Saturday, April 7, 2012

Singapore's second Imax screen opens in the west at JCube at Jurong East

Residents who live in the far far west of Singapore do not need to travel all the way to the town to watch movies on Imax screen. New shopping mall JCube in the Jurong East Regional Centre, next to Jurong East Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station and bus interchange will host Singapore's second Imax screen.  19m x 9.5 m Imax screen at the seven hall Lido cineplex  is the second Imax theater after the Imax screen at Lido Theatres on Orchard Road. This one came earlier than planned thanks to the huge success of the Lido's first Imax screen in the centre and if a screen like this also becomes a success in the heartland, we can expect more Imax screens around the island in the next few years.

Although Imax tickets are significantly more expensive than normal 3D screens, the experience is unique and 200,000 people have visited Lido Imax Theater since it was opened on May 2011. According to Shaw Theatres, 461 seat hall operated at full capacity for the first two to three weeks of any blockbuster movie and the top three highest grossing Imax films in Singapore were Mission Impossible : Ghost Protocol, Transformers: Dark Side of The Moon and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

JCube Imax Theatre is much smaller than the one at the city centre: it has only 160 seats but the screen sizes of these 2 theatres are same. Also JCube Imax ticket prices will be same with Orchard Road one; from $17 to $22 per person. Jurong Imax theatre will first screen James Cameron's 1997 epic romance-adventure Titanic. Singapore Imax goers can also enjoy the Wrath of The Titans, Battleship, The Avengers (3-D) and Man In Black (3D).

Shaw has signed an exclusive 10 years deal with Imax in 2010 so no other cinema chain will be able to introduce the technology until 2010. According to the Straits Times, Shaw plans to open a third Imax screen at Waterway Point in Punggol in 2014.

JCube, the brand new shopping mall in Singapore's Jurong East, also offers another unique experience : Singapore's first ice scating rink.

See also Singapore IMAX movie schedule 2012 and IMAX Movie Theater In Singapore

 Singapore Entertaintment

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