Monday, 13 May 2013

Enjoy blockbuster fun

Below is my “Big Day Out” column from the Saturday, May 11, 2013, Swansea edition of the South Wales Evening Post.

Enjoy blockbuster fun
A big day out!
RICHARD THOMAS heads to … 
The Odeon cinema in Swansea.

WHY? One of the biggest films of the summer, Star Trek Into Darkness, was realised on Thursday and there are lots of other big summer blockbusters now showing at the cinema.
WHAT’S THE BUZZ? The Odeon is a 10 screen cinema situated in the Park Tawe shopping complex in Swansea’s city centre. The cinema is right next door to Tenpin Bowling and other leisure sites including Plantasia and Lazerzone are close by if you want to do something after seeing your film.
The inside of the Odeon is all on one level, allowing easy access for all filmgoers. The cinema has also been upgraded with large screens and digital projectors, which means filmgoers at the Odeon are able to see 3D versions of the biggest blockbusters.

ANY HISTORY? The Odeon chain of cinemas began in 1928 when Oscar Deutsch opened the first Odeon Cinema in Brierley Hill, a town in the West Midlands, but there is a much older history of film going in Swansea. In 1914 Wales' first purpose built cinema, the Carlton Cinema de Luxe, opened in the city’s Oxford Street. It is now home to a Waterstones bookshop.
WHAT TO TAKE? Ticket prices vary but Friday to Sunday an adult ticket (18 years) costs £7.95 and a child ticket (12 years and under) costs £5.55. Student, senior (over 60) and teen (ages 13 to 17) tickets all costs £6. Don’t forget to bring a photo ID with you, especially if your seeing a film with a 12A, 15 or 18 certificate or want a student discount. 3D Films cost £2 extra for adults and £1.60 for everyone else. More information about ticket prices are available at It wouldn't be the pictures without snacks. Popcorn, hot dogs, nachos, sweets and soft drinks are all available at the cinema’s snacks counter. Combos are available to save on costs.
LOOK OUT FOR? Two films just out are Star Trek Into Darkness the sequel to the 2009 Star Trek film and Iron Man 3 where Iron Man finally faces off against his arch nemesis from the comics The Mandarin. On June 14 the new Superman film Man of Steel will be showing at the cinema.
WHEN TO GO? The Odeon is open seven days a week. Check the website for film times.
TELL ME MORE: The Odeon is located inside the Parc Tawe retail park. For sat nav users the postcode is SA1 2BA. To book tickets phone 0871 22 44 007.