For most film-loving Capetonians the Cinema Nouveau at the V&A Waterfront holds some very fond memories. It’s the place we go to inject a little bit of culture in our lives, a place to catch the latest indie films that might not otherwise make it to the big screen, and a place to meet with friends and family for a night out. For me, it was the sight of many a girl’s night with my favourite group of ladies so when I heard that the much-loved cinema complex was getting a facelift I could barely contain my excitement! And now, after quite a wait the new look has been revealed and all I can say is; “yowza!”
I got the chance to check out the new-look cinema, which opened to the public on 24 November, for myself last week and couldn’t believe the transformation. The now 3-story cinema looks like a completely different animal and is ready to offer a more luxury cinema offering to its discerning customers. With six theatres in the complex movie-goers can choose between a wide variety of art-house films ranging from the independent to the more big budget offerings.
The cinema also boasts a newly-designed foyer area with a self-service ticketing station and a snacks stand selling the usual popcorn and soft drinks. Head up the stairs and you will find a fancy pants new Nouveau Café area offering a delicious array of food and drinks, including bespoke coffee, cakes and organic chocolates, and a cheese platter for customers to enjoy before and after the movie. The menu will expand over the next few months to include a range of select red and white wines and craft beers, as well as gourmet café food items such as sandwiches, salads and burgers. I got to sample some of the eats and treats on the night and can confirm that the cakes are all kinds of delicious and coffees oh-so-good!
The new cinema complex really is something special and for people who enjoy the finer things in life is will definitely deliver!
After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.