Monday, 6 October 2014

Gold Class Cinema - Luxurious Fun Indulgence or Overpriced Hype?

Gold Class Cinema is advertised as "the ultimate world of luxury cinema" but does it live up to its advertising? My son and I put it to the test last week during the school holidays at Events Macquarie.



Our main reason for choosing Gold Class was because my son recently injured himself and the specialist advised him to avoid sitting upright for too long. We found the Gold Class large recliners to be comfortable, easy to adjust and perfect for his needs. 


The Gold Class food and beverage menu was comprehensive. The food appeared to all be finger food so thankfully there was no annoying clinking of cutlery during the movie. The waiters delivered the food at our choice of time and moved around the cinema silently. Due to the layout of the recliners they did not hinder the movie viewing experience at all.

One complaint regarding the food was the tempting aroma of the french fries and onion rings the couple next to us ordered making us wish we had ordered these too!

My son and I both ordered from the Oriental menu. He chose the Peking Duck pancakes with hoi sin sauce and shallots ($19) whilst I selected the steamed chicken and garlic chive dumplings with soy fusion ($13). Both were served in bamboo steamer baskets and seemed overpriced for the amount of food we received (6 pancakes, 6 dumplings). The Peking Duck pancakes were small but absolutely delicious whilst my dumplings were quite average in taste. It was also a bit tricky using the dipping sauce in a recliner, in the dark, without spilling any on myself!

Some of the other menu options included pork sliders, fish 'n' chips, pizzettes (gluten free available), nachos, seafood platter, King Island cheese platter, vegetarian mezze platter, dessert tasting platter and a Lindt chocolate menu.



I thought the Gold Class ticket price of $39.50 each was expensive. There was no discount for children. In addition, for the privilege of booking these tickets online ourselves, selecting our own seats, printing our own tickets and paying online we were charged an extra $3.25 per ticket. 

I can't understand how Events can justify charging a booking fee per ticket for basically doing nothing! Why is it more expensive to book online than to buy the tickets using their ticket seller on site? And why did we then need to line up, admittedly in a priority queue, to receive an official ticket when we had already selected a seat and printed a ticket at home? For concert tickets you print the ticket at home and that's it! Surely there could be a similar system at Events?

Would I go Gold Class again?
I did enjoy the comfort of the Gold Class luxury recliners and more intimate cinema experience. It definitely met my son's injury needs which a regular cinema would not have, and overall we did have a fun experience. I didn't appreciate the over priced food, ticket and online booking prices. So my answer would be that yes, I would return to Gold Class for a special date night, but not in a hurry. I wouldn't take my children to Gold Class except in similar extenuating circumstances.

Have you experienced Gold Class cinemas? What did you think? Would you return again?


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Ingrid

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18 comments:

  1. I haven't been to the movies in FOREVER. I think I'll have to make my return via Gold Class. Love some luxury viewing.

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  2. Love going to gold class but your right sooo expensive especially when you factor in the booking fee and cost of food and drinks they even up the price of tickets on weekends and school holidays. We only ever go if it's a special occasion and always try and go during the week when tickets are only $20 each!

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    1. I didn't realise the tickets were more expensive during the school holidays! $20 sounds reasonable compared to the $39.50 each I paid.

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  3. I have been to Gold Class cinemas but only because we were given the vouchers as a gift. I agree they are overpriced and am glad that a new chain, Limelight cinemas, have come to our area with tickets less than half that price and the same 'Gold Class' setup!

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    1. I hope a Limelight cinema opens near me too!

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  4. I ADORE Gold Class but just as a treat, it's quite pricey but being able to put your feet up and drink a glass of bubbly is my idea of a good night! Emily, visiting as part of #teamIBOT

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    1. Gold Class is a luxurious treat! I'd indulge more often if it was cheaper!

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  5. I've never been gold class, but I don't think I would either for that price. I have recliners at home :)

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    1. A comfy recliner at home, a cool drink, a good show on the telly ...... Much cheaper!

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  6. I've been a couple of times on date nights and loved it!! But yes, it does have to be for something special!!

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    1. Let's hope more Limelight cinemas which Eva commented about open up around the country!

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  7. I love Gold Class but save it for special occasions or movies that I am dying to see (like the final 2 Hunger Games movies, I'll probably go GC for them), but I couldn't justify it all the time, it really is exceptionally overpriced. In fact I can't even justify going to the movies very often because even normal class is seriously expensive and I can't justify the price when I can just watch a movie at home via the DVD store or Foxtel on demand. My husband and I generally only go if we've been given movie money for a gift, and even then we still have to add in money to pay for it all!

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    1. I definitely agree with you Kylie. I wish movies in general were cheaper!

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  8. I've never been to Gold Class but anywhere that offers dumpling is likely to entice me. Yum!

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  9. Our local cinemas have a "Deluxe" experience which is similar, you have to be over 18 though as they serve alcohol.

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    1. Gold Class serves alcohol. Under 18s need to be accompanied by an adult.

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