Philippines’ first-ever drive-in cinema opens July 31

Now showing: Country’s first-ever drive-in cinema.

As people adopt new habits apt for the changing times, businesses are also compelled to innovate and deliver new ways for everyone to experience the activities they have always enjoyed. One of these is recapturing the essence and joy of watching a film inside the halls of a cinema.

While movie theaters still have yet to open, SM Cinema gives its patrons the perfect opportunity to see upcoming films through its newest out-of-home entertainment experience, the “SM Cinema Drive-in: Movies at Sundown”.

A throwback to the good old days of drive-in theaters, SM Cinema relives this experience for a new generation to enjoy, bringing them a fresh avenue for a #SafeAndFunMovieWatching crusade from the comfort of their cars.

Opening at SM City Pampanga Amphitheater, SM Cinema’s “Movies at Sundown” allows guests to watch movies on the big screen while observing social distancing rules set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). Starting today, Friday, July 31, 2020, it will open to the general public featuring the movies’ “Train to Busan 2: Peninsula” and “My Spy.

The “SM Cinema Drive-in: Movies at Sundown” experience

A first in the Philippines, SM Cinema’s drive-in theater takes Filipino viewers to a new horizon of movie-watching.

Guests will be assigned their own parking spots to be guided by traffic marshalls. Once settled, spectators can see the film of their choice on a 20m x 8m screen raised 3-feet above the ground, and will be asked to tune in to a specific frequency on their car’s FM radio to broadcast the audio straight into their vehicles.

Guests can also choose the 6:30PM or 8:50PM schedules from July 31 to August 2. In the succeeding weeks, schedules will be every Thursday to Sundays at 6:45PM. And what’s a drive-in cinema without movie snacks? For a ticket price of only P400 per person, this gives viewers the chance to relish in a new cinematic experience paired with a free Regular Popcorn, Bottled Water, and Beef Franks from SnackTime.

A #SafeAndFunMovieWatching for Filipinos

Optimizing the best view for all guests, two (2) persons can be inside the car and a maximum of four (4) guests will be allowed. Attendees must also be between the ages 21 and 59, pursuant to the safety guidelines set by the IATF. For added safety, viewers will also be asked to stay inside their vehicles with their masks on and practice social distancing all throughout the duration of the movie.

Tickets for SM Cinema’s “Movies at Sundown” must be purchased online in advance at to ensure an uninterrupted viewing experience. No tickets will be sold at the venue, and viewers are advised to arrive at least 30 minutes before their scheduled screening.

“At SM Cinema, we have always explored new dimensions in film screenings to give our viewers the best movie-watching experience they deserve. Now that new norms have come to us, we do our best to meet our audience where they’re at, all while presenting a safe and innovative movie entertainment setup that’s a first in the country,” said Ruby Ann Reyes, SM Cinema’s Vice President for Marketing.

As a household name in film screening, SM Cinema brings back to its audience the joy of seeing movies on screen as they introduce a new way for people to catch their blockbuster favorites. Now available at SM City Pampanga—and soon in five other branches nationwide— catch the next big titles at the “SM Cinema Drive-in: Movies at Sundown” starting today, Friday, July 31, 2020 at SM City Pampanga. Purchase your tickets online via

SM Director’s Club Cinema offers complete X-Men experience for the family

Almost two decades ago, movie-lovers and comic fans alike first witnessed Stan Lee’s X-Men come to life in the silver screen. Since then, the movie adaptation the superhero comic series has established a cult following making it an enduring superhero film franchise. After eleven movies, this sci-fi array concludes its action and drama-packed storyline with the rise of X-Men: Dark Phoenix. 

In this superhero blockbuster, the X-Men are embarking on a rescue mission in space after a cosmic force hits Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) causing her to lose control of her abilities and become one of the most powerful and dangerous mutants in the world. As Jean wrestles with her inner demons and unstable powers, it is up to her teammates, her chosen family for almost a decade – the X-Men – to stop her rampage, lest she destroys everything in her path.

What better way to see the epic finale of this well-loved superhero movie than in a premiere cinema? There is nothing like seeing mutant humans blasting laser beams and squalling telekinetic powers on a sizable movie screen while seated in an extra comfortable seat and munching on movie theater snacks. 

Director’s Club by SM Cinema takes watching movies up a notch with its La-Z-Boy chairs, in-your-seat butler service and state-of-the-art projection system. Snack Time also offers a wide array of food including Bacon-wrapped German Frank Sandwich, Aloha Hotdog Sandwich, Cheeseburger, Beef Nachos and Flavored Fries makes watching movies extra fun. 

