Earlier this year, we brought you a list of cinemas expected to open this year in Malaysia. The first and second quarters of 2015 have passed, now let's see what other, or remaining, cinemas will finally open their doors to the movie-watching crowd during the third and fourth quarters of the year.
Read on for our list of cinematic outlets that are opening or re-launching in the second half of 2015:
Having opened quite a number of new cinemas in the first half of the year, Golden Screen Cinemas has GSC Aman Central set to open in Alor Setar sometime this year. The 10-screen cinema is targeted to open before the end of 2015.
GSC kicked off the year with the opening of the 11-screen GSC Nu Sentral on 29 January, followed by the re-launch of GSC Ipoh Parade, which is the largest multiplex in Perak with its 11 halls that include the state's first GSC Maxx, Dolby Atmos and THX certified halls, on 5 February. Not long after, the 13-screen GSC IOI City Mall in Putrajaya was launched on 13 February. Meanwhile, 8-screen GSC Klang Parade Mall opened just last month on 11 June.
Two more new TGV Cinemas outlets are expected to open in the second half of the year. The first of these will be TGV Cinemas DPulze located in Cyberjaya, followed by TGV Cinemas Sunway Putra Mall in Kuala Lumpur.
Several of TGV Cinemas that opened earlier this year include TGV Cinemas Imperial City Mall, which started operating on 17 December 2014 but only held its grand opening on 12 March 2015. The eight-screen cinema in Sarawak is the first TGV cinema in East Malaysia. Another eight-screen cinema, TGV Cinemas Jaya Shopping Mall located at Section 14, Petaling Jaya opened last February. The first row of each of its hall is fitted with Beanie seats. Meanwhile, the newly-renovated TGV Cinemas Perda City Mall at Bukit Mertajam with 5 halls and 1090 seating capacity reopened last April. The latest location which opened on 16 July 2015 just in time for the long Raya break was TGV Cinemas AEON AU2 at Setiawangsa.
LFS Cinemas Mahkota Parade, Malacca is undergoing extension to add six more halls to its existing four. The currently four-screen cinema is able to house 645 seats but after the extension work is done, the new ten-screen cinema will have a seating capacity of 1300 seats. Other than being equipped with Dolby Digital sound system, there will also be the first ever Dolby Atmos hall in Malacca added to the cinema soon. The new halls are targeted to open by the 23rd of this month.
LFS Cinemas' newest outlet was officially launched back in February. LFS Cinemas Kerian Sentral Mall, located at Parit Buntar, Perak, first opened only two of its eight halls on 18 December 2014 prior to its official launch.
Once the 8-screen MBO Cinemas Sungai Petani, Kedah opens, MBO Cinemas will soon have 191 screens in 26 locations nationwide. The new cinema is tentatively set to open this July. Well known for its diversity in terms of looks, the cinema chain operator will most likely give the new outlet a décor different from its existing outlets.
On 15 April this year, MBO Cinemas officially launched its first ever outlet in Sabah. MBO Cinemas Imago Kota Kinabalu, which borrows its looks from the state's natural ocean life, features a sleek, underwater-inspired theme. The eight-screen cinema is the first to introduce the Actuator seats as well as the Auro 11.1 3D sound system in East Malaysia.