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Cinema Feature: Which seat is you?

Writer: Ng Suzhen

Avid movie-lovers can be harsh critics when it comes to cinematic experiences. The evolving technology in cinemas has been in part pushed by the desire to enhance movie-making qualities. While all attention has been targeted at how to make characters come alive on-screen for the cinema-goer, many have forgotten the unsung heroes contributing to the comfort of the patrons who are able to fully enjoy the high-end work of ambitious directors – the perfect seats designed to house the person looking for a comfortable night of entertainment. Face it, if the seat doesn't work for you, it'd be hard to concentrate on what is happening on-screen.

With new cinemas opening throughout the years, cinema exhibitors has risen up to the challenge to provide the ultimate comfort for a full cinematic experience that does not limit itself to just a great experience on-screen.

Seat preference can be a factor in determining which theatre is worth the trip.

Different cinema seating has become something of a growing trend, but there are still plenty of movie-lovers who are unaware of which cinemas house their seat preference. Take GSC Signature Gardens for example, how many are actually aware that it may be the only theatre in Malaysia that does not cater Normal and Twin seats? As for the more unique seats, not all movie exhibitors cater them as shown in the chart below. For those who were never aware of the choice of different seats, here's the chance to visit these different cinemas that houses them.

Major exhibitors in Malaysia include: GSC, TGV, Cathay Cineplex, MBO, Big Cinemas, LFS (Lotus Five Star) and Star.

Seat Types

Available Cinemas


All except GSC Signature Gardens


All except GSC Signature Gardens


GSC Signature Gardens, GSC Berjaya Times Square, GSC Gurney Plaza (Penang)


TGV Bukit Indah (Johor Bahru), TGV Ipoh, TGV Sunway Pyramid, TGV Tebrau City (Johor Bahru)


GSC Signature Gardens, GSC Mid Valley, GSC Pavillion, GSC One Utama

Platinum Movie Suites

Cathay Cineplex e@curve


TGV Bukit Indah (Johor Bahru), TGV Ipoh, TGV Sunway Pyramid


TGV One Utama, TGV Sunway Pyramid, TGV 1st Avenue (Penang), TGV Bukit Indah (Johor Bahru), TGV Ipoh, TGV Tebrau City (Johor Bahru)


MBO Citta Mall


Luxury Seats

 You've heard about them, but do you really know the difference between the seats? Ranging from the classic comfort in Gold Class to the spacious Premiere seats, choices are abundant. Once in a while, walk away from your normal routine and have a go at what the cinemas are offering in terms of special seatings and pamper yourself.

Gold Class Signature :
- Full leather reclining seats
- Footrest with electronic controls
- Table for every two seats
- Service call button

GSC Premiere:
- Plush twin seats with generous leg room
- Attached tray at the side
- Exclusive to patrons of Premiere Halls

TGV Club:
- Plush seats resembling airline seating (individual also available)
- Available in tiered seating options
- Limited in smaller halls
- Seats separated with small table and cup holder

Platinum Movie Suite:
- Fully adjustable deluxe sofa with up to 140 degrees recline
- Service call button
- Pillows and blankets available for rent
- Complimentary beverages provided

Seat Type


Gold Class Signature

RM40 - RM75

GSC Premiere

RM15 – RM32

TGV Club Seats

RM25 – RM30

Cathay's Platinum Movie Suite



Unique Seats

Tired of the usual, boring selection of seats? Well, there are a few cinemas that take effort to provide a different sort of experience for movie-lovers. It's nice to enjoy an out-of-the-norm seating once in a while.

Beanieplex :
- One seat fits two (Individuals also can purchase one seat for themselves)
- Equipped with FREEASY beanbag
- Cleaned at least 2 times a day

MBO Actuator Seats:
- Upgrade from normal seats
- More comfortable fit for cinema viewing

Seat Type




Actuator Seats

RM14.50 – RM25


Common Seats

Most cinema-goers would be more familiar with the common seats that are more popular and affordable for the average patron. However, those who know their seats would agree that despite the same look the seats may have, the comfort level differs for each individual in different theatres. While we may not be able to stand judge for you on the best normal seats, these are the familiar friends who have been with you throughout your movie going years.

Pricing for common seats fluctuates according to the different variety of cinema experience available nowadays, which includes 2D and 3D viewing.

Normal Seats:
- Common preference for cinema-goers
- Equipped with cup holder
- Every seat separated by armrest with upholstered padding
- Fixed backrest with manual tip up/down seat

Twin Seats:
- Paired seating
- Retractable armrests
- Cup holder at side of seats
- Normally located in last row of cinema

Seat Type


Normal Seats

RM5 – RM14

Normal Seats 2D

RM7 – RM13

Normal Seats 3D

RM7 – RM18

IMAX Normal Seats

RM19 – RM20

Couple Seats

RM12 – RM15

Couple Seats 2D

RM13 – RM18

Couple Seats 3D

RM13 – RM19

IMAX Couple Seats

RM23 – RM29


Cinema Online, 05 February 2013