often show more interesting films.  Cameo in particular screens older, classic films every Monday, and sometimes screens double-bills.  Just the other week they had a Crazy Heart/The Big Lebowski screening :) 

Since I have an unlimited card with Cineworld, I usually just go there.  It doesn't have quite the same atmosphere, like the other day I was walking out of Melancholia (which blew me away), and instead of being able to reflect on it, I had to listen to Katy Perry blasting through the speakers.  But it does show all the latest films, and, with the unlimited card, I can see them all for pennies.  I can't really see a smaller cinema offering such a deal, unfortunately...



The Cameo has an unlimited offer but its more expensive than the Cineworld card unfortunately which is why I got one same as you. And I know what you mean about the atmosphere there especially on a Friday night it can get a bit chavvy, but as I live minutes from Fountainpark its my local so what can ye do?

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RE: Your favourite cinema - 7/10/2011 8:34:35 PM   
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My favorite cinema is The Electric in Birmingham. They show a great selection of films and the surroundings are fab. Having a nice glass of wine, sitting on a comfy sofa and watching a good movie - fab!

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RE: Your favourite cinema - 7/10/2011 9:05:37 PM   
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The IFI is probably the nicest cinema in Dublin but I rarely go there instead heading to the local Cineworld.

Back in the day I loved the Ormonde in Dun Laoghaire. Sigh, good times....good times

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RE: Your favourite cinema - 8/10/2011 12:09:08 PM   
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The old Odeon on Northumberland Street in Newcastle. What a screen 1 that was. Saw some absolute classics there: Jurasaic Park, Gladiator. Best of all was The Fellowshop of The Ring on opening night in a packed screen and the seats were shaking with the sound. Amazing experience. It was a listed building but is now going to be knocked down to create a new trendy shopping area! 

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RE: Your favourite cinema - 8/10/2011 3:29:38 PM   
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The Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds is still going strong and is a fantastic little cinema. Zefferelli's in Ambleside also good and local to me.

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RE: Your favourite cinema - 9/10/2011 3:52:05 AM   
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I've never even been to an independent cinema (oh the shame) but I like the Showcase cinema in Belle Vue, Manchester. It's totally impersonal - no character, big and glossy. But it's a modern mainstream cinema experience done well.

It's also very clean.


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RE: Your favourite cinema - 9/10/2011 11:01:29 AM   
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The Showcase in Belle Vue must have changed over the years because it used to be a shit hole! haha!

My all time fave cinema was called The Tatton in Gatley, Manchester. I had 3 screens called:

1. The Mini: held around 60/70 people on lovely plush chairs and if you sat at the back you were still only about 20 foot from the screen! It had curatined walls and the screen was perhaps the third of the size of your average cinema screen. Oh, and there was no declining floor from back to the front, it was all one level.

2. The Minor: about 3x times the size of the mini with a steep from back to front decline in the seating. The room was kind of curved around and the screen had a stage in front of it.

3. The Major: Pretty standard fare cinema. Big screen and held around 300 people I think. If you paid around 25p etc you could sit in one of the slightly comfier "Pullman" chairs at the back. Although from memory the only difference between the two types of seating was the colour of the chairs!


The foyer had a small shop/popcorn stand that seemed to stock anything you asked for. And if they didn't have it, they sure as did the next time you went! Your ticket was one of the old tiny thin card tikka tape tickets and when they were done with the posters/hard card stand ups they used to give them to us kids for our rooms! Between the ages of around 10 years old and 17 years old me and my pals used to go nearly every week. I saw Tim Burtons Batman around 9 or 10 times, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade half a dozen times and god knows what else over the years. Good times man! Good times...

This place was a pivotal part of my growing up and socialising as a kid. Formative, and important. Unfortunately it was shut down around 18 years ago to be made in to a Barclays Bank. It still stands there today empty and dilapodated and unused to this day...
The building is listed and still looks fantastic under the boarded windows and fly posters. Whoever made the decision to clsoe that place down should be bloody shot!

