Cineworld Cinema - Sheffield

Valley Centertainment, Broughton Lane,
Sheffield, S9 2EP

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Cineworld Cinema - Sheffield

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The 20-screen Virgin Megaplex opened on 5th November 1998. The total seating capacity at opening was for 4,915 and two of the twenty screens were Premier class screens. It was purchased by the French entertainment group Union Cinematographique (UGC) in October 1999 and re-named UGC. It was re-branded Cineworld in July 2005.

Seating capacities in the screens range from 691, down to 82.

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Zappomatic
Zappomatic on March 26, 2017 at 5:44 pm

Once had a Virgin-cinemas operated restaurant called The Waterfront: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/restaurants-on-the-waterfront-1083417.html

LARGE_screen_format
LARGE_screen_format on June 4, 2018 at 5:32 am

Has anyone watched a movie in IMAX with Laser at both this cinema and Cineworld ‘Empire’ Leicester Square, if so how did the experience in the Sheffield auditorium compare to that of Leicester Square?

From the article linked to above by @CF100, presumably the reason for less seats being available for IMAX 3D showings (460) versus 2D (548) showings is that seats on the extreme sides of the auditorium are not used due to a less than perfect view? I’ve never heard of that prior to it being mentioned there.

Screens 6 & 8 (18 rows x 33 seats) look like two of the largest multiplex auditoriums in the UK from the seating plan. Surprised that neither has been converted into SUPERSCREEN’s. The only auditoriums with more seats, as far as I know, are Odeon, Leicester Square (1,683 seats) , Cineworld ‘Empire’ Leicester Square (IMAX with Laser has 727 seats) and the SUPERSCREEN (18 rows x 38 seats) at Cineworld, O2 in Greenwich.

Shame Sheffield is approximately a 5 hour (270 miles) round trip journey away as I would really like to check this cinema out.

Zappomatic
Zappomatic on June 4, 2018 at 8:10 am

Since the refurb at the O2, including the balcony the Superscreen there now seats a total of 850. Prior to this it had a capacity of 785 and the seats on the balcony were in a VIP-style setup with small tables between each pair of seats.

LARGE_screen_format
LARGE_screen_format on June 4, 2018 at 1:26 pm

Sounds similar to the SUPERSCREEN (originally created as an IMPACT screen whilst owned by Empire cinemas) at Cineworld ‘Empire’ Leicester Square.

Watched a movie there in July 2016 after a mate of mine read about it having a balcony and wanting to check it out. Looking over the balcony at the end of the movie at the seats below they all looked far too close to such a large screen in our opinion.

This auditorium has a Dolby Atmos sound system yet I did not notice any activity whatsoever in the overhead speakers. This has been the case on each occasion that I have watched a movie on an IMPACT (Empire cinemas) or SUPERSCREEN (Cineworld) which each have Dolby Atmos systems installed. Has anyone else found this?

After first reading about Dolby Atmos some years ago I was so hyped to check it out. Outside of London the rollout of Dolby Atmos seemed slow and very limited in the UK. Watched Captain America: Civil War on an Empire cinema IMPACT screen and was hugely disappointed. Did not notice any sound from above. Expected an action-packed movie such as this to give the object-based speakers a thorough workout throughout but sadly not.

Surely, each of the Dolby Atmos equipped auditoriums that I have visited can’t be poorly/incorrectly set up?

LARGE_screen_format
LARGE_screen_format on June 4, 2018 at 1:38 pm

@Zappomatic

Has the SUPERSCREEN at Cineworld O2, Greenwich replaced the old screen 11 which I have noted down as having a screen measuring 22m x 9.2m? That’s a decent size for a non-IMAX screen and worthy of the name SUPERSCREEN imo. Many other SUPERSCREENs are not. Similar to Vue Xtreme they are certainly taller than regular screens but not particularly wide. But the real problem, certainly with Vue Xtreme, is that they are not scope screens meaning if you watch a scope movie then a large portion of the screen becomes unmasked black bars top and bottom. This results in the viewable portion no longer looking particularly big. Vue, Westfield (Shepherds Bush) charge a big premium for Vue Xtreme. Not worth it imo. Would far sooner travel elsewhere to an IMAX screen.

Zappomatic
Zappomatic on June 4, 2018 at 3:13 pm

Yes, Superscreen is Cineworld’s name for what Vue called Screen 11. Huge screen as you say however the cavernous auditorium has acoustic issues.

My favourite non-IMAX large format screen is the Superscreen at Cineworld Leicester Square – it’s 0.5m narrower than the O2 one but is taller (1.9 ratio) and has an absolutely superb Dolby Atmos set up.

LARGE_screen_format
LARGE_screen_format on June 4, 2018 at 3:42 pm

Perhaps my notes are incorrect? I had noted the two screens you mentioned as measuring:

SUPERSCREEN Cineworld O2, Greenwich – 22m x 9.2m

SUPERSCREEN Cineworld ‘Empire’ Leicester Square – 20.5m wide by 11m

Both are certainly decent sizes for non-IMAX screens.

Do you find a Dolby Atmos sound system superior to both IMAX 6-channel and 12-channel sound systems?

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