I’m not usually a huge fan of the cinema – huge containers of fizzy drink and the smell of stale popcorn aside, I just don’t like the whole corporate hard-sell feel of the places. We’re lucky in Norwich to have a cinema with a completely different vibe to that – the Picturehouse Cinema City.

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Cinema City Norwich is an intimate venue with 3 small screens (186 seats, 96 seats & 62 seats) showing both regular and 3D films. The seats are amazingly comfortable, it’s all clean and you almost feel like you’re a part of an exclusive event when you’re there. As well as big blockbuster films they also screen old classics, art house and cult movies. I’m pleased to see their Saturday morning Kids Club this week is The Princess Bride, a film every child should watch!

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The cinema is also lucky to have a restaurant and bar serving gorgeous food – my husband had a tasty burger and chips, I had a smoked salmon, prawn & cream cheese starter. Both dishes were excellent. The wine list is extensive and, as long as you swap your glasses for stem-less tumblers you’re welcome to take your drinks in to the film. The bar staff are ever so friendly too, we chatted to a lovely Californian guy who has been studying in Norwich for the past year but is soon off home to sunnier climes!


One of the best things about Cinema City has to be the membership option. For £32 you get a year’s membership which entitles you to 10% off tickets, food & drink as well as three free tickets and discounts at a number of other places – fab!

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening out at Cinema City and will definitely be signing up as members. Have you been to the Picturehouse Cinema City in Norwich? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments.