So Muscat's newest cinema opened up earlier this week at MCC and I went and caught a movie with a friend and here is my brief review:
I booked tickets to the show I wanted (Million ways to die in the West - VERY funny by the way) online, and received an email with the ticket reference shortly after - everything worked fine. At the cinema I went to one of the ticket collection machines and learned that they were not working (there was no sign saying this, I just entered the code and was told to go to the concierge).
At the concierge, we ordered 2 large drinks and 1 popcorn, and the price came to a rather steep RO 4.3, and we got our tickets printed there too. The ticket checker didn't know where our cinema was (#3) but we figured it out - mind you I have to question how intelligent someone is that WORKS in a cinema and doesn't know where their cinema halls are - especially when there are only 2 corridors to direct people down. But no big drama.
We had booked the front row of VIP seating (purely out of interest what the additional 500bz got us for a VIP ticket) and found that the front row of the VIP seating was pretty much inline with the top of the screen - not particularly great angle - and I probably wont book VIP again as a result. The cup holder / arms of the chairs in VIP (which was leather, or pleather) moved up and down, the regular seats was a blue fabric and I didn't check if the arms moved up and down there or not.
The film started, with the auditorium lights still on, and after a few minutes someone came in to turn the lights off - but then they tried to leave after having opened the projector room door which was making a lot of noise - projectors are noisy things it seems. I had to ask the guy to shut the door again - and he did. When the film ended, and no one turned the lights on, so we all walked out in darkness!
All in all, it was a pretty good cinema, with just a few staffing troubles. The screen and sound quality were really very good, and I'm looking forward to seeing a film in the Vox Max cinema sometime soon.