Cineworld Christmas Gift Box £24.50
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Cineworld Christmas Gift Box £24.50

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Found 30th Oct 2014
It's back!!!!!!! The ever popular Christmas gift box for just £20 + £4.50 delivery

These make great gift ideas or for yourself to save a few bob for future shows.

Inside the box is:
2 x Adult 3D Tickets (£12.20 each normally)
1 x Voucher for 2 regular drinks and 1 regular popcorn (£9.60)
and 2 x "Merryteasers".

These normally sell out pretty quickly, so I'd grab one as soon as you can!!

Finally, the ticket vouchers start from Boxing Day and run till 30 June 2015.

48 Comments

Or buy in a Cineworld and save the £4.50 delivery!

these boxes are also available to buy on your local cineworld so you can save on your postage aswell

Or go to a Take two showing with tickets, food and drinks for £10.

Jonnyblock

Or go to a Take two showing with tickets, food and drinks for £10.


It's gone up to £11.

Nice

Heat given as this is a deal however... How can cinemas get away with charging a rrp of £9.60 for two fizzy drinks and some popcorn. It's scandalous!!

I hate to what their profit margins are!!!

mathewwhite

Heat given as this is a deal however... How can cinemas get away with … Heat given as this is a deal however... How can cinemas get away with charging a rrp of £9.60 for two fizzy drinks and some popcorn. It's scandalous!! I hate to what their profit margins are!!!



Their profit margins as a whole are around 8-9%. Hardly what I'd call scandalous - and I'd rather they made money from the extras I don't buy than put ticket prices up!

if you use this with the American Express members £5 off £15 spend, then it brings it down to £15 which is a decent deal

A quick Google search suggests that movie theatres in the USA charge over $8 for a box of popcorn with a calculated cost of 90 cents. Nothing to suggest it's not the same here in the UK.

As for fizzy water with colourings and flavourings, I can't imagine that costs more than a few pennies with the product being sold for pounds.

I can understand why so many people decide to smuggle in their own food and drink.

kingnpuk

if you use this with the American Express members £5 off £15 spend, then i … if you use this with the American Express members £5 off £15 spend, then it brings it down to £15 which is a decent deal



Is this available to everyone one the amex site?

kingnpuk

if you use this with the American Express members £5 off £15 spend, then i … if you use this with the American Express members £5 off £15 spend, then it brings it down to £15 which is a decent deal



Was thinking the same!

teh arn

Is this available to everyone one the amex site?



you need an applicable Amex card. Log into your account online, and goto card offers to see if you have it, most do

mathewwhite

A quick Google search suggests that movie theatres in the USA charge over … A quick Google search suggests that movie theatres in the USA charge over $8 for a box of popcorn with a calculated cost of 90 cents. Nothing to suggest it's not the same here in the UK. As for fizzy water with colourings and flavourings, I can't imagine that costs more than a few pennies with the product being sold for pounds. I can understand why so many people decide to smuggle in their own food and drink.



My understanding is that they make little profit on tickets so make it up on sweets, it doesn't really give the full story to just break it down like that.

You also have to factor in their general overheads (wages, rent, utilities etc) not just the cost of the raw materials.

I'm not saying it's a fair price, but it's not as disproportionate as you might think and as another poster said if it stops the ticket prices going up then I'm OK with it as I'm not really bothered about the sweets.

Google to find a local independent cinema and support them if you can. eg. The Electric Cinema in Wotton Under Edge charges £5-£6 all the time and sweets are £1 for a grab bag. Ditto the popcorn. Also the staff are over 18 years old and are allowed to smile (possibly because they are volunteers and are there because they want to be not on minimum wage). Shows the same films as the multiplex plus more interesting ones.

Local Vue is minimum £10 for a smallish screen (same size as the aforementioned independent) and what seems like 4 very unhappy staff running it most of the time. Same sweet bags are £4.

Just thought I'd put it out there. Heat for the deal anyway as it is cheaper than usual.

mathewwhite

A quick Google search suggests that movie theatres in the USA charge over … A quick Google search suggests that movie theatres in the USA charge over $8 for a box of popcorn with a calculated cost of 90 cents. Nothing to suggest it's not the same here in the UK. As for fizzy water with colourings and flavourings, I can't imagine that costs more than a few pennies with the product being sold for pounds. I can understand why so many people decide to smuggle in their own food and drink.



