5 Stunning Movie Theatres around the World
August 20, 2015
One of the reasons why people are willing to pay to watch a film in a cinema is because of two things: big screen and great audio, thanks to the acoustic foam inside the theater. What if there’s a little something about that establishment that makes it extra special? It might be something about the seats or just the ambience but these five cinemas are definitely worth a visit.
Tanjung Golden Village is one of the most popular cinemas in Malaysia. Their cinemas are classified by classes such as Luxe and Standard with the exception of one: Beanie Hall. In this cinema, also appropriately called Beanieplex, you will not be seeing ushers wearing beanies on their heads but bean bag chairs in place of an upholstered recliner or folding chair with a cup holder. Claiming to be the world’s comfiest cinema, these seats may look like one giant seat but are actually meant for two people, perfect for date night.
Raj Mandir Cinema, Jaipur, India
India is known to be the world’s biggest producer of films, churning out more than 800 films a year. It also has the earliest film industry in the world which is why it should be no surprise that one of the best cinemas today is a cinema nearly four decades old and still as beautiful as the day it opened. The Raj Mandir Cinema is located in Jaipur, India and can easily be recognized by its extraordinary pink exterior. Once you enter, you will no longer wonder why this complex is nicknamed the “Pride of Asia” as you check out the retro interior highlighted by swirls and scallop-like ceiling décor. All of these perfectly compliment the colorful, musical Bollywood films the Raj Mandir shows. And hey, where else can you see a cinema where you can smell the aroma of flowers from the fragrance piped in from the air ducts?
Electric Cinema, London, United Kingdom
By the name alone you know you movie viewing in this cinema will be anything but normal. If you think the Raj Madir cinema was old at 39 then consider this: The Electric Cinema was opened on February 24, 1910. Do a little math and you will be able to determine that this cinema is an extraordinary 105 years old! This treasure of Notting Hill, London has survived a bombing, two World Wars and a fire which closed it down for six months. In 1993, it closed due to lack of income but in 2001, reopened again to its former glory with its unique art deco interior. Today it houses a bar (in the auditorium!), a wide screen framed by a classical, proscenium arch and leather chairs, each with its own footstool and lamp. Here’s a reason to get a front row “seat”: instead of leather seats, you have six, plush double beds. You can even request for a cashmere blanket. Now that’s class.
Buda Bed Cinema, Budapest, Hungary
Imagine— a cinema where instead of chairs you have beds. Nope, not just one row but the whole cinema is filled with beds. This is what you will be able to enjoy at the Buda Bed Cinema in Budapest, Hungary. Curl up in one of the 35 double beds as you watch one of the classic films they show. This place not only has a cinema but an enormous Skybar, an exclusive VIP club and an awesome cocktail bar.
Sci-fi Dine-In Theater, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Florida, USA
You’ve seen beds, you’ve had beanie bags as seats but what about cars? Yes, we’re talking about a drive in theater but get this: with the next cinema in our list, you don’t have to bring your own car. The Sci-fi Dine-In Theater, Disney’s Hollywood Studios was patterned after a 1950s drive in theater, the dining convertibles, can seat up to four people. As for the films, do not expect modern movies but flicks from the 50s-60s ranging from sci-fi to cartoons all while enjoying the delicious Americana cuisine brought to you by servers on roller skates. Here is a tip: it is highly recommended to book in advance to get a great table.
Next time you go globe-trotting, make sure to pay a visit to these 5 cinemas for a movie experience to remember. Bring a friend or make a new one to make it even more memorable. Enjoy!