In a fast-moving world of instant news and streamed films (thanks to the World Wide Web) it's refreshing to see local cinemas still booming. A cinema trip may seem anti-social to some – where else do you go out with friends and loved ones to then not actually speak to one another for a few hours? But don't under estimate the power of the big screen: it's an experience shared and, hopefully, if the film was worth a watch, it will have you chatting long afterwards too.
My first outing to Eastbourne's Cineworld was aged 10 to see Disney's Pocahontas. My parents bravely booked out an entire aisle for me and my primary school friends. I guess it was one way to keep the house clean! Dating back further, I remember my first cinema trip – yet another Disney film – the curtain rose and I was confused as to why a screen was there as I was expecting a live action show like the Christmas panto I was taken too. A long love affair with films of all genres followed, and in a world of Love Film, Net Flix, Sky Demand and super quick DVD releases, I still love a trip to the cinema and here's why…
There are plenty of special screenings at Eastbourne's cinemas to attract all age groups. In 2010 film director Rowan Joffe chose Eastbourne as the primary location for his remake of the 1947 classic film Brighton Rock. A special screening at The Crumbles' Cineworld saw a red carpet affair with a 'Brighton Rock' scooter gracing the entrance, and Joffe himself hosting a post film Q&A to explain why he chose Eastbourne! Why not? Picturesque, sunny – and now very Hollywood!
Special screenings like these are great for film fans. Cineworld also has fantastic offers for cinema goers – including 10% off tickets when booked online, weekend Junior screening for just £1 and lots more. A walk around The Crumbles at Sovereign Harbour isn't complete without a stop to look at the film posters to see what's new, whether you're planning to go that day or not. Just don't pause too long, otherwise the smell of fresh popcorn will draw you in…
Located closer to town, Eastbourne's Curzon Cinema is a fantastic option. Again, it's for all ages to enjoy, although some may see independent and smaller cinemas as more 'art house'. All the blockbusters are on show, from Disney to Universal's latest big release. The experience is more 'theatre' than a trip to Cineworld, but just as fun. Smaller, intimate, but with the same great offerings. Curzon also works hard at a fantastic website to include blogs (on film, naturally) and the latest movie news, which isn't too dissimilar to the M&Ms Red Carpet news we see once seated at Cineworld. Visit Curzon's website for competitions too – there's so much more going on than listing the next screenings. This goes back to where I came in: the world may seem to move at a faster pace, but cinemas like Curzon and Cineworld have embraced this and used it to their advantage to keep us interested and wanting more. Before, it was just the trailers enticing us into seeing something – but now it's these trailers and so much more. For couples, families and friends, day or night, the cinema is a unique experience like a trip to the theatre that the largest HD TV can't replace.