Going to the movies is truly an unparalleled experience regardless of the quality of the movie. I remember going for a completely abysmal movie (We’re avoiding getting sued so let’s just say it rhymes with Corbius) at a cinema ONLY cause they had amazing popcorn.
So, when it comes to the cinematic experience, the quality of the cinema itself plays a huge part in your movie-watching. Now, welcome to the wild world of premium cinemas, where the movie-watching experience is as luxurious as a bubble bath in a champagne fountain. But how do you choose the crème de la crème of movie theaters? Grab your popcorn and buckle up because we’re about to embark on an informative journey into the minds of cinema connoisseurs.
Here are the top 10 cinemas in the Klang Valley you should choose for your next movie.
1. Aurum Theatre – The Gardens Mall
Aurum Theatre will have you confused on whether you should sleep or watch the movie. Named after the Latin word for gold, Aurum Cinema is located in The Gardens Mall. It offers extravagant halls, a modern restaurant called JIN Gastrobar, and personalised hospitality services, all aimed at providing a truly luxurious cinematic experience. The halls, including the Getha Lux Suites, Comfort Cabins, and Escape Studios, are designed with style, comfort, and privacy in mind.
Guests at Aurum can enjoy personalised assistance from the hosts with the in-hall service call button, available at every seat. Each seat here is equipped with a Getha cuddle pillow, fleece blankets, a personal side lamp, and chargers for electronic devices. Blankets and pillowcases are replaced after every show to ensure a fresh experience for movie-goers.
Patrons get to choose from one of their 3 luxury suites; Getha Lux Suites, Comfort Cabins and their Escape studios.
2. GSC IOI City Mall 2
Now, don’t get this GSC confused with the GSC at the IOI City Mall. The mall’s newly-built wing is bigger, better and shinier. With something for everyone, GSC IOI City Mall even offers a Play Hall for the little ones which consists of a playground outside the cinema as well as a special kids cinema!
Said to be the biggest GSC Play Plus in Malaysia, it’s every parent’s dream come true! Designed with ample space and dedicated play zones along the walls, kids can freely crawl and play here. Your little ones will be delighted by the highlight of a long tube slide that launches them into a vibrant ball pit, that’ll instantly become a favourite attraction.
In the PlayPlus halls, thoughtful consideration ensures the safety of children. In contrast to the usual practice of fully dimming the lights in movie theatres during screenings, the lights here are only dimmed to a slight extent. This careful adjustment strikes a balance between creating a suitable movie-watching atmosphere and preventing any potential injuries that may occur if children engage in play activities in the dark.
3. GSC Tropicana Gardens Mall
At GSC Tropicana Gardens Mall, you’ll find a variety of theatre options to enhance your movie experience. They offer GSC Play, Onyx, GSC Big, Dolby Atmos, and MX4D theatres. Among these, the MX4D theatre stands out as the latest advancement in 4D cinema technology. Viewers can truly immerse themselves in the action on screen through the seats’ integrated motion effects and environmental effects. Fun!
This groundbreaking technology takes movie-watching to new heights by enabling audiences to truly immerse themselves in the film through a range of sensations. From the gentle drizzle of rain to the flurry of snowflakes, the gusts of wind that sweep through the scene, and even the subtle waft of captivating scents, the MX4D-powered cinema hall leaves no stone unturned in creating a multi-sensory extravaganza.
4. TGV Sunway Putra
Tucked within TGV Sunway Putra, an impressive cinema complex awaits with its 11 halls, boasting a combined seating capacity that can accommodate up to 1,633 movie enthusiasts. The variety of halls available includes the LUXE, Beanie, and IMAX, each offering a unique and unforgettable movie-watching experience.
IMAX, in particular, stands out for its grandeur, with screens that surpass the size of regular screens, immersing viewers in an unparalleled visual journey. These screens are a remarkable 6 times larger than traditional theatre screens, presenting a picture that dwarfs a standard 35 mm film approximately tenfold. This larger-than-life spectacle creates a truly captivating and expansive cinematic adventure.
Meanwhile, standard screens remain a popular choice for their affordability and widespread availability, providing moviegoers with an accessible and enjoyable viewing option.
5. GSC Subang Parade
Just like at GSC IOI City Mall, GSC Subang Parade has a whole section dedicated to the little ones’ movie-watching experience! PlayPlus is a fresh and innovative concept catering to the young at heart. Its primary focus is to create a family-friendly and child-centric space that goes beyond a traditional theatre experience.
It aims to provide an immersive and enriching experience that goes beyond the boundaries of traditional cinema, fostering creativity, learning, and imagination.
Within the PlayPlus hall, families and children can expect an array of engaging activities, interactive displays, and specially-curated content that stimulates curiosity and sparks joy. From educational films and animated adventures to live performances and interactive workshops, PlayPlus endeavours to offer an all-encompassing entertainment experience that caters to the evolving needs of the young audience.
