Vue Harrow recently reopened to the public with a brand new look, featuring The Recliner – luxurious soft leather seats in every screen, along with new Snacks and Seats and Touch Screens.
Last week, Harrow-born Singer-Songwriter and TV personality, Peter Andre, took a seat in-front of the big screen, as he enjoyed a night off in luxury at the St George’s Shopping Centre Vue.
Along with his children, Junior and Princess, and his brother’s family, Peter was invited to switch off from the outside world and escape to luxury, by being treated to a private screening in the comfort of Vue Harrow’s new-look venue.
Peter and the family relaxed in the site’s new padded leather Recliner chairs, complete with fold-away tray tables and fully stocked with their favourite film snacks, as they watched Rocky Balboa strive to regain the “eye of the tiger” in Rocky III.
Vue Harrow’s refurbishment has seen every seat in each of its 12 screens upgraded, creating the ultimate seat, screen and sound experience.
The foyers have also seen improvements, as now grabbing your favourite snacks couldn’t be easier with the introduction of the new Snacks and Seats Touch Screens – the quick and easy way to buy your food, drink and tickets. Just select your favourite snacks from the screen, get them from the collection point and then escape to luxury inside the screen.
Peter Andre said: “It was a genuine pleasure being invited to experience Vue Harrow’s upgraded venue.
“I know how important having a local cinema is because it provides a real escape from daily routines for everyone, and as a film-fan myself, I remember the excitement of going to a cinema to see new films with my family and friends.
“To me, watching a film on the big screen has always had a magical quality to it and it’s a genuine source of excitement when a film you want to watch is showing at the cinema. That’s why it was so great to see Rocky III back on the big screen.
“With all that’s going on right now, it was perfect to be able to go to Vue and switch off from the outside world for a little while – and in those new Recliner seats, it couldn’t be easier.”
Steve Rhind-Tutt, General Manager at Vue Harrow, said: “We couldn’t think of having anyone better along to mark the opening of our upgraded site, as Peter is a Harrow-local.
“We also know how busy Peter’s schedule is, so it’s our pleasure to be able to offer him the opportunity to switch off along with his family.”
Not only can customers at Vue Harrow escape to luxury in the ultimate seat, screen and sound, but they can do so in the safest possible way, thanks to the range of measures introduced by Vue to keep staff and customers safe.
These include a booking system with in-built physical distancing, reduced touch points, hand sanitiser throughout the site, and staggered film start and end times to avoid crowding.
Louise Baxter, Harrow BID manager said: “We are thrilled Peter enjoyed his trip home to Harrow Town Centre. Harrow is covid-secure with measures in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for everyone”.
Peter kindly gave Harrow Online the opportunity to sit down and discuss his roots in the borough, his thoughts on the new and improved Vue cinema and some of his favourite movie memories…
Harrow Online: What part of Harrow are you from and what are your earliest memories growing up here?
Peter Andre: Well growing up in Harrow was wonderful. My first ever school was Sudbury Primary School where we all attended. We emigrated to Australia when I was 6. My earliest memory was that we were the first to have a colour TV and all our friends wanted to come round and watch it!
Harrow Online: What did it feel like to return to Harrow?
Peter Andre: It was so nice to come back and bring my son Junior and my daughter Princess to the place where their dad, aunty, uncles and grandparents lived. We took a tour round the area with my older brother Danny and his family and ended up chilling out on the new recliners at Vue. Things have certainly changed since I was a kid to be able to relax in a cinema like this.
Harrow Online: What films do you remember watching in Harrow?
Peter Andre: The first Superman with Christopher Reeves – what a film. I loved the Rocky films growing up as well, and one of my favourites was Rocky III, which was the film I went to see at Vue. It took me right back to my childhood, my brother Danny couldn’t believe how emotional some of the scenes were watching it all over again! It was every bit as good as it was when it first came out and was so good to see it back on the big screen where it belongs.
Harrow Online: How often do you visit Harrow now?
Peter Andre: Sadly I don’t get back here very much, all my family have moved out of the area now and live between Australia, Cyprus and the UK but my brother’s in-laws live in Harrow so it gives me an excuse to head back.
Harrow Online: What do you think of the new VUE cinema site?
Peter Andre: It was so great to have a day out with my family and properly escape with a great film. All the new things we never had as kids, like the new recliner chairs, which are so comfy, and the touch screens which show technology at their best and make it so easy to pick all of your favourite food and drinks, really added to the experience.
“I’m so happy to see something like that in my home town. With all that’s going on right now, it was perfect to be able to go to Vue and switch off from the outside world for a little while.