Best Cinemas in Dubai - Best Cinema Experience 2022-23

Written by Arpan Ghosh

Yesterday, we took a look at some of our favorite private cinemas in Dubai. But while you work with our private client advisors to close on that perfect home or get your basement refitted to accommodate a screening room, you can still enjoy a night out at the movies. And in true Dubai fashion, cinemas around the city offer a range of viewing options far above your standard cineplex fare. Why settle for a tub of popcorn when you can enjoy a gourmet menu crafted by a Michelin-starred chef? Here are some of the very finest cinema experiences you can enjoy in Dubai.

1. Theatre by Rhodes

Theatre by Rhodes

Featuring a sumptuous three-course menu crafted by renowned British chef Gary Rhodes, Theatre by Rhodes at Vox Cinemas creates a true five-star experience at the movies. It has its own section with a cosy lounge where you can relax before the movie starts and place your order. The concierge will then guide you to your plush recliner seat that comes with a complimentary blanket and pillow. During the course of the film, your food will be delivered to you when it’s ready, or at a pace that you find comfortable. You can purchase a ticket for AED 168 and get food separately, or you can book an entire experience for AED 265, which includes a three-course meal, coffee/tea and a mocktail. Theatre by Rhodes is only available in Mirdif City Centre and Mall of the Emirates.

2. Screen X by Reel Cinemas

Screen X by Reel Cinemas

One of the newest options available in Reel Cinemas at the Dubai Mall, Screen X is a one-of-a-kind concept where the screen is extended around to the side walls, resulting in a 270-degree view that puts you in the middle of the action at times. As there is only one screen at present, the film options are limited. But if you really want to immerse yourself in the latest action or adventure blockbuster, there is no better option. Just make sure to pick a seat at the back to make the most of the experience. Tickets start at AED 68.

3. Dine-In Cinema at Jebel Ali Recreation Club

Dine-In Cinema at Jebel Ali Recreation Club

This is the very first fully licensed cinema in the UAE. Located at the Jebel Ali Recreation Club, this is a bit more out of the way than the other options, but it does offer more privacy as well. With a menu crafted by American celebrity chef Guy Fieri, you can expect comfort food that is big on flavour. The movie ticket includes a starter and main course for AED 160, with desserts and beverages available separately.

4. Roxy Platinum Plus

Roxy Platinum Plus

VIP viewing experiences don’t get much better than The Platinum Plus option at Roxy Cinemas, available at both the City Walk and The Beach at JBR locations. You can wait for your friends to arrive in the private lounge before heading over to the screening rooms and settle into one of the gorgeous leather recliners. All of the chairs are well-spaced out so you will have plenty of legroom and no chance of being disturbed by neighbouring viewers. There is a call button for at-your-seat service and a full range of snacks and a la carte dishes to make this the ultimate evening out. Platinum Plus tickets are AED 126.

All images are courtesy of the respective establishments mentioned in the post.

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