The best movie theatres and cinemas in Hong Kong to catch movie blockbusters, film festivals, screenings and more!
Whether you’re looking to catch an independent art house release or the latest blockbuster, there’s really nothing better than heading to a movie theatre, grabbing some popcorn and settling down to watch a film. Sure, we love staying in and streaming but our city is home to plenty of cinema chains (like Broadway Circuit and MCL Cinemas), more exclusive movie theatres (like M+ Cinema and K11 Art House), and film festivals that are worth visiting in person. Plus, like visiting art exhibitions and museums, there’s a nice bonus of keeping you cool or dry should the weather disappoint. There’s really no shortage of movie theatres and cinemas in Hong Kong (with at least 58 being open to the public year-round!), so we’ve narrowed the list down to our favourites!
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Our Favourite Cinemas & Movie Theatres In Hong Kong
MOViE MOViE Pacific Place & MOViE MOViE Cityplaza
For the latest Hollywood and local blockbusters, arthouse gems and acclaimed international films, look to MOViE MOViE Pacific Place in Admiralty (581 seats, six houses) and MOViE MOViE Cityplaza in Tai Koo (987 seats, seven houses)! Part of Hong Kong’s Broadway Circuit, both cinemas feature special houses with state-of-the-art equipment like laser projection and premium sound and exclusive VIP lounges (The Oval Office & MM Moments) for a presidential viewing experience. Screenings usually run from 11:30am to 9pm.
Highlights: An annual “Life is Art” film festival runs at the end of every year with film screenings in-cinema, on TV and online, conversations with filmmakers and artists, as well as community screenings, exhibitions and workshops. MOViE MOViE also occasionally hosts Broadway Circuit’s seasonal film screening specials, like its current Royal Opera House 2022-23 shows.
MOViE MOViE Pacific Place, L1, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, www.pacificplace.com.hk, www.cinema.com.hk
MOViE MOViE Cityplaza, 5/F, Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Tai Koo, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, www.cinema.com.hk, www.moviemovie.com.hk
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M+ Cinema was unveiled just last year, with seasonal programmes curated specially for you and the movie enthusiasts in your life. Enjoy showcases of artists’ films, documentaries and narrative features, previews of long-awaited local and foreign films, forgotten gems and old classics in original 35mm film prints, and post-screening discussions. Screenings are generally $85 for adults and $68 for other tickets including for full-time students, seniors, persons with disabilities and more.
Highlights: Exclusive previews of highly anticipated films and special screenings of award-winning movies
M+ Cinema, M+, 38 Museum Drive, West Kowloon Cultural District, West Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.mplus.org.hk
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K11 Art House
Brought to us by MCL Cinema, K11 MUSEA’s movie theatre K11 Art House boasts 12 screening houses, each fitted with IMAX® or ultra-high-definition 4K laser projection and Dolby sound systems. As expected from the cultural-lifestyle hub, this cinema hall screens big-time Hollywood blockbusters and English-language hits, local Cantonese films and movies from the Asia Pacific region and even restored director’s cuts from time to time.
Highlights: IMAX with Laser 3D movie screenings, late-night showtimes and 4K restored director’s cuts
K11 Art House, 4/F, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.mclcinema.com
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Part of Broadway Circuit, PALACE ifc (544 seats, five houses) is located in the heart of Central, making it ideal for an after-work movie during the week. Along with local movies and Hollywood releases, this cinema is a regular venue for screening specials, which include but are not limited to curated selections of foreign-language films (like Japanese, French and German), director retrospectives and showings from drama theatres. Screenings usually run from 10:25am on weekdays and 8:30am on weekends until 11:15pm.
Highlights: A regular venue for Broadway Circuit’s seasonal film screening specials, like its current The Met: Live in HD 2022/23 Season, Royal Opera House 2022-23
PALACE ifc, Shop 1058B, 1/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, ifc.com.hk, www.cinema.com.hk
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Broadway Circuit’s dedicated cinema concept space, the Broadway Cinematheque has been around since 1996 and has been part of the city’s local film culture with director retrospectives, thematic film programs, seminars, courses, and more! This is the ideal location when you’re searching for restored director’s cuts, Oscar-winning movies, and foreign language films like ones in Arabic, German, French and Japanese. And don’t miss the Kubrick bookstore and vintage-style DVD shop where you can buy movie posters!
