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07 Dec, 2010

25 Days of Christmas: Day 5 and a giveaway (!)

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|Giveaways and product reviews

Our activity for day five was not Christmassy in the least. In fact, I didn’t even get around to stuffing the envelope.

Naturally it came up as we ate Sunday breakfast. The girls asked what we were going to be doing.

“Guess,” I said. “It’s one of your favourite things to do.”
“See a movie?!” exclaimed Sarah.
“Harry Potter?!”

They know me pretty well. And they keep tabs on the mailbox.

We received tickets and an invitation to check out the new UltraAVX cinema at the Coliseum Cineplex on Carling Avenue. We were allowed to choose whatever movie we wished, and we decided that Harry Potter would be a good one to try out. UltraAVX (more info here) is being billed as the biggest new theatregoing experience: big screen, big sound, big chairs. In a nutshell, liked it, but I have to be totally honest and say that visually I couldn’t see much of a difference. I was expecting something akin to HD, and it wasn’t. The picture looked close to normal. The major difference for me was in the quality of sound. At first I was afraid that it was going to be just “regular” sound turned up a few notches (in fact, upon entry the commercials seemed excessively loud) but we quickly learned that the sound was really super-surround (that is not the technical term for it) with extra booming bass – which meant that when He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named was bent on destruction we could feel the drama deep in our ribcages.

Seating for the AVX films is reserved. We wondered whether we’d be able to get into the Sunday matinee (we left late, with only 20 minutes to spare) but needn’t have worried. We chose our seats at the front cash, which I have to say was odd because it took me a couple of minutes to make heads and tails of the schematic of the theatre, and a couple of extra minutes to figure out where to sit.  I predict that this process is going to create delays when it gets really busy. ALSO, I assumed, because it was a new theatre, that there would be no bad seats. I was surprised to see they hadn’t dispensed with the neck-straining front row. (Who can watch a movie from that vantage point without hurting themselves??) 

The seats are comfy, and are wide recliners that are reminiscent of home-theatre style seating.

Anyway, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part 1!) was a perfect film to catch on the big screen. It is totally immersive. But the question remains, would I pay the few dollars extra to see other movies in AVX? I’m not sure … but you can find out for yourselves! I have a package of four tickets to give away to one lucky Ottawan.

All you have to do is leave your name in the comments below.  Please note:

  • This giveaway is for Ottawa residents only.
  • I realize that some people might want to leave a comment about the post but don’t want the tickets. So if you want the tickets please make sure you say so. If you haven’t clearly stated that you want the tickets I will leave your name out of the drawing.
  • One entry per person please. Let’s keep it fair.
  • The prize is four tickets. You do not have to be a family of four. You can be a couple that just wants to go to the movie two times. :) But there will be only one winner.
  • The four tickets are good until November 30, 2011.
  • I will do a random draw of all entries at noon EST on December 14, 2010.
  • I will notify the winner via email, so make sure you leave a valid address.
  • I will be asking the winner for his/her mailing address so I can send the tickets via snail mail. And I won’t be held responsible if they’re lost or delayed in the mail.

Over to you!

This post is part of our 2010 Family Advent, a.k.a 25 Days of Christmas. You can read more about that here.

70 Responses to "25 Days of Christmas: Day 5 and a giveaway (!)"

2 | Suze

December 7th, 2010 at 2:11 pm


Not that your post wasn’t lovely or anything, but really, I’m commenting because I want the tickets =P

Also, I really, really, really want to see Harry Potter, but I’ve not been much of a movie-goer lately. This might just be the kick-in-the-pants that I need.

3 | jane

December 7th, 2010 at 2:16 pm


I would LOVE the tickets!!

4 | Joy

December 7th, 2010 at 2:17 pm


Please enter me in the draw for the tickets – thank you!

5 | Mel

December 7th, 2010 at 2:17 pm


I would love the tickets! It would be a good excuse to get a babysitter and go out with my hubby. Thanks for the chance!

6 | Erica

December 7th, 2010 at 2:29 pm


I’ll toss my name into the hat. I can think of a few people who’d love to try out the latest, greatest moviegoing experience. Hee! :)

7 | Chrissy

December 7th, 2010 at 2:37 pm


I would love the tickets! We haven’t been to a movie in ages (since before the kids were born, I think – and the oldest is now 4.5)!

8 | Tammy

December 7th, 2010 at 3:00 pm


Sounds great! I’m in :)

9 | Pamela

December 7th, 2010 at 3:00 pm


What a great surprise that would be for my gang!
Please enter my name
Thank you

10 | Krista

December 7th, 2010 at 3:03 pm


Sounds great – please put my name in the draw.


