Watch English Movies in Hatyai Cineplex Central Festival

Hatyai Cineplex is a popular movie provider in Thailand. Two Cineplex theaters are found in Hatyai City, one at Central Festival and the other at Diana. There is also one in Songkhla Tesco Lotus, unlike those in Hatyai, this however shows English movies dubbed in Thai language ONLY. So foreigners from Songkhla, Sadao, Satun, and other nearby places have to travel to hatyai to be able to watch movies in English soundtrack.

My family and I particularly love Hatyai Cineplex in Central Festival. This is our go to movie theater whenever there’s something we’d like to watch on the big screen. Recently we watched Avengers:Endgame, and I’d like to share with you our experience in a short video down below. For parents who will be watching a 3-hour long movie with children, you might want to check out watching without bathroom break.

Hatyai Cineplex Central Festival is big, grand, and clean. It is fully equipped with several machines for electronic ticket, as well as ticket booth for those who would like to walk-in and purchase a ticket.
There is a huge waiting lounge in and out of the cinema. You could comfortable chill out there while waiting. The ambience of the place is great, heavily carpeted-floor, colorful movie posters in glass frame outlined in equally vivid, bright, colorful lights. These frames are beautifully distributed on the walls and ceiling. We love the design.

Hatyai Cineplex has IMAX, which allows you to experience a movie in 4G. We’ve tried this out when we watched Batman vs Superman, which we regretted both the 4G experience and the movie itself. There are people who love 4G but it is definitely not for us. We were dizzy the whole time, and had a splitting headache after.


Anyways, the restrooms are clean. However I’d wish there’s one in between the theaters. You see the restrooms are situated at both ends of the hallway way, separated by 6 to 7 huge theaters. So it is a pretty long walk especially if you’re taking a bathroom break right in the middle of the movie.


Hatyai Cineplex is located on the top most floor of Central Festival Hatyai. If you are driving there, you could simple type in Hatyai Cineplex Central Festival in your GPS device or google map.

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Watching “Avengers:Endgame” without Bathroom Break: Tips for Parents

We did it! Props to my 7-year-old son for surviving the Avengers: Endgame.

We’ve watched almost all of the Avengers movies in the big screen, and there was never a time when he didn’t have to go to the loo, interestingly just when things get so exciting. With this final Avengers movie, we didn’t want to miss a thing. We had questions from the Avengers Infinity War that needed answers. And all the comments in social media like “a fitting ending”, “masterful”, “epic”, “sooooo good”, “a great combination of action, emotion, and humor” only fuel an already brewing anticipation. We planned to watch it in a much later day but the spoiler alerts in social media the day it opened were too much to handle. So we decided to watched it the following day.

All these excitement on one hand, and the fact that we would surely miss out on some important scenes because of bathroom break on the other, led us to make changes in our viewing practices. Usually, we have popcorn and some colas while watching, which my children look forward to. However the combination of low temperature inside the cinema, and icy cold colas scream bathroom break for them.

Well some changes are inevitable. Read on and find out. You might also want to watch our experience in Hatyai Cineplex in Central Festival Thailand where we watched The Avengers: Endgame.

 

Here are the changes we made in our viewing practices. It worked for us. It might help you too.

  1. Satiate their taste buds before the movie. We took the late afternoon show slot, and came two hours early in the mall. We had a proper meal and some ice cream after. Reason for this is that, my son has the appetite of a goldfish. We could then simply tell him off by saying “We just ate ” when he starts asking for something to eat again.
  2. Ask them to go to the bathroom a few minutes before the movie starts. A Piedmont urologist recommended emptying your bladder every 3 hours whether you have the urge to go or not. If your child pees five minutes before the movie, s/he will most likely be able to watch the entire movie without going to the bathroom to pee.
  3. Popcorn and drinks after the movie. We explained that for this particular movie we won’t be having popcorn and drinks. Of course it didn’t go uncontested. There were a lot of “whys”. We explained the whys, and we made a deal. They could have popcorn and drinks after the movie. I’m happy and proud that my children could understand reasons and are capable of delayed-gratification. In fact, they passed with flying colors the high-delay children challenge we previously did with them. 
  4. If possible sit at the utmost back row near the aisle or better yet at the aisle. There will be idle moments in the movie and your child will start fidgeting, standing, and/or moving around like a Kangaroo out in the wild for the first time (a bit of an exaggeration here, or maybe not). This is normal and when it happens at least nobody from behind gets disturbed. And also your child could have the entire aisle to himself/herself to do their thing.

So there you go folks! We recently did these, and we successfully watched the full 3-hour the “Avengers: Endgame” uninterrupted with our two children with us. My son got into the movie so much that he became so emotional. But for sure my son wasn’t the only one who cried.

I hope these tips would help parents out there or at least give you some ideas. For us though, we’d reserve these practices for movies that really matters.  

 

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