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is now showing at SM Cinema’s 64 branches, or at IMAX and Director’s Club Cinemas nationwide. Book your tickets through the website, or download the SM Cinema mobile app. You can also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates. Satisfy your cravings at Snack Time, the official food concessionaire of SM Cinema, which offers a wide array of snacks like popcorn, hotdogs and burgers to complement your movie watching experience. Follow SnackTimeOfficial on Facebook for more information.

New Director’s Club Cinema in SM Southmall opens with ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Get ready to experience movies like no other as SM Cinema’s premier movie theatre opens in Las Piñas. Each Director’s Club Cinema has 48 Ferco leather recliners, strategically-situated pods for improved privacy, an in-house butler service, and an exclusive food menu for the utmost comfort, luxury, and convenience to keep you glued to your seat. 

Utilizing the latest technology in digital surround sound and quality projection, the theatres are equipped with the full audio atmosphere of Dolby Atmos, featuring moving audio that flows in breathtaking realism, and the latest CP2320-RGB pure laser projectors from Christie – both bring extraordinary clear-cut audiovisuals to hype up the senses with every blockbuster title.   

The new Director’s Club Cinema at SM Southmall opens just in time for the release of the most anticipated movie of the year, Avengers: Endgame. Catch your favorite Super Heroes as they work to restore order back to the universe.

To further celebrate the opening of the newest luxury cinema in the south, SM Cinema will be giving free popcorn and drinks for every Director’s Club Cinema ticket purchased from April 24 to 28.

For more exciting offers and bookings, visit the SM Cinema website, or download the SM Cinema app through the App Store and Google Play.  You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for more information and updates!

Shangri-La Plaza’s Red Carpet cinema all prepped for blockbuster season

Shangri-La Plaza welcomes Marvel Studios’ first female-led superhero movie, the highly anticipated Captain Marvel, along with more Hollywood blockbusters and local films to enjoy at the Red Carpet Cinema, Café, Venue.

With five theaters ready to accommodate avid moviegoers and cinephiles, the Red Carpet prides itself in having upgraded facilities and stadium type seating for immersive and exciting viewing of this year’s line-up of comic hero flicks, Oscar-buzz worthy dramas, sequels and live action remakes.

Moviegoers get the Red Carpet treatment right from stepping into the beautifully- designed lobby. A luxe preview to the entire cinema experience, it’s unlike any other cinema lobby in the city.  

Sit back and enjoy big screen presentations in a more intimate setting when watching at the Premiere Theatre. Featuring wider available space and reclining seats for comfortable and immersive movie viewing, the cinema is also fitted with an adjoining bar and lounge facility, making it the perfect venue for exclusive parties, events, and other VIP affairs. 

“Having hosted a good number of movie screenings through the years, and being home to various foreign film festivals, the Shang understands that venue matters when it comes to having a memorable cinema experience,” says Shangri-La Plaza EVP and General Manager, Lala Fojas. “And since we’ve always seen our theater as a lifestyle venue that completes the Shang experience, we’ve made sure the Red Carpet delivers our signature VIP treatment.”

No cinema experience is complete without good eats. Moviegoers also have great food choices from the many restaurants at the Shang, as well as crowd favorites and tasty selections from the Red Carpet Cinebar, including its famous popcorn. 

Go beyond just screening movies and make going to the cinema an exciting and unforgettable affair. Book the Red Carpet for conferences, conventions, and private screenings – the Red Carpet can also arrange catering from any of the mall’s excellent dining destinations as part of its services. 

Buying tickets is also easy and convenient with the Red Carpet’s online ticketing system. Just head over to to check movie schedules, purchase tickets, and update your account in real-time. 

Shang’s E-SEE Club also offers more ways to make the most out of the cinema experience. E-SEE Club membersreceive additional perks and privileges such as being able to purchase tickets online using a credit card or through the E-SEE Club Load Wallet on the Red Carpet website. Members can also earn reward points for every ticket purchased, redeem passes, get free parking coupons, and Cinebar treats. 

Watch the latest movies in style, hit the Red Carpet and #FeelTheShangVibe at Shangri-La Plaza.

For inquiries, call 370-2597/98 or visit Follow the Shang on Instagram:@shangrilaplazaofficial.

New Director’s Club Cinema now open at The Podium

BBe treated with a unique kind of comfort and luxury at Director’s Club by SM Cinema at The Podium, its newest location.  