Precisely why in the US and in chains here such as Subway they offer free drink refills, the concentrated soda costs about 1 pence a cup, the other costs are associated with water carbonation as you say a few pennies in total.

kingnpuk

you need an applicable Amex card. Log into your account online, and goto … you need an applicable Amex card. Log into your account online, and goto card offers to see if you have it, most do



Logged into mine; must have forgot I added it to my card last week.

Think I'll give this a miss.
My local cinema does tickets for cheaper and 3D tickets for about £6.

Good price for those with no other option

callum9999

Their profit margins as a whole are around 8-9%. Hardly what I'd call … Their profit margins as a whole are around 8-9%. Hardly what I'd call scandalous - and I'd rather they made money from the extras I don't buy than put ticket prices up!



As an ex cinema manager who worked for one of the main chains, can say this is nowhere near

Food/Drink Profit on average ran between 70-80% profit - this was dependant on the product mix of sales. i.e.the more bags of sweets you sell, the lower the profit, due to the cost price on volume bought - this is why supermarkets can sell at a £1 a bag and still make profit based on their sheer volume buying power

However drinks and popcorn is where the cash is, approx 90+% profit

Yes, this doesn't include overheads and costs etc, but again on average after all the sales from food,drinks,booking fees, tickets etc etc, an overal profit of around 35-48% is achievable per cinema - possibly more

phoenix72

As an ex cinema manager who worked for one of the main chains, can say … As an ex cinema manager who worked for one of the main chains, can say this is nowhere nearFood/Drink Profit on average ran between 70-80% profit - this was dependant on the product mix of sales. i.e.the more bags of sweets you sell, the lower the profit, due to the cost price on volume bought - this is why supermarkets can sell at a £1 a bag and still make profit based on their sheer volume buying powerHowever drinks and popcorn is where the cash is, approx 90+% profitYes, this doesn't include overheads and costs etc, but again on average after all the sales from food,drinks,booking fees, tickets etc etc, an overal profit of around 35-48% is achievable per cinema - possibly more



The financial results of the major cinema chains beg to differ.
Edited by: "callum9999" 31st Oct 2014

callum9999

The financial results of the major cinema chains beg to differ.



Not surprising with people using Netflix, LoveFilm, Amazon Prime etc, but they will still be making a hefty profit

All have converted to Digital, so that is generally a 5year payback, which will be impacting bottom line

phoenix72

As an ex cinema manager who worked for one of the main chains, can say … As an ex cinema manager who worked for one of the main chains, can say this is nowhere nearFood/Drink Profit on average ran between 70-80% profit - this was dependant on the product mix of sales. i.e.the more bags of sweets you sell, the lower the profit, due to the cost price on volume bought - this is why supermarkets can sell at a £1 a bag and still make profit based on their sheer volume buying powerHowever drinks and popcorn is where the cash is, approx 90+% profitYes, this doesn't include overheads and costs etc, but again on average after all the sales from food,drinks,booking fees, tickets etc etc, an overal profit of around 35-48% is achievable per cinema - possibly more



That's what he was getting at......
I think you might have misread the comment.

phoenix72

Not surprising with people using Netflix, LoveFilm, Amazon Prime etc, but … Not surprising with people using Netflix, LoveFilm, Amazon Prime etc, but they will still be making a hefty profitAll have converted to Digital, so that is generally a 5year payback, which will be impacting bottom line



Yeah I agree - an 8% profit margin on revenues that large is a pretty decent profit. I just don't think it's as scandalous as people always claim it is.

Same with things like the rail network. People act like train tickets should only be a couple of quid whereas in reality, take away all the profit and the ticket prices could fall by a couple of percent at best.

Great deal, but its still much cheaper if you just wait for the movies cd/dvd to go on sale in the shops/online and watch it on tv.

A BBC consumer programme reported last year that Cineworld, Vue and the Odeon did allow customers to bring their own food into the cinema - so no need to smuggle! Incidentally, the same programme reported that Cineworld makes 1500% profit on their popcorn, which gives quite a lot of leeway for overheads.

