The 14- Screen Empire Cinema Complex is located inside the Family Mall, one of the biggest and most modern malls in the city with thousands of visitors every week. The Family Mall is one of the most attractive places for people of all ages, because of its fashionable upscale stores, its fantastic, western-style diners and cafés, and its entertainment venues.
Cinemas in Erbil
The first cinema, the Salahaddin Cinema, in Erbil opened in 1946 and by the end of the 1960s there were 5 cinemas in the city. Some of them were outdoor summer cinemas, while a couple of them were indoor winter cinemas with comfortable seats and modern projection devices. For the young Kurds of that time, going to the cinema was their only chance to get to know the Western culture as there was no TV in the region.
In the 70s and 80s, Erbilians seemed to love Westerns and historical films, as much as Arab and Egyptian movies with some very popular Egyptian film stars and singers. During that time going to the cinema was a major attraction especially during holidays, such as the first day of Eid al-Fitr when people flocked to the cinemas often pushing each other to get in. The last cinema in the city was established at the end of the 80s, but with the spread of home video it went bankrupt just like all the others. The opening of the Empire Cinemas in Erbil ended a long period of more than two decades during which there were no cinemas in the city.
Entertainment for Everyone
Because of the high popularity of the Family Mall, a lot of people who go there often combine shopping with going to the cinema. This is new for Erbilians, but they seem to really enjoy it. What makes it more attractive is the fact that the movies shown at the Empire Cinemas are often the latest Hollywood blockbusters shown here at the same time they are launched in the USA and in Europe. Of course, the Empire Cinemas often show box-office hits from Egypt, India, Turkey or the rest of the Arab world.
All the cinemas are equipped with the latest, state-of-the-art sound and projection technologies, with 3D viewing also available. The atmosphere is modern, pleasant and inviting, the seats are spacious and comfortable, especially in the VIP section, the lounge is furnished with beautiful comfortable couches, while the snack bar offers hot flavored pop corn, snacks for all tastes, and a variety of refreshments.
Location and Contact Information
The Empire Cinemas in Erbil are located in the prestigious 100 Meter Road next to the Fun Family Amusement Park. For information about films, times, prices, or to watch trailers of films, you can visit their website: http://www.empire.com.lb/iraq or you can call on +964 750 2100100 or +964 750 2200 200.
Summary: After more than two decades, the Empire Cinemas in Erbil opened to bring the people of Erbil and the Kurdistan Region the pleasurable experience of going to the cinema. The 14-Screen Complex, which is located inside the Family Mall, offers 3D viewing, state-of-the-art sound and projection systems, VIP sections, a comfortable lounge, and a snack bar with refreshments, pop corn, and a variety of snacks.