What's there not to love about a night at the movies? With the smell of freshly made popcorn wafting through the air, and your favourite film stars blown up huge on the screen, watching movies on the big screen simply has a greater impact than watching at home. Luckily, China has developed a healthy appetite for movies, which means increasingly more and better cinemas to choose from. We've looked at location, price, comfortable seating and viewing experience, and picked out some of the top cinema venues in Tianjin. Included in the following are some older venues like Wanda Cineplex, as well as newly opened cinemas – each in their own right serving to accommodate for your different movie viewing needs.
Wanda International Cineplex 万达国际影城 View In Map
Wanda International Cineplex is a 5-star cinema chain in China. Tianjin Wanda has 10 screening rooms equipped with state-of-the-art digital playback systems and a capacity to accommodate up to 2,700 people. The theater is very spacious and with stadium seating (1.2 m difference in height between front and back row seats); audiences will find that they have full view of the surround screen no matter where they choose to sit.
Aside from great equipment, the cineplex is also very particular about its interior design, with marble flooring to boost the overall luxurious feel of the venue. The cinema is accessible by wheelchair; other value-added services include infrared stereo headphones, bathroom fitted with plasma TV, and automated lockers for storing valuables. Food counters at the venue offer Haagen Dazs ice cream, churros (Spanish doughnuts), popcorn, etc. They've also got a large underground parking lot (hourly rates applicable) at the venue to accommodate visitors with cars.
Discounts: Mondays to Fridays, half prices available before 13:00 and after 21:30 (with the exception of VIP and 3D theaters); half price for the whole day on Wednesdays
Add: 168 Heping Rd (Tianjin Wanda Commercial Plaza, Building E, 2nd Floor), Heping District, Tianjin
Tel: 022 2722 6619
Business Hours: 09:30-01:30
Getting there: Take bus routes 1, 609, 610, 611, 619, 633, 646, 693, 904, 611 to Heping Rd (Department Store Building) station, and walk for 93 m to venue
Tianjin Bay – Xingmei International Cineplex天津湾-星美国际影城View In Map
Xingmei International Cineplex is located in the downtown area of the city and even though the venue is not as big as some of the other cineplexes, it's got the advantage of having a convenient location. They also have a sufficiently large underground parking lot that provides free parking for visitors. Because of its convenient location, it's surrounded by large malls, shopping centers, restaurants and other recreational facilities – super convenient for when you have other plans in mind after catching a movie or two.
The cinema has five screening rooms, each fitted with large screens and state-of-the-art playback equipment. There is also a large screening room that is used to host movie premieres and press conferences. First floor lobby has a TV that shows trailers of movies currently playing. There is also a food counter selling various eats and a souvenir shop offering movie-related goods and collectibles.
Discounts: Mondays, half prices for women; Tuesdays, half prices the whole day; Mondays to Sundays, half prices are available before 12:30 and after 21:00
Add: 1 Nanbei Avenue (Jiamao Shopping Center, 4th Floor), Hexi District, Tianjin
Tel: 022 8826 9188
Business Hours: 09:00-01:00
Getting there: Take bus routes 47, 48, 676, 912, 867, 830, 685, 872, 857 to Guanghua Bridge station
Jinyi International Cineplex金逸国际电影城View In Map
Jinyi International Cineplex is another 5-star, luxurious cinema chain in China; it has three branches in Tianjin and all three are renovated to reflect an upscale atmosphere and service. Each of the cinemas are fitted with top playback systems and with carefully arranged seating for the best movie-viewing experience. Service at the venues is also very much personable and satisfying. All three are located in downtown Tianjin and are conveniently accessible by any choice of transportation. Numerous shopping venues, eateries and other recreational facilities can be found dotted around all three venues – providing additional after-movie fun.
Aocheng branch is the largest and the oldest of the three cinemas; West Anshan Street branch is the smallest and Xi'an branch is the newest of the three. Jinyi Cineplex has a lot of different discounts throughout the week; aside from special deals for those with membership cards, they usually also provide for discounts during certain days and times of viewing. Be sure to check out their deals online at: http://www.jycinema.com/index.php?s=/Web/index
Aocheng Branch Discounts:
Mondays to Thursdays, 15 RMB/person for those with membership cards before 13:00; half prices daily before 18:00 and after 21:00; Tuesdays are half-price days.
Add: 8 West Binshui Street (Aocheng Commercial Plaza, 3rd Floor), Nankai District, Tianjin
Tel: 022 2385 5062
Business Hours: 10:00-24:00
Getting there: Take bus routes 668, 878, 879, 901, 685, 963 to Shidai Aocheng station and walk to venue
West Anshan Street Branch Discounts:
Mondays to Fridays, half-price tickets available before 18:00 and after 21:00; Saturdays and Sundays, half-price tickets are before 13:00 and after 21:00; Mondays, half price for those that use their China UnionPay bank cards for payment; Tuesdays, half price for those that pay cash; Wednesdays, half prices for original version movies; Thursdays, 25 RMB special price for those with membership cards.
Add: 259 West Anshan Street (Shidai Digital Products Plaza, 5th -6th floors), Nankai District, Tianjin
Business Hours: 10:00-23:00
Getting there: Take bus routes 45, 50, 638, 650, 678, 681, 842, 851, 859, 879 to the venue
Xi'an Branch Discounts:
Mondays to Fridays, half prices for those that pay cash before 18:00 and after 21:00; Saturdays and Sundays, half prices for those that pay cash before 13:00 and after 21:00
Add: 103 Qiongzhou Street, Hexi District, Tianjin
Business Hours: 10:00-24:00
Getting there: Take bus routes 608, 866, 858, 678, 803, 865, 511 to Renmin Park station
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