Personally, I would pay a little more for a cinema which banned (and enforced) food, drink and phones. Who can't go without a snack for 90 minutes?

Fat people?

It's depressing that £20-£25 for two people to go to the cinema with snacks/drinks is a good deal these days. Still heat for posting but these price, just... ugh

bbc.co.uk/pro…ing

Cinemas are far too expensive, that's why the likes of Netflix, Lovefilm etc do so well.

Sure you don't get to see all of the films you want when they first come out but with tickets hitting over £10 per person for a film which can be less than 2 hours and then the ridiculous prices for snacks you can get over 2 months of unlimited netflix for the same price as 1 trip to the cinema!

Agree with earlier poster about independent cinemas which offer far better prices, service and selections of films.
Edited by: "blackbox2342" 31st Oct 2014

callum9999

Their profit margins as a whole are around 8-9%. Hardly what I'd call … Their profit margins as a whole are around 8-9%. Hardly what I'd call scandalous - and I'd rather they made money from the extras I don't buy than put ticket prices up!



That wasnt really the question though was it, its about value and as that poster rightly points out, the costs of drinks/snacks in cinemas is bordering on criminality. There was a time when I was way too proud (or stupid) to call by a Tesco (other supermarkets are available) en router and grab a bag of sweets for about 1/3rd of the cost .... now Im older and wiser, I loathe myself for emptying ludicrous sums of money on over-priced items

Another interesting article / video about cinema markups and prices.

bbc.co.uk/new…523

and this from the telegraph

telegraph.co.uk/fin…tml
Edited by: "blackbox2342" 31st Oct 2014

Holdsworth

Personally, I would pay a little more for a cinema which banned (and … Personally, I would pay a little more for a cinema which banned (and enforced) food, drink and phones. Who can't go without a snack for 90 minutes?



... cause we live in a free society. You'd have got on with Hitler like a house on fire

utdmorgan

Fat people?



Thats a little offensive really, fat people may be fat due to portion sizes at meals and may not eat snacks, or just have a bad diet so eat little but its packed with calories and fat.

When I have been to buffets in the past I struggle to eat more than 1 smallish sized plate of food(along with plate of salad before that and bowl of soup) yet its the thinner people 9 times out of 10 who I see with plates piled high and go back many times, I always remember the funny time once I saw a group of people who were eating when I got there and I counted going back 5-7 times a person(including the kids) all were skinny and there was me struggling to eat 1 plate of food and I am about 5 stone overweight, though with me I just have a bad diet and only eat in evening.

vanquished100

Google to find a local independent cinema and support them if you can. … Google to find a local independent cinema and support them if you can. eg. The Electric Cinema in Wotton Under Edge charges £5-£6 all the time and sweets are £1 for a grab bag. Ditto the popcorn. Also the staff are over 18 years old and are allowed to smile (possibly because they are volunteers and are there because they want to be not on minimum wage). Shows the same films as the multiplex plus more interesting ones.Local Vue is minimum £10 for a smallish screen (same size as the aforementioned independent) and what seems like 4 very unhappy staff running it most of the time. Same sweet bags are £4.Just thought I'd put it out there. Heat for the deal anyway as it is cheaper than usual.



Same here, where I grew up there was a cheap cinema that closed 8 years ago that was £4.70 MAXIMUM(i.e late matinee) £2.50 all day for students on a Tuesday, a large drink was like £1.70(which was still a mark up but still)

3 years before that a Vue opened up and everyone flocked to it despite it being like £10 a ticket then and it was £5 for a SMALL hot dog, £3.50 for the medium soft drink, but people were blinded by the fact it was a chain and flocked there.