11 | Kerry

December 7th, 2010 at 3:07 pm


Very interesting! Please include me!

12 | Katie

December 7th, 2010 at 3:17 pm


I saw Harry Potter in AVX as well. I liked that we could reserve our seats on line ahead of time so we showed up at the movie theater just before it started. I found the sound a bit loud but got used to it. Also, I noticed that there wasn’t as many flaws in the picture (less dust specs, etc). I think I would do it again but only for big movies.

Please put my name in the draw too!

13 | Bob LeDrew

December 7th, 2010 at 4:02 pm



14 | Jes

December 7th, 2010 at 4:03 pm


I would like to be entered in the draw! I love the movies!

15 | Jackie

December 7th, 2010 at 4:06 pm


I would love the tickets! I hope I win. We went and saw Harry Potter in the new theatre too, and the sound was very intense. There were some teenagers who couldn’t handle it !!

16 | Kimberly

December 7th, 2010 at 4:07 pm


Yes, please enter me into the draw for the tickets.

17 | Susan

December 7th, 2010 at 4:18 pm


Hi. Please enter me in the draw too!

18 | Carly

December 7th, 2010 at 4:32 pm


Sounds like fun – we love the movies. Please enter me in the draw for the tickets. And thanks for the giveaway!

19 | Sonya

December 7th, 2010 at 4:41 pm


Please enter me in the draw!

20 | Cheryl

December 7th, 2010 at 4:44 pm


Please enter me in the draw. Thanks

21 | Faustina

December 7th, 2010 at 4:48 pm


Enter my in the draw. Hubby and I are celebrating 10 years together on New Years’ (yes we met at a party) and we love movies. And we love a night away from kidlets.

22 | Edumama

December 7th, 2010 at 4:50 pm


Would love a movie night! Thanks

23 | Jennie

December 7th, 2010 at 5:06 pm


This sounds like fun, throw my name in the pot too please :)

24 | Hellcat13

December 7th, 2010 at 5:09 pm


I will take a chance for the tickets! I still haven’t been to see Harry Potter, and it would be fun to treat my nephew to a day at the theatre. He’d love to see it too.

25 | Lisa

December 7th, 2010 at 5:11 pm


Please enter my name in the draw. Thanks!

26 | Tanya

December 7th, 2010 at 6:02 pm


Ooooo that’s the theatre where you can reserve your seats too I think. Thank you for the draw Andrea please include me.

PS what did you think of HP7p1? I’m a huge geeky fan and loved it, loved it, love it!! :)

27 | Alison in Ottawa

December 7th, 2010 at 7:14 pm


Please enter me too. I would love to see Harry Potter and I am really looking forward to Voyage of the Dawn Treader and I hope to see Tangled this weekend. It’s nice there are movies out I want to see, sometimes there are no movies out that would entice me out of the house.

28 | Ryan

December 7th, 2010 at 8:21 pm


When I was in Taiwan, the theatres only sold by reserved seating. I had a friend who knew all the best seats and where the AC ducts were and would request specific seats based on which theatre the movie was in.

Also, I used to sit in the front row in university and slouch deep into the seats. Pretty comfy, as far as I remember.

Lastly, sign me up!

29 | Meghan

December 7th, 2010 at 9:10 pm


Count me in for the draw!

30 | Lynn

December 7th, 2010 at 9:12 pm


I want the tickets! I want the tickets!

Too much?

31 | Natasha

December 7th, 2010 at 9:12 pm


I would love to be entered!

32 | Jen

December 7th, 2010 at 9:25 pm


Oh, I’d love me some tickets! Count me in the draw please :-)

33 | Redheadedmama

December 7th, 2010 at 11:03 pm


Enter me in the draw too, please!

34 | Jen

December 7th, 2010 at 11:54 pm


Please enter me in the draw. Thanks!

35 | canuck_grad

December 8th, 2010 at 12:22 am


Can a non-Ottawa resident enter on behalf of an Ottawa resident? If so, please enter me! My BFF lives in Ottawa, and I’d love to win these for her. Her bday is in January, so these would be a nice surprise for her!

36 | Amy

December 8th, 2010 at 9:28 am


The only thing better than a night out at the movies is a free night at the movies! Please sign me up. Thanks.

37 | Jane

December 8th, 2010 at 11:17 am


Please sign me up. My friends went to see it last weekend in the new theatre and said it was AWESOME!


