Fortunately, the lovely, business-minded people at Cineworld have carefully crafted their picture theatre on Southbury Road into a movie-going paradise, destroying any inclination to stray over to the Vue in Finchley or the Odeon in Pickett's Lock.
Everything about the Enfield Cineworld seems to be designed around futuristic luxury. The building isn't much to look at from the carpark but the front is a curvy spaceship-type-structure; all clean glass and shiny metal. The Sci-Fi look continues inside with a spacious lobby decorated in deep blue and chrome.
Included in this magical space are fancy ticket-buying machines for those who don't like talking to people, massage chairs, an arcade area and lots and lots of food. The movie snacks are, sadly, as high-priced as any cinema but there are the options of Ben and Jerry's and Pick'n mix (closely guarded to avoid intrusive sticky fingers) so I've made my peace with it.
Past the lobby are 10 all-singing, all-dancing screens, including one for the high-def wonder of Imax and options for people who are blind or hard of hearing. Back when the cinema was a UGC (I'm showing my age now) there were quite significant heating problems where you would either come out with a sun tan or frostbite, but thankfully that's all fixed now and the temperature and seating are all arranged at the height of comfort, with room to accommodate people of all shapes, sizes and inclinations towards misanthropy. Upstairs there are five more screens, extra toilets and a swanky bar with wide windows in prime people-watching position overlooking the busy junction.
The cinema will occasionally have events, including Church Services and book signings that tie in with current releases. As well as hosting the latest and greatest movie hits they also run a Kid's Club where children's films can be viewed for £1 on Saturday mornings and in school holidays. You can even hire out the venue for private parties. For more information on the facilities and location click here.
Parking spaces at the multiplex are easy to find, with a free underground car park (with a lift that lands you right in the middle of the lobby) as well as an outdoor one shared with Pizza Hut. The area is also the home of Southbury Leisure Centre, TGI Fridays and Harvester where you can park during peak viewing times if necessary.
As well as these restaurants there are plenty more places to eat and drink in the area, ensuring plenty of choice for multiple evenings' entertainment. In the retail park opposite you will find McDonalds, Costa and a very large Krispy Kreme where you can watch the doughnuts being made on the conveyer belt before eating them (don't forget to ask for a free one when the light is on). Opposite Cineworld on Southbury Road is the lovely Southbury Pub which also serves food, and Enfield Town and all its treasures is only a fifteen minute walk up the road.
If you're a movie-lover looking for a night out or an afternoon's entertainment, this is the place to do it.