By now, you probably would’ve heard that GSC (Golden Screen Cinemas) will cease operation in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur on 17th February 2020 onwards.
This will mark the end of GSC Pavilion KL‘s 12-year run ever since it debuted back in 2007. Filling in the void will be Dadi Theater Circuit (大地院线) – a China-based cinema chain.
The statement from Pavilion KL reads:
“With the recent announcement by GSC Cinemas that they will cease operation in Pavilion KL on 17 February 2020, we would like to assure our shoppers of our commitment in delivering the latest and innovative experiences within the mall.
A new international operator, Dadi Cinema will be making its debut in Malaysia at Pavilion KL. Scheduled to open in Q3 2020, Dadi Cinema will bring a fully immersive and premium cinematic experience to our moviegoers. This is in line with Pavilion KL’s effort to continuously bring innovative retail and entertainment brands to the Malaysian market. Thank you.”
Buh-Bye. ? pic.twitter.com/VJ4wBCyeDr
— GSC | #StayHome (@GSCinemas) February 6, 2020
GSC also released a statement, informing movie-goers that “our cinema will remain fully operational until our last day of business, which will be on Feb 16, 2020 (Sunday)“. The company also suggested that audiences can always visit nearby cinemas in Berjaya Times Square, Quill City Mall and MyTown in Cheras.
Naturally, people are curious about the space left by GSC Pavilion. Pavilion Real Estate Investment Trust asset manager (retail) Datuk Joyce Yap told The Edge Markets that Dadi Theater Circuit (or Dadi Cinema) is expected to make its Malaysian debut at Pavilion KL in May 2021.
Dadi Theater Circuit is said to be China’s second-largest cinema chain and is looking to expand its presence across Asia.
Source: The Edge.