Advantages Comfortable, Clean, central, got character, great service and some choice films!
Disadvantages None-we Love a good cinema and this is one!
I have not travelled much in my years and it was a conscious decision I made one New Years Eve to try very hard to find a way to travel somewhere new in the world every so often. I have a real preoccupation with the Nordic countries and had set my heart on going to one of them on last years jaunt. My partner and I decided that we would go together on a short-break to Oslo, the reason being simply that I do have to travel as much on a shoestring as I can, and we were able to get very cheap flights out to Oslo Rygge airport with Ryanair from Stansted- I was a bit nervous however at how expensive it might be when we were over there-as it is rather renowned for that! We travelled in December 2011 in order to enjoy Oslo at Christmastime!
Well many of you may already know my partner and I are mad on film but more importantly cinema. We love to experience new cinemas, especially independent cinemas, and foreign film, festivals, the lot. It was something we set out to do at some point to go see a Norwegian film while we were in Oslo, if time so allowed, as well as very much wanting to visit the Film Museum there. Whilst in Oslo, we soon began seeing cinemas around the city, of which there were several, and it became apparent that they were all linked in a way that you often don't come across over here. Hence when you see listings in the paper, or in local media, they cover all the cinemas together and you can decide on a film and then see where its on to go to that cinema. It would appear that certain cinemas show certain films for instance the big blockbusters whereas another cinema will show the smaller, or art-house films, or mostly children's ones.
On the evening we decided to see a film, we headed into a couple of them to look at the listings before finally deciding upon a Norwegian film at the Vika Kino, and we headed over there. A lovely cinema it was too. The location is lovely, right on the doorstep of the Opera Concert house near some nearby shops, bars and restaurants. The entrance is what I would call a double-frontage place with glass windows and the cinema name in large letters above it. As you would expect in the windows there was advertising and promotional materials for several films which were soon to come. As we entered it was a very relaxed kind of place, which clearly attracted not just cinema-goers but also everyday cafe-goers as well with tables and chairs to the right hand side where people could relax with drinks and food, and chat. This was something that took me as liking to some independent places you come across in Britain for instance the Picturehouse at Cambridge, however a stark contrast to the chain places such as the Cineworld we frequent in Bedford, which lacks any kind of spirit or community character.
We looked up to the electronic listings screen on the far right, and saw the film we were considering, starting soon, however we started to doubt whether it was such a good idea to see a Norwegian film which had no English subtitles...
|Value for Money|
|Ease of getting around|
Attention, this is the first review from this author
Instead of giving a negative rating, consider:
Help this member by giving your advice
Report fraud (for example plagiarism) or other issue with the review to the Ciao support team
Add your comment