The Odeon is the only dedicated cinema in Maidenhead though an arts centre at Borden Farm just outside it does also show some films and Maidenhead is an easy drive to several other cinemas in nearby towns. The Odeon is located in Kings Street. This is in the heart of the town. I would say about three minutes walk would get you to the train station. There is no ability to pull up outside because the roads are either pedestrian only or too heavy with traffic. Luckily the Nicholson's shopping centre just across the way has a multi storey carpark attached to it. This is free to park in on a Sunday.
My visit was on a Saturday. I have always liked late screenings and have them available in my home patch. I was quite surprised then to see that the Saturday closing time for this cinema according to its website was only 9.30pm. So it was an afternoon showing for us in the end. The cinema seemed busy in the communal areas but my screening was only half full. I have no complaints about the sound or picture quality. As usual my tall long legged partner could have done with more legroom but width wise we found the seats satisfactory.
There are 8 full sized screens and two mini ones. All have some wheelchair places. We paid slightly more for our tickets than at my nearest cinema but were meeting friends who found it more convenient to meet in Maidenhead so we didn't mind.
Foodwise there is a Costa coffee on the ground floor. This was used by the public not going to the cinema too and this meant there were few seats left inside or out. Upstairs near the screens is a Ben and Jerrys. Next to the cinema there is a Pizza Hut.
As well as standard films the Odeon shows 3D ones and special live screenings of Opera and theatre shows. I would say it us an OK cinema with no reasons not to recommend it. I would use again if it was the most convenient one for me.
I don't know anything about Maidenhead to be honest, but I'm pretty sure this is the only cinema there. I was away staying at me girlfriends Nan's last week, and we wanted to go to the cinema. We went swimming first, which is why we were at Maidenhead in the first place.
Anyway, we got there at about midday, and couldn't wait to sit down and enjoy our movie... At the time we weren't one hundred percent sure what we wanted to see... I wanted to see the new Batman film, however my girlfriend hadn't seen any of the other Batman films and wanted to see them before spending £7 on seeing the newest one. So we decided we'd see that another time. We both wanted see Wall-E, and had both heard pretty good things about it - and we'd both been laughing at the films trailer the night before when we saw it on TV! So we'd finally decided what film we wanted to see.
From the outside, the cinema doesn't seem as impressive or big compared to the Vue cinema I usually go to in Cambridge. We walked through the doors, to find a large, virtually empty room. There was a really old arcade machine to the right, and to the left a small counter where you're meant to buy your tickets. There was no food or drink to be seen, and at the far end of the room was a few doors with numbers above them - obviously being the screen numbers. So at this point, we were both pretty unimpressed by what we saw. However, both wanting to see a movie after our morning swim, we looked up at the two plasma screens above the counter to find out what time our movie was being shown. Guess what? They weren't on! We saw a few other groups of people looking through a booklet with ODEON plastered on the front, so I walked up to the side of the counter and grabbed one for myself. I thought it was a bit silly how the small magazines with all the times and dates in were at the front of the queue.
I opened up the booklet, and at the top of the front page it stated: 'What's on at Maidenhead Cinema (August 2008):'. We were finally getting somewhere! Until of course, we started reading down the list. The list was quite long, probably had twenty odd films on it, and beside them were little boxes, some of which had little green ticks in them - these ticks state whether or not this particular movie is showing at Maidenhead Odeon. Out of all the films on this list, which included the likes of The Dark Knight, The Mummy, Mamma Mia, Wall-E, Kung Fu Panda and Hellboy II, about five different movies were selected. All of these films being the not so popular ones such as: Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and a few others. Although we wouldn't mind seeing them films, but as none of these received reviews good as some of the others, we didn't want to fork out £7 a seat to see them.
To make matters worse, the floors were dirty, there were no toilets in sight and well, it's just a really bad cinema! We never saw a movie that day, but we are going to see the new Mummy film later on this week, at a real cinema which sells popcorn!
For those that are crazy enough to want to visit such a poor 'cinema', here's the address and website:
0871 22 44 007
42-44 King Street