Going to the movies is one of the most effective ways to have fun even on the most boring day. But what does it take to have a successful movie experience? A few things actually: a great movie (of course!), your favorite people (if you wanna tug along someone), your favorite snacks, AND! (putting on some heavy emphasis here) -- an excellent movie house.tags: A. Bichara Silverscreens Cinema review
|A. Bichara Silverscreens Entertainment Center|
Magallanes corner T. Alonso St., 4500 Legazpi City, Philippines
I was in Bicol from late March until third week of July and since there was nothing much to do at home, going to the movies on idle weekends has become one of my hobbies. So folks, let me tell you about one of my favorite movie houses in the country and probably my most preferred cinema in the south.
|Geographical location of A. Bichara Silverscreens Entertainment Center|
courtesy of Google Maps. (Click the image to enlarge)
A Little Background
A. Bichara Silverscreens Entertainment Center houses three cinemas (Premiere 3D Cinema, Exclusive Cinema and Silverscreens 3) inside A. Bichara Mall located at Magallanes corner T. Alonso St., 4500 Legazpi City, Philippines. I've been going to this movie house since my college days and it probably holds some of my fondest memories with friends and ahurmmm -- loved ones. And this year during my vacation, I have grown exceptionally fond of their Premiere 3D Cinema, myself being a sucker for 3D movies.
|A. Bichara Silverscreens Entertainment Center, Premiere 3D Cinema Lobby|
The Premiere 3D Cinema Lobby
The Premiere 3D Cinema lobby looks neat with it's very Asian design and cool lighting. On the far end across the lobby is the snack bar where you can get some popcorn, chips and soda. (My mom and I usually get coke floats and fries from Jollibee tho. No offense to the snack bar, lol!)
They have an impressive and updated movie line up and they show blockbuster movies the same date as their worldwide screening so you really won't miss much. Imagine my surprise when I paid for my movie ticket when I watched Green Lantern on 3D last June. A regular movie goer needs to spend only P200.00 to watch a 3D movie (the price is dependent on the movie, but this is the usual) and if the cinema is not packed full, you can watch as much as you can. It's not block screening my friend! The benefits of being in the province and having very few people, LOL!
The interior of the cinema is quite impressive. With plenty of leg room and truly comfortable seats, they have made my movie experience satisfying every single time. And if I may add, their luxurious seats are comparable to the seats inside IMAX theaters here in Manila, while you spend less (more than half the price actually) to enjoy watching a blockbuster movie in 3D.
|I grabbed this photo from their facebook page taken during|
Transformers: Dark of the Moon's first week screening.
One other cool thing about Premiere 3D Cinema is their state of the art sound system. One of the best I've experienced so far. The sound is crisp, clear and detailed. I remember one particular explosion scene from Transformers: Dark of the Moon -- my Mom banged her head on the seat out of surprise because of the 3D effect enhanced furthermore by the tremendous explosion sound. We had a great laugh out of that afterwards.
|A 3DM gets a pre-owned 3D glasses and|
exclusive discounts on the ticket prices.
As far as I know, for only P500.00 locals may apply and become a 3DM. This exclusive club provide their members with IDs and their own 3D glasses which comes with a free pouch and can be personalized with their names. Valid for a year, members not only get to use their own 3D glasses (which they deposit at the counter at the end of the movie) but they also enjoy discount on their tickets. Instead of paying the regular P200.00, members only pay P130.00 for their own ticket. Awesome, right?
|A. Bichara Silvercreens Entertainment Center Privilege Card|
They also gave me a Privilege Card which they stamp every time I buy a ticket. The card says I get a free ticket on my 6th visit. Another cool thing!
If ever I'm back in the province, you'll probably see me with my mom queuing for ticket at the A. Bichara Silverscreens Premiere 3D Cinema. I usually get a seat in the last row of the lower deck. Gives me a bigger view of the screen like watching in an IMAX theatre, but not too big (like sitting in the front row) that I strain my neck or that I need to move my head left to right to see what's going on in the screen.
So, if you are in the area or will have a vacation in Legazpi, don't forget to check this place out. Besides, that same building is home for some of the more prominent hang out places in the city, like Bar 101.
Thanks for visiting The Pinoy Wanderer, and thanks for reading. If ever you've visited A. Bichara Silverscreens Premiere 3D Cinema before, tell me about your movie experience on the comments' section below. I would be delighted to read about them. Until the next wandering! See you at the movies!
*As indicated within the image, some photos are courtesy of Roy Magdaraog Photography and Dencio Photography.
*You can visit and like ABSEC's facebook page for more details.