Saturday, May 29, 2010

PVR Cinemas in Skywalk, Chennai - Worldclass

I had been to PVR Cinemas in Skywalk to watch the new movie, Singam. The theatre complex was spectacular. PVR cinemas is located in the 4th floor of Skywalk, the newest multiplex in Chennai. They have 7 movie halls. The ticket price was Rs.120 (+ Rs.15 per ticket for online booking). You can book your tickets online and pick them from a kiosk by just swiping your credit card (that was used for booking tickets online). For the first time in theatres, I noticed security checks and bag screening for people.  (Also read: Skywalk in Chennai - Multiplex++)

The movie hall was HUGE. A single movie hall can accommodate nearly 400 people. The movie hall had carpet flooring, well lit seat rows & numbers, cushion/pushback seats. They had left sufficient space between the screen & the front rows. If the movie isn't good, you can just go to sleep lying down on the pushback seats. Fortunately enough, Hari & Surya didn't give us that opportunity today. Singam is a very fast paced movie - the hero, camera man, editor & director has done a stupendous job ! Kuddos to them.

One thing worth mentioning about PVR cinemas is the quality of rest rooms. You'll be caught in surprise when you open the door of the restroom. It looked like a restroom in 5 star hotel. Compare it to the restrooms in other theatres where there is smell of urine or pan spit all over. (Also read: A ban on spitting pan in public places - who enforces it?)

They also have a food court serving all kinds of snacks in the world ranging from hot dogs, sandwiches, nachos to popcorns and coffees. There were even small lobbies with designer sofas where you can sit comfortably to sip your cup of coffee. My wife & daughter enjoyed the large popcorn pack (Rs.60) that I bought during the break. Believe it or not, the theatre is "smoke free".

When the show was over, the housekeeping people were eagerly waiting to get into the movie hall to clean it up !

Skywalk has a good parking structure for vehicles (2 & 4 wheelers). Of course, they charged an exhorbitant amount for parking - Rs.30 for 4 hours of 2-wheeler parking. There were enough people to guide you, along the way (right from the entrance all the way to the theatre).

Overall, PVR cinemas provides a wonderful movie watching experience. The experience was similar to watching movies at an IMAX theatre in US. I didn't repent spending Rs.500 for watching a movie in PVR Cinemas at Skywalk.

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