Philippines' First Float-in Cinema Opens This December

Move over, drive-in cinema.

PHOTO BY Facebook/McKinley Hill

( Catching a movie has taken a completely different meaning amid the pandemic. There are plenty of streaming services for binge-watching on the weekends. Local film festivals have figured out an on-demand scheme to simulate the feel of a busy movie week, except you're still on your pajamas. A mall in Pasay City opened a drive-in cinema in September to ensure that moviegoers are far away from other people as possible. McKinley Hill in Taguig is taking things a bit further by launching the first and only float-in cinema in the Philippines.


McKinley Hill’s Float-In Cinema is opening in December at the Venice Grand Canal Mall, which is located in McKinley Hill and known for its gondola ride inspired by the Italian town. Admission is at P500 per head, which is inclusive of a medium popcorn and bottled water. Each gondola can fit up to two people. Movies will be projected on a 12.7 m x 6.7 m giant screen along the Grand Canal; and for a better experience, personal earphones will be plugged in to the gondolas. Moviegoers are encouraged to wear masks at all times.

Megaworld has recently reopened their mall cinemas at Southwoods Mall in Laguna and Festive Walk in Iloilo. They're implementing a one-seat apart policy with a limited number of customers per screening. Buying tickets online and contactless transactions are encouraged.

Photo from Facebook/McKinley Hill; for illustrative purposes only.

McKinley Hill Float-in Cinema opens in December. Tickets, which are available through Megaworld Cinemas' website, are at P500/head. For updates, follow Megaworld Cinemas on Facebook

UPDATED (November 26, 2020; 12 p.m.): This article has been updated with ticket prices.

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