Even with physical distancing and face mask, watching in a movie house is still worth it

Published November 12, 2021, 3:31 PM

by John Legaspi

After almost two years, local cinemas welcome moviegoers back

This week, Filipinos in Metro Manila mark their return to the cinemas as protocols loosened, allowing them to see blockbuster films on huge screens and in surround sound with safety measures in mind, of course. How was it, you asked? Apart from wearing face masks all the time, watching at a movie house is still an experience like no other.

BHS Cinema lobby

While going to the movies removed the ease we had from online streaming, dressing up and going to the mall are part of the ritual that prepares you for the viewing to come. Yes, scanning QR codes and filling up health declaration forms can be irritating as it takes quite some time, but they are minor hurdles to take before entering an uninterrupted cinema experience, with no neighbors knocking on your door for ice or other people pushing you to hit the pause button for something utterly unimportant.

One of the best places to reignite your love for movie houses is at Bonifacio High Street (BHS) Cinemas at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig. Staying true to its core promise, safety remains the utmost priority of BHS as the cinemas reopen. Aside from it being sanitized regularly, BHS Cinemas uses UV before and after screening to ensure that all areas are clean and disinfected at any time of day. Hand sanitizers and alcohol are also available for use as well as temperature checks upon entry. As an extra precaution, moviegoers need to fill up health declaration forms before their ticket purchases and keep their face masks on at all times. Making the experience more pleasant are the friendly staff who are always on duty to help moviegoers out.

QR code scanning for contact tracing and hand sanitizer stations

Cinema staff disinfecting seats every after showing

Currently playing at BHS Cinemas is Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 American epic science fiction film “Dune.” As expected, it is a movie meant to be seen on the big screen. Sure, you’ll miss that one-inch subtitles you’ve been used to these past months or the pause button for your pee breaks, but watching the movie’s visuals on a grand scale is like being transported to the planet Arrakeen.

Adding to the experience are the cinema’s recliner seats for ultimate relaxation and the more than one meter of space allocation, perfect in preventing annoying moviegoers from explaining everything that’s happening in the film to their partner while it is still going.

One meter seating space allocation

Although food and drinks, except for a bottle of water, are temporarily not allowed inside the theaters, a space for dining in the cinema lobby has also been created for individuals to use before or after the movie screening.

The BHS Cinemas, located at 3F Central Square, are open to fully vaccinated individuals every Wednesday to Sunday only. Until Nov. 14, 2021, BGCitizens can enjoy blockbuster films such as “Dune” and “A Quiet Place.” Ticket reservations and purchases can be done from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

To keep up with the latest happenings in BGC, visit Bonifacio Global City and Bonifacio High Street’s Facebook pages.