I would agree with Emily that for the once off movie this is not the place to go to, quite standard big screens all the rest and kind of pricey compared to what you can get elsewhere, especially the day time rates.
What is great about Cineworld is the yearly membership. For that you pay 20 a month and get unlimited movies and a discount on the food, if you really want it. The 20 a month is actually great if you do go to the movies a good bit!
Meh. They're good cinemas. Big screens, comfortable seats. But expensive, so expensive! 13 euro for a ticket and that again for food / drink. Also no seating allocations - super annoying when it's a full screening and you've paid so much to be there.
I mean, it's grand. It does what it says on the tin. But I'd take the Lighthouse any day!
Cineworld on Parnell St is Dublin's biggest cinema with 13+ screens and is the hangout spot for everyone who dislikes the weather, is sick of pubs, and for all blockbuster enthusiasts. That said, the cinema is busy every time of the day - come here early in the evenings to avoid a sold out show.
- specials available: online booking (10 euro per ticket) or monthly pass (20 Euro per month with unlimited access and 25% off food & drinks)
- variety of screens
- all the latest blockbuster movies
- bar on the first floor
- some seats need an overhaul
- people: when the two girls on your right get comfy and put their feet on the seat in front of them, and when that idiot on the left finally finishes his crackling popcorn bag after 30mins only to continue with a rustling bag of sweets, you know you're in the cinema
Fair enough, I personally have a low tolerance for people that show no respect to others so I might not be the perfect cinema goer. I do, however, appreciate this Dublin institution.
I've been going to this cinema ever since it was a Virgin cinema! We used to live on Parnell Street, so it was our "local" and even after we moved, it is still our go-to place.
Since Cineworld took over, its gone downhill a bit. Seems to be a lot less staff than years ago, and it just seems to have a slight air of dingy-ness about it.
I used to go see movies here before it was Cineworld, to just get the nachoes. They were awesome. Now, they are revolting. As this is a family friendly site, I won't actually say what I think of them. As with any cinema, the food is fairly bad, and the sweets and drinks cost a fortune.
Way back when, the bar area used to do nice enough food and drinks, now its a quick stop spot for a beer if your too early. The selection of drinks is poor, seems ot be mainly beer.
They have brought back the IMAX screen, yay! So thats a bonus. To be honest if there was a better one across the road, I wouldn't go here, but options are limited.
A final note, which is not Cineworlds fault, but more a general note to others reading this:
If you are that person who insists on coming in late, after the lights are down, laden with bags, rucksacks, drinks, food and wants to get to that ONE seat in the middle of a packed row, go somewhere else. The rest of us show up on time to get the seats we want. If your late late, you don't deserve to make an enire row of people stand up to let your sorry behind get in and hit us with your bags and spill our drinks. And don't say "sorry" because your not sorry, if you were sorry you wouldn't do it in the first place. Next time go sit at the front.. We have words for people like you, and they are not nice. I dislike you immensly. Rant over...breathe out...
It's been a few years since I was at Cineworld, but I went to see Gravity on their IMAX cinema in 3D. And it was definitely much better than ODEAN (didn't like seating) and Vue (blurry in Screen 2).
Suffice to say, I'm a big fan of Cineworld again, I choose films to watch nowadays and it's a treat, so watching on a proper high def screen is nice. I'm not a big fan of 3D but IMAX 3D glasses are bigger and comfier which is important as I wear glasses normally).
I will definitely be coming back.
Price - Value = Amazing!
If you like movies and you consider going for 2 or more movies per months, get the Cineworld card for 20.90€ a month!
Great thing also is that cineworld doesn't only show commercial movies, they do show movies from film festivals, art style movies, foreign movies too.
In addition to saving loads of money being movie addicted, you can also get discounts on food and drinks! I am already using the card for 2 years and save 25% of my purchase prices. In the first year you safe 10%.
It's worth it!
Great cinema with 17 screens including one IMAX. There are good food and drink options, though at cinema prices you wont be filling up here!
