I’ve chatted before about the fun of going to a cinema matinee now we are retired and the thrill of this simple pleasure that feels almost illicit hasn’t worn off despite it being two years since we last went out to work! But an 11.00 showing at the cinema, that felt like a whole different experience. We had never been to the cinema so early before, would this feel even more sinful than watching daytime TV? Would the people of Salford and Manchester judge us harshly? It turns out it doesn’t really matter what time of day I go to the cinema, once those house lights are down I am immersed in the world of the film with no distractions and the hour is pretty irrelevant.
The Odeon Cinema in Manchester has a Silver Cinema deal on a Tuesday morning. For just £3 you get to see a film, get a free cup of tea or coffee and a couple of custard creams! What’s not to like. The only hurdle is that you have to be there at 11.00. On their website the Odeon note that these showings are for over 55s and we were somewhat disappointed when no one checked our ID! I reckon anyone in their 50s could sneak in and enjoy an affordable cinema trip.
It was a wet and blustery Tuesday morning when we turned up to see Bohemian Rhapsody. We had intended to see this film anyway but hadn’t got round to it and spotting that we could get to see it for £3 each was a real frugal bonus. It turns out we aren’t the only retired people in Greater Manchester that can get their act together by 11.00 in the morning and there were a few of us shaking the rain off our raincoats and queuing up for the drinks and biscuits as the staff members woke up the cinema for another day.
Of course, we knew this film was never going to have a happy ending but a few hours later we emerged red-eyed from so much weeping into lunchtime Manchester. The movie was occasionally uplifting and funny but ultimately sad and, of course, is packed with good songs.