Still, good times. Back in the day...

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RE: Your favourite cinema - 9/10/2011 12:19:58 PM   
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It's sad how few truly great cinemas there are left.

Screen 2 at Brighton Odeon used to be great. Huge screen, capacity to show 70mm and a massive auditorium. It was a little shabby towards the end but was still by far the best screen in town. Instead of refurbishing it they cut it up into 4 average sized screens.

Duke of York's in Brighton is good for smaller and especially independent films and they have a semi regular classics season. The sound is underwhelming for big movies though. I saw The Dark Knight there and the audio was distorted. It sounded like they were running their amps too hard.

Brighton Cineworld is just crap.

NFT1 at BFI Southbank is as you'd expect a superb screen. The BFI Imax is also excellent.

Empire Leicester Square's main screen is great as is the Odeon Leicester Square. They are expensive but worth it occasionally. I'll happily pay extra if the quality of the experience is better.

I've never been, but Pictureville at the National Media Museum in Bradford is one of the few places left in the world which can show pretty much any film in its native format; including Cinerama.



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RE: Your favourite cinema - 9/10/2011 12:56:42 PM   
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I actually really like my local Apollo (Stroud). They have the new Sony Digital screens so it's like watching a film in a huge HD TV! My only gripe...they aren't showing Drive at the moment so I may have to make the trudge over to Swindon to see it :(

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RE: Your favourite cinema - 9/10/2011 1:47:01 PM   
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I have a few and funnily enough, they're mostly Odeon's

The one that's not is the Cornerhouse in Manchester, great surroundings, culture to take in beforehand that I probably wouldn't consider otherwise (art galleries and history exhibitions) and then a really nice and snazzy cinema with lovely red seats, and freedom to bring in whatever food and drink you want, and a really great atmosphere...

There's the Odeon Warrington, aka Warrington UCI back when I went there all the time as a kid to see things like Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians (ah the good old days of Disney cinema re-releases) and new stuff like Nightmare before Christmas, Lion King, Hercules, and The Lost World... I still love going here, and have tried more and more recently to go (though being minus transport, I usually only go if someone else can drive as buses and trains don't get there from where I am and if they did, too long a trek) and recently seen everything from Jurassic Park, Super 8 through to How to Train your Dragon

I also really like the Printworks in Manchester, it's huge and despite occasional hiccups with opening on time (Inception being delayed because they didn't open on time a major one) it's always been a great cinema experience to go there... and I also think the Liverpool One Odeon (well it's newer so hasn't rusted yet) is absolutely fantastic.... really swish!

Honoroble mentions- AMC Manchester, Liverpool Showcase (another of my youth), Cheshire Oaks Vue


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RE: Your favourite cinema - 9/10/2011 11:37:55 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Dpp1978

I've never been, but Pictureville at the National Media Museum in Bradford is one of the few places left in the world which can show pretty much any film in its native format; including Cinerama.



From a purely technical perspective the Pictureville is the best cinema I've ever been in. There's a proper team of projectionists constantly on site too, and like you say, they can play pretty much any format. The curved Cinerama screen truly is a site to behold -



I have a lot of love for the Hyde Park Picture House too. I grew up going to that place, and my first job in film involved HP too, so it means a lot to me. At one point my wife and I even arranged our wedding for there, alas last minute problems meant that we had to scale back our plans.





The Leeds Odeon used to be fantastic too. It was built by Paramount in the 1930's before being redeveloped in the last decade and turned into a Primark. At one point it had the biggest screen in Europe.

