Carlton Cinema
Carlton Cinema
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  • Hollie A
    Rainham, United Kingdom58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My fav cinema
    We are 45mins away and we always come to this cinema the prices are cheap, and the seats have plenty of room. Staff have always been really nice. It’s worth pre booking for the films coming out that weekend, but other than that a walk up is usually available for films been out a while. So far this year; Spider-Man, Puss in Boots, Mario, Turtles, Barbie. I will continue to come here for all films as it’s such a different experience than your average Odeon. I love the little cinema best as it’s cosy, but they do have 2 larger cinemas too.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
  • vonxombie
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem, everything you ever wanted from a cinema.
    Do you like fair priced cinema? Do you like a smaller more intimate cinema experience? Then the Carlton cinema is the place to be, comfortable seats, lovely friendly staff that actually have time for you and reasonably priced snacks and drinks!!! This is a true gem, I've had the pleasure of going here since a small child ( earliest memory here is 1994!! ) and i hope it never goes away. Carlton is the first place we look to when we want to see a movie. Thank you for always being amazing.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 January 2024
  • Gary Cuddon
    West Malling, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good night at a very well run cinema
    A lovely old school cinema. Very clean, comfortable and excellent staff. Easy to park nearby. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing One Life there last night. Head and shoulders above the big chains.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 February 2024
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Gary Cuddon
West Malling, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A lovely old school cinema. Very clean, comfortable and excellent staff. Easy to park nearby. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing One Life there last night. Head and shoulders above the big chains.
Written 10 February 2024
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vonxombie
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Do you like fair priced cinema? Do you like a smaller more intimate cinema experience?
Then the Carlton cinema is the place to be, comfortable seats, lovely friendly staff that actually have time for you and reasonably priced snacks and drinks!!! This is a true gem, I've had the pleasure of going here since a small child ( earliest memory here is 1994!! ) and i hope it never goes away. Carlton is the first place we look to when we want to see a movie. Thank you for always being amazing.
Written 6 January 2024
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Animosity F
London, UK2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Arrived with my 19 year old daughter and 18 year old son to watch a 15 year old movie. Was challenged for there id when they are clearly over 15, manager was abrupt did not use any common sense what so ever.
Written 2 November 2023
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Hollie A
Rainham, UK58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We are 45mins away and we always come to this cinema the prices are cheap, and the seats have plenty of room. Staff have always been really nice. It’s worth pre booking for the films coming out that weekend, but other than that a walk up is usually available for films been out a while.

So far this year; Spider-Man, Puss in Boots, Mario, Turtles, Barbie.

I will continue to come here for all films as it’s such a different experience than your average Odeon.

I love the little cinema best as it’s cosy, but they do have 2 larger cinemas too.
Written 11 August 2023
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PETER T
Margate, UK1,202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We visit this cinema regularly to show support to a local cinema. This establishment is like walking back in time and the staff are so polite and friendly. There are three viewing screens in this building and the seat prices are great. We normally book online to reserve our favourite viewing seats
Written 10 May 2023
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Rhys Hughes
Westgate-on-Sea, UK45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
We are so lucky to have this wonderful cinema on our doorstep.

All three screens are great - although screen 1 is particularly special. Wonderful venue, beautiful architecture. Ticket prices are unbeatable, food and drink selection is good. Excellent staff - always willing to help 👍
Written 6 April 2023
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Charlotte A
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
We were refused entry without photo ID for our 15 year old on Sunday (to see Empire of Light, rated 15) and then refused a refund after I had booked online. It is fair enough to require photo ID but this should be stated more clearly on the website. I produced some ID on my phone and one kind staff member said we could go in but then the duty manager came out and refused us! The main problem though was how rude and aggressive the rest of the staff were about this- they seemed to enjoy arguing with us. I hadn't planned to write a review- I came on this site just to check other reviews and i'm very saddened to see this has been an issue since 2016 and doesn't appear to have been resolved!! The staff said they require photo ID for anyone who looks under 18 so probably best not to risk it with anyone under 25!
Such a shame as it looks like such a lovely little cinema and we didn't get to enjoy it- especially disappointing after we travelled 45 mins from Rochester to get there.
Written 1 February 2023
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Pete
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
The Carlton is located in a unique “Swiss-gothic” style building in the heart of Westgate-on-sea, easily accessible by bus or train. The cinema comprises three screens, screen one being the original and largest with two and three being much small, more recent additions.

The cinema is hard to miss as the entrance is through what looks like gothic church tower emblazoned with traditional neon cinema signs, wedged between two large Swiss style cottages. This forms a short tunnel where the latest film posters are carefully displayed amid hardwood window frames, intricate leaded windows and Edwardian tiling. At the end of the tunnel is the box office and concessions counter which I feel is somewhat cramped but welcoming none the less. The staff are friendly and helpful but tickets and concessions are sold at the same counter, something I found a bit confusing initially but does save on queuing twice. Tickets are very reasonably priced and there is a good selection of the usual drinks, popcorn and sweets.

At the far end of the of box office are the entrances to the screens, each with a display over it to help guide you to the right screen. Through and unassuming doorway and directly behind the very modest box office is my favourite screen, screen one. This cavernous 326 seat screen is clean and comfortable yet retains the charm of a bygone era of cinema with dark red walls and gold corbels. Unusually there are no steps, or none that I found, and no balcony making the auditorium very accessible with no concerns of awkward sightlines unless Marge Simpson happens to sit in front of you! Once the film starts the projection screen covers most of the front wall of the auditorium, giving a big yet flawlessly clear image. This was perfect for the excellent cinematography in Empire of Light, shot just down the road in Margate. Recently this screen has been equipped with new sound equipment that provides great sound without being overbearing or distorted as it is in many of the multiplex chains.

At the end of the film there was a member of staff at the exit thanking people for coming yet knowing full well he was about to have to sweep up all the popcorn that inevitably gets dropped in the dark.

An excellent cinema, we will be back.
Written 30 January 2023
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dianea14u
Canterbury, England38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Really lovely cinema - comfortable seats. Very reasonably priced at £3.50. On road parking nearby is no problem. There is a little cafe next door which is also great.
Written 22 October 2022
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Tracey T
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
My partner is in a wheelchair and the seats allocated to wheelchair users are far superior to other cinemas such as the Vue. The staff are particularly caring and helpful in supporting us when we visit this cinema as manoeuvring a wheelchair can be very tricky. Highly recommend this cinema
Written 15 October 2022
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