SM City Iloilo is all abuzz with the grand opening of the very first IMAX with Laser in the Visayas! With all its features, it promised to give viewers in the region a cinema experience that they have never had before. With the immersive viewing experience, what movie do you want to catch on SM Iloilo IMAX with Laser? If you are from Bacolod City, would you travel to Iloilo City for this? Comment your thoughts below.
Features of the IMAX with Laser
There may be other IMAX theaters in the Philippines, but what makes the SM Iloilo IMAX with Laser stand out from the rest?
The Most Modern
SM IMAX Iloilo features the brand-new IMAX® with Laser, a next-generation laser projection and multi-channel sound system that delivers crystal clear, life-like images and precision audio for a movie-going experience that you may have probably only had abroad.
4K Laser Projection
IMAX with Laser is set apart by its 4K laser projection system that features a new optical engine and a suite of proprietary IMAX technology. It delivers crystal clear images, increased resolution, and deeper contrast with the most distinct, exotic colors ever available on-screen.
As compared to IMAX Xenon, the IMAX Laser boasts of the following:
- Wider color spectrum
- Deeper contrast
- Sharper images
- Darker blacks
- Increased brightness
- Full dynamic range immersive sound
Dynamic Full Sound
With the next-generation IMAX precision sound, the theater delivers greater dynamic range and precision for the ultimate audio immersion. The sounds emanate from both sides as well as the back of the theater.
Comfort and Ease
The SM Iloilo IMAX with Laser Theater is equipped with 407 luxury plush rocker seats and a fully carpeted floor. Seats are super comfortable! There are 3 PWD seats plus a PWD seat lifter.
Clear Vantage Points Around the Theater
You will truly enjoy the SM IMAX with Laser in Iloilo because of its custom-designed theater with stadium seating. Moreover, the 20 x 11 square-meter screen is curved, which means that the audience has a clear vantage point from every seat.
A Welcome Treat for Ilonggos
Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas was obviously thrilled and also very proud that the new IMAX® with Laser chose the SM Cinema on the 2nd floor of SM City Iloilo as its home.
The new SM Iloilo IMAX with Laser theater was launched on November 15, 2023 with the premier showing of The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes. This dystopian action movie is the origin story of President Coriolanus Snow where the audience can decide for themselves if they can empathize with the merciless President Snow of the Hunger Games series.
It was truly an immersive viewing experience, as it did feel like I was moving with the characters when the camera moved. Iloilo Mayor Jerry Treñas, who cut the ceremonial ribbon, lauded the entrance of this groundbreaking cinema technology and acknowledged its impact on Iloilo City.
“I would like to congratulate SM City Iloilo as you launch this first-ever IMAX theater in Western Visayas and the pioneering IMAX theater with Laswer in the Visayas and Mindanao,” said Treñas.
What To Do at the SM IMAX with Laser
Here are some things to remember so that we can get the full SM Iloilo IMAX with Laser experience.
- The SM IMAX with Laser in Iloilo is an all-in, all-out theater so please do come before the schedule of the movie you are watching so as not to disrupt other viewers.
- Take a bathroom break before the movie starts because honestly, you will not want to miss even a few seconds. Also, that will prevent you from disrupting the viewing pleasure of others.
- Bring a jacket.
- SM IMAX with Laser in Iloilo provides a bag of popcorn and a drink of choice to everyone who purchases a movie ticket. Try to eat quietly then bring your trash out with you and give it to the person collecting trash by the door. With the drinks, do drink sparingly so that you don’t have to take frequent bathroom breaks.
- Keep your conversations to a minimum. Please talk in a hushed tone (whisper) if you really need to relay something to your neighbor.
- Bring a jacket. It can get cold inside the theater.
- If you want to bring kids to the movies, please brief them about staying quiet and staying seated inside the cinema. There are kids who might feel overwhelmed with the immersive viewing experience because of the really big screen and the loud sound. If you think that if your child can’t handle that, please leave him or her to a proper guardian.
Remember that everyone pays good money to experience their much-anticipated movie at the SM Iloilo IMAX with Laser. Let us all be considerate so that we can all enjoy and “experience” the movie.
Where to Get Tickets to the SM Iloilo IMAX with Laser
Tickets at P710 each.
📱: SM Cinema app
🎟: SM Cinema Iloilo ticket booth