Cinemas in Jakarta

Jakarta has plenty to offer when it comes to entertainment. If you want to have a good time in Jakata, you don’t have to put in much effort. There are a number of excellent music clubs and theaters and cinemas presenting an amazing variety of traditional Indonesian music, dance, cultural arts and movies.

The culture of cinema in Jakarta is intertwined with the Indonesian cinema. The first Indonesian film was the 1926 silent film, Loetoeng Kasaroeng, by Dutch directors G. Kruger and L. Heuveldorp. During the Dutch colonial era, the Indonesian film industry was supported by the Japanese occupiers during the Second World War as a device of propaganda. After the independence, the Sukarno government used it for nationalistic, anti-Western purposes. Foreign film imports were banned. The Indonesian film industry has come a long way since then. The 1980s saw immensely successful films as Catatan Si Boy and Blok M (1990). By the 1990s, imports of foreign films resumed, and Indonesian films faced stiff competition from the US and Hong Kong. Recent notable films include What's Up with Love? (2002) directed by Rudy Soedjarwo, Arisan! (2003) and Gie (2005).

Jakarta International Film Festival
It is the major film festival of Indonesia held every year in Jakarta every December since 1998. Jakarta International Film Festival showcases award-winning films and cinematic masterpieces from all over the world at specially selected cinemas in Jakarta for a period of approximately two weeks. Seminars and discussions are held where the best minds meet to discuss the films. This is like a window to the world cinema and also, a platform to show where Indonesian films are heading for these days.

The eighth Jakarta International Film Festival began on the December 8, 2006 with Babel (2006), starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. This year, once again Jakarta International Film Festival will show more than 200 films from over 35 different countries.

Movie Theaters and Multiplexes in Jakarta
Cinemas in Jakarta are showing signs of advancement and an attempt to join the global urban trend of ‘multiplex mania’. There has been a boom of new cinema and cineplex buildings over the last few years in Jakarta.

Check out the names of the leading multiplexes in Jakarta which redefined the whole look of films in Jakarta with their new-age marketing and promotional strategies. Thanks to these cinemas and movie theaters in Jakarta, cinema is no longer a mere popular or intellectual medium, rather, it has become a delightful entertainment-element.

Cinemas and Movie Theaters in Jakarta
Blok M
Kelapa Gading
Planet Hollywood
Pondok Indah
Studio 21
Taman Anggrek
Wijaya Grand Center
Keong Emas Imax Theater

Jakarta offers the best cinemas in terms of comfort. The posh and glitzy multiplexes cater to the crowd of urban youth and the bulk of tourists visiting the city, who have the money to splurge in and are eager to get entertained. The buildings are swanky and the interiors are designed to create the maximum audio and visual effect. The seats are indeed plush and big, draped in velvet, with wide arm rests. The leg rooms are also very comfortable.