This list is my definitive list of all the cinemas in Trinidad currently, ranked on their merits, and I will go over all the positives and negatives of each till we get to the cream of the crop. So lets get into it. Each cinema is ranked on a few different things, which then combine to an overall score which gives that cinema its overall ranking.
9) Caribbean Cinemas 8:
Kicking the list off (meaning in last place #sorrynotsorry) is one of the original “New” cinemas to hit the island, but it didn’t take long for it to fall off, in my eyes at least. They’re a few reasons they’re at the bottom of the list, as you will see in the break down, but its something I wish wasn’t so because this cinema had and probably will always have so much potential that it may just never live up to.
Great for: Sending your bad ass kids.
Bad for: Actually enjoying the movie.
Value: 7/10 Food: 4/10 Screen: 5/10 Location: 8/10 Experience: 2/10
Total Score: 5.2 out of 10
8) Movie Towne Chaguanas:
From this point on, this list gets a lot more competitive, and cinemas are separated by much less. Next up we have Movie Towne Chaguanas, which can really feel like the forgotten Movie Towne. It has more or less all the trappings of the other Movie Towne’s, but the overall cinema feels a bit more dated than it should. It does generally run Bollywood movies more often than some other cinemas, so if thats more you’re speed then this should probably rank a little higher for you.
Great for: Taking your outside woman/man.
Bad for: Taking your actual woman/man.
Value: 7.5/10 Food: 6.5/10 Screen: 8/10 Location: 8/10 Experience: 7/10
Total Score: 6.6 out of 10
7) Caribbean Cinemas 10:
Out here repping for what the Caribbean Cinemas experience could and maybe should be is the newer Caribbean Cinemas 10. Boasting a much more state of the art setup, in all facets, while still being able to offer some of the cheapest tickets around, makes CCX a much more compelling place to find yourself. It might be the most “best of both worlds” cinema in this set, so if the price is the biggest deal for you, then this is your place.
Great for: Saving a $40.
Bad for: Seeing the movie on time cause they play like 30 mins of ads.
Value: 9/10 Food: 6.5/10 Screen: 7/10 Location: 7.5/10 Experience: 7/10
Total Score: 7.4 out of 10
6) Movie Towne Tobago:
Can’t forget the sister isle, even if the cinema Gods did for a while. The opening of the Movie Towne Tobago complex was a great addition for any cinema fans that lived on the smaller isle. It does everything you could want from a cineplex, and only it rest above CCX mostly because of the generally superior food of Movie Towne’s, but is also just a bit more comfy.
Great for: Seeing any movie in Tobago.
Bad for: Getting service faster than “Island Pace”.
Value: 7.5/10 Food: 8/10 Screen: 7.5/10 Location: 7/10 Experience: 7/10
Total Score: 7.4 out of 10
5) Digicel Imax:
The only “Imax” certified screen on the Island is a strong boast for the Digicel Imax cinema that finds itself having probably the best screen experience of all the cinemas on this list. They also do have the benefit of running midnight screenings of movies, which is a great welcome when you really want to be the first to see something. There is only 1 screen, but thats just something you have to deal with. This Imax might be higher on the list if some of its other attributes were up to the standards of some of the other cinemas on this list.
Great for: Seeing a movie in 3D when you actually want to see it in 3D.
Bad for: If you like your cinema screens more on the empty side.
Value: 6.5/10 Food: 5/10 Screen: 10/10 Location: 8.5/10 Experience: 7.5/10
Total Score: 7.5 out of 10
4) Movie Towne Invaders Bay:
One of the real OG’s of this list is the original Movie Towne, aka Movie Towne Invaders Bay. Even though this was the original Movie Towne, it more or less got it right from the start. It had higher prices than CC8, but it gave you so many reasons for that added price, that it wasn’t just a higher price, because it gave you so much value. It also had the benefit of being the centre piece of this development, so that things were really designed with the cinema first kind of mentality, that shows in just how little they have had to change things, in order to keep up with he rising competition.
Great for: When you just want to see a movie, and know exactly what you’re going to get.
Bad for: If you like to go to the cinema on a Saturday night because the place is a zoo then.
Value: 7.5/10 Food: 9/10 Screen: 8/10 Location: 8.5/10 Experience: 7/10
Total Score: 8 out of 10
Now we’re getting to the cream of the crop. Gemstone is a new set of premium or vip style screens, which is a newer trend on the island. They pair smaller more intimate screens, with a much more lush and pampered style of experience, boasting probably the best chairs of any cinema on this list. Gemstone offers you motorised leather padded seats, much more personal and leg room, an actual menu of appetisers and snacks to order from, and just a much more refined atmosphere. This would rank number 2 over all if it weren’t for some small differences, that put another set of vip style screens just ahead of it.
Great for: Impressing a girl on a movie date.
Bad for: Your pocket.
Value: 7/10 Food: 9/10 Screen: 8.5/10 Location: 8/10 Experience: 8/10
Total Score : 8.1 out of 10
2) Movie Towne Vip:
Second place officially goes to the Movie Towne Vip set of screens (combined between invaders bay and C3 center). These offer just about everything that Gemstones offers, besting it only in two ways. One, they do have the better food and drink selection, its not like miles bette, but it is better, and they also have some better combos. And secondly, they do manage a bit of a warmer, more relaxing, more inviting experience than gemstone. Gemstone does have the better seats, but MT Vip gives you a blanket, is better staffed, and they have less of a “fancy dentist office” lobby like Gemstone, and more of an “old favourite restaurant where all the staff knows you”, kind of feel. It might seem like a knit pick or a bias, but one had to be 2 and one had to be 3, and I feel like those little differences do make a difference.
Great for: Date night.
Bad for: If you really wished your date night stop was more separated from the main cinema itself.
Value: 7.5/10 Food: 9/10 Screen: 8.5/10 Location: 8/10 Experience: 8.5/10
Total Score: 8.3 out of 10
1) Movie Towne South:
And coming in at number 1, I think this is actually the newest cinema on this list so that must help, but its the latest and greatest from the Movie Towne team, and that’s Movie Towne South. Set as the name implies in the south of the island, this new MT venue gave them the chance and opportunity to really go all out. Set in its own little Hollywood, and fit with all the trimmings for not just a great cinema experience, but just a great night out, MT South really does set the bar currently, for what going to the cinema should be like. With a few different level of movie going experiences on offer, the same great MT food we know and love, plus all the brand new tools and toys to wow us, Movie Towne South truly is the best in cinema going Trinidad and Tobago has to offer, and even if you have to take an hour drive to get there, trust me, it’s worth it.
Great for: Having a great ass time.
Bad for: If you don’t like enjoying life.
Value: 8/10 Food: 9/10 Screen: 9/10 Location: 8/10 Experience: 9/10
Total Score: 8.6 out of 10
So what do you think of my list? Think your favourite cinema should be number one? Comment what you thought, like and share, and feel free to state a case for any cinema you think should be ranked higher or lower here.