If you watch two movies or more consider the Cineworld card at €20 a month. 10% off food and drink in your first year and 25% thereafter. It's now possible to book online with the Cineworld card so no need to queue!
I am definitely a fan of Cineworld. I have the Cineworld card and for €20 a month, you can go and see as many films as you want. This is amazing value as for me to say, I love the cinema is an understatement. Once you have the card for a year they bump up your membership. It means that you can get around 20-25% off your food and drink - so large popcorn and large drink for 6 something. And yes, I finish every last pop. Before I didn't like that you couldn't book on line with an unlimited card, so a lot of the movies would be sold out but now, much to my happiness, you can book online. So by booking on line, I get to see the movie I want without queuing and non memberships get 10% off.
I did try to broaden my horizons with the Odeon and Dundrum but didn't see any much difference. OH and did I mention they have Ben and Jerrys peanut butter cups icecream. Scrumptious. So now, I have to see two movies, one for the popcorn and one for the icecream. But sure, it's practically free (so I keep telling myself).I am definitely a fan of cineworld. I j
This is the best cinema in Dublin. Location is perfect. In the building you may find a nice Irish sports bar to watch games and have cheap lunch or snack. There's Eddie Rockets as well. So, if you have to wait for the movie, you may hop in there and eat, if you're hungry.
Prices, tho, are't the cheapest, but the screens and seats are lovely. I've been few times in Odeon in point Village (East Wall) and wouldn't go back there, even prices are a little bit lower.
In Cineworld you'll find sitting area and a bar. One floor up - pop corn, candy, snack area.
The greatest thing about Cineworld is that, if you go mid-week, you might just go to next movie and to next after that one - no one really checks tickets. They might do, tho, especially for the 3D movies, as they would hand out glasses to you and ask for a ticket.
I'm not a huge cinema buff so I don't really have much basis for comparison as we pretty much always come here to see a movie.
The obvious plus is the IMAX (especially in 3D), although I'm often sceptical about 3D I loved the Hobbit and can't imagine it being as effective on a lesser medium.
The bar is handy for a relaxing drink if youa arrive early enough or are one of those irritating people who leave it to the last minute to go the the screen and then are disappointed because your group of 20 can't all get seats together.
The popcorn is average (well it is popcorn) and the coke is watery; hey it's a cinema I don't expect a lot although it is pricey enough. I have brought my own a couple of times but somehow it's just not the same.
Not much more to say, its got screens and sound and popcorn. It's a cinema.
Best cinema in Ireland by far.
Unlimited card for €20 & enjoy an endless number of movies.
Nachos are my favourite ... get the cheese dip too.
Pretty much your average cinema. The place is clean, seats are comfy and the IMAX theatre is great. No complaints, but nothing exceptional.
Not a bad cinema, The IMAX on top is really good actually gives it an extra star for me. Occasionally you get a screen where you can hear the hand dryers going, and to be honest the number of people that talk in this place is above average.
So all in all pretty average. Prefer the Swan in Rathmines.
My favourite place to go when hungover; Cineworld offers sugar lased drinks, early opening times, dark rooms and light entertainment.
The first show time starts around 10 am, which is much earlier than other cinemas in the city center. Inside you'll find a bar/cafe, pix&mix, hot dogs, Ben and Gerry's ice cream, and a massive shop full of all kinds of ubiquitous cinema treats.
All the screens use digital projectors so the image will be nice and shiny while your sitting in the comfy seats. The staff are cool and the cinema has a great app for viewing show times as well as booking tickets. They also have easy to use ticket vending machines in the lobby.
If driving, the cinema has a large car park with the entrance located around the back. There are also bike racks at the front but I wouldn't risk it unless you have some really good locks; maybe it's better to use Dublin city bikes which has a depot nearby.
Why only three stars? Simple, it's more expensive than the Savoy which is only a short walk away. Money talks folks :)
If you book online you get 10% off your ticket which is nice!
