With so many great releases at the cinemas right now, you’re bound to spend a few hours at the movies during this festive season. Be it a romantic date or a family get-together, Golden Village cinemas has the perfect cinema seat for you.

How hard can it be to choose your seat type, you may wonder? Isn’t there just one seat type? That’s where you’re wrong – there are a total of six seat types at GV, actually.

Your quest for the perfect seat starts here. Follow the questions to find out what’s best for you.

a) You are going to the movies with your

  • date (go to question b)
  • family (go to question d)
  • friend(s) (go to question d)

b) Do you want to be physically close to your date?

  • Yes, I want to hold hands with my date. (go to question c)
  • No, I want to concentrate on the movie experience. (go to question d)

c) How important is privacy to you when you’re on a date?

  • Very important. I would prefer not to be disturbed or ahem, recognised. (Congratulations, you will love the Gemini seats! Scroll down to #3 to read more.)
  • I am not too concerned about privacy, as long as I can hold hands with my partner comfortably. (Congratulations, the regular seats will do for you! Scroll down to #6 to find out more.)

d) Which of the following seats would best appeal to you?

  • An ergonomically-designed seat (Choose between #2 Duo Deluxe or a #6 regular seat below.)
  • A very spacious seat with lots of leg room (Congratulations, the Grand Seats are best for you. Scroll down to #4 to read more.)
  • Are there any seats which will immerse me in the action of the movie? (Congratulations, D-BOX is for you! Scroll down to #5 to read more.)
  • A deep recliner I can sink into and literally watch the film lying down (go to question e)

e) Would you like to have access to gourmet food and beverage, and have a concierge wait on you during the movie?

  • Yes please! (Excellent, Gold Class is for you! Scroll down to #1 to read more.)
  • No thank you, I can get my own popcorn. (Congratulations, the Grand Seats are best for you. Scroll down to #4 to read more.)

1. Gold Class

Luxe nappa leather seats at GV Gold Class VivoCity. (Credit: Golden Village)

Luxe nappa leather seats at GV Gold Class VivoCity. (Credit: Golden Village)

The ultimate indulgence money can buy, at a cinema. Gold Class patrons get to hide away from the madding crowd in a swanky Gold Class lounge, where one can dine on gourmet food and sip on fine wine. Then, sink gratefully into a plush electronic recliner, where a cosy comforter has been thoughtfully provided for you. While watching the movie, you can charge your mobile device as each recliner is fitted with a USB port. Feeling peckish or thirsty during the movie? Summon a concierge discreetly with the press of a call button.

Pros: Haha, haven’t we already spelled it out for you? What’s not to love about comfy seats,  service and good food? If you’re any pickier, you could go to GV Gold Class VivoCity, which exclusively features 110 buttery soft nappa leather recliners.
Cons: Tickets are the priciest of the lot, and yet they’re hot because they’re very limited. You would usually need to book your Gold Class tickets a few days in advance to avoid disappointment.
Ticket price: $29 (weekday), $39 (weekend)

 

2. Duo Deluxe

Duo Deluxe leatherette twin seats at GV Paya Lebar. (Credit: Golden Village)

Duo Deluxe leatherette twin seats at GV Paya Lebar. (Credit: Golden Village)

At the time of publication, these are the newest twin seats in town. Upholstered in leatherette, these are designed with lumbar cushion for superior support and comfort. Only available at GV Paya Lebar in an exclusive 58-seater Duo Deluxe cinema.

Pros: I love ergonomic seats. Plus, GV Paya Lebar screens are known for featuring Barco Smart Laser Projection, which means this is the only twin seater theatre where one can enjoy a movie in high definition.
Cons: These seats cannot recline, and the armrest in the middle cannot be lifted. Concierge service is not available.
Ticket price: $15 (weekday), $20 (weekend)

 

3. Gemini: Two to View

Gemini at GV City Square promises the ultimate romantic cinema experience. (Credit: superaadrianme.com)

Gemini at GV City Square promises the ultimate romantic cinema experience. (Credit: superaadrianme.com)

Golden Village is probably the cinema operator with the most variety of couple seats in Singapore. Gemini seats are also twin seaters designed for dating couples, but they differ from the Duo Deluxe in that they have lift-able armrests. You’ll also get a pixelated blankie with three armholes – one hole for you, one for your partner, and the one in the middle for your intertwined hands. Aww. Only available at GV Grand, Great World City and GV City Square.

Pros: Love the idea of a three-holed blankie. 😉 Ticket price is also attractive. Sometimes, GV runs special events at the Gemini cinemas for romantic movies, and patrons get freebies thrown in as well.
Cons: These seats cannot recline, and tickets must be purchased in pairs. Concierge service is not available.
Ticket price (per pair): $26 (weekday), $36 (weekend)

4. Grand Seats
Exclusively available at GV Grand, Great World City, there are just 14 of these plush fabric recliners in Hall 6, which is the largest theatre at this location.

Pros: Spacious, with adjustable leg rest and back rest. Grand seats are only located at the back of the cinema so you don’t have to worry about neck strain at all.
Cons: Blankets are not provided, and there’s no call button or concierge service. Seats are very wide and the arm rest cannot be lifted, so couples would have to wait til the movie is over to er, hold hands.
Ticket price: $15 (weekday), $22 (weekend)

 

5. D-BOX

D-BOX seats are installed at a comfortable distance apart from one another. (Credit: www.theaaronloy.com)

D-BOX seats are installed at a comfortable distance apart from one another.
(Credit: www.theaaronloy.com)

Meant to complement action blockbusters, D-BOX is a motion-simulating system where motion effects are specifically programmed and generated to your seat to match the scenes onscreen. In other words, your seat will move along with the action in the film. D-BOX is exclusively available at GV Bishan.

Pros: It’s supposed to make action blockbusters extra immersive. The system supports both 2D and 3D film formats.
Cons: These seats are not recommended for the elderly, people with heart conditions, those with neck or lumbar injuries, pregnant women and children under 10. You could get dizzy as the seat moves and shakes. You need to be extra careful with drinks while using these seats and hot beverages are an absolute no-no.
Ticket price: From $11.50 for a 2D film on a weekday to $20 for a 3D film on a weekend.

 

6. Regular seats

The regular seats at GV Paya Lebar are award-winning ProBax seats which boast optimal lumbar support. (Credit: Golden Village)

The regular seats at GV Paya Lebar are award-winning ProBax seats which boast optimal lumbar support. (Credit: Golden Village)

Don’t look down on the regular GV cinema seats – all of them sport lift-able arm rests, turning them instantly into couple, or even family seats! Some of the cinemas, such as GV Suntec, GV Paya Lebar, GV Tampines, and GV Tiong Bahru, are fitted with ergonomic seats, with award-winning ProBax seats installed in the first three mentioned. They are extra comfy as they provide lumbar support, improve blood circulation while sitting, and reduce fidgeting.

Pros: GV’s regular cinema seats are truly value-for-money.
Cons: For the price point, I can’t think of any cons.
Ticket price: From $8.50 for a 2D film on a weekday to $14 for a 3D film on a weekend.

Are you worried, however, about the prospect of having to jostle with crowds to get your movie tickets this festive season? Have no fear, our guide on circumventing queues is here! You might be surprised that there are more ways than one to secure your favourite seats. Happy holidays everyone!