Update (Mar 15, 2021): Movie-goers in Karachi finally have a decent outdoor space to enjoy their favourite flicks on a big screen as Jazz Drive-in Cinema in Bahria Town starts screening. Movies in this outdoor facility will be screened on the weekends: starting from Friday till Sunday.
A week-wise genre-specific theme will be followed for the screening of films, which will include drama, fantasy, action, classic, thriller/horror, science-fiction, and animated movies. There will be a designated parking space for each of the vehicles in the facility. The audio of the movie being screened is broadcasted via a radio frequency, which can be heard using the audio system in a car.
With a safe, socially distant, and open-air environment, the City of Lights is in need of more entertainment avenues like these amid the on-going coronavirus pandemic.
Being residents of the biggest metropolitan area in Pakistan, the people of Karachi are used to living a busy and vibrant lifestyle. Throughout the week, they follow their tedious work routines, but, during the weekends, they like hanging out with families and friends. However, for some people, going to the movies in Karachi turns out to be the most favourite leisure activity. They eagerly wait for new releases because they want to enjoy them on the big screen. However, was it always like this? Were cinemas in Karachi always in high demand? Let’s find out.
Let’s Explore More About Cinemas in Karachi
From the 1950s to the 1980s, the cinema culture in Karachi was in full swing. At the time, the local film industry produced over 80 movies a year, which is quite a big number. Most of these movies were blockbusters and did a lot of business. Almost all of the famous localities in Karachi of the time had every movie theatre packed on weekends. Unfortunately, in the late 1970s, the cinema industry in Karachi started declining and all of a sudden it lost all its fame and glory. However, a couple of decades later, in the 2010s, some filmmakers began efforts to revive Pakistani cinema. As the number and quality of the movies increased, so did the theatres in the city. Today, you can find many upscale cinemas in Karachi. Here are the names of some of the most popular ones:
Nueplex currently has two operational cinemas in Karachi; the first one is located in The Place in Phase 8, DHA and the other is on Rashid Minhas Road that opened in 2018. Featuring international architecture, Nueplex Cinema offers you with a delightful experience. Movie fans in Nueplex can enjoy 2D as well as 3D movies. Nueplex has become one of the pioneers in terms of bringing the concept of a digital multiplex in Pakistan. Not only that it has multiple cinemas, but to make your experience even more premium, it also includes a gold class cinema. The website of Nueplex notifies you about new releases and conveniently allows you to get tickets online.
The chain of Cinepax cinemas has gone far and wide as they are found all across Pakistan. In Karachi, Cinepax is located at The Ocean Mall in Clifton. Like any other modern-day cinema, there is also a web portal for Cinepax for where you can purchase or book tickets online. Enjoying the status of one of the most advanced digital multiplexes in Pakistan, Cinepax at Ocean Mall comprises multiple cinemas namely The Gold, The Platinum and The CMAXX. People visiting these cinemas can watch 2D and 3D movies in Karachi. Don’t miss the CMAX experience at Cinepax as it’s believed to be Pakistan’s biggest cinema screen.
In terms of display, sound and quality, Atrium Cinemas, also known as ME Cinemas, according to their official website, need no introduction. It is located on Zaib Un Nissa Street near Saddar’s very famous Zainab Market. When made operational, back in 2010, it served as the first digital multi-screen cinema in Karachi. Supporting both 2D and 3D motion pictures and providing the ultimate experience to the moviegoers, Atrium Cinemas is visited by a lot of people almost every day. However, on weekends, it is a bit more crowded. Through their web portal, you can easily check out the new releases and also buy tickets online of your preferred movie show. The best part is you can experience all of this entertainment with your friends and family as the movie theatre has a family-friendly environment.
Mega Multiplex Cinemas
It is necessary to mention the name of Mega Multiplex Cinemas when talking about entertainment, comfort and luxury offered by the cinemas in Karachi. Located on the third floor of Millenium Mall on main Rashid Minhas Road, Mega Multiplex Cinemas offer an incredible 2D and 3D movie experience to its visitors. This place includes all the facilities and features that modern-day cinemas usually have. The official website of the Mega Multiplex Cinemas gives you a lot of information about the scheduled movie shows and also has the facility to buy online tickets. So, you can also pick this place to plan your next movie night out among your friends and family.
Raiha CineGold Plex, Bahria Town
Raiha CineGold Plex is situated in Bahria Town to provide its residents with premium movie experience. According to its official website, Raiha CineGold Plex is a world-class cinema that offers moviegoers an extremely comfortable and family-friendly environment. The cinemas in Raiha CineGold Plex use advanced movie projection and speaker technology to let you enjoy 2D as well as 3D movies with high-quality display and sound.
Having state-of-the-art seating arrangement, this movie theatre in Bahria Town also has its own website that is updated regularly to let you know all about upcoming shows and their tickets, which can be purchased online. Raiha CineGold Plex Cinema also hosts a Jazz Drive-in Cinema. The outdoor cinema culture has finally been revived after decades in Karachi.
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Quality movies led to the opening of new cinemas in Karachi. That’s true. However, it’s also important to note the facilities provided by these places — luxurious seating arrangement, availability of state-of-the-art snack bars and of course, family-friendly environment — also played a crucial role in attracting moviegoers. It’s a mutual relationship, one that helped revive a dying industry.