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Old 28-03-2013, 17:00
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I went to see Identity Thief at my local Cineworld last night. Just before the film started after the usual ads and the Kevin Bacon ad the lights went up and a member of staff walked down to the front of the cinema and said something along the lines of :-

"Good evening Ladies and Gentleman and welcome to this screening of Identity Thief. If you have any concerns during the performance please come and find a member of staff. Please note that this performance will be monitored throughout. Thank you for your attention and enjoy the film."

He then walked out and the lights went out and the film started as usual. What the hell is that all about I thought. The young chap who made this announcement looked a bit embarrassed like he was made to do it and felt a right prat! Is this some new policy by Cineworld and if so, whats the point of it? Anyone else had this happen at Cineworld this week?
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Old 28-03-2013, 17:01
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Usually to stop/catch people illegally filming
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Old 28-03-2013, 17:06
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Usually to stop/catch people illegally filming
I wondered if that was the idea. But that has been going on for years and they have never done that before.
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Old 28-03-2013, 17:10
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You said the guy seemed embarrassed. Maybe it was his first time giving the announcement and made it seem more sinister than it should be
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Old 28-03-2013, 17:55
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Perhaps this is Cineworld attempt at launching ushers, like Kermode keeps badgering on about...
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Old 28-03-2013, 17:58
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We've had quite conspicuous "monitoring" in the local Vue, complete with staff banging the door when they come in and out. But maybe this announcement was a response to complaints about bad behaviour in a previous screening?
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Old 28-03-2013, 18:20
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Last time I was at Cineworld, someone came in and looked round. Two weeks ago. Freaks you out a bit if you are not familiar with Ushers.
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Old 28-03-2013, 19:04
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Nothing like that happened when I went to my local Cineworld in Cardiff today but maybe its only happening in certain ones!

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Old 28-03-2013, 19:09
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Last time I was at Cineworld, someone came in and looked round. Two weeks ago. Freaks you out a bit if you are not familiar with Ushers.
I've seen that happen a few times, it's usually when a screen is full or almost full, normally on a Friday or Saturday night, i'd imagine that it's just the staff checking that everything is okay in the screen.
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Old 28-03-2013, 20:06
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Nothing like that happened when I went to my local Cineworld in Cardiff today but maybe its only happening in certain ones!
I go to the CW in Cardiff and theres usually someone hanging around by the entrance keeping an eye out. Only once have they actually come in and had to tell some idiot teenagers off.

Although my ex was thrown out of there for being drunk and throwing a plastic cup of wine in someones face
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Old 28-03-2013, 23:22
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I would say that it is a customer service initiative to make people feel they are getting value for money.
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Old 28-03-2013, 23:50
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My local Apollo has had the idiots walking round with those weird detector things for years. Big bright red light on it! Despite all this "illegal copies are stealing and bad" etc etc they still get through into the mainstream
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Old 29-03-2013, 00:44
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It happened when I saw Identity Thief yesterday at Cineworld... although I actually missed the announcement as I went to the toilet very last minute before the start lol... but my friend told me they basically told everyone to turn off their phones..
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Old 29-03-2013, 01:12
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It happened when I saw Identity Thief yesterday at Cineworld... although I actually missed the announcement as I went to the toilet very last minute before the start lol... but my friend told me they basically told everyone to turn off their phones..
It seems that they are trying to add a personal touch and show the customers that they are there.
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Old 29-03-2013, 01:18
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I went to see Identity Thief at my local Cineworld last night. Just before the film started after the usual ads and the Kevin Bacon ad the lights went up and a member of staff walked down to the front of the cinema and said something along the lines of :-

"Good evening Ladies and Gentleman and welcome to this screening of Identity Thief. If you have any concerns during the performance please come and find a member of staff. Please note that this performance will be monitored throughout. Thank you for your attention and enjoy the film."

He then walked out and the lights went out and the film started as usual. What the hell is that all about I thought. The young chap who made this announcement looked a bit embarrassed like he was made to do it and felt a right prat! Is this some new policy by Cineworld and if so, whats the point of it? Anyone else had this happen at Cineworld this week?
SAme thing happed to me last week. I throught it was werid.
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Old 29-03-2013, 02:54
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It's Cineworld's attempt to make customers feel more like guests than sheep being herded into screens. It will likely happen at weekends in the busiest performances. You'll notice a few more changes starting to creep in over the next few months too.
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Old 29-03-2013, 03:12
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It will likely happen at weekends in the busiest performances. You'll notice a few more changes starting to creep in over the next few months too.
Like what?
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Old 29-03-2013, 04:39
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Presumably phone signal sniffing dogs and an airport style metal detector at the entrance to the screens?
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Old 29-03-2013, 07:26
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Rather than make that anouncement they should give staff taser guns so if you go and report some **** keep talking through the film, even if it's not on a phone just to the person(s) they are with the usher can taser the bastard to shut them up.
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Old 29-03-2013, 07:50
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It's Cineworld's attempt to make customers feel more like guests than sheep being herded into screens. It will likely happen at weekends in the busiest performances. You'll notice a few more changes starting to creep in over the next few months too.
I think you are right. A while ago I went to the O2 Cineworld. As I'm going into the screening I was stoped by a woman and a guy with a video camera. They claimed they were students making something for their Uni course, would I mind answering a few questions, it will only take about a minute or two.

As I was feeling quite benevolent that day I said ok rather than asking where is the logic asking people just going into see a film that may be starting at that moment so are likely to get people saying no.