Situated at the business district of Ortigas, Director’s Club Cinema The Podium will surely be a favorite hang-out spot for those who want to unwind while watching much-awaited blockbusters. Director’s Club Cinema The Podium offers a unique cinematic experience through extraordinary facilities and premium services that take movie watching to the next level.

Be in charge at Director’s Club Cinema The Podium as comfortable leather recliner seats easily adjust and favorite Snacktime treats are just push of a button away through the in-house butler service. Make movie nights more exciting in any of the three (3) Director’s Club Cinemas, each with a 48-seating capacity, at The Podium. 

Utilizing the latest technology in digital surround sound and quality projection and screen, this cinematic experience is sure to be a visual and sensory treat!

Enjoy the latest blockbusters at SM Cinema’s latest offering at Director’s Club Cinema The Podium. Book your tickets through the website, or download the SM Cinema mobile app.  You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!

SE Asia’s first IMAX with Laser now at Evia Lifestyle Center in Alabang

Outdating existing cinema experience currently available in the country, Vista Cinemas introduces an incredibly groundbreaking movie technology as it houses Southeast Asia’s first IMAX with Laser theatre in Evia Lifestyle Center Mall in Alabang.             

Launched last November 20, 2018, Vista Cinemas’ IMAX with Laser cinema now brings the audience a notch higher with its next-generation technology that delivers stunning images and heart-pounding audio for an unparalleled immersive cinematic experience.  Capturing true reality projected on  one of the world’s largest screens, the experience is set apart by its next-generation 4K laser projection system which features a new optical engine and a suite of propriety IMAX technologies that deliver increased resolution, sharper and brighter images, deeper contrast as well as the most distinct, exotic colors ever available on-screen.

Defying the standards in immersive entertainment, Vista Cinemas’ IMAX with Laser theatre is consistent with its thrust to bring only the best experiences to its customers aimed to transport audiences into today’s most anticipated blockbusters with heightened realism that draws the audience into the movie and out from his own world.

The IMAX with Laser technology has been designed from the ground-up exclusively for IMAX screens that delivers breathtaking images and makes us of IMAX’s 12-channel sound technology for an even greater dynamic range giving the ultimate in audio immersion.  

Because the audience deserve more than just a movie, get ready to experience a world of difference at Vista Cinemas’ Evia Lifestyle Mall IMAX with Laser at Evia Lifestyle Center. Visit Vista social media pages at and, and its website at

About IMAX

IMAX Corporation is an entertainment technology company, specializing in motion-picture technologies and large-format motion-picture presentations. Leading the way in immersive theatre experiences since 1968, a culture of innovation is at the very core of IMAX. From the introduction of stadium seating, to developing the highest-resolution camera in the world, to our laser projection technology and our partnerships with the world’s best filmmakers, there is no one like IMAX. More than 450 million people have been entertained in IMAX theatres since 1970. We have more than 1000 IMAX theatres in more than 66 countries around the globe. We can be found in destination entertainment centers and multiplexes as well as some of the most prestigious educational institutions worldwide. To exceed the needs of our filmmaking partners, our exhibitors and our fans, IMAX is determined to continue pushing movie technology forward. IMAX Corporation is a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: IMAX).

About Vista Cinemas

Vista Cinemas is a subsidiary of Vista Land and Lifescapes. It is one of the fastest growing chain of cinemas in the country. Currently, it’s operating in 8 Vista Malls under the Villar Group and building the next 3 branches by the end of 2018. Vista Cinemas also houses the first and only MX4D Motion EFX Theatre in the Philippines located at Evia Lifestyle Center, Vista City Alabang. All branches of Vista Cinemas have a VIP Theatre that is equipped with ccomfortable luxury recliners for a more relaxing movie watching experience. Vista Cinemas uses Laser Projection System to almost all its theatre – converting the remaining the digital projectors to Laser Projectors- the latest projection technology in the market, where movies will be crystal clear and almost life-like!

Adding to its top of the line cinema technology, Vista Cinemas now uses the Dolby Atmos SLS technology to its newly opened and upcoming branches.

Step into the movieverse with SM Cinema Telabastagan

SM Cinema Telabastagan opened its doors for its Blessing Day on May 17 (Thursday) and officially, to movie goers on May 18 (Friday). SM City Telabastagan, which can be found in the northern part of the city, is the third SM mall in San Fernando City, after SM City Pampanga and SM City San Fernando Downtown.

SM Cinema will take you to greater heights with the newest movie destination in Telabastagan. Take your family with you to the movies as SM Cinema opened six digital theatres with comfy seats, optimum surround-sound system, and delectable snacks.

