Cineplex VIP Cinemas: is it worth it?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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