Movie nights are pretty popular in Kuala Lumpur, with local brand theatres such as Golden Screen Cinemas and Tanjong Golden Village taking up the lion’s share of audience numbers. But KL is also home to some pretty unique film experiences and whether you are looking for comfort, a romantic setting or creative cocktails with your film, the city has it all.
It is not about how much you are willing to pay – more about what you are looking for. Here are five of our favourite film venues, ranging from large-scale movie theatres playing the latest blockbusters to quirky cafes and bistros playing classics and an outdoor theatre showing local and regional films.
The Tanjong Golden Village branch in Sunway Pyramid mall offers one of the quirkiest seating arrangements for a big-name movie theatre in KL. Instead of bucket chairs, you will find cushy bean bags to sink into, while enjoying standard cinema fare, like popcorn, hot dogs and soda. The theatre bills some great advance previews and new releases but what makes it a truly cool movie experience – aside from the comfort levels – is the fact that it is perfect for couples, allowing them to cosy up while taking in a flick.
- Address: 1st Floor, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, PJ
- Tel: +603 7492 2929
Looking like an Italian bistro with buffed concrete floors, spot-lit wine shelves, a marble countertop bar and lots of red accents, Paradiso Cine Lounge is a trendy bar in Publika mall that transforms into a movie theatre on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Films played range from classic, black-and-white romances like Casablanca to epic dramatic feature films like The Godfather as well as romantic comedies, documentaries and shorts. Known for its good finger food and drinks (named after popular flicks), the place has a casual, friendly and fun feel to it, making it a great place for groups as well as couples. The film screening area – a casual, cosy lounge with comfortable leather bucket chairs and a large 12-ft wide projector screen – is located at the back, with dark heavy drapes separating it from the bar. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 02:00
- Address: Lot 28 & 29, Level G3, Block C5, Publika Shopping Mall, Solaris Dutamas.
- Tel: +603 6211 3344
Moontree House Cafe
Located nearby Petaling Street, Chinatown in KL, Moontree is a café, craft and bookstore combo. It has been around since 2010 and is heavily frequented by intellectuals and hipsters; books on sale are mostly gender studies titles in Chinese and English while craft merchandise is handmade zakka paraphernalia (dolls, accessories, bags and cards) created by local female artists. With its relaxed atmosphere it really feels like you are sitting in a friend’s living room rather than a quirky bistro. Political correctness is cool here, with coffees made with freshly roasted beans obtained through ‘fair and equitable direct trade partnerships’. On movie nights (Sunday 18:30 – 21:00), you will get to catch feminist-oriented big screen titles and then listen and participate in debates and discussions afterwards.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 20:00 Friday – Monday & Wednesday; 10:00 – 19:00 Thursday
- Address: No. 6, 1st floor, Jalan Panggong, 50000 Kuala Lumpur Tel: +603 2031 0537
When you are in KL, we recommend you get under the sun and stars as much as possible and if you want to take in an open-air movie, here is where to do it. Taking place at The Stage in Publika square, this outdoor theatre surrounded by trees is a free movie experience on Monday nights. It is not ultra comfortable, as there are only plastic lounge chairs but you can choose to turn it into a picnic-style outing. Bring a mat, a basket of goodies and snuggle up under the stars with your date – it is bound to be memorable. They play Malaysian and regional films, in English or with English subtitles: we loved the classic Dickens-theme and Japanese film screenings that have been screened in the past. Read More...
- Address: Publika mall, No. 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 6207 9426 or +603 7960 1235
Notification: The restaurant have been closed permanently.
Palate Palette Restaurant & Bar looks more like a whimsical garden rather than a restaurant. Located in a pre-war terraced house nearby Changkat Bukit Bintang, it is divided into an upstairs lounge and a restaurant. Weird and wonderful, the outlet does movie screenings of classic films, documentaries, shorts and even romantic comedies for free at its upstairs lounge on select nights. The place can fit more than 100 people but we recommend you arrive early to get a seat on one of the comfy sofas or you’ll be sitting on the floor. What makes it unique is the fact that the place gives out free seaweed and curry-flavoured popcorn – making it one of the quirkiest movie experiences in KL. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 24:00 Tuesday – Thursday; 12:00 – 02:00 Friday & Saturday (closed Monday)
- Address: 21 Jalan Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasari, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2142 2148