Reviewed by Lynsey Miller
As a huge Batman fan, I was really excited to watch the new movie based on the legendary DC comic Joker. The dark thriller tells the story of how an aspiring comedian begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind that wreaks havoc in Gotham City and becomes the arch enemy of Batman.
The Cineworld I visited to watch the film is ideally located at Fountainbridge Park, which is close to Edinburgh City Centre so is easily accessed by public transport. However, there is also an underground car park with plenty of spaces for those that wish to drive. The car park is free for patrons of the cinema all you have to do is get your carpark ticket punched at the cinema food stall.
The cinema is located within a complex that also has other things to do before and after your show such as trampolining and laser quest. And there is a great selection of restaurants from Pizza Hut to Frankie & Benny’s to a quick bite in Five Guys. In the cinema itself there is a good-sized Starbucks upstairs as well as the usual hotdog, popcorn and ice-cream concessions.
For a Saturday night the cinema was relatively quiet which meant no big queues. It felt fresh and modernised and was very clean. I had booked my tickets online with the option of an e-ticket that I could save to my apple wallet which was really convenient not having to collect or print tickets. Something that I haven’t been offered at other cinemas. The e-ticket was scanned before we walked through to the screens with no problem – all very quick and efficient.
We opted to watch the film in the IMAX screen which was my first experience of IMAX and I was not disappointed. There is definitely a difference in the viewing experience which took a little getting used to at first, however I quickly got settled in to enjoy the film on the much bigger curved screen that also seemed more vibrant with better surround sound. Some scenes like out on the street felt as though you were actually out on the street with the characters watching this happen in front of your eyes. A standard ticket price is £11.70 (£14.83 with My Cineworld Plus) and for an IMAX ticket you are £16.40 which may seem a little steep but for a treat is definitely worth the extra money if you get the option. There is of course the option of an Unlimited Card for those keen cinema goers that not only gives you access to as many films as you can watch for a set month fee, but also gives you discount at the concessions.
Although I was initially a little disappointed that the seats were not reclining like in some other cinemas, I soon forgot about it as I relaxed in the spacious and comfortable luxurious leather seats.
I would most certainly use this cinema again and recommend it to friends and family. I had a fantastic night, making the most of the babysitter going for dinner and a drink before watching a great film on a state-of-the-art screen.
All in all, I would give this cinema 4.5 stars out of 5. A half star knocked off for no reclining seats but comfortable and enjoyable all the same.
For more information or to book tickets to see the latest blockbusters visit www.cineworld.co.uk.