Now that all the bugs have been worked out after the initial opening, VOX Cinemas is a wonderful experience for movie lovers in the Sultanate! I’m a little late in putting this post out but I wanted to share my experiences watching 6 movies during June of 2014 just after VOX opened in Muscat City Centre (MCC). BTW, they are now open in Qurum City Centre (QCC) as well! That makes 17 new theatres in Muscat to enjoy! One thing that is different from other cinemas I’ve been to is that tickets and food items are purchased at the same counters! I’ve seen some frustrated people who simply wanted to buy a ticket real fast waiting behind huge families who were ordering every food item possible. I definitely recommend buying tickets online (It’s a cinch!) and then proceed to one of these kiosks to push in your confirmation # and “voila”, you’ve got your tickets! You will need to go to the counter anyway if you are watching a 3D movie as you need to pick up a pair unless you have some from a previous 3D movie experience. I think the 3D glasses were 300 baizas each. If you have a smart phone, these mobile apps should come in handy! For my first cinematic experience at VOX, I had this entire theatre to myself! It was at an 11:45am showing of “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn” with Robin Williams and Peter Dinklage who you might better know as Tyrion Lannister of GoT fame. Enjoyable movie that didn’t do well in reviews. This movie didn’t last long in the cinema here as dramas are not that popular in the Sultanate I’ve noticed. BTW, the best time to watch a movie is late in the morning or early afternoon to avoid the crowds. (Movies only run in the evenings during Ramadan.) My favorite lines from The Angriest Man:
- “Everyone has regrets except for idiots and pychopaths.”
- “Who ever heard of a doctor without money! This isn’t Toronto!”
- “The only normal people are those you don’t know very well.” I chose a VIP seat (4 OR) not realizing that the VIP are furthest from the screen! The VIP are these leather types chairs I don’t really care for rather than the more comfortable blue cloth seats. My advice-Save yourself some money and get a regular seat. Plenty of food options of course but the prices are a bit steep for snacks. Example of some prices: small pepsi-1.09, reg. pepsi-1.31, large pepsi-1.53, kids popcorn (small)-.87, regular popcorn – 1.42, slushpepsi – 1.74. Love the hotdogs at VOX! They had this special style in which there is only one open hole at the end of the hotdog rather than the slit along the side. Unfortunately, it often resulted in all the ketchup, mustand and mayo forming at the bottom! Steep price at 1.74 OR. I love the signboards which tell you how many minutes left before the next movies are scheduled to play. Even cooler that they color-code them based on how much time is left.
Here is a list of the VOX theatres now open in both MCC and QCC: Seems like just about every movie coming up these days is 3D! (The regular 3D movie prices is 4.7 RO. VIP seats in 3D cost 5.2.) The wife and I really enjoyed Maleficent. The best 3D experience I’ve had thus far. Instead of things whizzing past your head and giving you a headache like many 3D movies, the artistic use of 3D made the fairyworld really come alive. We’ll definitely buy this one when it comes out on DVD. This is the largest cinema known as “VOX Cinema”. They have one of these 16.6 meter mega-screens in MCC and one in QCC. It seats 261 people while the one in QCC seats 236. I believe we watched the romantic comedy Blended and the Tom Cruise action flick Edge of Tomorrow (3D) in this theatre. A warning if you intend to watch a romantic comedy in Oman: Omani young male punks love to attend romantic comedies in pairs and groups and are extremely loud and even shout out inappropriate comments during the film. Extemely annoying! And what’s with people putting their feet up on the seats in front of them? It shows nothing but a complete lack of class and consideration. I found Edge of Tomorrow to be kind of boring. It only got interesting once the “repeat and no risks involved segment” (a large part of the movie) finally ended. Very groundhog day like but GroundHog Day is actually a much better movie. X-Men: Days of Future Past was not that good either but what do you expect…it’s X-Men. Another one of those movies that I think would have been better in 2D. (Peter Dinklage was in this movie as well!) This is one of the smallest theatres at MCC. I saw Godzilla 3D at midnight in this tiny theatre. I enjoyed this movie a lot more than I thought I would! On a sidenote, make sure you look very carefully when looking at movie timings and don’t book a movie by accident at midnight when you might have assumed that it was for noon… :-( In my defence, it was confusing as Movie Showtimes list 12am 1st rather than falling at the end of the day’s showings. Besides our horrible experience dealing with young Omani punks during a romantic comedy, the VOX cinemas are something to experience for yourself. Great screens and awesome sound, apart from the over-the-top deafening “sound demonstration” (which is so unnecessary) before the movie begins. Check out their website here.