HELLO! LOVES Cinema night
From sitting out under the stars to being thrown into the on screen action courtesy of top notch special effects enjoy the ultimate movie night with our pick of the UAE’s top cinematic experiences
Platinum Suites at The Dubai Mall
Movie-going doesn’t get any more indulgent than this. With cream leather reclining seats so comfortable you’ll literally melt into them, a pillow and blanket to enhance the cosy experience, a personalised butler service and delicious snacks to satisfy any mid-movie cravings all of which can be preordered on arrival in the unique private lounge as you wait for to be called through for the start of the film, a trip to the flicks will never be the same again. The only downside? It spoils for any other expereince.
Details: AED168/US$46, The Dubai Mall, Financial Centre Road, Dubai, Tel: 800 38224 6255, reelcinemas.ae
Cinema Akil at Alserkal Avenue
If arty, edgy movies are you thing then this chic little cinema spot in the city’s funkiest destination, will be right up your street. Showcasing independent movies with the sole aim of peaking a local interest in the cinematic arts, it’s evocative of a retro, bygone era where. Get there early to order snacks from their resident caterers, Project Chaiwala -- the masala tea is a must.
Details: From AED53/US$14, Warehouse 68, Al Quoz Industrial District, cinemaakil.com
The Urban Outdoor Cinema at the Habtoor Grand Resort
Grab a sofa on the grass in front of the big screen and settle down under the stars to watch a blockbuster. The cinema shows a variety of family-friendly classics three times a week on a Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Plus, there’s food service from the hotel’s pizza restaurant and poolside lounge as well as a pop-up bar serving popcorn and bites. Wrap up warm as it can get cool at night thanks to the sea breeze.
Details: AED75/US$20, from 7.30pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, Habtoor Grand, Dubai Marina, Tel: + 971 056 895 6280, urbanoutdoorcinema.com
The Roxy Cinema at Boxpark
No ordinary run-of-the-mill cinema, this luxurious boutique offering situated in the uber cool shipping container mall, Boxpark, is all about old Hollywood glamour with elegant touches that include hand-stitched, Italian leathertrimmed seats and low-lit side lamps, plus black and white film stills and memorabilia dotted around the walls of the café you pass through on your way to you seat – where you can also pick up a coffee and some popcorn. With an old-school, retro vibe this is a throwback to an era of movie greats.
Details: From AED126/US$34, Boxpark, Al Wasl Road, Dubai, Tel: 800 7699, theroxycinemas.com
Guy Fieri Kitchen & Bar and Dine-in Cinema at Jebel Ali Recreation Club
Movie lovers and foodies are in for a treat at this 180-seater dine-in cinema experience. Split across four Reel Cinema screens, and complemented by a licensed 100-seater restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating, superstar chef Guy Fieri is offering guests a taste of his American-style cuisine – think cheesy nachos, crispy chicken sandwiches and hearty burgers – to satiate their appetites whilst taking in the latest releases the big screen.
Details: Dine-in packages start from AED95/US$26, Jebel Ali Recreation Club, Dubai, Tel: 800 38224 6255, reelcinemas.ae
Reel Boutique at Rove Downtown
Reflecting Rove Downtown’s funky charm, the boutique hotel’s very own cinema has stylish sofa seating in a range of bright colours and a distinct inner-city vibe that avid movie-goers will love. The contemporary, intimate 46-seater cinema will be showcasing all the latest hits, along with football matches and regional releases.
Plus, as an added bonus, ticket prices cover a soft drink and popcorn in a variety of unusual flavours including sweet and salty to the more intriguing wasabi, cappuccino, and strawberries and cream.
Details: AED45/US$12, 312 Happiness Street, Zabeel 2, Dubai, Tel: 800 38224 6255, reelcinemas.ae
Novo Cinemas MX4D screen at Dubai Festival City Mall
When it comes to a fully immersive cinema this innovative 4D experience takes movie-going to another level. Expect an all-encompassing sensory overload thanks to the built-in motion and effects from your theatre seat, but the thrills don’t stop there.
On top of being able to feel all the moves, jolts, wind and water from the on screen action, you will also be thrown into the movie with the scents and smells triggered by what the characters are
experiencing in the film you’re engrossed in. You can also redeem AED32/ US$9 of your ticket price on drinks and snacks. Details: AED95/US$26, Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai Festival City, Tel: +971 232 8328, novocinemas.com