Re: Dulwich Cinema Prices
Posted by ribrob
April 20, 04:36PM
Okay, let me pre-face this by saying i see about 4 or 5 films a month - so i go to cinemas, a lot of them.
But if we're focussing on ones walkable from East Dulwich...
Without fail - and i mean *every* time i've been there in recent years, people have been more than happy to talk throughout the movie and use their phones at any opportunity. By "use" their phones i mean the full range; take photos, make or take calls, browse the web, have full txt conversations etc. Staff don't do anything about it.
As a result i can't enjoy a movie there anymore - i used to live 30 seconds from it and used to go to it all the time - but back then it was way better - but these days it's a bit of a free for all. The only way round that is to wait until the film is about to leave the cinema (as everyone who may want to see it has by that point) or go and see some off-beat art-house film that nobody seems interested in. Screening rooms are also always a mess, which i could live with if i could enjoy the film without someone there always spoiling it for everyone else.
Lots of big screens, but the seats are incredibly uncomfortable.
Other than the price, it's easily the consistently least pleasurable cinema-going experience i've had. I still go as PH doesn't get all the releases, but always end up regretting it.
Dulwich Picture House
Never had any disturbances from the audience, the screening rooms are always clean when you go in, sure the food and drink on sale is expensive, but so is what's at PeckhamPlex and at least PH's is healthier if you want it to be. Only not-ideal visit was when they ran 15-rated trailers at a kids film screening and a couple of the trailers had swearing. A word with the manager on the way out resulted in 6 free tickets.
Sadly not all big screens, but all seating is *very* comfortable.
In terms of pricing, sure it's way more expensive than PeckhamPlex, but it's not really any more expensive than any other of the main cinema chains out there if you ignore discount days. PH has it's own discount day when tickets are are half price, and Tue/Wed you've got 1 get 1 free with Meerkat movies (which you can get for a year by taking out single trip travel insurance for just £1 - try it!). There's also £2.50 for kids screenings however old you are and discounts at Silver Screen showings (again open to all ages). If you go a lot, there's annual membership - £104 gets you 8 tickets, £2 off regular ticket prices and 10% off all food and drink (20% if you renew again).
Personally when i go to the cinema to watch something, rather than wait for it to be on streaming / telly, i want the experience to be as good as it can be. Sure PH is pricier, but it's better, and there's all manner of ways of making PH's pricing work, and get a better customer / viewing experience as you do.
If the experience isn't important you should *absolutely* save your money and go to PeckhamPlex, but if it does, PH is your best bet.
Edited 7 time(s). Last edit was april 20, 04:43pm by ribrob.