Monday, 17 December 2018

*A date night in Liverpool - Everyman Cinema, The Metquarter


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Opening this week is Liverpools newest date night offering, the Everyman Cinema, located in Liverpools swankiest of venues, the Met Quarter, Whitechapel. Old Hollywood glamour meets high end swank as the boutique venue boasts 4 screens and offers guests something no other cinema in the city does; a dine in theatre experience.

Upon arriving, you step into a bar area that just screams Saturday night drinks, but the ever comforting smell of freshly popped popcorn fills the room. The Everyman Cinema is a cinema with a difference. It doesn’t have the pick n mix of The Odeon, or the arts vibe of The Fact, nor the nostalgia of the Woolton Picture House, but it has something that really does set it apart. It’s biggest selling point, aside from some cracking cocktails, is it’s dine in experience. You can order food to eat in the bar area, there’s an array of booths and tables available, or, you can have it delivered to your theatre seats prior to the film starting (same goes for your drinks!). 


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Before entering the theatre, we put our orders in at the bar, the speciality Spielburgers caught my eye, so I ordered the Halloumi burger (£10.50); deep fried halloumi, roasted pepper, aubergine, and harissa mayo with a side of sweet potato fries (£3.50). All burgers comes with hand cut skin on fries as standard. I grabbed my Everyman G&T (£7.95); Langleys gin, Fever Tree, basil & grapefruit, and headed into Screen 1 for my first Everyman cinema experience.

The first thing that hits you is the theatre itself! Gone are your typical cinema seats with their plastic cupholders and skinny armrests, oh no, the Everyman theatres are much cosier than that. The room is filled with single and two seater couches, complete with cushions, a lot of leg room and a side table for your drinks and snacks. 


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Don’t get me wrong, this is about as cosy as you can get, the couches are lovely, and you can really kick your shoes off and curl up for the film but logistically, this causes some complications. For starters, the side table is great for your drink, but if the person on the couch next to you is a stranger, fumbling in the dark for whose drink is who leads to all kinds of confusion and inevitable spillages. If they don’t move their empties to the small shelf on the couch in front, things really start to pile up quickly. Then, there’s the food.

I’ve only ever experience one dine in theatre before, in America. The seats were the usual cinema style, but the backs of the chairs in front had proper tables attached to them, with condiments and utensils every other seat, and a call button (remember this, this is important). At the Everyman Cinema, your lap is your table. I’m not trying to be all snooty patooty here, I eat off my lap every single night at home, but thats at home. Where I can put a light on, or it doesn’t matter if I unknowingly drip harissa mayo down my chin. Again, I’m looking at this as a potential date venue, and it’s a giggle at first, stuffing your face in the dark, but the novelty soon wares off when you’re fumbling for the ketchup or you’ve no idea were you just dropped that fry! 


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I’m one of those people who once I’m in my cinema seat, I don’t move until the credits roll, not even for the loo or a refill on my popcorn. I really thought that when they said you could eat and drink throughout the film, there would be a way to get those extra drinks without having to leave your seat. With several other cinemas in the city, the Everyman needs more than couches and cocktails to set it apart for me. The idea of hitting an aeroplane style call button for another g&t as the film really starts to ramp up would be a massive selling point and would sway me to choose seeing the latest blockbuster there over another cinema. They did say we could wave over an usher if we needed anything but in a pitch black theatre, the users had no chance of noticing us. I saw people leave the screen for more drinks and come back 20-25 minutes later. That’s more film than I’m willing to sacrifice just to get another drink! 


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As a venue, it’s well worth checking out, it has such a fancy, fabulous vibe and I will be making a point of going back - but as for the food and drink situation, I’d be tempted to head in early and chill in the bar prior to the film, eat there, where there’s a table, then take another drink into the film, like I would in any other cinema. For me, this is much more of a Sunday chill, curling up on those couches with the Mr or my friends, after catching up over brunch kinda place, over an evening out! But each to their own remember! 

I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Everyman Cinema, Liverpool - what film will you be heading to check out first?


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Until next time, 





*This post was in collaboration with Everyman Cinema. All thoughts and opinions are my own unless otherwise stated. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information. 

2 comments:

  1. THe halloumi burger sounds fab. I've been to two movies at Everyman, one on Sunday and another one yesterday and I loved it. I'm surely going to see more movies at Everyman. Nice to see that you've had a wonderful time too.

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  2. Hope you have a lovely Christmas! :) The drink couch thing is annoying. I went to gold class cinema in Oz and they had 2 recliners together with a table in the middle. Much better!

    Corinne x
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