THEN

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NOW

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I love NFT1 at the BFI too. NFT2 is a cramp inducing nightmare though, and NFT3 is just as bad, unless you can find yourself a spot on the front row. I only went to the Odeon Leicester Square for the first time recently, on an afternoon, and while I'm sure a packed saturday night makes for an amazing experience, I couldn't help but feel a little overwhelmed in there! The roof was far too high. The Curzon Soho is probably my favourite London cinema. It has the nicest bar and all-round social experience, and the manner in which they adapt the decor for certain films reeks of passion. I don't have a problem with multiplex's per se, but atmosphere wise there is a major difference between my local Cineworld and a well run independent.

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RE: Your favourite cinema - 10/10/2011 3:59:20 AM   
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As I described upthread this was the old Edinburgh Odeon.



In fact back in the 50's or whatever it used to be even bigger inside.



The exterior back in its heyday.



And as it stands today.



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RE: Your favourite cinema - 10/10/2011 11:00:02 AM   
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ORIGINAL: adambatman82

I only went to the Odeon Leicester Square for the first time recently, on an afternoon, and while I'm sure a packed saturday night makes for an amazing experience, I couldn't help but feel a little overwhelmed in there! The roof was far too high.


Perhaps the best thing about that screen is that it still has its organ pit complete with a neon lit Compton organ. They occasionally have a player come in and give a live performance before the film.

I was lucky enough to catch one before Pirates of the Caribbean 2, and it was by far the most memorable part of that particular screening.

Given that the screen has been restored to close to its original appearance (which explains those leopard print chairs) it was like being sent back to cinema's glory days for a few moments.

That is on top of it being a genuinely good screen from a technical perspective. Perhaps not quite as good as the Empire across the way, but certainly still a world class venue.

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The Leeds Odeon used to be fantastic too. It was built by Paramount in the 1930's before being redeveloped in the last decade and turned into a Primark. At one point it had the biggest screen in Europe.

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ORIGINAL: Spaldron

As I described upthread this was the old Edinburgh Odeon.

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Now that's just a crying shame.

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RE: Your favourite cinema - 10/10/2011 11:38:27 AM   
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In terms of one I'll actually use frequently to see both big films and well distributed indies, it's the Fulham Vue. It's a mulitplex but is generally free from riff-raff (Fulham's a bit more affluent, I guess) and the screens are always very big. For sound and vision Vue cinemas are far better than Odeons. 

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RE: Your favourite cinema - 10/10/2011 12:32:08 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: adambatman82

I only went to the Odeon Leicester Square for the first time recently, on an afternoon, and while I'm sure a packed saturday night makes for an amazing experience, I couldn't help but feel a little overwhelmed in there! The roof was far too high.


I saw We Were Soldiers there years ago and yes it is bloody big.

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RE: Your favourite cinema - 10/10/2011 2:44:52 PM   
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ORIGINAL: DJ Rob C: Mark II!

I have a few and funnily enough, they're mostly Odeon's

The one that's not is the Cornerhouse in Manchester, great surroundings, culture to take in beforehand that I probably wouldn't consider otherwise (art galleries and history exhibitions) and then a really nice and snazzy cinema with lovely red seats, and freedom to bring in whatever food and drink you want, and a really great atmosphere...

There's the Odeon Warrington, aka Warrington UCI back when I went there all the time as a kid to see things like Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians (ah the good old days of Disney cinema re-releases) and new stuff like Nightmare before Christmas, Lion King, Hercules, and The Lost World... I still love going here, and have tried more and more recently to go (though being minus transport, I usually only go if someone else can drive as buses and trains don't get there from where I am and if they did, too long a trek) and recently seen everything from Jurassic Park, Super 8 through to How to Train your Dragon

I also really like the Printworks in Manchester, it's huge and despite occasional hiccups with opening on time (Inception being delayed because they didn't open on time a major one) it's always been a great cinema experience to go there... and I also think the Liverpool One Odeon (well it's newer so hasn't rusted yet) is absolutely fantastic.... really swish!