By combining the magic of storytelling with the power of education, PlayPlus aims to create a space where families can bond, learn, and explore together. It strives to be a source of inspiration, encouraging young minds to dream big, think creatively, and embrace the wonders of imagination.
6. GSC 1 Utama
Considering the sheer size of 1 Utama, it’s no surprise that it is home to more than 1 cinema! GSC 1 Utama is a movie theatre that boasts an impressive array of 13 halls, each equipped with cutting-edge technologies such as D-BOX, Dolby Atmos, 4DX, and Screen X. Among these innovations, ScreenX stands out as a groundbreaking cinematic platform that takes movie-watching to a whole new level. By extending the centre screen to the side walls of the auditorium, ScreenX provides a breathtaking 270-degree viewing experience for moviegoers.
Imagine being completely immersed in your movie as the action and visuals surround you from every angle. ScreenX achieves this by seamlessly transforming the theatre’s side walls into an extension of the main screen, creating a truly immersive and captivating environment.
This innovative technology not only enhances the visual spectacle but also deepens the audience’s emotional connection to the story. With the expanded screen space, viewers are fully engaged, feeling a greater sense of investment and involvement in the movie they are experiencing.
7. TGV Suria KLCC
How could we skip the list without featuring the cinema at one of the best malls in KL, right? Regular seats at the cinema can get a little boring which is why TGV Suria KLCC comes with the classic… and Beanie halls!
Experience ultimate comfort and flexibility at the Beanie Hall, a one-of-a-kind movie-watching haven featuring uniquely cosy bean bag pods. These pods offer adjustable seating configurations, allowing you to find the perfect position for enjoying your film, be it sitting upright, reclining, or even slumping in complete relaxation.
Step into the Beanie Hall and immerse yourself in a world of comfort. Each bean bag pod is meticulously designed to envelop you in softness and support, creating an inviting space where you can unwind and escape into the world of cinema. Whether you prefer to curl up with a loved one or stretch out on your own, the adjustable seating configurations ensure that you can find the ideal setup to suit your mood and maximise your enjoyment.
8. TGV Indulge – Sunway Velocity & 1 Utama
Remember how I said some cinemas are unique only due to their snacks? Well, TGV Indulge in Sunway Velocity and 1 Utama is a luxurious gourmet dining experience that accompanies your movie.
For just RM85, you get access to:
- Motorised recliners
- Comforter and blankets
- In-hall and call-button services
- Gourmet food and beverages
- Access to the exclusive Indulge lounge
What gourmet food, you ask? Move over popcorn and soda, the TGV Indulge menu comprises Lekor & Chicken Popcorn Nachos, Lamb Pie & Wedges and even Chicken Lasagne. Just imagine indulging in these meals as you’re watching your favourite movie… I’m all for it!
The TGV Indulge experience also gives you a private cinematic experience for any occasion. If you’re on a date trying to recreate the Justin Bieber-Selena Gomez move, you can book a private cinema for you and your party.
9. TGV Sunway Pyramid
The TGV Sunway Pyramid Mall boasts 4 distinct halls to cater to different moviegoers: the traditional hall, the Beanie hall, the LUXE hall, and the IMAX hall. The IMAX theatre stands out as a remarkable cinematic experience that truly transports you into the captivating world of film. IMAX technology takes movie immersion to new heights, surpassing the mere act of watching a movie and enveloping you entirely within its narrative.
Equipped with a striking floor-to-ceiling screen, amazing audio quality, and state-of-the-art digital image remastering, the IMAX theatre offers an otherworldly level of immersion that transcends conventional cinema. When you step into the IMAX hall, you become an integral part of the movie, experiencing it in a way that makes you feel like you’re right there, living the story alongside the characters on the big screen.
10. Dadi Cinema – Pavilion KL
The next on our is the lifestyle-oriented cinema, Dadi Cinema in Pavilion KL. Just like the other cinemas in the list, Dadi also offers a premium cinematic experience but they don’t only feature the stars of the movie kind.
One of the main attractions at Dadi is the Star Max hall where patrons get to enjoy films under the open sky while relishing the supreme comfort of an indoor setting. It presents a distinctive in-hall design that guarantees an unforgettable cinematic journey for our esteemed audience.
What sets STAR MAX apart is not only the extraordinary setting but also the cutting-edge technology they employ to enhance your comfort and viewing pleasure. The audio and projection systems are at the forefront of the industry, ensuring that you can savour movies the way they were intended to be seen. Powered by the remarkable Dolby Atmos sound system and an RGB 4K Laser Projector, prepare yourself for an immersive audio-visual spectacle unlike any other. At STAR MAX, they strive to provide an immense cinematic experience that will leave you astounded and craving for more.