Nothing beats watching movies in the cinema
KUALA LUMPUR: Cinephiles took the opportunity to go to the cinema on Malaysia Day, the first day of screening, almost a year after shutters closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Some moviegoers showed up as early as 11 a.m. yesterday, just for the chance to watch stories unfold on the big screen.
Among the first to enter the GSC Mid Valley Megamall was Raymond Teoh, 36, who came to see the monster movie Godzilla vs Kong.
“It felt good to be back in the theaters, watching a movie, after over three months watching home movies on Netflix and other content on YouTube,” said Teoh, who works in the computer industry.
“The last movie I watched in a theater was Mortal Kombat, it was in April. I can’t wait to see Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings next, ”he added.
Passionate film buff, Mr. Logeswaran returned to the cinema yesterday after a year of absence.
“I watched Mulan in September 2020; it was the last time. Today I watched Those Who Wish Me Death with Angelina Jolie.
“And I plan to watch the Tamil movie Kodiyil Oruvan this weekend,” the 25-year-old said.
Logeswaran, who works at a bank, feels safe returning to the cinema as strict standard operating procedures are put in place by cinema operators.
“Going to the movies is something I love to do. It’s fun. I can’t wait for the big movies to open. I can’t wait to watch Free Guy, Black Widow and of course, Shang-Chi,” he added.
From September 9, cinemas are allowed to operate at 50% of their capacity and are only open to those who are fully vaccinated.
After a week of cleaning, disinfection and preparation, GSC reopened at 17 sites across the country while TGV had 13 sites in operation.
All theaters are expected to be fully operational from September 23.
The two main cinema operators in Malaysia are also offering free screenings of old releases for a limited time.
GSC audiences can watch Godzilla vs Kong and Unholy for free, while TGV offers Godzilla vs Kong and Mortal Kombat to its MovieClub members. Tickets for other titles are available at reduced prices.
More moviegoers are expected to visit the cinema starting September 23, when Hollywood headlines are expected to arrive.
Some of the titles coming out next week include Malaysian-born James Wan’s new horror film Malignant, Marvel’s Black Widow, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Jungle Cruise.
Next is James Bond’s The Suicide Squad and No Time To Die on September 30.
Films coming out in October include Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (October 7); Free Guy, Dune and Halloween Kills (October 14); and Fast & Furious 9 (October 21).