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The Empire Experience



Most of you probably know Empire Cinema in the Buttermarket. The modern cinema complex hosts 14 screens, including two IMPACT screens and D-Box Suites. I was lucky enough to be given two free tickets (thank you so much!) to see Tully, a comedy drama. A friend and I went to enjoy and review our Empire experience.

I’ve been to Empire before, and I have to say that the location is perfect. With the restaurants and bars just downstairs, it’s perfect to have a meal and a drink before or after your film. The Coffee Cup café is also a relaxing area for you to wait if you’re a bit early for your film. In the Box Office, we got our tickets and ordered some snacks from a lovely member of staff. Next time you’re there, make sure you get the 2 large drinks and large popcorn for £11 (they weren’t lying when they said large!).

Having been to Empire before, I knew that they had different seats that you could book; the standard but super comfy seats and the sharing sofas. What I didn’t know was that you could also book luxury reclining seats, which happened to be the seats we got. And, wow, these seats are the best! If you don’t mind spending a couple more pounds, get one of these chairs!

Tully, the film we watched, is about an exhausted mother of three young children. Struggling with her new-born baby, her autistic son, and daughter who feels pushed out, her rich brother pays for a ‘night nanny’ to come and help her out. Hesitant at first, Marlo quickly bonds with the wise, fun, but sometimes challenging nanny, Tully. The film seemed a bit slow at the start, but at the end it all fitted together (no spoilers!) for a dramatic plot twist.

If you’re looking for a non-mainstream film to watch, I’d fully recommend Tully. I’d also 100% recommend watching it at Empire, especially with their special £5 student rate. Thank you, Empire, for letting me come and watch such a great film; I’m really looking forward to my next visit soon.


We go to the Seniors showings on Wednesday mornings, where we get tickets for only £3.50, together with a free coffee and a biscuit (we know how to live!). We've seen pretty well every film shown, and this morning watched Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, which was an excellent film. We book a sofa as long as we remember to book (online) in time (usually a couple of hours after the last film we watch) and have a hugely enjoyable time. Always friendly and helpful staff too. So thanks Empire.

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