Last weekend, we got a chance to try out the VIP Cinemas (19+) at Queensway location. I have always been intrigued by the VIP experience but too cheap to take the plunge. The ticket prices vary on the day and the cinema location. At the Queensway VIP: Monday to Thursday it’s $19.99 and Friday to Sunday it’s $25.99. Whereas at SilverCity Oakville VIP: Monday to Thursday it’s $18.99 and Friday to Sunday it’s $21.99. I haven’t tried the Oakville location so when I do, I will add my notes to this post. I imagine there is a difference in price based on the size of the theatre? The reviews I read online consistently stated that the Queensway location is the best – so I decided to get our tickets using 2000 scene points.
There is ample parking at the Queensway location (http://www.cineplex.com/Theatre/cineplex-cinemas-queensway-vip). If you really want to feel like VIP – you can do the valet parking for $4. When you enter through the VIP entrance (yes – it’s separate from the regular entrance…), you’ll notice a bar lounge to your right where you can get your drink on. It was a little weird getting in line for the washrooms because there was a unisex sign and I didn’t know what to expect because the line wrapped out of the bathroom area. I was in a line with males so I didn’t know if it was going to be a typical bathroom with stalls and communal sinks. Fortunately, the unisex bathroom was made up of individual rooms. Each room had fancy lighting, a big mirror, your standard toilet, sink, paper towels & nice smelling soap. It felt pretty VIP.
The theatre we were in looked exactly like this screenshot taken from the website. Yep – those are leather reclining seats in pairs (the middle arm rest can be lifted) with mini sliding tables. I wish the feet part reclined but only the back did.
When you sit down, you’ll notice a pair of 3D glasses (if applicable) and food/drink menus on the side. You can find the menu online (http://www.cineplex.com/Theatres/vip). The selection varies on the location. The prices were pretty decent – they didn’t seem as overpriced as popcorn. We had supper prior to going so we didn’t order any entrees. About 5 minutes after I had a look at the menu, a server came up to me with an iPad and took our order. We paid on the spot as their iPad served as a POS system. We ordered a rootbeer float, a creamsicle float (orange soda & vanilla ice-cream) and sweet potato fries (it came up to about $15 minus tip). We received our order within 10 minutes. I suggest that you go to the theatre at least 30 minutes before showtime to truly enjoy the VIP experience. They stop the ordering service once the previews begin.
Cineplex currently has a promo on Wednesdays where you get dinner and a movie for two for $50. The dinner is a voucher for entrees from their theatre menu. The value is there as each entree was about $10 each, so taking advantage of this promo would be like getting an entree for free.
The movie we watched was The Avengers: Age of Ultron – a two hour & 21 minute run time so I felt like it was a really good choice to experience in super comfy seats! I LOVED the leather seats, when you lean back on the seat, it keeps its position. Compared to when I try to recline in AVX theatre seats, I have to have my feet up on the seat in front of me to keep the seat reclined.
Bottom line: I would definitely splurge on the VIP experience again if it’s a quality movie with a decent run time. I imagine that if the movie was bad, this experience would feel like a rip-off. So if you are going to spend a lot of money on the VIP cinemas…make sure you do research on your movie choice. I’m thinking Jurassic World, Ant-Man & Fantastic Four will be my VIP splurges this year – how about you?