Blackpool teenager slapped with fine for parking at cinema to watch Marvel film

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Eliska’s car had been in the car park 29 minutes longer than the stay duration of three hours.

 

19-year-old Eliska Opiolova was fined for staying longer than three hour stay duration at Blackpool Odeon cinema
19-year-old Eliska Opiolova was fined for staying longer than three hour stay duration at Blackpool Odeon cinema (Image: Eliska Opiolova)

A teenager has been fined after parking her car in a cinema car park too long whilst watching the new Marvel film.

19-year-old Eliska Opiolova, who is a bartender and also studying Equine Care, went to visit Blackpool’s Odeon cinema on Monday September 27 to see Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

The film lasts two hours and twelve minutes not taking into account time to buy tickets and the preceding trailers.

Eliska didn’t think twice about parking as every time she has been to the cinema before, parking as free.

She told LancsLive: “I parked directly in front of the cinema where there is free parking. I’ve been to that cinema multiple times and never had a charge until that day.

“I didn’t know there was a limit, after all it’s a cinema and the films can be pretty long so it’s confusing that there’s a parking limit.”

Yesterday (October 6) she received a letter instructing her to pay the amount of £60 because she had exceeded the maximum stay limit of three hours.

Eliska’s car had been in the car park 29 minutes longer than the stay duration.

The letter Eliska Opiolova received yesterday (October 6) informing her that if she doesn't pay in 14 days, the fine will go up to £100
The letter Eliska Opiolova received yesterday (October 6) informing her that if she doesn’t pay in 14 days, the fine will go up to £100 (Image: Eliska Opiolova)

The student must now pay the fine promptly, within 14 days of October 4, otherwise the amount will go up to £100.

The letter also stated that the signage on the private land is clearly set out.

After Eliska posted on social media to ask help, some Facebook users had also been caught out by the rules whilst others were already aware.

One person posted: “I went to see the new James Bond Film which is 2 hours 43 minutes long at the Odeon, Rigby Road and had not noticed about the parking charges but the cinema attendant was nice enough to point out I had to register my car and he asked all the other people who were around us at the time if they had registered their cars.”

Blackpool Odeon Cinema on Rigby Road
Blackpool Odeon Cinema on Rigby Road (Image: Rigby Road)

Another said: “I contacted the cinema for the same issue and they said because there’s signs up then its not their problem. Felt a little bit like the Odeon and the parking company might have been working together.”

One visitor was already aware however and added: “There is a machine inside the cinema where you can enter your registration which gives you up to 5 hours . It is near ice cream, I know this does not help you but may help others and you in the future.”

Eliska has now appealed and sent off a photo of her bank statement.

She added: “I think it’s time it was addressed because so many people replied to my post and said it happened to them.”

Odeon Cinemas has clarified that is it not responsible for any of the car parking charges as this is on private land.

LancsLive has approached car park management services Care Parking for comment but they did not respond in time for publication.