Birmingham · UK

Free Everyman Cinema tickets…And the winner is?

Things I’ve won:

  • A donkey derby at Great Yarmouth when I was 9.  (Except I didn’t win.  I fell off.  Just before the end.  When I was in the lead.  Every other donkey and rider trampled over me)
  • A free holiday to compete in the final of the Haven Holidays KP Disco Junior Disco Dancing Competition when I was a precocious 14 year old Madonna wannabe.  Dad did not appreciate the six hour return journey to Hayle Sands in Cornwall.  Especially when I didn’t win.
  • Two ring-side tickets to a UK WWF Wrestling tour (in the days before it became WWE, when Macho Man Randy Savage and Ultimate Warrior were still alive, and when I still believed that Bret the Hit Man Hart could break my legs with a Sharpshooter…)
  • Day tickets to the V Festival in 2005 – Kaiser Chiefs, Maroon 5, The Zutons, Oasis.  And four hours to get out of the car park.
I may have been trampled on by this donkey.
I may have been trampled on by this donkey.

See, I don’t win often, but when I win, I win good.  And to add to this list – two free tickets to Birmingham’s Everyman Cinema for their first late-night Tarantino showing on Saturday night.  (Technically not sure I could be classed as a winner when the only effort I put in was to click the Retweet button.)  And so this is how Mr Fletche and I find ourselves getting ready to go out on a Saturday night long after we have usually put on our pyjamas, brewed the cocoa and settled down to some inane reality show/celebrity quiz show/James Bond repeat.

For anyone that doesn’t know, Everyman is a cinema, bar and diner, where cinema-goers can lounge on comfy sofas and order food and drink from the bar to be served whilst watching a movie.  It’s a bit like watching a movie in your living room – except you can’t pause the film to nip to the loo, and they may frown on you wearing your pyjamas and a facepack.  But at £12.50 a ticket, I must admit that I would struggle to justify paying these costs normally, especially as drink prices are also on a par with those at the surrounding Mailbox bars and restaurants (£5.20 for a small glass of wine, £5+ for a pint of locally produced Purity ale).

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But tonight the tickets are free.  So we splash out on drinks and order a pizza to share (the film doesn’t start til 11:30 ish – it’s been hours since our last meal).  We’re welcomed to the film personally by the venue manager – you don’t get that at Cineworld – and we’re treated to Tarantino clips, soundtrack and a quiz before the showing of Reservoir Dogs.  I am slightly worried about falling asleep, particularly once I’ve kicked off my shoes and sprawled across Mr Fletche, cuddling a cushion (quickly put down when I wander who else may have cuddled this cushion before me…).  But I make it through the movie without snoozing, snoring or salivating.

A snoozefest waiting to happen...
A snoozefest waiting to happen…

So thank you Everyman Cinema, and as an occasional cinema-goer rather than a regular, Everyman may well become our go-to venue.  And I’ll keep my eye out for more Twitter competitions to win.

N.B. Mr Fletche and I enjoyed thinking of alternative Tarantino themed “brands”.  We are thinking of starting a running club around a local lake and calling it “Reservoir Jogs”.  Or a horror movie festival in a seaside town in North Wales – “Kill Rhyl”.  Or a fruit and veg shop – “Mango Unchained”.

You can find out more about Everyman cinemas here

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