Lovely spacious cinema. Treats are definitely not the cheapest but to be expected at a cinema.
The bar area is a nice touch to settle the nerves of first dates etc.
Been going to this cinema for the last 7 years. The facilities are great and almost comparable to my local cinema in South Africa. The cinema food is overpriced but it's still my first choice cinema in Ireland and will continue to be!
I recommend this cinema for everyone including little rugrats and wobbly kneed old folk.
One of the beat around.
Cineworld is pretty much the only multiscreen cinema in the city centre. I know that the Savoy is around the corner but unless you see a movie in screen 1 it's not worth The money as all their other screen look like something straight from the 70s.
Cineworld on the other hand has 17 screens full of blockbusters, small independent movies and a surprisingly large amount of foreign films, which I love. They also show classics a couple of times throughout the month.
The food and drink can be quiet expensive but show me a cinema where the popcorn and coke is cheap. A large popcorn and large drink comes in just under €10. They do have a Ben & Jerrys stand if you fancy some nice ice cream. The bar is nice too, the food in here though is crazy expensive and the atmosphere can be a bit flat unless there is a massive new release than everyone crams in for a pint. I'd recommend the Woolshed next door for a pre-movie drink an a bite to eat instead.
The best thing and what really sold me on the cinema is their unlimited card. It costs €19.99 a month. With it you can see as many movies as you like in that month. I think the limit is 4 movies a day, everyday. Of course it's cheaper if you buy annually but Id rather monthly. When you think it's €10.50 to see a movie it's a fantastic bargain. Go twice in a month and every film after that is free. It saves me a fortune especially in the summer with the blockbusters as I'd see some movies twice, once with my girlfriend and once with my friends.
Overall, this is your modern day cinema. It has everything you need to enjoy your movie but is slap bang in the middle of the city. I'd highly recommend the unlimited card if you are someone who would go about once a week.
Defiantly the best around.
When I stayed in Dublin for two weeks I needed a night without pub hopping. So I took in a movie at Cineworld Cinemas.
Unfortunately my sober night didn't last long as this movie theater has a bar in it! So before the movie I had a few drinks with pals. By the time the movie started we were slightly buzzed and chatting about where to go to drink after the movie was over.
Oddly enough I can not remember what movie I saw here, but the drinks were delicious.
This is definitely my "go to" cinema. I like it because it shows a nice array of blockbusters mixed with independent, foreign and art house films. They do a pretty good student rate and with 17 screens its the biggest cinema in town.
Some years ago I had the cinema pass for a year and it was fantastic, I really must get it again - great value for movie lovers
Ah the cinema, I think I've been to all the cinemas in Dublin at this stage. Cineworld used to be Virgin Cinema and the it was UGC but it has always remained one of my favourite.
The cinema is located on Parnell street so it is not the most desirable place in the city to be walking around at night, even during the day for that matter. The best part about the theatre is the bar/lounge area although with 17 screens, you don't have to wait around for very long.
Its great being able to park the car and walk right to the counter and buy your ticket (or pre book and take the pain out of queuing up!)
I recently went to see 'Avatar' and my behind really appreciated the comfy seats! (long movie)
I'm a big fan of the movies and I love the larger movie houses that have several screens especially when viewing a blockbuster. This is the place! Add a lounge where one can enjoy an adult beverage before or after your film and I'm sold!
There are three levels. The top floor tends to be where they promote the blockbusters. I like it! If there's an IMAX film being presented - you must check it out! What an amazing experience!
Tip: Avoid the lines and save 10% by ordering your movie tickets in advance and pick them up at one of the kiosks.
Don't forget the popcorn!
It is wasnt for the amazing range of movies on offer here i wouldnt give any more that 1 star to this cinema...
As a cinema it is pretty good... great range of films... huge screens... great seats... lots of helpful staff... lots of goodies and treats... nearly always something to see even if your movie is sold out you can wait 40 mins and itll be on again somewhere!
