Sunday, 29 May 2011

Movie magic lives!

Below is my “Big Day Out” column from the Saturday, May 28, 2011, Swansea edition of the South Wales Evening Post.

Movie magic lives!
A big day out!
RICHARD THOMAS heads to ...
the Vue Cinema in Swansea.
With the summer blockbusters just around the corner there are lots of films coming out soon at the Vue.
The Vue is a new state-of-the-art cinema located on York Street, in the centre of Swansea. With 12 screens the cinema can seat up to 1,762 people and is equipped with all the latest facilities you would expect of a modern cinema. These include wall-to-wall screens and digital projectors, enabling filmgoers to experience all the latest ground breaking 3D animation!
The Vue also benefits from a speed bar where you can kick back with a beer before your film starts. There’s even a Ben and Jerry's ice cream counter for the kids!
The Vue only opened in 2006 but there is a long history of film going in Swansea. In 1914 Wales' first purpose built cinema, the Carlton Cinema de Luxe, opened in the city.
Situated on Swansea’s Oxford Street, the Carlton was closed by the Rank Organisation in 1977, and is now home to a Waterstones bookshop.
During the weekend tickets cost £7.15 for adults (19 and over) and £5.30 for children (2-12) and £5.65 for teenagers (13-18). Tickets for students with a valid photo ID only cost £6.05.
There are lots of discounts available. If you’re a family of four with two children you can even opt to buy a family ticket where everyone pays child prices! More information about ticket prices and family discounts can all be found on the Vue Cinema Swansea website at
Completing your cinema experience a wide variety of snacks including popcorn, hot dogs, nachos, sweets and soft drinks are all available at the cinema’s snacks counter. Combos are available to save a little money.
Two films out now suitable for all the family are Rio from the makers of Ice Age about a pet macaw who decides to fly the coop and head to Rio de Janeiro and Mars Needs Moms about a stroppy son whose mum is abducted by aliens and taken to the planet Mars. Both these films are available in stunning 3D!
Scream 4 is out for older audiences. The first film in the popular horror franchise in over ten years! Woodsboro’s infamous masked killer is back. And he's got some making up to do!
The Vue is open Monday to Saturday, 9.00am to 5.00pm. On Sundays the cinema is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Their address is: Vue Cinema Swansea, York Street, Swansea, SA1 3LZ. For film start times and to book tickets you can phone on 08712 240 240 or visit the official Vue Cinema website at