This article first appeared in the Jan/Feb 2012 issue of World Gaming magazine.
On 15 December 2011 Macau welcomed a new world-class cinema complex with a gala red carpet event attended by actor Jet Li, director Tsui Hark and many other movie stars and celebrities from Hong Kong and mainland China. UA Galaxy Cinema is housed in Macau’s newest mega resort, Galaxy Macau and is set to impress locals and tourists alike.
Macau casinos are taking a serious look at how they can widen their range of non-gaming entertainment for their visitors. Until recently the casinos have been so busy servicing the demand for gaming there hasn’t been a wide range of entertainment offerings. Thankfully this is starting to change, and Macau casinos are moving more in line with other casinos around the world that provide top quality live shows, bars, nightlife and first-rate dining for their patrons.
Cinemas actually go hand-in-hand with casinos. We live busy lives and don’t often have time to go to the cinema, so what better time to relax and enjoy some entertainment on the big screen than when you’re on vacation in Macau?
The HK$16.5 billion Galaxy Macau mega resort currently welcomes up to 40,000 visitors per day, so it has well and truly earned its name as the “New Palace of Asia”. The combination of UA Cinemas with Galaxy Macau has created UA Galaxy Cinemas, a partnership that offers visitors and locals one of Asia’s most luxurious, state-of-the-art facilities
This cinema complex sprawls over nearly 16,000 square meters, including the luxurious 400-seat Grand Theatre featuring four exclusive balcony boxes. There are also four premium Director’s Clubs, which include five-star dining and service, a lounge with wait staff and reclining sofa seats. Four more theatres bring the total capacity to around 1,000 comfortable theatre seats. All nine screens can show 3D movies, capitalizing on the growing trend for this ultra-realistic style of film viewing. Each theatre can also be transformed for functions such as performances, meetings and business presentations.
UA Galaxy Cinemas has been purpose-built to hold world-class, Hollywood-style events and film festivals. Its opening night event was the screening of award-winning director Tsui Hark’s first 3D film, “The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D”.
Galaxy Square, also at Galaxy Macau, opened on the same day, and is a multi-purpose leisure and entertainment attraction. This 2,100 square-metre area has a 19-meterhigh atrium and can accommodate stage and red carpet events, giantsized LED walls, a broadcast studio, and boasts a covered limousine dropoff area so stars can arrive in style.
If you’re looking for entertainment away from the tables, why not check out these incredible new developments next time you’re in Macau?