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 www.smtickets.com 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 www.smtickets.com.

5 things to watch out for at SM Cinema this Halloween

The ber months signify the start of the holidays and SM Cinema is kicking off the festive season with Halloween spooks! As the season for creepy décor and trick-or-treating ushers in, SM Cinema brews up spine-tingling activities for movie lovers. From film festivals, concert movies and installations that take moviegoers into the world of villains, here are some of the frightfully awesome things that SM Cinema moviegoers can look forward to this October!

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Installation – October 8

SM Cinema continues to make efforts to incorporate inclusivity in their reel to real promise. With the arrival Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil, SM Cinema is putting up an interactive exhibit at S’Maison on October 8-Oct 16 and SM Southmall on Oct 17-23. The installation will use Braille to allow all children to enjoy the movie experience, including the visually impaired. Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil will be showing in SM Cinema theatres starting October 16.

Sine Sindak 2 – October 23 to 29

SM Cinema’s Sine Sindak Horror Film Festival is back on its second run with four movie titles—Only Mom, Hex, Look Away and Door Lock–that are sure to scare the bones out of moviegoers! To add more excitement and fun, SM Cinema will also be giving special prizes to moviegoers who will come in their best Halloween costume.

Joker – October 2

This unique and gritty take on the iconic DC Comics villain, was met with glowing reviews and wide critical acclaim following its premier at the Venice Film Festival, setting the bar high for moviegoers and fans of the character. The movie follows Arthur Fleck a.k.a. The Joker, a failed stand-up comedian and a man disregarded by society who turns to a life of instilling chaos in Gotham City. SM Cinema will hold the advance screening of Joker on Sept 30 at IMAX Sm Aura Premier. 

Zombieland 2: Double Tap – October 23

Finally, the star-studded Zombieland 2: Double Tap is on its way to SM Cinema for more zombie-killing action! The Zombieland sequel follows the makeshift family composed Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita and Little Rock are faced with more evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains that come with their little dysfunctional family. The advance screening of Zombieland will be hosted by SM Cinema at Megamall on Oct 21. 

Concert Movies and Local Flicks

For those who would want to kick off the holidays fright-free, SM Cinema has is exclusively offering at select branches one night-only concert films–Shakira on Oct 9 and Metallica with San Francisco Symphony 2 on Nov. 16.

For die-hard fans of Pinoy kilig flicks, SM Cinema is hosting the red carpet premieres of Isa Pa With Feelings starring Maine Mendoza and Carlo Aquino on Oct 15 and Unforgettable starring Sarah Geronimo on Oct 21. Fans can get a glimpse of their favorite stars at the red carpet events which will both be at SM Megamall. Isa Pa with Feelings opens on Oct 16. Unforgettable will be shown beginning Oct. 23. 

Book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app.  You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates! Satisfy your cavings at Snack Time, the official food concessionaire of SM Cinema, which offers a wide array of snack like popcorn, hotdogs and burgers to complement your movie watching experience. Follow /SnackTimeOfficial on Facebook for more information.

Witness extraordinary with ‘Rocketman’ at SM Cinema

 Some of may have grown up listening to his catchy songs, some may just be about to discover his musical brilliance. Either way, it’s hard to find someone who has never heard the name, Elton John – see this icon’s biopic, Rocketman and see his story and the story behind his music in the big screen. Rocketman is now showing in SM Cinema!

Elton John has been defying norms and performing songs at a theatrical grandeur ever since he started his career in 1962. Since then, he has written music that have spanned generations such as “Your Song”, “Skyline Pigeon”, “Tiny Dancer” and “Candle in the Wind” among others.

His biopic, Rocketman, whose title is based on another one of his famous songs, follows the colorful life and musical career of pop culture icon, Elton John, as he navigates the musical world. Featuring his time as a prodigy of the Royal Academy of Music and his musical partnership with Bernie Taupin, Rocketman will show us that being different is not so bad after all.

Fans of Elton John don’t need to worry about missing this movie because there is always SM Cinema for you, wherever you are! With 64 branches nationwide, SM Cinema offers accessibility at an affordable price – perfect for the ultimate family or barkada bonding! So get ready to sing along to the classic Elton John songs in SM Cinema theatres across the country and marvel at the life of one of the world’s best-selling rock idols.

