*full disclosure: The Film Society Membership and my cinema ticket were kindly gifted but all opinions are my own.
A few months ago, I was kindly invited to trial a new initiative taking place at my local cinema. The Vue Eastleigh is literally 15 mins from my house and has a car park (pay as you go) right out the front. However I hate to admit that I haven’t been in a REALLY long time (since La La Land I think ?) So I was super excited to get back there to see a film.
The Film Society Membership costs £10, this grants you access to a half price ticket to 12 handpicked quality films across the year.
Think of the membership like a book club, it allows you to see the best film out each month (a lot of these are dramas) for a discounted rate.
I went to see Rocketman but upcoming films include: Yesterday, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Downtown Abbey.
Now onto my experience: I got the lovely PR to book me in for the 11.15am showing of the movie as I am a bit of an early bird and like to get things done early on! The tickets were purchased online, but you can do so in store, just insure you have your society membership number to hand. Once at the venue if you ordered online you need to collect your ticket, these are so easily done from the self help machines at the front of the foyer.
The foyer to the view is pretty huge with a large seating area and plenty of choice in the food and drink department. This is just as well considering the site hosts a whopping 9 screens. Retail includes popcorn, pick and mix, nachos and hot dogs but the Eastleigh Vue also has Ben and Jerries!!
Now onto the movie, I actually really enjoyed Rocketman and the Vue really does offer the best in seat, screen and sound and was the perfect place to experience this movie. Based on a true fantasy, Rocketman showcases the formative years of Sir Elton John’s musical career, featuring all the excess and glamour the star is known and loved for.
The two hours flew by and Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard did such a brilliant job but Taron Egerton as Elton really stole the show and man has he got a good pair of lungs on him, I never knew he could sing!!!
The seating was comfortable and clean and the screen whilst small actually house a great number of seats for that time of the morning meaning the number of patrons had plenty of space!
Overall, I really enjoyed my Vue experience and I loved the movie too! If dramatic movies are your thing definitely check out the membership as a surefire way to save yourself some money!