..and its a big but.
The cinema has traditionally been a form of entertainment that is an alternative to something that wont break the bank. The days of saying "No im broke so im not going out tonight, ill go cinema instead" will soon be over if other cinemas follow Cineworlds example. 9e for a student ticket is only the start... the silly cost of popcorn (that has been sitting out for hours) and other sweets also push up the rediculous cost of going to this cinema. You will have spent nearly 20e going to see one movie by the time you have left... and there is something fundementally wrong with that even if they do have amazing facilities it is still no excuse...
on a tuesday in Dun Laoghaire you can get a student ticket for 4.50e and popcorn with a drink for peanuts... now THATs a deal.
I like the big big screen feeling of this cinema, and the fact there are a LOT of screens. Movies are one of my favority pastimes, and I especially like Matinees, which this theatre has in abundance.
I also like well stocked refreshment counters, alcohol availability, and cushy seats. Check!
So the only reason this place lost a star was for the AMAZING heat levels in the upper most theatre. I've seen several films in that up...up...up room, and nearly died each time from heat stroke.
Bottom line: as long as it's not Screen 17, yer in luck!!
M a unlimited customer & love to watch the movie but I like mostly IMAX screen ; it's new thrill & amazing with Dolby digital modern sound & also like the bar . Watching movie is one of my hobby that's why I love to watch the movie with popcorn & that place is cineworld cinemas .
Oh the mobs. The terrible, horrible mobs!
Stand in the queue to get in the door. Stand in the queue for tickets. Stand in the queue to use the bathroom. Stand in the queue to get on the escalator. Stand in the queue to get in the theatre. Stand in the queue when the movie is over to get back out. And the bar? Who in their right mind would want to hang out at the cinema longer than the time necessary to view a movie?
Abhorrent, loathsome crowds of people. Agoraphobes...you've been adequately warned.
Solid option for a centrally located cinema. Large screens, good sound, and plenty of popcorn.
Added pluses include a fully loaded bar (pints for under 5 euro) and a $19.99 unlimited card that yes, lets you watch unlimited movies in a month. If you go more than 2x in a month, it pays for itself.
Cinemas are like the pirates of Main Street. They're (literally) the only show in town, so their prices always seem a little high. That said, Cineworld is an expensive cinema.Considering we've gotten accustomed to high prices in the cinema, I still felt like I'd been mugged after leaving. Oh, and their popcorn isn't great either!
But I can't give out too much, since the sheer size of the place means they show a more varied selection than most multiplexes. There's always an art-house or indie release snuck into their schedule.
So this is a 17-plex movie theater is in the city center of Dublin and is pretty new and modern.
Self-ticket machines and multiple ticket selling agents are located in the lobby, a bar and 2 movies are located on the floor above that, 12 movies and food-selling, including a Ben & Jerry's ice cream stand, is on the next floor with 2 more movies above that and the last of the 17 movie rooms on the very top.
Single-ticket prices are a bit high though you can pre-book online for a 10% discount with Cineworld or, even better, pay 19.99 Euro a month and get UNLIMITED movie watching at any Cineworld location ( this one in Dublin and over 50 other locations around the UK, with about a dozen of them in London which was convenient for me ). A little movie marathon in one weekend more than pays for that month's movie bill on the credit card and do that every other weekend or so and the movies come to under 3 Euros each.
This location is kept clean, organized and is a very decent place to see both 3D and 2D movies ... they even have some special previews and one-off live-telecast performances.
If you're gonna be in town for a year or more I recommend getting the UNLIMITED card.
Wow this place is expensive! I saw Clash of the Titans here, but was disappointed they didn't provide an option for non-3D. So I had to pay the 3D upcharge plus buy 3D glasses, and ended up with a movie ticket that cost twice what it does in the US.
