It was my six year wedding anniversary. My parents took the kids on Sunday and Em and I had a ‘date day’. Part of this was seeing The Avengers. Anyone groaning – she picked the movie, I just happily agreed to it.
We decided to go to the new theater in Windermere and chose to do the VIP experience (at a $7 premium over the regular ticket price).
What does the VIP get you? For starters, it’s 18+, which is nice. Assigned seating. In-seat ordering (until movie starts). VIP Lounge area. Expanded menu.
We arrived a little early to the theater, so we sat in the VIP Lounge while we waited. The seating area was really nice and the servers were attentive. We had had lunch before we came to the theater, so we were only really wanting popcorn, but we did glance at the expanded menu. The food sounded good (and from the items we saw others having, it looked good too) and was pretty reasonably priced for the movie theater. There was also a variety of alcoholic drinks that also sounded pretty darn tasty. We were offered water, so we took that while we waited.
When the theater opened, we took our seats and intended on ordering our popcorn and the like from our seat. Unfortunately, the people taking orders did not seem to want to acknowledge us (or our entire row), so I had to run out to get our snacks and drinks (I missed the previews!). Em had a Daquiri and I had a frozen raspberry mojito (we HAD to have booze, just because we could!), the drinks were quite good (and again, priced pretty reasonably).
The seats were comfortable. The seats were grouped in twos with a gap between each group, so you didn’t have to sit too close to a random. Each seat has a tray for food/drinks. The sound and the screen were great (I ASSUME that the VIP theaters are equivalent to the AVX).
Alright, so aside from the failure in the in-seat service, I liked what the VIP offered. It was an experience similar to one that I’ve experienced at the Opera or Concerts (at venues like the Windspear or Jubilee). The $23 weekend ticket price seems steep, but the reserved seating of the AVX is $18 and that’s something I’m willing to pay to avoid waiting in line for a popular film. Is the $5 extra for the other stuff worthwhile? I don’t know. Maybe.
But, it’s definitely worth going to the VIP theater just to experience it, just once.