Orange Wednesdays have become a necessity to help cut down on the sheer expense of going to the cinema for two. This afternoon I went to see 'Captain Phillips' with my son. The tickets cost £7.50 for the two of us, and our drinks and maltesers just £4.00 but not at cinema prices. At the Vue cinema at Clifton Moor, York, Tesco's is just round the corner and the £4.00 that we spent quickly becomes £8.00 and more at the cinema. We went to the 1600 film at Screen 10. I was expecting to see just a handful of viewers at this time but was surprised to see the seating filling up quite quickly. If you want to avoid all the cinema advertising, the time to arrive is 1625, and even then there is a further five minutes before the main screening. What is really annoying in this cinema is the seating allocation on purchase of tickets. This leads to disorientation, as so many prospective film viewers tilt their heads to one side to identify the rows and seat numbers, trying hard to find their seats in the half light. Just before the main film starts it is amusing to see that there is a patch or even a squash of people, now all in the right seats but with so many seats in empty areas of the cinema that seem to scream unsold and look like a better option. Vue cinemas, can we please return to the 'first come first served' era of cinema. Then, there are the pay extra, luxury seats that just smack of elitism and like Range Rover Vogue's are for the 'money no object' brigade. They seem to have extra leg room and they are in the dead centre of the auditorium, but it is the look a like leather upholstery that puts me off ever wanting to sit there. After thirty minutes of advertisements and clips of forthcoming films I had eaten all of my maltesers and completely downed my drink, and then the film started. At last I was forced to ignore the two stains in the centre of the screen, lest it spoil my enjoyment of the film. Soon, the last remaining annoyance of the light spill form the exit light onto the bottom right corner of the screen gave way to an intensication of viewing as I suddenly became detached from my surroundings and was lost in the film. 'Captain Phillips' with Tom Hanks is an excellent film and is highly recommended.
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