38 | Kaitlin

December 8th, 2010 at 11:21 am


My niece is in the same boat as Sarah and Emma with respect to movie-going. So is my husband. I, however, just can’t get into a movie. So, winning the tickets would be a good onus for us to go. Or, perhaps for my niece and her uncle to have a few afternoons out :)

40 | LucieLucie

December 8th, 2010 at 12:00 pm


I would love those tickets! Please :-)

41 | Shannon

December 8th, 2010 at 12:05 pm


I’ve yet to see the new Harry Potter and would love to go. Please enter me! Thanks!

42 | Jen_nifer

December 8th, 2010 at 12:07 pm


Me please! I hope this is one of those great movie-going experiences that do not require goofy glasses.

43 | meanie

December 8th, 2010 at 1:11 pm


I’d love the tickets, as would the rest of the fam….

44 | Valerie

December 8th, 2010 at 1:35 pm


Please count me in – we’ve been wanting to try that theatre and to see that movie!

45 | Patricia

December 8th, 2010 at 2:48 pm


I’d love to win the tickets! I’m just weaning DD and looking forward to being able to go to movies again!

46 | kimmer

December 8th, 2010 at 3:23 pm


my husband would DIE to see THAT movie in THAT theatre! Pick me plz ;)

47 | Ingrid

December 8th, 2010 at 3:58 pm


I know some special people in my family that would love to go to this – sign me up!

48 | Binki

December 8th, 2010 at 4:46 pm


I’ll try anything…once. Please add my name to the draw.

49 | Dave

December 8th, 2010 at 8:49 pm


Me! Me! Me! Pick me pls!

50 | Carolyn HP

December 9th, 2010 at 12:47 am


I would so love to try this new theatre choice so please add me to the draw for these awesome tickets!

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52 | Brenda (@ottawamom)

December 9th, 2010 at 12:58 pm


Would love to win the tickets. Would be great to be able to take my kids to a movie for the first time!

53 | Cari

December 9th, 2010 at 1:01 pm


Oh, my husband (the geek), would LOVE to see a high-tech theater. Count me in (could I pass it off as a Christmas present??? :-) )

54 | coffee with julie

December 9th, 2010 at 3:21 pm


Please put me in your draw! :)

55 | jennP

December 9th, 2010 at 7:40 pm


i would LOVE these tickets!! i think what i especially like is the BIG SEATS part! LOL some booties are not comfy in regular movie theatres!!

56 | KarenL

December 9th, 2010 at 11:53 pm


Enter me in the draw please – I love going to the theatre!

57 | Nora

December 10th, 2010 at 3:11 pm


Please enter me in the draw……movie buffs live at this house. Thank you.

58 | Mary @ Parenthood

December 10th, 2010 at 7:29 pm


How’s the leg room? I’ve been thinking of trying onr of these theatres out just so I can say I can but honestly most movie theatre experiences pale in comparison to the comforts of home. Not that I’d turn don free tickets or anythng!

59 | Jodi

December 10th, 2010 at 8:07 pm


I’d love the tickets! Add my name to the list, please!

60 | andrea

December 11th, 2010 at 9:24 am


Mary: the leg room is pretty good! It’s not like your home theatre, but I think that this is as close as we’re going to get. :)

61 | Kiki

December 11th, 2010 at 5:47 pm


I want the tickets! Would make great stocking stuffers for my hubby!

62 | Michelle

December 12th, 2010 at 9:08 am


This would be an incredibly awesome prize!

63 | Cath in Ottawa

December 12th, 2010 at 5:33 pm


For sure – thanks for the great giveaway!

64 | Katie

December 12th, 2010 at 9:35 pm


I would love to get tickets. Thanks!

65 | Jay

December 13th, 2010 at 8:30 pm


Please enter me in the draw for the tickets!

66 | kayla

December 14th, 2010 at 10:15 am


Heres hoping I can win them!! Thanks!

67 | Vivian

December 14th, 2010 at 10:16 am


Yay the movies! Put me in the draw please :) Thanks.

68 | Trish

December 14th, 2010 at 11:29 am


We almost always choose to see those BIG releases (Harry Potter, Pixar movies, Inception, Avatar) at the Silver city Imax in Gloucester. You pay a bit more, but I love the big screen, big sound AND being able to select your seats ahead of time so you can show up without stressing about it.

Please sign me up for the movie passes. We LOVE going to the movies!!

69 | andrea

December 14th, 2010 at 3:12 pm


Comments are closed. I’ll be posting the results within the next hour or so.

70 | andrea

December 14th, 2010 at 4:02 pm


The winner is comment 66 – kayla !
Congrats Kayla. I’ll send you an email and get your mailing address.

Thanks for your entries everyone!

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