Empire Cinemas has a long history that has served as its strong foundation in outlasting many of its competitors. While it’s a relatively small chain of movie theatres in the United Kingdom, it is precisely its manageable size that makes it an enduring presence in an industry filled with giants. Plus, the theatres have become such an integral part of the communities, too, so these will stay for a long time yet.
The appeal of Empire Cinemas also lies in its homegrown charm, as well as in the friendly attitude of its staff toward the guests. There’s always something good to be said about a neighborhood theatre that has provided great entertainment fare since your childhood.
Below are the estimated Empire Cinema prices.
|Adult - 2D||£7.95|
|Child (14 and Under) - 2D||£5.95|
|Family - 2D||£23.80|
|Senior - 2D||£5.95|
|Student - 2D||£5.95|
|Adult - 3D||£10.25|
|Child (14 and Under) - 3D||£8.00|
|Family - 3D||£32.00|
|Senior - 3D||£8.00|
|Student - 3D||£8.00|
|Adult - IMAX 3D||£14.45|
|Child (14 and Under) - IMAX 3D||£12.45|
|Family - IMAX 3D||£49.80|
|Senior - IMAX 3D||£12.45|
|Student - IMAX 3D||£12.45|
The first theatre in the Empire Cinemas chain was actually named Empire Theatre, a cinema in Leicester Square opened in 1884. The structure itself was a Thomas Verity-designed West End theatre. This became the chain’s flagship theatre until its acquisition by Cineworld in August 2016.
In 2005, Empire Cinemas Limited was established and the movie theatre chain as we know it today was also founded. Said founding was the effect of acquisitions and divestment between Empire Cinemas Ltd., Cineworld, and Odeon Cinemas, three of the United Kingdom’s most notable cinema chains.
Currently, there are 13 Empire Cinemas multiplexes bearing the brand’s name and logo in the United Kingdom. There are more than 120 screens in the chain. The theatres are in Bishops Stortford, Walthamstow, Birmingham Great Park, Sutton Coldfield, Catterick Garrison, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Clydebank, Sunderland, Sutton, High Wycombe, Slough, Swindon, and Wigan.
Getting the Best Experience
All Empire theatres offer modern conveniences including air-conditioned auditorium, food and drinks stations, and lounges, as well as well-maintained restrooms for all genders. Suffice it so say that the theatres may be smaller in size in comparison with their competitors but these more than make up for it in the quality of their facilities, amenities and services. The staff members from the box office attendant to the theatre crew are courteous, competent and friendly toward guests, a must for moviegoers who want the best overall experience at the movies.
For customers who want to be updated about the goings-on in the movie industry in general and their local Empire theatre in particular, there’s the Showcase bi-monthly magazine. Here, people can get updates about movies and their show times, film reviews, and interviews with the cast and crew of the latest movies, as well as promotions and competitions for freebies from tickets to food. The official Empire website also offers such information.
The true measure of a movie theatre obviously lies in the audiovisual technology in use and Empire theatres don’t disappoint in this regard. For one thing, the theatres are designed with several types of state-of-the-art screens including IMPACT and IMAX, even several luxury screens in some locations. These screens are used for showing both 2D and 3D movies, as well as chosen for their high-definition quality that makes for a truly enjoyable movie experience.
For another thing, these are equipped with the latest in audio technology. Most customers say that it feels like they are in the middle of the action or in the room with the movies’ characters because the sound system has that effect.
And then there are the choices in seating that appeal to a wide range of moviegoers. These include standard, premium and VIP with features that include built-in cup holders, fully padded seats, and wide armrests; the ticket prices will vary depending on the choice of seat. There are also wheelchair-friendly seating options, too, which are designed for disabled persons and their companions.
The restrooms are super-clean, the aisles are well-lighted, and the auditoriums are well-maintained, too, with none of the icky stuff usually seen in smaller theatres. The crew members apparently clean the auditoriums after every screening so every batch of customers will find the facilities to their liking. The lounges and concession stands are also clean and staffed with friendly people who go out of their way to make your movie experience outside of the auditorium more enjoyable, too.
And speaking of food and drinks, the selection includes popcorn in several flavors including sour cream, barbecue and cheese, hotdogs with various toppings, and nachos, candy and chocolates, and cold drinks. There are no full service restaurants, fancy lounges, and other luxurious amenities but it works well for moviegoers who want the best possible experience without paying an arm and a leg for it.
Empire theatres also offer promotions that allow customers to save on tickets. These include Saver Day Tuesday, Empire Seniors, and Empire Junior wherein the chain offers discounted ticket prices for eligible persons.
Freebies can also be enjoyed during promotions. The freebies may include free popcorn and drink, candy and chocolate, and others.
Empire Cinemas may yet build its empire of theatres in the United Kingdom. In the meantime, moviegoers are thankful that it’s a chain that has endured the ups and downs of its journey and, in the process, provided them with great entertainment fare through the years.
To find an Empire Cinema near you, visit their official website.