PELL CITY -- The reviews are in, and Premiere Cinertainment is a blockbuster hit.
“I give it an A-plus,” said Caran Wilbanks, of Pell City, who is also a local realtor.
Wilbanks and her friends watched Crazy Rich Asians on the big screen at the new Premiere Cinertainment on Vaughan Lane, near the Walmart Supercenter.
Wilbanks described the movie as a “chick flick.” She said the new entertainment center is going to be “fantastic for Pell City.”
“It’s going to be great,” she said. “It’s state-of-the-art.”
Wilbanks said there was plenty of room inside the theater for guests. She said even when you recline in your seat, there is still room between your seating and walkways.
“There is plenty of arm space between the seats,” Wilbanks added.
She also said the arcade is fantastic, and the ropes course in the main lobby really caught her attention.
“I’m going to have to do it,” Wilbanks said. “I will go back in the middle of the day when nobody is around.”
The new facility has a 12-lane bowling alley, a café area and bar.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Wilbanks said.
She said people who are not computer savvy can buy their tickets, drinks and food the old-fashion way, so people should not be timid about going to the new $9 million facility.
The entertainment center opened Thursday with a free movie day featuring releases from last summer. The facility will begin showing current releases today.
“I absolutely loved it,” said Sharon Thomas, a former City Council member who served on the council when the deal to bring the entertainment center was sealed. “It’s really amazing, very impressive.”
Thomas said she was surprised that Premiere Cinertainment offered self-service for drinks and popcorn, and she was also impressed with the theater.
The facility has seven theaters that seat 100-150 people.
“Where else, besides home, can you sit in a recliner and watch a movie?” Thomas said. “You even have a place to put your drink and food. It’s great.”
She said the opening of Premiere Cinertainment was huge for Pell City.
“It’s a very big deal,” she said. “We haven’t had a theater here in many, many years. Now we have one right here at home.”
She added that people could not get over what they saw at the new facility. “I think everybody was in awe with what was there.”
Larry Daugherty said he has been to plenty of movie theaters, but he has never seen anything like the Premiere Cinertainment in Pell City.
“I thought it was one of the most fabulous things I’ve been to in recent times,” Daugherty said. “I’ve never seen so much entertainment in one venue.”
He said the staff was courteous and helpful with getting your movie tickets.
Daugherty said he watched Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on the big screen.
“The surround sound is great,” he said. “It sounded like the dinosaurs were running over you.”
He said the new Premiere Cinertainment was something that was needed for the kids and families.
Daugherty, Wilbanks and Thomas all said they believe the facility will help attract other businesses and new restaurants to Pell City.
“It’s really going to make Pell City a premiere destination,” Daugherty said.