Guatemala City has a number of excellent movie theaters, with movies sometimes opening on the same day as their U.S. release. The city’s IMAX movie theater can be found at Cines Pradera Concepción (tel. 2329-2550), located at the Pradera Concepción shopping mall along Km. 17.5 of Carretera a El Salvador, where you can have the IMAX theater experience for just $6. Located in one of the city’s most popular shopping malls is Cinépolis Miraflores (Centro Comercial Miraflores, 21 Avenida 4-32 Zona 11, tel. 2470-8367). Cinépolis (a Mexican chain) recently opened a second location in Zona 10’s Oakland Mall (Diagonal 6, 13-01 Zona 10). Five of Oakland Mall’s theaters are VIP lounges, in which you can order a meal and/or drink while you watch a movie.
Not to be outdone, U.S. franchise Cinemark recently opened its first Guatemalan location at Cinemark Eskala Roosevelt (Calzada Roosevelt Km. 13.8 Zona 11, tel. 2250-7084) featuring 3-D movies.
Check the Prensa Libre newspaper or the theaters’ websites for showtimes. Movies at all of these venues generally cost between $4 and $5 and all have stadium seating.
Al Argueta is the author of Moon Guatemala. In addition to writing, he does freelance travel photography for clients that have included National Geographic Adventure, Caribbean Travel & Life, Condé Nast Traveler, Outside’s GO, and Continental.He lives in Austin, TX. Follow him online at alargueta.com or on Instagram @alargueta75.
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