Highlights: Venue for Broadway Circuit’s seasonal film screening specials, like its current “Ennio Morricone: A Retrospective”, ELDT on Screen 2023, “Qiu Jiongjiong: New Ode to an Old Joy”,
Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong, bc.cinema.com.hk
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B+ cinema MOKO
B+ cinema MOKO in Mong Kok East boasts 749 seats across five houses, with 264 of those sitting in its dedicated IMAX 5.1 theatre (one of the city’s six IMAX locations!). Enjoy Dolby 7.1 surround sound and discounted morning shows here.
Highlights: IMAX 5.1 theatre with 264 seats, for that big blockbuster feel
B+ cinema MOKO, 4/F, MOKO, 193 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.cinema.com.hk
Space Theatre, Hong Kong Space Museum
Situated inside the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Space Theatre commands a 23 metres-diameter hemispherical screen (you can spot its telltale dome from outside!). Here you’ll find 3D Dome Shows and the first OMNIMAX projection system in the Eastern Hemisphere that turns the museum into a planetarium. Choose between Dome Shows, Sky Shows and 3D Dome Shows and make sure to check the language of your show (English or Cantonese). There are also headphones offering Cantonese, Mandarin and English should you need a translation. Tickets usually run between $24 to $32.
Highlights: A fully automated audiovisual computer system projecting sky shows and OMNIMAX projection system for 3D Dome Shows
Space Theatre, Hong Kong Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.lcsd.gov.hk
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The Metroplex, E-MAX
Located in the iconic Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, The Metroplex cinema features over 1,100 seats across nine houses, each fitted with 4K digital projectors and Dolby 7.1 Surround sound. Part of the Cinema City circuit, head here for more intimate movie dates at one of its exclusive VIP houses — House 7, 8 and 9 — which seat just up to 20 people each.
Highlights: 20-seat VIP houses that are perfect for intimate movie dates or group bookings and midnight showings
The Metroplex, E-MAX, Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre (KITEC), 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.cinemacity.com.hk
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What To Know About Cinemas & Movie Theatres In Hong Kong:
- There’s no shortage of movie theatres in the city, with at least 58 open to the public year-round!
- The biggest cinema chains in the city include Broadway Circuit and MCL Cinemas, with plenty housed in the city’s shopping malls. UA Cinemas sadly closed in March 2021, but most of its locations have been succeeded or revived by a different brand!
- You can find IMAX 3D film screenings across the city, at K11 Art House by MCL, Emperor Cinemas iSQAURE, B+ cinema MOKO in Mong Kok East, OMNIMAX at the Hong Kong Space Museum Theatre, the GH MegaBox Golden Harvest Megabox in Kowloon Bay and MY CINEMA YOHO MALL by Broadway Circuit in Yuen Long.
- You can catch exclusive previews at M+ Cinema and Soho House Hong Kong (provided you are or know a member!)
- Morning shows tend to be discounted!
- Looking for Indian films? You can find special screenings of in-demand Hindi and other regional Indian language movies at Cineworld Hong Kong.
Film Festivals & Screenings To Keep An Eye Out For:
- Hong Kong International Film Festival, www.hkiff.org.hk
- Hong Kong French Film Festival, www.hkfrenchfilmfestival.com
- Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, www.hkaff.asia
- Broadway Circuit’s Special screenings, www.cinema.com.hk/en/movie/special
- The Hong Kong Film Archive’s screening programmes, www.filmarchive.gov.hk
Main image courtesy of Jake Hills via Unsplash, image 1 courtesy of MOViE MOViE Pacific Place via Facebook, image 2 courtesy of @wubb2011 via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of aikosannn via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of The Hong Kong Space Museum.