Cine­plex to open to­day in Kuala Tereng­ganu

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA TERENG­GANU: The movie reels will start rolling again in the city with the open­ing of the LFS Paya Bunga Sen­tral here to­day.

There had not been any movie en­ter­tain­ment out­lets in the state cap­i­tal for more than two decades after two con­ven­tional cin­e­mas were closed down in the late 1990s.

Lo­tus Five Star Cin­ema (M) Sdn Bhd had gone all out to in­ten­sify its mar­ket­ing process to pro­mote its first cine­plex in Tereng­ganu through its web­site and so­cial me­dia.

The 11-hall cine­plex was ini­tially sched­uled to be opened on March 6.

How­ever, Tereng­ganu State Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion gen­eral man­ager Samiun Salleh said the open­ing date of the cine­plex was post­poned to to­day to al­low more time for the op­er­a­tor to fi­nalise de­tails per­tain­ing to its op­er­a­tion.

“We know that movie lovers have been look­ing for­ward to the open­ing of the cine­plex since early this month,” he said in an in­ter­view.

“The cur­tains will raise on Satur­day. Just be a lit­tle more pa­tient.”

Six halls will open dur­ing its ini­tial phase of op­er­a­tion to­day, while an­other five will open dur­ing the sec­ond phase in April.

The 11 halls are spread over an area of more than 30,000 square feet.

Three are large halls with a seat­ing ca­pac­ity of 264 each, while seven oth­ers are medium halls.

There cis also one pre­mier hall with only 88 seats.

For the ini­tial stage of its op­er­a­tion, LFS Cin­e­mas is ex­pect­ing an oc­cu­pancy rate of 36 per cent dur­ing week­days and 56 per cent dur­ing week­ends.

LFS Cin­e­mas had signed a 15year con­tract with the cor­po­ra­tion to run and man­age the cine­plex, which has a seat­ing ca­pac­ity of 1,650.

The movie ti­tles to be shown on the open­ing day are Kong: Skull Is­land, At­trac­tion, Kanang Anak Langkau and Lo­gan.

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