The Cineworld is part of the new Friars Walk complex, a £90m development which has been many years in the coming but will hopefully turn the fortunes of Newport City Centre around. (They might have a H&M, but Cwmbran Shopping still has free parking, so I can say this with genuine feeling!) To be fair to Newport, it looks great, and there was certainly a good turnout for its opening night.
As for the cinema itself, it was everything you expect from a brand new multiplex. The wonderful Nidus Children's Choir performed, free bubbly flowed, and the Mayor cut the coolest film reel ribbon. Everyone got a bottle of water and a bag of Thomas Tucker gourmet popcorn for the showing too, which I thought was a really nice touch. We got to see a preview of the new Steve Jobs biopic, which opens nationally today.
The film has been a box office flop in the US, and a few people got up and walked out halfway through last night, but I enjoyed it. I really love the kind of time shift approach they used, and - as usual - I cried when they got to the (almost) present day section and regret for all those things you can never go back and change surfaced. Anthony thought it was rubbish, of course. (In his own words: So Steve Jobs... overrated, poorly made and ended leaving you think there should have been something more... the film wasn't the best either.)
It's inspired me to read up on computer evolution in general and the history of Apple in particular. I've been relying on the Epic Rap Battles of History version for far too long...