Guests received a double cinematic treat from SM Cinema Telabastagan as they experienced the advance special screening of Solo, A Star Wars Movie, from the iconic franchise ‘Star Wars’, and Truth or Dare, a horror-slasher movie with a twisted take on the classical game.  There were galactic fan cosplayers and a display of Avengers: Infinity War characters to celebrate the opening of the cinema. These movies blockbusters were shown in state-of-the-art digital cinemas located at the second level of the SM City Telabastagan.

The opening weekend, from May 18 to May 20, is the perfect opportunity to sit back, watch, and enjoy the movies as all films during that weekend will be 50% off for the guests, regardless of screening times! The fun doesn’t stop there, as Snack Time launched its exclusive Tasty Combos priced at only PhP 100.

Don’t miss out on the fun and festivities as SM City Telabastagan is sure to be the site of many great movie moments.

For more exciting offers and bookings, visit the SM Cinema website, or download the SM Cinema app through the App Store and Google Play.  You may also follow /SMCinema on facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for more information and updates!

Vista Cinemas to extend operating hours for ‘Fast & Furious 8’

Vista Cinemas will have an extended operating hours on Black Saturday for “Fast and Furious 8.” All branches of Vista Cinemas, namely, Vista Mall Taguig, Vista Mall Pampanga, Vista Mall Sta. Rosa, Vista Mall Bataan and Evia Lifestyle Center have already started selling tickets beginning March 2.

Vista Cinemas at Evia Lifestyle Center will show the movie 24 hours on April 15, starting with a big 8:00 AM opening, that will go straight until the night of April 16, Easter Sunday. While only the cinemas at Evia Lifestyle Center will open 24 hours, the rest of the branches will open as early as 8:00 AM, and will have late night screenings as well.

“Fast and Furious 8” is the eight installment in the action-packed street-racing film franchise. “Fast and Furious 8” will also be available at Evia Lifestyle Center’s MX4D Motion EFX Theatre (the first and only in the Philippines) — the latest evolution in 4D cinema technology that features MX4D theater seats that move in-sync with the action on-screen, while special EFX generators inside the cinema make viewers feel every jolt, poke, tilt, timed wind and mist atomizers.

Vista Cinemas is currently running promos on the movie where they are giving away limited edition “Fast and Furious 8” collectible fan-art posters and T-shirts. Like @VistaCinemas on Facebook to know more about them.

About Fast and Furious 8

Just when everything seems to be all right—Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon, Brian and Mia retired, and the rest of the crew has been acquitted—a mysterious woman leads Dom to betray those closest to him.

Vin Diesel returns as Dom. The other returning cast members include Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell. They will be joined by newcomers Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood and Helen Mirren. The movie is helmed by Director F. Gary Gray whose claim to fame includes “The Italian Job” and “Straight Outta Compton.”

The film opens in Philippine theaters on April 15, 2017. It is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. The film has been rated PG by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

About Vista Cinemas

Vista Cinemas, a subsidiary of Vista Land & Lifescapes, one of the fastest growing chain of cinemas in the country today, is currently operating in 5 different Vista Malls under the Villar Group. Vista Cinemas at the Evia Lifestyle Center is home to the first and only MX4D Motion EFX Theatre in the Philippines, and also boasts of its luxury seating from world-renowned brands Figueras and Luxos. All branches of Vista Cinemas have a VIP Theater that is equipped with comfortable luxury recliners for a more relaxed movie watching experience, as well as movie theaters with Dolby Surround 7.1 and Dolby Atmos Sound Technology – it is sound that flows around you. Vista Cinemas Bataan has 5 out of 6 theaters with Laser Projection System, the latest projection technology in the market, where movies will be put on the screen in crystal clear images and almost life-like!

The branches of Vista Cinemas are located at the following:

Vista Cinemas at the Evia Lifestyle Center
3/F Evia Lifestyle Center, Daang Hari Road, Almanza Dos, Las Pinas City
(02) 777-1612 / (0977) 235-6541

Vista Cinemas Taguig
2/F Vista Mall Taguig, Phase 2, Camella Taguig Road, Bagong Calzada, Brgy. Tuktukan, Taguig City
(02) 634-5754 / (0995) 629-4805

Vista Cinemas Pampanga
3/F Vista Mall Pampanga, MacArthur Highway, San Agustin, San Fernando, Pampanga
(045) 497-0540 / (0927) 618-6978

