We had the great fortune of being invited to Ayala Mall’s launch of Solenad’s Theatres at Nuvali today. They chose today to launch the theatres and coincide it with Star Wars: The Force Awaken’s launch as well. Surely a brilliant strategic move, and an auspicious one at that.
That means that we got to watch Star Wars on Day 1, on Ground Zero opening day of the new Theatres! Such awesomeness.
This is the coverage of the actual theater launch. For the movie review of The Force Awakens, click here.
The event started at around 9:00am MLA today, as we were allowed entry due to our advance movie passes. Inside, we proceeded the theatre on the third floor. The ticket booth was empty we came in before mall hours. We were ushered to the right, towards the cinemas. Here, a buffet table was set and some seating for us bloggers to enjoy the brunch before the main event.
Catering was handled by Cabalen, and I will discuss the actual food at eMuncher.com. For now, please just enjoy this delicious picture of turon! I also accidentally photobombed into my own picture while taking a shot of the movie poster. I don’t know if that’s awesome or if I am just a natural at photo bombing.
At around 10:45am, after much munching, the emcee called our attention as they began the actual inauguration of the theatre. Present was Santa Rosa Mayor Arlene Arcillas, who gave us a speech about the Ayala Group in Santa Rosa.
If it’s one thing I can say about the Ayalas, they know how to make their malls beautiful, livable places that you actually want to be in. I consider them the best when it comes to developing the look of a sub-urban mall with a strong slant towards nature.
Given the great aesthetics and feel of Solenad since its launch last December, I am happy to be here. I wish I lived in Nuvali, but even then it’s just a 30 minute drive from Alabang. It’s a great place to visit, and with MCX open it’s gotten even easier to get here.
After the mayor, there was one of the lawyers for the Ayala Group. His name eludes me, but he was there to talk about the advanced features of the theatre such as the all-recliner theatre that was Cinema 3, the stadium style arrangement which we saw in the new theatres at Alabang Town Center, and other features. He also spoke of guaranteed seats, a feature which we’ve seen copied by other theatres around the country.
And after that, off to the party!
Here’s that spanking brand new theatre! Guess what? All-Lazy Boys!! We are watching in Cinema 3. All hail the god of laziness and comfort!
When you have such a wonderful theatre, doesn’t it just make you want to sit down and lounge? I know I do. Like a Boss.
Do you see the legroom on those seats? Ayala Theatres have always had good legroom. But this theatre really puts to shame the lazy boy theatres in SM Cinemas and even the Director’s Club at SM Aura. The seats are also considerably nicer, but no butler to bring you popcorn and drinks.
This is really the royal treatment for cinema watching. I do not have word on pricing just yet on how much it would cost to normally watch a feature here, but I wouldn’t mind taking this option even if it were twice the price of a normal cinema viewing!
And of course, after watching the movie we must make sure to do the inaugural popcorn spill!
Solenad’s Theatres are amazing and are a great addition to what is shaping up to be the most beautiful mall at Manila’s very accessible outskirts. Do drop by and watch Star Wars at Solenad when you have the free time!
As a suprise treat, we saw some kids cosplaying as a storm trooper and Princess Leia outside. A big thumbs up to their Geek Parents!