Muvi Cinema at Mall of Arabia opens to the public in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The Chapman Taylor-designed Muvi Cinema at Mall of Arabia – the largest cinema in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - has opened to moviegoers in Jeddah.

The 15-screen development, one of the first cinema developments to be completed in Saudi Arabia since cinema laws were liberalised, will be the first of a series of Muvi Cinema developments in the country for Arabian Developments, including five which will open this year and many more planned for 2020.

The design for the cutting-edge cinema complex has a theme of urban downtown, with the intention of creating a dynamic, modern and innovative cinema experience. Internal spaces are characterised by an industrial, yet luxurious, material palette, including exposed brickwork, honed natural stone and timber.

Images of classic on-screen icons are portrayed with local cultural touches to establish a series of playful focal points throughout the public spaces. Digital LED screens and dramatic lighting installations complement the city warehouse feel, providing a strong visual identity for the development.

The new movie venue will include a ScreenX theatre, a Junior Cinema, Luxury Suites and a bespoke Xperience cinema.

Chapman Taylor designed and delivered this state-of-the art cinema on behalf of Muvi Cinemas, which is the first Saudi-owned cinema chain. The development will be the first of many throughout the country for this new brand.

David Wallace (B.Arch. Dip. Arch, RIBA)

Director, London

David joined Chapman Taylor’s London studio as a Director in 2015 and leads our work in the leisure and hospitality sectors.

He has over 25 years’ experience working internationally in the cinema sector, as well as the fast-moving Chinese hospitality market.

He has an established track-record and reputation for good design with an ability to deliver projects on time and to budget.

Areas of expertise:

Leisure / Hospitality

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