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Friday, December 16, 2011

GSC Maxx @ Berjaya Times Square, KL

Guess what we got in the mail!

Ok it didn't exactly come in the mail, but we did get 10 tickets to a special screening of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol at GSC Maxx in Berjaya Times Square, all courtesy of GSC

If watching Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol in an IMAX theatre didn't sound good enough, there's also the much talked about scene in the movie where Tom Cruise scales the Burj Al-Arab, tallest building in the world... watching that on the biggest screen in Malaysia; how could we refuse, really? =D

GSC Maxx opened on 25 November 2010, so it has been around for a little over a year now. Yet, it still stands proudly as the largest digital hall in Malaysia that spans 24 metres in screen size width, with a seating capacity of 555 seats (and 4 for the disabled)! Much much more than the usual seating in local cinemas.


If you ever wondered what it looks like inside a hall that can fit 555 people, this is your answer! There are 2 sides to enter the rows, so you can only go in from the left or right but not the centre. This does make it a bit tough to reach the seats in the middle obviously, especially if you're late. But the less obvious point is there is plenty of leg space in between seats, meaning it's actually quite easy to walk between the rows! Even for us who are of the bigger size and taller height, I heard no complaints about the seating at all. =D

Another unique feature is the seating is laid out in an semi-circle, instead of the usual front-facing layout. The screen itself is also stretched with a depression in the middle, forming another smaller semi-circle. What this all means is there is less-to-none of that common bad-view-from-the-side problem that experienced cinema-goers fear! 

Even though I was 6 rows from the front and had the best view (as seen above), I do believe sitting in the front rows should be ok too. This is the other advantage of GSC Maxx - it doesn't matter whether you're way down in front or high up the back, the view is still equally as good. Of course getting to sit in the middle of the cinema does provide the best view of all lah, but seriously the difference is really marginal in my opinion.

There's a lot of other reasons to try GSC Maxx, but I'll list those down at the end. Outside there is your regular confectionery stand, which unfortunately only had about 1 or 2 counters. At peak times just before movies start the queue can get pretty long, so come earlier to get in line if you need something to munch on. =)

Anyone who has been to Times Square will know it is a very big place, and that's particularly true for GSC Maxx which is all the way up on the 10th floor. Tickets can be bought here or via GSC e-payment for those on the go. :D 

Taking the elevator up is the fastest (obviously), but if you can't find the lift straight to level 10, what we did was take the lift outside Nando's to level 9 and then take an escalator up to 10. Signboards pointing to Maxx are plentiful, so pay attention once you reach level 10. =)

What made watching this particular movie in GSC Maxx is that Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol was actually partially shot with IMAX cameras which makes for far better image quality. In fact, we were pretty much taken away with the image sharpness and colour from the very first scene of the movie. If you haven't caught this movie yet, we fully urge you to try it at GSC Maxx for that full-on experience you can't get at any other cinema in Malaysia.

(If you're interested about knowing more about the movie, a review post will be coming up real soon =D)

To sum things up, we think GSC Maxx is definitely a worthwhile place to watch a movie in. Besides the obviously larger screen, there are many more subtle improvements too, such as:
  • A screen that is 120% brighter compared to normal screens
  • Better 3D glasses are provided that have the latest LCD technology to maximize the brightness. It's also waterproof and can be cleaned in a dishwasher! (a fun fact just in case it comes up in pub trivia =p)
  • Sound process is also fully digitized through the use of Dolby CP750. It even integrates with pre-show content, meaning there's no more different sound and picture quality for ads and trailers compared to the show! :D

And what is the price to experience the latest cutting edge in cinema technology? Why, only RM 15! If the show is in 3D then it's RM20. But seriously, I would much rather pay RM15 for Maxx than RM 25-30 for premiere class because the seats are comparable, and the picture clarity and sound in Maxx trumps all!

So what are you waiting for? Go catch Tom Cruise in GSC Maxx today! 

GSC Maxx | Site
10.08, 10th Floor,
Berjaya Times Square,
No. 1, Jalan Imbi,
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2145 5968

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