We give you the lowdown on where to enjoy the best arthouse, classic movies and new releases in Hong Kong. Grab some popcorn and get ready for the show!
There are so many things to do in Hong Kong. We love dining at our favourite Thai restaurants in Wan Chai, catching up with friends at happy hours, and often we like to get comfortable and enjoy a movie on the big screen. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best cinemas in Hong Kong – from deluxe movie theatres to arthouses cinematheques, now you can discover new movies at the best locations. Just remember to turn your phone off!
All the best cinemas in Hong Kong
AMC Pacific Place
With six different houses screening an array of movies, the AMC Plus House – their biggest house in the cinema – is also the first movie theatre in Asia to adopt the AuroMax 3D Surround Sound System developed by Barco. It will transform your viewing experience by delivering richer and more immersive sound effects. There is also a wine bar inside AMC Pacific Place, so customers can grab a drink and relax before the movies. When it comes to best cinemas in Hong kong, we love the design here, and suggest you check out the beautiful bathrooms before getting comfy for your show.
AMC Pacific Place, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, p. 2265 8933, 金鐘道88號太古廣場AMC
By screening the best independent movies instead of solely blockbusters, Broadway Cinematheque has become a major hub for cinephiles and frequent moviegoers in Hong Kong. They also host some of the most dynamic film festivals and exhibitions in town, such as the David Lynch Retrospective and the Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. Added to that, the film bookstore Kubrick sits right next door, so you can hunt down a wide selection of literature, poetry and comic books or grab a coffee post film and discuss what happened.
Kubrick also makes it onto our list of best Hong Kong bookstores
Broadway Cinematheque, 3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong, p. 2388 0002, 九龍油麻地眾坊街3號駿發花園
Hong Kong Arts Centre
Not only does Hong Kong Arts Centre have a diverse range of performing arts exhibitions and unconventional art installations, they also organise different indoor and outdoor screening activities for the local community from time to time. Their educational programmes are refreshing and innovative for art lovers of all kinds. You’ll need to keep an eye out for these, but they often have great international and local directors and actors talking about their work, so don’t miss out.
Hong Kong Arts Centre also features in our guide to art galleries in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2582 0200, 香港灣仔港灣道2號
Fooody is one of the designated screening venues for non-profit organisation New Wave Motion’s monthly film screenings and Q&A sessions. Such collaboration is dedicated to promoting independent films in Hong Kong. From dialogue-free experimental films to theatre classics, this antique music cafe is a wonderful creative space for movie lovers and critics to have a good exchange of questions, opinions and feedbacks.
Fooody, Shop 3, G/F, Leader Industrial Centre, 57-59 Au Pui Wan Street, Fo Tan, Sha Tin, Hong Kong, p. 3586 0863, 火炭坳背灣街57-59號利達工業中心地下3號舖
Hong Kong Film Archive
Hong Kong Film Archive is committed to preserving Hong Kong’s film heritage, as well as conducting research to engage the local community in art and films. Through organising regular retrospective screenings, exhibitions and seminars, Hong Kong Film Archive is undoubtedly one of the best cinemas in Hong Kong that facilitates learning and knowledge sharing of films.
Hong Kong Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Aldrich Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2739 2139, 西灣河鯉景道50號香港電影資料館
Emperor Cinemas is a brand new stylish cinema located in the heart of Central right next to LKF, aiming to provide a relaxing theatrical space for moviegoers complete with luxurious amenities. Their VIP house – The Coronet – will send gourmet meals and fine drinks straight to their customers upon request, making sure they feel pampered and special. Screenings here include arthouse movies and hand selected international and local films, and while the prices may be a little higher than your average cinema, expect first class service and amenities, making it definitely one of the best cinemas in Hong Kong.
Emperor Cinemas, 3/F, Entertainment Building, 30 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2522 2996, 香港中環皇后大道中30號娛樂行3樓英皇戲院
Hong Kong Space Museum
If you’re in for something analytical and scientific, the Hong Kong Space Museum showcases a myriad of interesting astronomy film shows regarding the solar system, space and time. It is also the first planetarium around the globe that deploys a fully automatic control system, so you might as well have a fun tour in their major thematic exhibition halls, namely the Hall of Space Science and the Hall of Astronomy.
Read more about culture in our guide to museums in Hong Kong museums
Hong Kong Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 2721 0226, 九龍尖沙咀梳士巴利道10號
Booked in for a screening at the best cinemas in Hong Kong, but want more culture and entertainment? Visit Tai Kwun in Central, catch a performance at these live music venues or learn about the thriving anime scene at Mong Kok’s Sino Centre.