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.

Which cinema redefines the movie experience? Click for more.


( 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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