Put it this way, anyone who over about 30 now remembered that cinema with love as it was family run and there for about 40 years(the building was about 80 years old) the bingo hall next door part of the same building had bands like the Beatles in the 60's, and I think Rolling Stones and other famous bands yet since it closed down and despite it being a listing building there has been a application to knock it down and build tiny flats for huge prices, when it was rejected all of a sudden they found "damage" to the building which means it has to be knocked down, how convenient(in the same town a 100 year old pub exploded a week after it was turned down for planning permission to turn it into flats, and a old barn next to a pub that wanted to expand into a hotel that was listed had a "accident" where it burned to the ground, just shows you what a backhand payment can get you in the town)
Edited by: "ryouga" 31st Oct 2014

marteee

That wasnt really the question though was it, its about value and as that … That wasnt really the question though was it, its about value and as that poster rightly points out, the costs of drinks/snacks in cinemas is bordering on criminality. There was a time when I was way too proud (or stupid) to call by a Tesco (other supermarkets are available) en router and grab a bag of sweets for about 1/3rd of the cost .... now Im older and wiser, I loathe myself for emptying ludicrous sums of money on over-priced items



Well if you take it out of context like that then yes, it is extortionate. But that's like getting free heart surgery on the NHS then moaning at the extortionate prescription costs you have to pay. While the pills may be expensive for what they are (I'm sure heart pills are generally more than the prescription cost but this is just hypothetical!), you got a pretty good deal overall.

My point was merely that if they didn't get such a high mark up on food and drink then the ticket price would need to be higher anyway. I don't know why anyone would be too proud to do that? Cineworld have a specific policy letting you take your own food in.

callum9999

Well if you take it out of context like that then yes, it is … Well if you take it out of context like that then yes, it is extortionate. But that's like getting free heart surgery on the NHS then moaning at the extortionate prescription costs you have to pay. While the pills may be expensive for what they are (I'm sure heart pills are generally more than the prescription cost but this is just hypothetical!), you got a pretty good deal overall. My point was merely that if they didn't get such a high mark up on food and drink then the ticket price would need to be higher anyway. I don't know why anyone would be too proud to do that? Cineworld have a specific policy letting you take your own food in.



Accepted. However Id rather see a small markup on the ticket price (after all, thats the product you're buying!) and get more into the whole cinema experience (im a romantic for nostalgia!) by being able to buy popcorn/snacks without feeling like id just been bent over and shafted. Dry.

kingnpuk

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Thank you I usually buy the cinema box for my teenage daughter, wasn't aware of the £5 off Amex offer which has now been saved to my account :-)

thanks

marteee

... cause we live in a free society. You'd have got on with Hitler like … ... cause we live in a free society. You'd have got on with Hitler like a house on fire

Okay you're either a troll, or completely ignorant as to who Hitler was. Asking for cinemas, or even screenings which do not allow food or drink, makes you think I'd get on with Hitler? Funny, I though having a choice of sitting in a cinema to enjoy a film without listening to munching, slurping and beeping would show a free society? Ironically, your generalised, judgemental, ignorant and extremely offensive comment allies you more with a fascist viewpoint then mine does.

It think cinema tickets are perceived expensive, but then i think about other entertainment activities, and it doesn't seem so much, say you want to do 90 minutes go karting, you still have the pre kart stuff, safety talks, queuing, could compare that to the lines and trailers in cinema, minute by minute I feel cinema is cheaper, especially comparing it to a football match, or even amateur drama productions.

Do miss the days of being a student and paying £3, but that was over a decade ago for me, and now I actually have money, to me this is a good deal! Although I normally just use Natwest cash back rewards for free tickets....

Fairly coooooool after this companies treatment of staff in london, refused to pay min wage and just fired the staff nice !!!

If you do no agree with the cinema ticket/food/drink prices then simple do not pay them.

We all have a choice and while we keep choosing to pay these high rates then they will continue to stay high.

I do not go to the cinema because I find it to expensive plus I don't like having to put up with poor seating and other people so I wait then rent/buy it few months later saying me £ plus it is in the comfort of my home.

Cinemas always play the not making money card it's load of rubbish if that was the case they would close plus how do they keep upgrading equipment which costs a lot of money (biggest cinema scam in this country is imax only 5 screens in UK are proper imax the rest are liemax)

If the food/drink was a reasonable price say £2 for a large drink, as opposed to nearly double that, then I'd be more than happy to get food/drink every time I went to the cinema rather than take my trench coat on a hot summers day.

Sure profit margins would decrease but as they're so high on basics like popcorn and drinks anyway, imo they'd make lots more through increased sales.

And why can't the screens all be the same size seeing as you pay the same amount regardless?!

You are allowed to take food and drink in legally don't have to wear long coat or take big bags. Tuesday and Wednesday are cheapest day to watch any film
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