I got this news from Anna actually. Yeah.. I know, I am kind of out-dated. Been busy with work, that I’ve little time to surf and get notice of the world around me… and when I finally have the time, I’m already considered out-dated.
Seriously, I have no major problems with STAR Cineplex, nor do I have an issue with the newly re-furbished Lotus Five Star Cineplex which took over from lame Riverside Cineplex (also known as Metrowealth Cineplex), but they seriously just do not make the cut when it comes to getting the ‘feel’ in watching movies. Frankly speaking, there are a few problems with cineplexes in Kuching.
STAR Cineplex seems to take advantage of high profile movies. When others are charging RM7 or RM8 per movie, they would be charging RM9 or RM10. They have the most movie halls, and kept Medan Pelita alive. And yes, they indeed have the best view of the Kuching Waterfront, which remains undisputed till today by any cinema location. It is really too bad that they didn’t capitalize on this unique feature by opening a restaurant or something, but yeah… I guess that really depends on the Medan Pelita management.
A few meters away from STAR Cineplex is Riverside Cineplex. Located within a prominent shopping mall, this cineplex had an advantage, but they failed to capitalize on it. Despite charging less than STAR, they failed to live up to expectations, had less shows, and I guess, this resulted in their business going down. Lotus Five Star took over the management, and new introductions were given. A KL-style hall was built, and a-flat rate parking fee was introduced. They even re-furbished the movie halls by introducing new seats which seem to be larger and more comfortable than the previous ones, but sadly, there was no couple seats. You know, seats without the middle barriers where couples could seat and hug comfortably? Well, there was none, nada.. nothing. Kind of sad actually, considering that Lotus Star is from the peninsular.
Well, so that sums up the two cinema/cineplexes in Kuching. Romour has it that Boulevard Shopping Mall would be looking at introducing GSC or TGV when their second phase is completed, but for now, everyone in Kuching I guess, especially myself is looking at MBO Cinema which is opening at tHe Sping. Am I excited?? YES!!
It’s about time Kuching had another cinema, and MBO Kuching seems just right. A report from The Star says that this 8 screen cinema which also boast of 1,500 seats and Dolby Digital Surround EX sound system plus Kuching’s very first couple seats (Ahhh.. I’ve been rooting for this for a very very loooonggg time!!). The largest hall, which would be able to accomodate about 4oo seats, would also boast a 3D screen, which is MBO’s very first in Malaysia, and it is worth to note that this cinema would be MBO’s 2nd largest outlet in Malaysia after their outlet Ampang, Selangor.
Well, guys, if you are as excited as I am, mark August 19, 2009 9 September 2009 (new date updated on 20 August 2009) because after numerous delays… MBO Cinema Kuching is finally opening in tHe Spring’s second floor… I can’t waaaiiittt!!!! Now, if only someone would give me two passes to try out their new cinema…=P