The theater itself was okay, but 3 of the 4 machines for electronic ticket pickup were broken, leading to a very long line for the 1 working machine. And once I got there, it wouldn't recognize my credit card. So I ended up having to go up to the counter anyway. So thanks for that, dumbasses.
I go there when I miss the whole cinema experience: people swarming, smell of popcorn, bright lights, excalators etc... That said, the place is quite dirty. I also find it outrageously expensive.
There was one bad experience recently, as I went in to see Melancholia. I sat down during the ads and the screen was flickering violently to the point where I could not watch. I seemed to be the only one who could see it. I decided to wait for the film but the same thing happened. It was baffling!! Needless to say after I complained I saw one of the ticket girls come in and look at the screen as if she had any competence whatsoever in projection and she concluede there was nothing wrong with the film.
Now, I have seen thousands and thousands of films, many in this very place. I worked in the industry along with my family, I've gone to festivals in 4 different countries and I have never seen a screen flicker like that. I could only imagine that there was a problem with the actual light speed, because they were hardly missing actual images. It was too painful for me to sit through and I had to leave, along with two of my friends (one could not perceive it, the other very slightly). The plus side is they gave us our money back without arguing. But it would have been so easy to just pop up in the projection room: they would have seen the problem right away (when I looked back at the source, the missing light was even more obvious, there was a black gap of half a second at least!)
Oh, and I think Dublin city centre needs another 10 cinemas.
There isn't much left to say on this one. Yep, it's eye-wateringly expensive, gigantic, a little out of the way, super-comprehensive films-wise (though by no means an art house), and the unlimited card is amazing.
There're only two things left:
Firstly, if there's a new blockbuster release, Cineworld's Screen 17 is the best place to see it, second only perhaps to Screen 1 at the Savoy, but buy your tickets early as it does sell-out eventually.
Secondly, when this was a Virgin Cinema, it looked oh-so much better.
The UGC/Cineworld people are obviously slack-jawed fools because, with a goofy, toothless grin, they moved in, cut the building up all arse-ways. They simply dispensed with the grand entranceway that was illuminated by a Daily Palent-like red l.e.d ticker tape declaring useful information. They poo-pooed the broad, twin, curved stairways that ascended, as artificially and theatrically as the gate-way to Hollywood ought, to reveal the gleaming pick 'n' mix arcade and jumbo-Virgin Cola dispensing counters that seemed so spangly and new, and wowed me so thoroughly at age seven, or eight, or nine, maybe.
Perhaps this description is a little overblown, a tad overwrought maybe, but I just don't think this more utilitarian, less red Cineworld compares in mega-plex wow-factor terms to its candy-floss wünder land ancestry that was so colourful and confusing that it literally forced my eye-balls to the brink of explosion.
I imagine that people of another generation may have similarly venerable memories of the more marbled and stately Savoy, and may even consider this nostalgia for what was the sharp-end of the weapon that murdered the local cinema as distasteful, but I can't help that, I loved it.
I do hold much grá for the current incarnation of this cinema as Cineworld, though almost exclusively in relation to its utility and provision of service, and this does garners it four stars, but it is lacking the wow needed to clinch that elusive fifth. It seems, as is always the case, that in the aftermath of this war, between local cinemas and multi-plexes, that magic and innocence lose.
I recently treated myself to an Unlimited Card and have been abusing it ever since. I go to Cineworld as often as I can (at least once every two weeks) and I find it more than satisfactory. Probably because I don't have to pay cash every time I see a movie!
The nachos are horribly unhealthy but that's kind of why I love them and the popcorn deal costing a euro more than any other deal is a little baffling. Surely popcorn is the cheapest thing you can make?
I would recommend getting in early as the queues can be a little long during peak times however. The proximity to a few restaurants and an amusement arcade makes it the perfect place for date night.
A decent cinema with nice big screens! What more could you ask for?