READ MORE: Movie review of ‘Rocketman’

Catch Rocketman starting June 19 at any of the SM Cinema branches nationwide. Book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.com 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.

SM Cinema presents the ‘Child’s Play’ scare experience

 Hold on to your seats and get ready to scream as SM Cinema presents Child’s Play, the remake of the classic slasher movie.

In line with the release of the movie, SM Cinema is bringing the scare to you with the Child’s Play Scare Experience at the SM Megamall Cinema Lobby on June 15 to 23. Get chills as you check out the eerie lineup of collectibles at the Chucky Toy Collection Display. Witness the evolution of Chucky from the ‘80s to the present day with the Chucky Poster Exhibit. You can also get the chance to win limited edition Child’s Play shirts by taking photos at the exhibit backdrop and uploading them on Facebook or Twitter.

Easily one of the most recognizable icons of horror cinema, Chucky recently visited SM Aura and SM Mall of Asia for the Chucky Scare Experience Mascot Tour. You can catch him at the following SM Cinema branches this June: SM Megamall (June 20 and 23), SM North EDSA (June 22) and SM Fairview (June 22).

Child’s Play features mother and son Karen and Andy Barclay as they move to a new city. Seeing his son struggle to make friends, Karen gives Andy a “smart toy” to help him adjust to his new life. Little do they know that the toy is slowly gaining sentience and is seeking to wreak havoc upon their new home.

Directed by Lars Klevberg, Child’s Play stars Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky, Gabriel Bateman as Andy Barclay, Aubrey Plaza as Karen Barclay, Brian Tyree Henry as Detective Mike Norris, Tim Matheson as Henry Kaslan and Marlon Kazadi as Omar Norris.

Catch Child’s Play starting June 20 at SM Cinema branches nationwide. Book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app.  You may 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.

Lock and load as ‘John Wick 3’ hits SM Cinema

 It’s time to gear up as legendary hitman John Wick returns with more action at SM Cinema!

The third installment of the John Wick film series picks right up after the events of John Wick: Chapter 2. After killing Santino D’Antonio on Continental grounds, John Wick is declared excommunicado and goes on the run with a $14 million global contract for his death. With a horde of the world’s top assassins on his tail, John Wick must find his way around the city of New York and try to make it out alive.

Can’t get enough of that John Wick action? SM Cinema has prepared a little something for the fans as they launch the John Wick III Experience. Transform into the infamous hitman as you shoot targets at the Shoot Like John Wick shooting range and get a chance to win John Wick merchandise. You can also cool down afterwards by browsing through an artwork exhibit of John Wick himself and other cast members.  SM Cinema also hosted an action-packed Lazer Tag Tournament at SM Megamall, where teams competed to win exclusive and limited-edition John Wick merchandise and tickets to the movie premiere.

 Be sure to check out all these exciting happenings at the SM Megamall Cinema Lobby until May 19 for tons of fun brought to you by SM Cinema!

Get even more out of your John Wick experience when you watch at SM Cinema as they offer two (2) Lazer Arena passes when you buy at least two (2) John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum movie tickets and two (2) Php99 combo meals from SnackTime. The promo is applicable until May 19 for all movie schedules before 1PM.

Catch John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum starting May 15 at SM Cinema branches nationwide. Book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app.  You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!

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, www.smcinema.com 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!

‘Avengers: Endgame’ to open in 333 SM Cinema screens nationwide

The coming of the most anticipated movie of the year is fast-approaching and SM Cinema is gearing up for the massive battle about to come! After more than a decade, everyone is anxious to watch the epic finale to this story that we have been following since 2008. This is why from April 24 to 28, SM Cinema will be showing Avengers: Endgame in all SM Cinema branches – and by “all” we literally mean all schedules of the 333 screens in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao! 

You can catch the exciting comeback of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as they take solo spotlight in all Digital 2D, 3D, SM Cinema IMAX, Director’s Club Cinema, Event Cinema, and Megascreen Large Format cinemas in any of the 64 SM Cinema branches across the country.

