With so big a buzz generated by the new movieplex, Miss D and I decided to give it a try last Saturday (04/28). We went there to see The Reaping, a flick which she had been wanting to see for quite some time.
Blitz is situated on the 8th floor of Grand Indonesia – previously Hotel Indonesia. The mall is not yet fully operational, so Blitz is kind of a lonely tenant there along with Starbucks and SEIBU Department Store. You can access Blitz directly from the 8th parking floor or by elevators from ground level. I suggest the first method, though. It’s much easier.
The interior design of Blitz is very modern and posh. The atmosphere is cosy, though with so many moviegoers, it tends to crowd up a bit during the evenings. It has several lounges complete with stylish couches and coffee tables where you can wait until your flick is showing. All under the watchful eyes of the attendants and ushers: twenty-somethings which piercings and mohawk-style coiffures to match.
Boasting ten silverscreens under a single roof, the movie selection is definitely something to be reckoned with. It has several screens dedicated for asian movies (i.e. Korean, Mandarin, Indian, and Indonesian).
The facilities are also quite formidable. The ticket stands are aplenty, unlike the usual three or four stands on your regular cineplex. The concession stands are also good. Wide selection of concessions, with prices that you can expect from this kind of establishment. There is also Digital Beat Store, offering digital downloads of music (though I’m not sure what format it offers, I’m guessing MP3s).
Going into the auditorium, you should notice a difference: the seats are inclined at higher angle than the usual one. I can’t help the impression that the screen is more closer to me. I also duly noticed that the seats themselves are not exactly comfortable, a fact that is widely disputed on Blitz’ own site. The cushioning is rather hard and the back is angled too straight. In my opinion, it’s rather hard to comfortably lay back to see the movie. The distance between the rows are sufficient to allow people passing by without their legs brushing against our knees.
I give Blitz a 2 out of 5. The atmosphere is great, but the auditoriums themselves aren’t really much to differentiate Blitz from the rest of the cineplexes.