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Top 10 Movie Theaters in Manila
LA-Z-Boy seats, butler service, waiting lounges, plus more extras—these topnotch theaters promise maximum viewing pleasure to serious cinéastes.
Published on: Sep 16, 2011 - 10:55am

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( The magic of movie-watching can be ruined by a number of things. Stiff, squeaky seats in a cramped theater (not to mention that girl behind you constantly kicking the back of your seat); dark, stained or scratched films; an audio system that sounds like it’s playing a crackly cassette tape; sticky, soda-stained floors and the dizzying aroma of sweat and stale popcorn…the list goes on.

Conversely, a number of new perks and privileges for serious cinéastes can create maximum viewing pleasure: plush, La-Z-Boy seats, mind-blowing IMAX features, butler service, and the ability to score tickets to your movie and seat of choice straight from your mobile phone.

Here, narrowed down the best cinemas in the metro for your next movie night out.


Artwork by Warren Espejo. Photos by Sasha Lim Uy (Podium, Greenbelt My Cinema, Powerplant) and Jason Mariposa (SM North EDSA); courtesy of Newport, Shangri-La Plaza, SM Cinemas; and the Gateway Cinemas website.

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  • jovy
    love watching at shang cineplex!
    Oct 02 2011 @ 03:37pm     Reply  
  • walang_tulugan
    bat di kasama sa list ang movie theater ni kuya germs? :)
    Sep 28 2011 @ 03:49pm     Reply  
  • @sister teresa
    Then "seat" elsewhere, Sister.rnrnGrabe naman as in to the lowest level na talaga 'yan ha!!!
    Sep 24 2011 @ 04:32pm     Reply  
  • sister teresa
    What can be more annoying than seating next to a couple who are making out.
    Sep 24 2011 @ 04:04pm     Reply  
  • cherryblossom
    How about Eastwood?
    Sep 21 2011 @ 04:16pm     Reply  
  • vin
    Great list! rnYou should feature the worst movie in Manila next.rnAnd I hope Festival Mall Cinema is among them. The sound quality of those cinemas (particularly Cinema 6) is awful. It doesn't even have a bass! Just mono speakers!
    Sep 19 2011 @ 12:01pm     Reply  
  • petra
    love watching at the powerplant and greenbelt cinemas!
    Sep 17 2011 @ 09:10am     Reply  
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