Cineworld Cinema - High Wycombe

Denmark Street,
High Wycombe, HP11 2HW

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Cineworld Cinema - High Wycombe

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The 12-screen Cineworld opened on 14th March 2008 and is located in the Eden Shopping Centre. Seating capacities in the screens range from 690 down to 50.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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LARGE_screen_format
LARGE_screen_format on July 12, 2018 at 7:12 am

Does anyone happen to know the screen size of auditoria 12 at this cinema? It’s the largest non-IMAX screens outside of London that I’ve visited.

CF100
CF100 on July 13, 2018 at 4:31 am

LARGE_screen_format:

Planning Application.

This planning application would appear to be relevant as the previous application was outline only and the summary descriptions of later variation applications do not mention any changes to Block M1 (in which the cinema is located.)

Plans for the cinema auditoria can be seen in the document “ZONE M1 – LEVEL 30 – THIRD FLOOR PLAN,” available under the “Documents” tab of the above linked page.

(Incidentally, although they aren’t credited on the drawing, the cinema parts of the drawing look suspiciously similar to other drawings by UNICK, with the same “CAD library” disabled bay seats used, for instance; albeit it wouldn’t be a big surprise if they were indeed responsible considering that they claim to have been involved in the development of over 1/3rds of new build multiplexes in the UK!)

The largest auditorium on this plan is Auditorium 1, and the screen width as drawn measures about 22m (~72ft.)

Auditorium 1 as shown on these plans is definitely on the large size—about 31.5mx22.9m (max. excluding the VIP boxes/booth) (~103x75ft.) That also puts the last (non-VIP box) seating row within about 1x screen distance away from the screen, and the front row is about 0.38x screen distance away from the screen, so in this respect it appears to be an “immersive” layout á la IMAX.

The sidewalls are splayed towards the screen, so it’s not a rectangular auditorium, either!

No licensing plans appear to be available.

Having a look at Cineworld’s booking pages, the 13:30 performance of “The Incredibles” is in Screen 12, and the seating diagram matches that of Auditorium 1 in the plans, as well as having a VIP box seating option; clearly Auditorium 1 was “renumbered” as Auditorium 12.

2015 Tripadvisor user photo.

Hmm, disappointing, I think, given that the space has so much potential? Time for a refurbishment plus Atmos, methinks…

Do you know what make the rear array speakers are? How is the picture/sound quality?

LARGE_screen_format
LARGE_screen_format on July 13, 2018 at 7:58 am

@CF100

As always, thanks for providing such detailed info, that is some great drilling down you’ve managed there! ;o)

The picture and sound quality is good but not outstanding. I think the last movie I watched in screen 12 (largest auditoria) was Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017.

Agree with you that this cinema could and is probably due a refurbishment (opened ~Easter 2008 unless I’m mistaken).

The four VIP boxes at the very back of the auditoria are not as great as they may sound. After watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens here, I popped into the leftmost box (as you face the screen) to check what they were like. Ceiling lights inside the box were on during the end movie credits. There was a lot of reflections on the glass (floor to ceiling) wall in front. Far more than I’d be able to cope with watching a movie. I am unsure if that is still the case when the ceiling lights are off? Each box has it’s own 5.1 surround sound system. None of the VIP boxes are located central to the screen which would be reason enough for me not to want to spend money on one of these tickets. The leftmost and rightmost boxes are almost right in the corners of the auditoria and as such one of the the worst locations possible imo.

For a screen consisting of ~534 seats (13 rows x 51 seats) it’s a shame that there’s no VIP seat option outside of the VIP boxes (2/3 the way back as in most Vue cinemas).

Don’t know what brand the rear array speakers are but I shall try to get a closer look or ask a member of staff the next time I watch a movie there which might be soon.

A top-notch Dolby Atmos installation would and could be amazing given the size of this auditoria.

Not sure how well this cinema is doing compared to Empire, High Wycombe but I’ve rarely ever seen it busy or packed.

Having to pay for parking (it shares the same multi-storey parking as the rest of Eden Shopping Centre) is one of the reasons I don’t visit this cinema more often. Empire, High Wycombe for example has always been free.

Years ago, Cineworld introduced Bargain Tuesday, whereby all 2D movies cost just £3.95 all day on Tuesday. In response Empire Cinemas matched that deal (Sav£rday Tuesday) then also added Thursday. Prices were even reduced further over a number of years all the way down to £2.95 on Tues at Empire, High Wycombe cinema which was amazing value for an evening performance. Sav£rday Thursday was dropped (apparently because it didn’t attract enough customers) and the ticket prices on Tuesday has slowly increased since. Currently, *from £4.50 (dependent on site location). Still good value.

During this time Cineworld quietly dropped their Bargain Tuesday offering. Signing up (free) for a MyCineworld used to give customers 10% off online bookings and there was no credit card surcharge. The latter was dropped and now a MyCineworld account carries a £4.95 per year fee.

Obviously, any long-time customers who have got used to various promotions then seen them disappear over the years won’t be best pleased and the fact that this cinema has had no refurbishment that I am aware of over the course of a decade since opening doesn’t exactly make me feel like the increased cost of watching a movie here is money well spent compared to travelling to Empire, High Wycombe which is far easier and closer for me to get to.

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