So I get asked questions such as what film had I come to see, do I come to the cinema often. Do I only come to this venue or others. Am I an Unlimited card holder. All quite generic then it started to get more specific. Would I like a Starbucks in this Cineworld venue? (it's in the O2 which has 2 starbucks, a variety of pubs and eateries, why would it need a starbucks in there for god sake?) What changes should be made to make things more enjoyable experience for me?

This could genuinely something students are doing for their Uni assignment, but I can't see from their questioning what the assignment is actually based on. It certainly wasn't about films as the only time a specific ilm was mentioned was when I was asked which one I was seeing today.

If it was I'm hoping that my suggestions get taken up.

1) No starbucks or any other cafe. During busy times it gets congested enough as it is in there, without tables and chairs getting in the way.

2) More old films. I used to like the old B&W and classic films on a Monday.

3) Themed weeks. 80's week or action week or romance week for valentine, horror for Halloween etc. You have lots of screens so one can be given to that,

4) Less screens being used up to show the same film. When you get a "big film" it's sometimes on two or three screens, most not full. That's stopping people seeing other films and films not being shown at that cinema at all. For example the recent films "Sightseers" and "Great Expectations" wasn't shown there.

5) A seperate line for Sky Rewards customers. Those poxy f****** printed tickets cause nothing but hold ups. Often because the staff are struggling with them and very often as the customers think the rules change and as it's a reward they can bring their 10 year old into a 15 certificate film and when they are told no they think if I argue and hold the line up more the member of staff will back down. The result is a second member of staff rather than opening up a new terminal (that should have been open anyway to rush through the ever lengthening lines) will now come to assist and you now have two people not serving.
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Old 29-03-2013, 08:43
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I think you are right. A while ago I went to the O2 Cineworld. As I'm going into the screening I was stoped by a woman and a guy with a video camera. They claimed they were students making something for their Uni course, would I mind answering a few questions, it will only take about a minute or two.

As I was feeling quite benevolent that day I said ok rather than asking where is the logic asking people just going into see a film that may be starting at that moment so are likely to get people saying no.

So I get asked questions such as what film had I come to see, do I come to the cinema often. Do I only come to this venue or others. Am I an Unlimited card holder. All quite generic then it started to get more specific. Would I like a Starbucks in this Cineworld venue? (it's in the O2 which has 2 starbucks, a variety of pubs and eateries, why would it need a starbucks in there for god sake?) What changes should be made to make things more enjoyable experience for me?

This could genuinely something students are doing for their Uni assignment, but I can't see from their questioning what the assignment is actually based on. It certainly wasn't about films as the only time a specific ilm was mentioned was when I was asked which one I was seeing today.

If it was I'm hoping that my suggestions get taken up.

1) No starbucks or any other cafe. During busy times it gets congested enough as it is in there, without tables and chairs getting in the way.

2) More old films. I used to like the old B&W and classic films on a Monday.

3) Themed weeks. 80's week or action week or romance week for valentine, horror for Halloween etc. You have lots of screens so one can be given to that,

4) Less screens being used up to show the same film. When you get a "big film" it's sometimes on two or three screens, most not full. That's stopping people seeing other films and films not being shown at that cinema at all. For example the recent films "Sightseers" and "Great Expectations" wasn't shown there.

5) A seperate line for Sky Rewards customers. Those poxy f****** printed tickets cause nothing but hold ups. Often because the staff are struggling with them and very often as the customers think the rules change and as it's a reward they can bring their 10 year old into a 15 certificate film and when they are told no they think if I argue and hold the line up more the member of staff will back down. The result is a second member of staff rather than opening up a new terminal (that should have been open anyway to rush through the ever lengthening lines) will now come to assist and you now have two people not serving.
Well that gives hope to the future of film...
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Old 29-03-2013, 09:42
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The odeon and vue did this when Skyfall was on.
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Old 29-03-2013, 09:45
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Rather than make that anouncement they should give staff taser guns so if you go and report some **** keep talking through the film, even if it's not on a phone just to the person(s) they are with the usher can taser the bastard to shut them up.
I concur.
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Old 29-03-2013, 12:27
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Well it

Well that gives hope to the future of film...
LOL!

Yep, because it could show film makers of the future things that they haven't seen before because "old is rubbish" and we must always be looking at what is now so we can make the future, identical to what is already being made.

I freely admit that I'm not a huge fan of modern films as lots of the readers on this forum will already know.
Many I struggle to remember much about within 48 hours of leaving the cinema.
On Wednesday aftrnoon I went and saw Jack the Giant Slayer. The only character's name I know is Jack. I can't remember the name of the princess, the kind, the baddie or the knight. Because this was another focus on SFX and that will entertain people film it was another washed-over, don't make a real impact film like most of today's films.
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Old 29-03-2013, 12:48
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We've had quite conspicuous "monitoring" in the local Vue, complete with staff banging the door when they come in and out. But maybe this announcement was a response to complaints about bad behaviour in a previous screening?
It's a rare thing to see an usher at my local Odeon. They just take your ticket and point you to the specific screening room. I remember the days they used to show you to your seat with a little torch (like they do at the theatre), do any cinema's still do that?

Has anyone ever been to a crew/cast screening? I went once in Leicester Square and throughout 3 people were stood near the front at the side staring at us all with binocular/detector type things. Throughout the WHOLE film. It was distracting at the beginning but then I forgot they were there. I wondered if this was generally what happened at a first screening.
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