Muvi Mall of Dhahran, the largest cinema in Saudi Arabia, opens to moviegoers

The 18-screen Muvi Cinema at Mall of Dhahran, the largest cinema in Saudi Arabia, has opened to moviegoers in Dhahran.

The new cinema is the latest in the ongoing roll-out of cinema developments for the Muvi brand across the country.

The complex offers a range of cinema formats to choose between, including ScreenX, ONYX, Dolby Cinema, Muvi Suites and standard theatres.

The design for the innovative cinema complex has a theme of urban downtown, with the intention of creating a dynamic, modern and memorable cinema experience. Internal spaces are characterised by an industrial, yet luxurious, material palette, including timber, exposed steelwork, exposed brickwork and an exposed concrete floor. The Muvi Suites area is designed for a sense of exclusivity, with marble floors, bespoke wool carpets, timber panelling and custom-made works of art.

The project was delivered under the guidance of Dubai studio Design Manager Rebecca Farmer, who has considerable experience in the successful delivery of technically complex cinema developments, in collaboration with Muvi Director of Construction Mohammed Hussain, Project Manager Compass Project Consulting and Main Contractor EDESCO, all of whom worked very hard to complete the project on an ambitious schedule.

In 2019, Chapman Taylor was engaged by Fawaz Al Hokair group to design and deliver a series of state-of-the art cinemas for their Muvi Cinemas brand, the first Saudi-owned cinema chain. Muvi Cinemas’ plan is to have 20 cinemas opened by early 2021, and we now are now halfway through that ambitious programme.

Our understanding of what adds value to the customer experience is essential in creating high-quality, efficient and exciting environments for people to enjoy. We strive to design the best cinematic experience available, combining state-of-the-art technology with simplified functionality to create maximum value for both clients and cinemagoers. This is why many of the best-known names in cinema choose to work with us repeatedly.

Design concept

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

Director, UK and Dubai

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

مدير بالمملكة المتحدة ودبي

انضم ديفيد إلى استوديو تشابمان تيلور في لندن كمدير في عام 2015 ويقود عملنا في قطاعي الترفيه والفندقة.

لديه خبرة تزيد عن 25 عامًا في العمل دوليًا في قطاع السينما ، بالإضافة إلى سوق الفندقة الصيني سريع الحركة.

لديه سجل حافل وسمعة في التصميم الجيد مع القدرة على تقديم المشاريع في الوقت المحدد والميزانية.

مجالات الخبرة:

الترفيه / الفندقة

Rebecca Farmer ((BA (Hons) ))

Design Manager,

Rebecca Farmer joined Chapman Taylor’s Dubai studio as a Design Manager in 2019, working on site on many of the cinema projects we are constructing in Saudi Arabia.

She specialises in site supervision and project management, regularly acting both as technical lead and as a skilled liaison between clients and contractors on major construction projects.

Originally from the UK, Rebecca studied for her bachelor’s degree in Architecture at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London.

Rebecca has a wide range of sector expertise including in residential, retail, leisure, hospitality, cultural and civic projects.

Areas of expertise:

Project Management / Delivery / Cinema / Residential / Retail / Leisure / Hospitality

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