Kerces and I went to the Dendy Premier Lounge for a matinee show today and thought you might be interested in our observations.
â– Cost: $20 for an adult ticket
â– The seats are really, seriously schmick. Big and wide and with a button you can push to get a footrest and near prone reclining comfort.
â– To then get food and wine brought out (every pair of seats has a built in wine cooler) smacks as being the height of decadence. We had two dishes which were pricy for what they were, but were brought out with good timing as the movie went on. Beer prices were reasonable for Coopers.
â– Antipasto in darkness is a terrifying but exhilarating experience (came with our risotto balls).
â– No snuggling! There’s a pretty significant pillar between the seats so while there’s room to curl up on the recliner it’s a solo sort of thing.
â– Some would fear that the reclined seats would lead to sleeping. We can report that Kerces, a notorious sleeper during movies, managed to stay awake despite having been out well past her bedtime the night before.
â– Staffing appears to still be an issue, we wandered all the way to our seats without encountering any staff at all and being a little lost and bemused about what we were meant to be doing. That the actual seat layout is the reverse of what’s on their allocation screen added a bit to the confusion. In any event fully allocated seating demands an usher or there’s a real risk customers will come to blows over the prime seats. Having said that, when Kerces went to the bar to get some drinks (the push button service not being operational yet) the bar staff carried the drinks back for her and then showed us how to operate our seats.
â– We didn’t try to book in advance (something essential for a more popular time with fully allocated seating) and had enough cash on us to not need to chance their EFTPOS system. There have been reports of issues with these.
â– It was nice to see our earlier suggestion for the crowd control around the box office taken up, even if Dendy management are still to reply to our emails.
So, in conclusion:
â– For $5 more a ticket you get a whole lot more movie experience.
â– It would be a great lash out for a second date if the movie is right.
â– Being able to watch a movie and enjoy a drink without having to worry about bottles clinking and being shouted at by a snotty manager is a treasure beyond price in itself.
We’ll be going back.
(Also whatever you do, don’t go and see “Marie Antoinette”, aside from Kirsten Dunst’s oft flashed arse the film is vile, sickening even for the students of history)