Honoroble mentions- AMC Manchester, Liverpool Showcase (another of my youth), Cheshire Oaks Vue



Cheshire Oaks Vue went downhill a year or two after Warner Village Cinemas became Vue and decided that customer service wasn't in its business plan - closing box offices to create huge queues at the concessions counters and inexplicably ramping up the bass on the sound systems! This is a problem that I've encountered in several Vue cinemas, not just Cheshire Oaks. But that's the one that cuts me the deepest. And don't get me started on the Vue at the Lowry Centre not turning the house lights right down during the film and actually having them all the way up during the trailers!

But back on topic: my favourite cinema? I'd go with Printworks for the current favourite as it's usually a good all-round experience and they have IMAX (although prices that have recently leapt up there), and Chester Odeon as my all-time favourite: another old fashioned (1920s) cinema that was closed a few years ago and has frustratingly stood empty since, resulting in no city centre cinema.

I've got fond memories of watching Scream there after my last GCSE exam, and a double bill of Dark City and the Wedding Singer. And even crap like The Avengers, Godzilla and Lost in Space (fuck me sideways, 1998 was a terrible year) still have that nostalgic haze thanks to the surroundings.

That Odeon has also given me my earliest memory of cinema - Disney's The Jungle Book on my fifth Birthday, on what I can only assume was a mid-80s re-release. If it was still open, I'd make regular 100 mile round trips back to watch something in Odeon 1.

I still need to visit Cornerhouse, but AMC Manchester is a good one too - it has a bit of a classic, Odeon Chester-like vibe to it somehow. I think it's the theatrical layout of the larger screens, and it's aided by the fact I've never seen it busy so there's statistically fewer scallies knocking about to wave their mobile phone screens in my line of sight.


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RE: Your favourite cinema - 10/10/2011 3:10:15 PM   
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The Cornerhouse in Manchester is such a great 'film' experience, so much more too it than simply the film, plus it's got the Grand Central pub nearby for after film pints.

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RE: Your favourite cinema - 10/10/2011 9:58:06 PM   
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I have just got home from a trip into Manchester to see Tyrannosaur at The Cornerhouse. The film and the venue were superb. The Cornerhouse is right up there with the best cinemas I have ever enjoyed, I will be making regular trips there from now on.

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RE: Your favourite cinema - 20/3/2012 6:32:52 AM   
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ORIGINAL: JIm R

The Cornerhouse in Manchester is such a great 'film' experience, so much more too it than simply the film, plus it's got the Grand Central pub nearby for after film pints.


Ah Grand Central... I remember that place fondly. The Cornerhouse is a fantastic independant cinema house that over its lifetime has become one of the landmarks of Manchester. For all it's IMAX razzamatazz up the road, The Printworks just does not have the character of this wonderful building. If I were to draw on a parallel I'd say that The Printworks is the Cornerhouse's slutty little sister with bigger tits but no personality. 

So much of what made the cinema "the cinema" is gone today. The little personal touches, the red velvet curtains, ice cream vendors. And who remembers the adverts for local businesses? Or the Bacardi adverts ("catching the last bus home").
But then these are my nostalgia, the diversions before the movie. What we lose in one hand we gain in another. IMAX, digital, super sound, BIG chairs, 3D (arguable), confectionary up the wazoo! These huge, glossy, neon lit edifices to movie excesses that we all flock to. It does make you wonder where Cinema will be in another 20 years.

I was actually thinking of creating a mini cinema at home. I know many of us do this to a degree now anyway. But I have some cellar space I could use and was thinking of trying tot ake the concept as far as I could. Even if it meant throwing down some maroon velor carpet and making it coke sticky! Has anyone else considered doing similar? Or has anyone actually done it?



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RE: Your favourite cinema - 20/3/2012 9:02:26 AM   
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I love the Cornerhouse in Manchester.

However we attend Cineworld for mainstream films as we've both got Unlimited cards. Its ok depending what screen you got, there a few huge screens which are amazing but occasionally we are unlucky and end up in a tiny screen where you are shoulder to shoulder with other (usually annoying) viewers!!

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