In terms of the selection of films on show, Cineworld is easily the best cinema in Dublin. Plus, their seating is laid out in a type of amphitheatre fashion, so even if you are a little bit off to the side, you'll still have a good view of the screen. Plus there's a bar in which to have a tipple while you're waiting for a film to start, and the Woolshed just next door for your post-flick pints. And there's a yearly membership, and tickets are only €5 for any film that starts before noon (though maybe that's just for students. Then again, who else is in town with nothing to do at that time of the day?)
Ah yes, DIT's lack of communication re lectures being cancelled resulted in a significant revenue stream for a lot of the Hollywood studios.
Cineworld is pretty good, as far as cinemas go, and the seats are actually comfortable - bonus!!! And they're large enough that you're not sitting in the lap of your neighbour.
There is a great deal on at Cineworld at the moment - 19.99 for unlimited movies for a month! This is one of those direct debit deals, so I imagine you have to commit for a few months, but if you're a movie buff this is definitely worth your while - you'll get your money's worth if you go two or three times a month, but just think, you could go EVERY day! Ah the possibilities!
The third star is because they have a nice bar on the upper level of this theater that overlooks Parnell street, but other than that this theatre is just average and the prices get more ridiculous every time I go. Now this could just be Cineworld or because this Cineworld is in Dublin.
The concession prices are ridiculous and find it a better deal to bring your own.
There are screens aplenty at this theatre so you get a bigger selection of showtimes and even a few indy/art movies thrown in. But that would be the only reason to go here.
Very disappointed to find gum and popcorn on my seat. The location is modern and very large, but I think this is a classic case of profits before people. It seems that the staff doesn't have enough time to thoroughly clean before the next show starts: in addition to the seat not being clean, the smell of people was overwhelming - again not enough time to air the theater before the next show
For the money that you pay the experience is not great, definitely no return on investment.
The best thing about this cinema is that it is right beside The Woolshed bar so a trip out to the cinema always ends up in a wild night out, well for me anyways!
This cinema is great on weekends for a date night as it is full of couples but during the week it is more full of annoying little city kids hanging about and making the place look messy!
Now I know chains aren't strictly allowed on yelp but I'm going to make an exception for Cineworld.
Its gone under a few different names, moved a couple of hundred yards down Parnell street but its still, in my humble opinion, the best multiplex in Dublin.
I really wouldn't go anywhere else, partly because of the unlimited card, you pay €20 a month and get unlimited movies. Aside from this the place is huge, well kept and shows a huge selection of movies and genres. Screen 17 is probably the biggest and best in the place.
Lately Its been moving into the IFI and the Lighthouse's turf by showing what more 'art house' type movies. I think it's good move though, the more variety the better.
Yes it's losing a a point for the very overpriced popcorn and confectionary, €2.20 for a small bottle of water, c'mon lads! The bar is a nice touch though.
If ya wanna go to a movie while in the city centre, your best option is either the Lighthouse or Cineworld and, seeing as the Lighthouse is unlikely to be showing Hannah Montana: the 3d concert experience, Cineworld is more likely to cater to the average film goers tastes.
It's a massive, towering cinema with something like 13 screens, and if you wanna see a blockbuster, Cineworld is the only place to go really.
Avoid the hot dogs though. Not so good.
Cineworld on Parnell Street is the king of cinemas. It makes other movie theatres look bad. Not only does it have something like 20 screens, but it spoils its customers with all these frills.
First off, there's the bar on the second floor which is kind of expensive but has a good atmosphere. It can be nice to get a drink before settling down to watch a two hour movie.
Secondly, there's the concession shop on the third floor where you can find all kinds of snacks to rot your teeth. It's hard not to go Miss Piggy when you have such a large selection of jellies. I spent 15 Euro on sweets, a popcorn and a drink last time I was there.
Lastly, this cinema has arcade games which my boyfriend cannot resist. The games are a total ripoff but he seems to enjoy the thrill of almost winning an Ipod.
I think I should also mention that the reason Cineworld is so popular is because it plays a good selection of blockbuster and indie flicks. It always something for everyone.
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