This was the year in Malaysia when some of the more popular cinemas reopened, such as TGV Cinemas in 1 Utama, and new cinemas opened, such as the twin cinemas of GSC Paradigm Mall and GSC Setia City Mall, all in the business for providing moviegoers with more cinematic-viewing options and experiences. Read on for our list of cinematic outlets that opened, relaunched or closed in 2012...
12 January 2012
MBO KL Festival City, Kuala Lumpur
14 January 2012
LFS Prangin Mall, Penang
GSC Mentakab Star Mall, Pahang
27 April 2012
MBO Galaxy Ampang, Kuala Lumpur [Relaunched]
Eastern Cineplex, Tawau
23 May 2012
Pandan Capital, Kuala Lumpur
31 May 2012
TGV Cinemas Bukit Indah, Johor Bahru
8 June 2012
TGV Cinemas Rawang Anggun, Rawang
21 June 2012
GSC Setia City Mall, Shah Alam
GSC Paradigm Mall, Petaling Jaya
12 July 2012
TGV Cinemas Station 18, Ipoh
27 September 2012
MBO Heritage Mall, Kota Tinggi
Lotus Five Star Coliseum Cineplex, Kuala Lumpur
1 November 2012
GSC Amanjaya Mall, Sg. Petani
22 November 2012
Cathay Cineplex Cineleisure Damansara, Petaling Jaya [Added halls to 16]
MBO Citta Mall, Petaling Jaya
TGV Cinemas Setia Walk, Puchong
13 December 2012
TGV Cinemas 1 Utama, Petaling Jaya
25 December 2012
MBO Terminal 2 Seremban, Seremban
LFS Summit Batu Pahat [Closed]
GSC Central Square, Sg Petani [Closed]
2012 is also the year Golden Screen Cinemas turns 25. In conjunction with GSC's 25th anniversary, GSC Paradigm Mall and GSC Setia City Mall opened on the same date as twins sharing the '25th opening' together. Also as part of their 25th anniversary series of launches, GSC introduced GSC Lite, a low frills concept catered to smaller towns which it claims doesn't compromise much on the big screen effects including digital projection and 3D facilities, with its first in Mentakab Star Mall.
Launched in time for the release of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2", TGV Cinemas Setia Walk boasts nine halls, one of them being a Beanieplex hall. It is also at this outlet that 3D-X projection system was introduced. Aside from TGV Setia Walk, TGV also relaunched their cinema in 1 Utama with eight new digital halls including one IMAX theatre and one Beanieplex hall, providing moviegoers with another option as these facilities were only available in TGV Sunway Pyramid previously. However, the second TGV location to offer moviegoers Beanieplex and TGV Club halls after Sunway Pyramid is incidentally, TGV Cinemas Bukit Indah in Johor Bahru, which is its 17th outlet, in conjunction with TGV's 17th anniversary.
Aside from TGV, MBO also provided moviegoers with a wider variety of halls and seats with their first kid-themed cinema outlet, with a colourful concept design featuring the likes of popular Nursery Rhymes and toys like Lego and Alphabet Blocks.
Cinemas that opened in 2012 that are the only cinema in their towns is GSC Mentakab Star Mall for being the only GSC Lite outlet, and GSC Amanjaya Mall, the latter replacing GSC Central Square on 31 October 2012.