For a long time Falmouth didn’t have a cinema. I have many fond memories of hopping on the train to catch a film in Truro. One day we just stayed in there all day because the weather was foul. It was a bit of a pain though and all those train fares added up. Luckily in April 2009 the old drill hall, which had been empty for years, became our new cinema we were ecstatic. It’s given the beautiful old building a new lease of life which is lovely to see.
The Phoenix Cinema houses 5 screens ranging in size. 3 of these are luxury screens with armchair and sofa seating, more leg room, a waited snack option and is fully licensed if you fancy a pint of the good stuff. Adult tickets cost £7.95 and children and senior citizens tickets cost £5.95 however there are many other deals to choose from. These include Movie Magic cards, which give you cheaper tickets and food for a small annual fee, bargain shows and movie meal deals.
When I go with Oli we tend to make the experience into a date and go for the movie meal deal. The cafe makes a really nice addition to the cinema, and as a bonus you can use it without even watching a movie. We have been to the cinema twice lately- once to see Guardians of the Galaxy (yeah, we took a while to get around to watching that…) and more recently to see The Book of Life. Both were great movies and were followed by equally great food. For £12.95 you get your cinema ticket and any main meal of your choosing, including the delicious daily specials. To make things extra special, if you book in advance they reserve your seat for you with one of those cute little table signs.
When we went to see Guardians of the Galaxy I opted for the Veggie Chilli with nachos. It was so yummy and spicy. The chilli was packed with big chucks of vegetables. It came with a nice coating of cheese and decent dollops of sour cream, guacamole and salsa. When we went to see The Book of Life I opted for something different, I went for the Pasta Al Forno with a creamy, cheesy sauce. Boy was it cheesy! I felt like I had died and gone to cheese heaven. It was so rich and perfect. I would totally recommend either of those dishes. For you meat eaters out there, Oli always opts for the Classic Beef Burger with either chips of wedges and he always enjoys it. The burgers are proper, home made, chunky style; they mean business!
I love our little local cinema and really need to get myself a Movie Magic card so I can go even more. I really feel it has brought a lot to the town and it’s so nice to not have to travel to catch the latest blockbuster.
Here’s a link to the Phoenix Cinema website if you want any more information.
I hope you enjoyed this little snippet of Falmouth. Watch this space for next weeks post, although even I’m not sure where I’m going to be reviewing yet!