Cinema City Norwich & The Dining Rooms

Everyone has their own favourite genre of film whether it’s sci-fi, horror or a good old rom-com. One of mine happens to be biographical films about famous figures, I love knowing about the childhood and life of people before they were the people we know and see in the spotlight. The best ones I’ve seen are The Theory of Everything about Stephen Hawkin, Bohemian Rapsody about the incredible Queen and, as of last Friday night, Tolkien. I was lucky enough to be gifted two tickets, one for myself and one for my partner, to see the new film about the creator of Lord of the Rings – the brilliant J.R.R. Tolkien.

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But these weren’t any old cinema tickets, they were for a viewing at Cinema City, Norwich. I love this cinema with a passion, it is one of the countries Picture House cinemas – a small chain of special buildings which are a world away from the big cinemas you may be used to visiting. Fewer screens, better food and drink, special events and a better atmosphere all mean I would always choose a Picture House cinema. This being said, better snacks to keep you busy whilst watching the film isn’t always a good thing as I found out – my lovely fiancé Daniel decided on some rather posh looking pork scratchings without thinking about the crunch factor! Cue waiting for noisy parts of the film for him to crunch his food and trying to stifle our laughs as we realise the ridiculousness of the situation – lesson learnt haha! I myself skipped the snacks but did have a delicious glass of rosé whilst watching the film, a welcome step up from a tango ice blast I must say! I have reviewed this cinema previously, a few years ago, so you may already know its a favourite of mine – and it just keeps getting better.

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The BFG at Cinema City

Matilda. The Twits. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The BFG. What do all of these have in common? They are written by Roald Dahl and I bloody love them. So when Cinema City in the beautiful Norwich offered me tickets to a screening of The BFG, there was only ever going to be one answer!

If you’ve never been, Cinema City is a quaint, small cinema on St Andrew’s Street in Norwich. It is everything I love about a venue, it is full of integrity and character, the historic building is stunning and you will want to wander around to have a little nose at it all. As soon as you walk in, you are hit with a feeling of nostalgia, of a time when going to the cinema was probably something you would put on your glad rags for and when you could really make a night of it.

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There are some lovely snacks available (including gourmet popcorn and delicious ice cream), much better than your usual cinema fodder and also there is a great selection of alcoholic drinks too that you can take into the screening if you fancy. Beside all of the latter, there is also a brilliant restaurant called The Dining Rooms attached to the cinema, perfect for a pre-showing meal. Me and Dan chose to grab a drink from The Dining Room’s bar and sat in their outside seating area which was lush as the weather was so great on Saturday night and we caught lots of evening sun, a rare treat! All in all I would really, really recommend visiting this place if you like a hint of days gone by but with all of the mod cons of life in 2016. Continue reading