Tis’ the season to be cinematic! Whether you want to catch a Hollywood blockbuster, plan a movie-themed b-day party, or treat your tiny tyke to an educational OMNIMAX movie, we have the list of the best places in the city to catch the latest flicks with your whole family. Grab the kids, scoop up some popcorn, sit back, and relax! Here is the guide to the best cinemas in Hong Kong.
If the brightly colored loungers and mini armchairs don’t give it away, then the pre-show entertainment space and play zone where kids can burn off some energy before sitting down to watch a movie will – this is Hong Kong’s first kid-friendly cinema. Located in D Park in Tsuen Wan, Candy Park by Cinema City is home to five screens, one of which is a special children’s theatre with extra-long lounge chairs, comfy mini seats, paired chairs and seats in sets of three that are perfect for two adults and one child to enjoy a movie together.
Want to watch a movie outdoors? Then check out this cool place. They regularly hold outdoor movie nights when the weather is good. The Sai Kung Open Air Cinema Club brings you classics such as Stand By Me. The ticket price includes soft drinks, beer, Prosecco, popcorn and snacks.
This isn’t your conventional daytime movie outing. Instead of the cinema, get your little one to kick off their shoes and enjoy a foot rub. They have a long list of blockbuster DVDs to choose from, or you can bring your own film and watch it in the private treatment rooms equipped with Apple TVs.
Ten Feet Tall, 20-21/f, L Place, 139 Queen's Road, Central, Hong Kong, + 852 2971 1010, www.tenfeettall.com.hk
A favorite hangout for film buffs, hipsters and wannabes; this may not seem like the ideal place to bring your kiddies, but when the cinema isn’t screening highbrow films, you can rent out an entire theater for a cartoon movie marathon. Broadway Cinematheque also houses a café, bookstore and DVD store.
Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong,+852 2388 0002, bc.cinema.com.hk
After an afternoon of shopping, why not wind down with a movie? The primarily English-language programming assures that there’s plenty of movies to choose from. Bring your little darlings to watch the arts on the big screen: the Palace regularly screens operas from the Met at New York's Lincoln Center and, most recently, Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema.
Palace, IFC, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2388 6268, www.cinema.com.hk
You don’t need to worry about stroller-access at this theater. Here, you’ve got ample room to treat your family to an afternoon at the movies. With all the latest movies on both 2-D and 3-D screens, there’s sure to be something for everyone. AMC Pacific Place is one of Hong Kong's leading stadium-seating cinemas. It also serves up gourmet canapés, fine wine and drinks to create an exceptional viewing experience.
AMC, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2265 8933, www.amccinemas.com.hk
Skip over to Sai Wan Ho and spend the afternoon learning about Hong Kong’s rich film history. Not only will you be able to visit exhibitions featuring all of the biggest and brightest stars, but there’s also a resource center where you can enjoy the afternoon watching full-length feature films from around the world.
Hong Kong Film Archive, 50 Lei King Road, Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong, +852 2739 2139, Website.
The Grand Theater features 4 exclusive balcony boxes to provide the utmost luxurious and romantic movie experience one can ever expect. Movie-goers can also enjoy 5-star dining and service in the 5 premium Director's Club. With 10 screens and over 1,000 seats, there are plenty of seats for family and friends to sit in and enjoy an afternoon or evening of entertainment.
UA Galaxy Macau, Cotai, Macau, +853 2317 6666, www.galaxymacau.com/en/macau-entertainment/ua-galaxy-cinema
Fancy a fully immersive cinematic experience? Cinema City Langham Place is the first cinema in Hong Kong to introduce the exclusive 116-seat 4DX Theater with motion seats and environmental effects such as bubbles, wind and scent. Let them take your 3D movie experience to the next level - see it, smell it, sense it and feel it! Be thrilled in your next thriller and feel like you're a part of the action.
Cinema City, Level 8-11, Langham Place Mall, 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, +852 2360 0910, website
After an afternoon of shopping, relax for a couple of hours with the kids and enjoy watching the latest blockbuster. They have a wine bar for mom and dad, so grab a glass before you head in. There’s regular ticket offers too so check out the website for more details and sign up for their emails. Do remember to bring your own 3D glasses otherwise, you’ll be charged for a new pair!
Cyberport Movie, Shop L1 - 3, Level 1, The Arcade, 100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong, www.cinema.com.hk/
This cinema is popular with local families in the area. They have a lot of film festivals, some include; “Korean Film Festival”, “STAR Academy”, “Studio Ghilbi Film Festival” , “J-toon Film Festival”, “Gundam Film Festival”. It’s a good place to bring your kids if they need to brush up on their Cantonese.
MCL Cinemas, locations all over, www2.mclcinema.com/MCL
OMNIMAX at The Space Museum, Stanley Ho Theatre, 10 Salisbury Road, TST, Hong Kong, +852 2721 0226, www.imax.com/theatres/omnimax-hong-kong-space-museum Minimum age for OMNIMAX is 3 years old. Buy tickets ahead of time to avoid the lines.