Frequently Asked Questions
About film certificates and admission policies
“U” – Universal; suitable for all.
“PG” – Parental Guidance
General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children.
“12A” – 12 Accompanied.
No one younger than 12 may see a “12A” film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult, and “12A” films are not recommended for a child below 12. An Adult may take a younger child if, in their judgement, the film is suitable for that particular child. In such circumstances, responsibility for allowing a child under 12 to view lies with the accompanying adult.
“15” – No one younger than 15 may see a ‘15’ film in a cinema.
“18” – No one younger than 18 may see a ‘18’ film in a cinema.
In some cases, yes. ID may be required for 12A, 15 & 18 certificate films. For proof of age we accept Young Scot cards, photocard driving licenses and cards issued by http://www.validateuk.co.uk/ Student ID is required when purchasing student tickets. In the event of a dispute, the cinema manager's decision is final.
We have launched a new “teen” rate for our customers aged 15, 16 & 17. So you no longer have to pay full adult price at 15. Child price is charged for children aged 3 to 14 inclusive and full adult price is payable from age 18 up.
It is a condition of our licence that no one under the age of 15 may be admitted to a 15 certificate film. Sorry.
About film programming
The film distributors do not allow us to issue free tickets to any film within the first two weeks of release. These films are indicated on all our advertising as (FLS). Free passes can not be used against these films. Occasionally there are films where the distributor has requested we suspend the free list for longer than two weeks, although this is now uncommon.
There are loads of details on all the films we are currently showing and coming soon on this very web site!
Most cinemas in the UK work a Friday to Thursday week. Each Monday the entire industry sits down, has a coffee, maybe a donut or two, and decides the full programme of films and times for the following week. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Really, it’s not. Deciding what films to show and when to show them involves taking into account dozens of variables including but not restricted to: the availability of films, a films certificate and running time, what demands the distributor is making and what we feel is the best time to show a film, how many shows to run, whether to show in 3D or 2D, which screen to show the film in, and then we need to throw into the mix all the films which are ‘holding over’ from the previous week. Sometimes we have 12 slots and 15 films to slot into them. Believe us, it’s not easy!
We endeavour to have that information on our web site and available to our telephone call handlers by 6pm each Monday. Sometimes little things like Bank Holidays get in the way of that and it can run to Tuesday before the programme is confirmed, but this is not often.
There are currently about 700 full-time cinema’s in the UK, with about 1700 screens. Some “limited release” films are released on very small “print runs” of perhaps fifty or a hundred prints. On the other hand some “blockbuster” films are released on over 500 prints. Providing a print run is over 250 to 300, we are usually able to secure a print on release. But this is determined on a film-by-film basis and is not guaranteed.
These dates may relate to release dates in other world “territories” such as the United States.
About digital and 3D cinema
We do! All four screens at the Pavilion feature digital picture and sound, giving you the best possible cinema experience.
We do! The films which are showing in 3D are clearly shown on our splendid home page.
No, sorry. Our 3D system works differently than most other cinemas. Our glasses are quite technical and include two lcd screens, a battery and some fancy electronics to synchronise the glasses to the cinema screen – and cost us about £50 each! So, these glasses must be returned at the end of each screening.
No, sorry, they won’t work with our 3D system.
Yes, very much so. After every wear each pair of glasses is cleaned and sanitised in a disinfectant solution.
About disabled access
Yes, in cinema 1, we have a Williams Sound infra red based hearing assistance system. There are two options; one is simply a pair of headphones which amplify the speech channel in the film, and one is a personal induction loop system for use with hearing aids.
We currently show one subtitled film per week. This film is shown on our home page showtimes grid as "Subtitled". We are reviewing our policy of audio described screenings and hope to have more news soon.
About web and telephone bookings
Yes. All data passed between your browser, our server and our card processing partner is secure and encrypted.
Web and telephone bookings attract a 50p per ticket booking fee. The booking fee helps us off-set the cost of running (and keeping updated) a computerised booking system and the cost of credit/debit card charges.
No, sorry, web and telephone bookings can only be made by credit or debit card.
No, sorry. All web and telephone transactions are final. If you are unable to make the film you have booked for, at the managers discretion we may offer to transfer your booking to another film or performance – but only up to the furthest away date that is currently programmed into our system.
