Philippines: SM Cinema adds more cinema screens nationwide

SM Cinema’s new large format theatre called the “LARGE SCREEN FORMAT” at SM Seaside City Cebu features a super-sized screen almost 30% larger than the regular cinema screen size.

Pasay City, Philippines, 2016-1-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Cinema is bringing world class entertainment closer to provincial areas as it adds more cinema screens nationwide. SM Cinema, which operates the largest chain of cinemas in the country and holds a market share of 60%, has expanded to a total of 307 screens nationwide with total seats of 141,753 by the end of 2015–an increase of 12% year-on-year. The 307 theaters consist of 289 2D and 3D screens; 8 IMAX Theatres and 10 Director’s Club Cinemas. All cinemas have also been converted to crisp digital surround-sound systems and crystal clear images that convey that best theater experience.

Beyond technology, SM Cinema extends its world-class experience to persons with disability (PWD) by providing dedicated areas for their convenience. SM Cinema also holds separate screenings of sensory friendly movies for those with special needs such as the blind and deaf, as well as children with autism and down syndrome.

“We are very pleased to bring state-of-the-art cinema technology and a whole new movie experience out into the suburbs and provincial areas. We remain focused in providing the complete entertainment experience to every corner in the country,” SM Lifestyle Entertainment President Edgar Tejerero said.

For 2015, SM Cinema added four fully digitized cinemas in SM Center Angono in Rizal, its 55th branch. With digital surround-sound technology, the cinemas in Angono promise to deliver an optimum movie-watching experience. Each theatre will cater to 200 patrons in a stadium-like seating, making certain that all patrons will enjoy the view from any seat they choose.

In Cebu, SM Cinema recently added the first laser projection system in Southeast Asia in its large screen cinema at the recently opened SM Seaside City, Cebu. This format uses the Christie® 6P laser projection system and features a super-sized screen almost 30% larger than the regular cinema screen size. The Christie® 6P laser produces the brightest images with 80% illumination and offers the best 3D platform that accurately reproduces the colors of the actual movie set, developing the most immersive cinema experience. The SM Large Screen Cinema also proudly uses the DOLBY ATMOS Sound System and the top-of-the-line Christie Vive Speakers, its audience fully immersed in surround-sound technology. SM Large Screen Cinema will house 351 guests in stadium-like seats.

Earlier this year, SM Cinema also opened in Cabanatuan City through SM Megacenter and SM Cabanatuan; in Rizal Province through SM San Mateo and SM Angono; and in Caloocan through SM Sangandaan. SM Cinema also partnered with housing arm SM Development Corp to open its cinemas at Light Mall, the first theater available in an SM residential complex.

Tejerero added that he is optimistic that ticket sales will be robust by the end of 2015 given blockbuster movies such as Heneral Luna, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, A Second Chance, Felix Manalo and movies shown during the Metro Manila Film Festival in December.

For more information on SM Cinema, visit www.smcinema.com or dial (02) 470-2222.

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About SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. (SMLEI)
SM Cinema is the largest cinema and exhibition brand under the entertainment arm of the SM Group, SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. Offering the best in movies, events, and leisure, SMLEI operates major brands such as Mall of Asia Arena, ePLUS, SM Tickets, Blink, Exploreum, SM Skating, and SM Bowling and Leisure Center.

For more information, kindly contact:

Stephanie Henares
Public Relations Manager
SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc.
Stephanie.henares@smsupermalls.com

SOURCE: SM Investments Corporation

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SM Cinema recently opened four theatres at SM Center Angono, Rizal in December.

SM Cinema recently opened four theatres at SM Center Angono, Rizal in December.

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. opens its 55th mall in the Philippines, SM Center Sangandaan

Pasay City, Philippines, 2015-10-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading integrated property companies in Southeast Asia, opens today SM Center Sangandaan, October 23, 2015.  It is SM Prime’s 55th mall in the Philippines, and first mall in the populous City of Caloocan, one of the16 cities within Metro Manila.  The new mall provides an additional 38,622 square meters (sqm) in gross floor area (GFA), giving SM Prime a total retail space of 6,825,206 sqm, the largest footprint in the country.

SM Center Sangandaan, strategically located  along the busy intersection of Samson Road and A. Mabini Street Sangandaan, Caloocan City, will give SM Prime access to the northern tip of Metro Manila, bringing a unique shopping experience closer to the highly dense cities of Malabon, Navotas and Caloocan.

“SM Center Sangandaan reflects SM Prime’s commitment to be part of the growth across communities. We are very pleased to open our first mall in Caloocan City which is a testament to the fact that Metro Manila is far from being saturated by modern retail facilities,” SM Prime President Hans T. Sy said.

The mall opens its doors to more than one and a half million Filipinos with 90% of the space lease awarded to various tenants. SM Center Sangandaan will have anchor tenants such as SM Supermarket, SM Appliance Center, SM Cinema, Ace Hardware, BDO, and Watsons.

There will be a total of three levels of prime spaces which includes four cinema theaters with a total seating capacity of 824 and 493 parking slots.The mall’s facade gets its inspiration from different shades of blue, gray and white, giving the exterior a quirky geometric visual design. The main interior features a high glass ceiling, complemented by white walls which maximizes daylight and adds futher dimension to the mall. SM Center Sangandaan was delicately planned around a simple yet efficient design that allows shoppers to easily stroll around and provides clear line-of-sight to all shops on all levels at the same time.

To date, SM Center Sangandaan is the fifth SM mall to be opened this year, after Cherry SM in Shaw Boulevard with a GFA of 24,165 sqm and SM City Cabanatuan. These malls recently opened last October 13 and October 9, respectively. The highly anticipated, SM Seaside City Cebu, is scheduled to open on November 27, 2015.

By the end of 2015, SM Prime will have 56 malls in the Philippines and six in China with an estimated combined GFA of 8,301,267 million sqm.

SM Prime remains committed to its role as a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities, thereby enriching the quality of life of millions of people.

SOURCE: SM Investments Corporation

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SM Prime Holdings, Inc. opens its 55th mall in the Philippines, SM Center Sangandaan

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. opens its 55th mall in the Philippines, SM Center Sangandaan