Hong Kong's Most Luxurious Cinema Experiences
Just because we love curling up on the couch to binge on Netflix, doesn’t mean we don’t seek some out-of-the-ordinary movie experiences.
While Hong Kong has no shortage of cinemas covering the latest Hollywood blockbusters, film festival screenings and local classics, it can be difficult to find a place that offers you luxury, comfort and a premium visual experience all at once.
We've selected some of Hong Kong's most high-end, luxurious cinemas for you to catch your next flick in style:
The Oval Office, AMC Pacific Place
Best for: The comfiest cinema seats
Stylishly decked in modern decor, The Oval Office at AMC Pacific Place has a total of 18 seats, premium projection technology and Dolby 7.1 surround sound to create an immersive cinematic experience.
This intimate cinema features plush French reclining leather seats, built with user-friendly service buttons so you can order food and drinks if you feel peckish throughout the movie.
What’s more, there’s a private lounge and bar for guests to enjoy a fine selection of wines and cocktails—as well as complimentary popcorn and other small bites—before the movie. If you’re in the mood to splurge, order from their special made-to-order menu designed in collaboration with French restaurant Plat du Jour, which will be delivered to your seat before the movie begins.
Oval Office, AMC Pacific Place, Level 1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong; +852 2265 8933, amccinemas.com.hk
Best for: Private screening for groups
Housed in the iconic Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, The Metroplex is known for its annual partnership with Sundance Institute to host the coveted Sundance Film Festival.
Apart from the nine screening houses furnished with high-end lounge chair seating and advanced surround sound systems, The Metroplex also has three 20-seater VIP houses for you to create an intimate movie experience with close friends and families.
Oh, and did we mention that the third VIP suite has its own exclusive entrance, restroom and a private dining room for guests to sample dishes prepared by their in-house chefs?
The rental price for the suite is about HK$20,000, including HK$3,000 for theatre rental and a minimum charge of HK$17,000 for food and beverage, which comes with the option of enjoying a tailor-made menu.
The Metroplex, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2620 2200; metroplex.com.hk
Best for: Exquisite food and beverage options
You can never go wrong with classic popcorn and soda for a movie, but why not treat yourself to a more indulgent in-theatre dining experience at Emperor Cinemas?
The Roomsbar is sure to delight food connoisseurs, as guests can select from a spread of elevated cinema classics; think hot dogs with Japanese togarashi and truffle mustard, fully loaded nachos with fresh ingredients (not that over-processed mystery cheese), and a build-your-own frozen yoghurt bar with all your favourite toppings.
Emperor Cinemas also boasts a splendid lobby with 16,000 square feet of area for five houses and an exclusive 12-seat VIP house—The Coronet. Built with urban chic design and equipped with personal facilities such as USB mobile phone charger, The Coronet boasts luxurious sofa seating with footrests and a steward to serve you fine food and drinks throughout the film—what's not to love?
Emperor Cinemas, Entertainment Building, 30 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, + 852 2522 2996; emperorcinemas.com
MM Moments, Movie Movie Cityplaza
Best for: An artful movie experience
Known as Hong Kong’s first and only international art-house movie channel, Movie Movie has since established its own cinema at Cityplaza—and it's not your typical movie theatre.
Movie Movie at Cityplaza offers a first-class-movie experience with its MM Moments VIP House, which serves up to 16 guests, equipped with advanced 4K laser projection and premium leather recliners with padded footrests. Before the movie begins, VIPs can enjoy free-flow refreshments and drinks at the private VIP lounge.
Film and art lovers will also be pleased by Movie Movie’s collaboration with local film bookstore—Kubrick. A part of the cinema lobby serves as a unique art space, where you can peruse a wonderfully curated collection of books, artworks and movie posters from around the world.
Don’t forget to secure a spot at the stylish Kubrick Café nearby, so you can enjoy drinks and handmade pastries for a post-film discussion with your friends.
Movie Movie Cityplaza, 5/F Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Hong Kong, +852 2388 0002; cinema.com.hk
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Best for: Excellent location in the Kowloon district
After a shopping expedition with friends at Elements, why not splurge on a movie to complete your night out?
Ever since the closure of The Grand Cinema, Premiere Cinemas has taken over operations, screening a great variety of internationally renowned films, musicals, film festivals and more. Winning the crown of Hong Kong's largest cinema, it takes pride in their twelve newly revamped cinema houses, seating 1,600 guests in total.
This cinema also features a VIP house—Standard Chartered Starsuite, which seats 23 in premium leather recliners with adjustable buttons. Need not to worry if the battery of your mobile is running low before the show begins, as each seat has a USB port for you to charge your devices.
A ticket (starting from $260) includes one combo at your own choice.
2/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon; cinema.com.hk
Festival Grand Cinema
Best for: Hong Kong's best surround sound system
For moviegoers who yearn for a next-level aural experience, BEA Festival Suite at Festival Grand Cinema is the place to be.
This exclusive VIP house is the first-ever theatre to install a Bowers & Wilkins theatre hi-fi system, accompanied with premium Dolby 7.1 surround sound.
The house comprises 18 fully adjustable premium leather armchairs and two private restrooms. Guests can also indulge in a wide selection of cinema favourites like popcorn, cookies and hotdogs, along with unique treats like baked cheese tarts and cold-pressed juices to name a few.
Festival Grand Cinema, Level UG, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon; +852 2237 1992, mclcinema.com
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