For your security we prefer the card used to make the booking is also used to collect the booking. However, we do realise sometimes parents want to book for their kids but obviously don't want to give their card away for their kids to loose it somewhere. So, when you make a telephone booking, you can ask for the booking reference number. You can then use this number to collect the tickets without the need to present the card. When you book online, you can print out your booking confirmation screen at the end of the booking, then show that to the cashier to collect your booking. Very soon we will be emailling our customers a booking confirmation, and this can also be used to collect bookings.
We try to offer as varied a programme of films as possible, within the constraints of only 4 screens (bear in mind there are on average over 10 films released per week!) Sometimes this means your chosen film may not be showing on the exact day you wish to see it. Our full programme can be seen on our home page.
All web and telephone bookings can be collected from the box office during our normal opening hours. Our box office normally opens 20 minutes before the first film each day.
When booking by telephone, at the end of the booking the operator will say “that booking is confirmed for you.” When booking on the web, you will receive a confirmation screen stating that the booking is confirmed. There is no need for you to contact us to ‘re-confirm’ a booking.
Normally tickets go on sale the Monday (about 6pm) before a film opens on a Friday. However, the industry seems to be crazy at the moment with Wednesday/Monday/Thursday sometimes Saturday openings of films! So, we aim to have tickets on sale from 6pm on the Monday before the film opens during the following Friday to Thursday week.
No, sorry. Web and telephone bookings are final and can not be cancelled. If you are unable to make the film you have booked for, at the managers discretion we may offer to transfer your booking to another film or performance – but only up to the furthest away date that is currently programmed into our system.
Please call us on 01896 752767 and ask for a manager, we’ll do everything we can to resolve the situation as soon as possible.
Yes. But as we operate a “first come, first served” choice on seating, please don’t turn up at 1 minute before the start time for the opening night of the new James Bond film and expect to find two seats in the middle of the cinema hall. The earlier you’re here, the better choice of seats you will have!
No sorry. If you have a group coming for a birthday or other celebration, we can arrange a ticket/sweets package, and ‘rope off’ a section of the cinema hall so you can all sit together. Call us on 01896 752767 to discuss.
Please call a cinema manager on 01896752767 to discuss how we can help you with your specific requirement.
If we’re asked nicely! As a local cinema, we are happy to support our local community and charities and fundraising events etc. with a couple of free tickets for you to raffle etc. Please send a letter stating what your event is, who is organising it, what day the event is being held on and the location of the event to; Neil Poole, Pavilion Cinema, Market Street, Galashiels. TD1 3AF. Please allow 14 days to process your request and get your tickets out to you. Please note the issue of tickets is at our discretion and is not guaranteed.
We have a few advertising opportunities in the cinema. On the screen, on the back of our tickets being the most notable. In the first instance, please contact a manager on 01896 752767 to discuss.
Our “About us” page on our web site has all the details on any current vacancies.
Not at the moment. Sorry.
It is! We sell gift vouchers with a face value of £5 and they can be bought in person at the box office or call us on 01896 752767 to purchase by phone. Telephone orders attract a £2 post/packaging/handling fee for UK mainland orders. Telephone orders are sent by recorded delivery to your nominated address, and this does NOT have to be the address of the person placing the order.
The posters are usually archived and the standees are usually sent for recycling.
Whilst we don’t stop you, we really prefer you not to. We offer a range of confectionery products at reasonable prices within the industry – bear in mind we are NOT a Multi-national multiplex! – and we really prefer you purchase our products rather than bringing in your own. Imagine taking a Burger King into a McDonalds – McDonalds wouldn’t be too keen! Clearly, any foodstuffs which are required for dietary/health purposes are perfectly acceptable.
Hot food can NOT be brought into the pavilion under any circumstances.
For our cinema customers we prefer to offer a “first come, first served” choice of where to sit in the cinema hall. The majority of our Pavilion*Arts programme is allocated seating.
Babies who are not yet walking may be brought into the cinema free of charge (but please remember they are not allocated a seat). Out of consideration of the other customers, we would ask that any baby who is causing a disturbance is removed from the cinema hall. Once a child is walking we expect you to pay our “Under 3” rate. From age 3 to 14 inclusive children are charged at “Child” rate.
Unaccompanied children are welcome – providing they possess the social skills required to behave appropriately.
Smoking an e-cigarette is not permitted in our cinema auditoriums. However, you may smoke an e-cigarette in the corridors or foyer. Smoking normal cigarettes is, of course, not permitted inside any public building in Scotland.
As a courtesy to your fellow audience members, and to prevent film theft, we ask that customers do not enter any cinema auditorium using any 'wearable technology' capable of recording images. Any customer found wearing such technology will be asked to remove it and may be asked to leave the cinema.