The First Indoor Cinemas in the Country Are Reopening But They're Not in Metro Manila

Iloilo has been under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) for a while now, and that can only mean good news for businesses in the province. One of the first to capitalize on this is Megaworld, which announced that its indoor cinemas located at Festive Walk Mall areready to accept moviegoers once again. 

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This makes the Festive Walk Cinemas the first in the country to reopen since the start of strict quarantine controls caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Festival Walk says it will institute deep cleaning and sanitation of seats, touchpoints, and common areas 

Property giant Megaworld, which owns Festive Walk and the chain of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls scattered around the country, also announced safety protocols related to the reopening of the cinema. These include mandatory wearing of face masks and submission of health declaration forms; footwear and hand sanitation; observance of 50 percent seating capacity; strict implementation of social distancing (at least one-seat apart); deep cleaning and sanitation of seats, touchpoints, and common areas before and after screening using UV technology; and designated entry and exit points, and pathway for moviegoers. 


In addition, Megaworld said all theater personnel are required to wear face masks, face shields and gloves, and submit daily health declarations before deployment. 

And in case you’re wondering what movie will be the first Filipinos will get to see on the big screen since the start of the quarantine period, Festive Walk Cinemas said will hold an exclusive advance screening of Train to Busan 2: Peninsula, which is the sequel to the hit Korean zombie film Train to Busan.

Train to Busan 2: Peninsula will resume regular screening at Festive Walk Cinemas on August 12.

Movie fans can buy tickets online at or buy cashless using GCash, PayMaya, WeChat, and Alipay at the cinema ticket booth at the 3rd floor of Festive Walk Mall. Tickets are priced at P270, inclusive of bottled water and popcorn.

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