The movie theatre industry in the United Kingdom definitely got a boost with the entry of Vue Cinema. With its world-class audio-visual systems, customer-centric policies, and near-luxurious amenities, it’s a force to be reckoned with.
The chain has also seen its share of challenges including changes in ownership. But it has endured through strategic acquisitions and locations, as well as the introduction of new technologies that enhance the movie-going experience.
Below are the estimated Vue Cinema prices.
|Adult - Standard||£10.74|
|Teen (13-18) - Standard||£8.74|
|Child (2-12) - Standard||£8.24|
|Senior (60+) - Standard||£9.24|
|Student - Standard||£9.24|
|Adult - VIP||£13.24|
|Teen (13-18) - VIP||£11.24|
|Child (2-12) - VIP||£10.74|
|Senior (60+) - VIP||£11.74|
|Student - VIP||£11.74|
|Adult - Recliner||£15.74|
|Teen (13-18) - Recliner||£13.74|
|Child (2-12) - Recliner||£13.24|
|Senior (60+) - Recliner||£14.24|
|Student - Recliner||£14.24|
In 2003, Warner Village Cinemas purchased SBC International Cinemas and Vue Entertainment was created afterwards; the SBC-branded cinemas were rebranded as Vue Cinema. Through the years, the chain’s ownership also changed, such as when Doughty Hanson & Co purchased it in 2010 and then OMERS and Alberta Investment Management Corporation bought it in 2013.
The Vue theatre in Leicester Square, known as Vue West End, is the chain’s flagship cinema. The chain has increased the number of its theatres through acquisitions, such as its purchase of Ster Century, Apollo Cinema, and Multikino. There are now 87 Vue theatres with multiple screens (i.e., multiplexes) across the United Kingdom; the number of screens totals more than 840 in these locations.
Trivia: Did you know that Vue is the third-largest movie theater chain in the United Kingdom? Its notable competitors are Cineworld, Reel Cinema, and Odeon Cinema.
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Every Vue theatre has been designed with modern movie-going experience in mind. This starts with state-of-the-art screens with high-definition, high-resolution quality for lifelike experience at the cinema. There are actually several types of screens used in Vue theatres including 3D, IMAX, Gold Class, Scene Screens, and Extreme; each theatre may have as many as 4 to 30 screens, too.
Take note that the type of screen on which a movie is being shown will affect the overall quality of the images and the ticket prices. Despite these differences, Vue management assures its customers that their viewing experience will always be excellent; the quality of a movie’s image, nonetheless, will affect its projection into the big screen.
Vue theatres show a mix of mainstream movies, blockbusters, and independent films from the United States, the United Kingdom and European countries. The wide range of film fare attracts an equally wide range of movie-goers, thus, the high box office receipts usually reported by the chain.
The Vue theatres are well-staffed with competent people, too. Most have a dedicated team consisting of a general management with his team of management supervisors and a technical manager in charge of the audio-visual technology, among others. The staffing aspect is important because customers expect the best possible customer support, from buying tickets to getting to the seats and requesting for assistance with children and the elderly.
The theatres usually place posters of the current and upcoming movies, as well as their show times and ticket prices, in their lobbies for the benefit of customers. The official website also shows the information and provides customers with the opportunity to book their tickets and choose their seats online. The current movies being screened, furthermore, are usually shown for a week although extensions are also made for block busters or upon high customer demand.
Each theatre has its own opening and closing times so be sure to check them first before booking your tickets. Company policy, however, dictates that every Vue theatre opens its doors at least 15 minutes before the first film’s advertised show time. Latecomers may not be admitted to the auditorium when the screening begins so it’s best to come early.
Every Vue theatre is also open every day except for Christmas Day although there may be exceptions, too. For example, in case of a blockbuster film, your local Vue cinema may be open on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Buying tickets is easy. Customers can either buy from the retail shops in the cinema or purchase from the online ticketing system. While many websites may offer the service, it’s best to book your Vue tickets from its official website for safety reasons.
Keep in mind, too, that Vue doesn’t allow tickets to be refunded or exchanged. But if you want to change your original booking, you can swap tickets but only with a published screening. Be sure to come to the theatre wherein your ticket was booked at least 20 minutes before the show time for swapping tickets; when the film pertaining to your reservation has started screening, you will be unable to swap tickets. No swaps will be accommodated via phone or email.
Vue theatres have concession stands and retail shops that offer a wide range of food and drinks suitable for the movies including popcorn, chips, and soft drinks. Customers can also bring in food and drinks bought from outside the theatre’s premises with the exception of alcoholic drinks and hot food.
The age restrictions on movie ratings are strictly enforced. The chain reserves the right to refuse entry to individuals who aren’t eligible to watch movies based on their age vis-à-vis a movie’s rating (e.g., R-18 or for adults only).
To find a Vue Cinema near you, visit their official website.