Cinema Akil's vintage interior is now open again
Dubai film house Cinema Akil is back in business once more.
Maja Kozel Design picked up prize for Interior Design of the Year: Public Sector for Cinema Akil & Project Chaiwalla at the 2019 Commercial Interior Design Awards.
Cinema Akil is Dubai's first independent cinema venue, complemented by food and beverage partner, Project Chaiwala.
In their design, Kozel repurposed old cinema seats and a vintage box office at the entrance contrasted against bare concrete walls and an eccentric turquoise backdrop and a terrazzo-tiled countertop for Project Chaiwala's kitchen space.
Now those vintage seats will welcome visitors once again. They've been sectioned to reduce the capacity to 30 per cent and ensure a two-metre space between guests. Everyone needs to wear a mask and there will be temperature checks at the door.
There'll be daily fogging and sanitisation of the vivid red interior, with its plush seats rescued from Dubai’s last standalone cinema. Opening times have changed to 6pm to 9pm and the cinema is closed on Sunday and Monday.
Cinema Akil co-founder Butheina Kazim