No time to watch it during the day? We’ve got you covered as SM Aura Premier and SM Mall of Asia host 24 hour, non-stop screenings of Avengers: Endgame from April 24 to 28!  

Avengers: Endgame starts right after the grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and left the Avengers ranks in fractures. The remaining Avengers are then compelled to take one final stand to attempt to save the world and defeat their greatest nemesis once and for all.

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ precedes ‘Avengers: Endgame.’

Is the excitement over Avengers getting you hyped? Well we have more good news for you because ticket pre-selling has already started; so, book your tickets now and be among the first in the world to see the movie! Skip the lines, get the best seats in the house, and save as much as P20 by getting your tickets via www.smcinema.com or the SM Cinema App. Make sure to also subscribe to SM Cinema on facebook.com/SMCinema, twitter.com/SM_Cinema, and Instagram.com/SM_Cinema so that you don’t miss the latest digital promos and online activities.

Avengers: Endgame is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Trinh Tran, Jon Favreau and Stan Lee are the executive producers, and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay. 

Get electrified with new superhero comedy ‘Shazam!’ in IMAX at SM Cinema

DC superfans, say the word as SM Cinema brings you an exciting and electrifying IMAX experience with the newest superhero in town, the magnificent “Shazam!”

As Billy Batson lives what he thinks is a normal 14-year-old’s life, shouting out “Shazam!” changes all that as he turns into an adult Super Hero, Shazam. Given by an ancient Wizard, Billy tries to discover Shazam’s superhero abilities with the help of his foster brother, Freddy. Now that there is a great danger approaching them, Shazam has to master his abilities to fight evil brought by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. 

The film features Zachary Levi as Shazam, Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Djimon Hounsou as the Wizard and Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

The origin story of Shazam becomes more electrified and more action-filled in SM Cinema’s IMAX theatres as it will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality for the complete The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, will create an immersive movie experience for the Super Hero fans and feel like they are part of the adventures of Shazam.

Catch Shazam! starting April 3, 2019 at IMAX theatres, Director’s Club and SM Cinema branches nationwide. Book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app.  You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!

Soar high with Disney’s ‘Dumbo’ at SM Cinema

 Hold on to your feathers and get ready to soar as SM Cinema presents Dumbo, a live-action remake of the beloved Disney classic.

In this heart-wrenching fantasy, struggling circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) hires former circus star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children to take care of Dumbo, a baby elephant who is mocked for having gigantic ears. However, the sudden discovery that he can fly turns Dumbo from laughingstock to the star of the show, regaining the circus’ former glory and captivating ambitious businessman,V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton). Dumbo’s fame skyrockets as he is pulled into the Vandevere’s newest attraction, Dreamland, until Holt uncovers the dark secrets lurking within its extravagant exterior. 

Directed by Tim Burton, Dumbo stars Danny Devito as Max Medici, Colin Farrell as Holt Farrier, Eva Green as Colette Marchant, Michael Keaton as V.A. Vandevere, Nico Parker as Milly Farrier, and Finley Hobbins as Joe Farrier.

Fly high as Dumbo will have its advance screening in different parts of the country, March 23 at SM City Clark and SM Seaside City Cebu, March 24 at SM Lanang Premier and March 25 at SM Aura Premier.

Catch Dumbo starting March 27 at SM Cinema branches nationwide. Book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app.  You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!

Fall in love with new romantic drama ‘Five Feet Apart’ at SM Cinema

Witness a love that will break barriers as romantic drama Five Feet Apart premieres at SM Cinema!

Cystic Fibrosis patients Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) and Will (Cole Sprouse) feel an instant connection when they meet at the hospital, but their life-threatening disease demands that they always maintain a distance of at least six feet from each other. As their attraction intensifies, will they be willing enough to break the rules for a chance at love despite all the risks?

To celebrate the release of Five Feet Apart, SM Cinema partnered with Spoken Word MNL and Collaboratory PH. Spoken word artists were given the chance to showcase their work to the audience during the premiere of the movie at SM Cinema.

Catch Five Feet Apart starting March 20 at SM Cinema branches nationwide. Book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app.  You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!