Vista Cinemas Sta. Rosa
2/F Vista Mall Sta Rosa, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Sto. Domingo, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
(049) 544-6800 / (0917) 456-7298

Vista Cinemas Bataan
2/F Vista Mall Bataan, Roman Super Highway, Cupang Proper, Balanga City, Bataan
(047) 633-4867 / (0916) 340-9153

For more information about the company, their on-going promos, latest updates and daily movie schedule, like them on Ticket reservations are accepted through Facebook. Just send them a message and they will be more than glad to assist you. You may also follow them on Twitter ( and on Instagram. You may also send them a message at

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ screens in 4DX theaters at the Ayala Malls Cinemas

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” at the Ayala Malls Cinemas 4DX movie theatres will wow and amaze you with the magical motion chairs and environmental effects of 4DX technology.

Presented as the first stand-alone Star Wars film, Rogue One is set in the same universe but with a “new view” of the universe. The grandeur of the scene revealing the spectacular battlefield on the land beyond the galaxy will be accompanied by the swirling wind and deep vibrations from the motion chairs, tilting forward and backward to give a feeling of floating as if you’re really inside a jet plane.

There will also be series of air shots and tickler effects during fight scenes with storm troopers that will bring much thrill to the viewers. To add more, Jyn Erso’s bold actions in the movie combined with 4DX effects will be delicately woven to come out as an awesome “real-life” moves.

Finally, one of the most anticipated scenes of the movie – when the Empire’s new weapon, the Death Star, is about to unleash its superpower and the rebellion fights back – the combination of the 4DX effects such as fog, water, scents and chair movements perfectly work in harmony that bring out the immersiveness of the film.

There’s no other way for us fans to experience Rogue One: A Star Wars Story but on 4DX movie theatres at Ayala Malls Cinemas.

Ayala Malls Cinemas at Bonifacio High Street opened the first ever 4DX theatre in the country last April 2014. Since then, the movie-viewing landscape has never been the same. Tremendous response from movie fans kept the 4DX theatre bustling and thriving especially for action-adventure films. And now with the additional 2 locations, in U.P. Town Center in Quezon City and Greenbelt 3 in Makati City, this game-changing cinema technology has always been delighting the moviegoers. Last November 18, Ayala Malls Cinemas and partner Korean company, CJ 4DPLEX, pioneer of the 4D cinemas had their contract signing for the additional two 4DX theatres. Now, all these 4DX theatres have been keeping movie aficionados looking forward on their next movie adventure with 4DX.

As a special treat, Ayala Malls Cinemas is giving away Star Wars bobble heads. Check out its twitter page for details. ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY is now showing at Ayala Malls Cinemas. Visit for the movie schedule. Get updated on the latest blockbusters and cinema promos. Follow us at our Facebook page @AyalaMallsCinemas, Twitter @ilovesureseats, and Instagram @iloveayalamallscinemas .

State-of-the-art Venice Cineplex now open at Venice Grand Canal

The country’s most romantic mall just got more exciting with a first-rate movie viewing experience giving shoppers and movie enthusiasts more reasons to celebrate the season at McKinley Hill’s premier lifestyle destination.

Located at the 3rd floor of Venice Grand Canal, the state-of-the-art Venice Cineplex opens to the movie going public beginning December 3.

Five world-class movie theaters with plush and comfortable seats and equipped with the latest big screen and sound system technology guarantee to elevate the film viewing experience like never before.

Cinemas 2 and 5 will be operating in the Dolby Atmos System, an award winning sound program created to give movie lovers the most innovative and immersive experience in film viewing, thanks to its multidimensional surround sound.

Dolby Atmos creates dynamic audio with pinpoint clarity though 64 sound channels and by strategically placing speakers all around audiences. This multidimensional sound realism redefines the movie experience without distracting from the action on screen, thus making Dolby Atmos theatres the optimal choice in viewing the latest blockbuster hits.

The most striking and innovative feature of Venice Cineplex is its VIP Cinema, a signature of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls in its Eastwood, Lucky Chinatown, Newport and Uptown Cinemas.

Venice Cineplex VIP Cinema offers a more premium and exclusive feel, and is perfect for movie dates with its luxurious reclining leather seats. It also offers a butler service that will keep drinks and popcorn flowing with a touch of a button for a more convenient movie viewing experience.

For added convenience, movie goers can also buy their movie tickets to Venice Cineplex at

Elevate your movie viewing experience at the brand new Venice Cineplex at Venice Grand Canal. For more information, please call the Venice Grand Canal Concierge at 624-1971, 09175129934 or send an email to