The 18-screen Muvi Cinema at Mall of Dhahran is the largest cinema in Saudi Arabia.

The new cinema is the latest in the ongoing roll-out of cinema developments for the Muvi brand across the country. The cinema has been delivered by Chapman Taylor, who were engaged by Fawaz Al Hokair in 2019 to design and deliver a series of state-of-the-art cinemas for their Muvi Cinema brand, the first Saudi-owned cinema chain. Muvi Cinemas’ plan is to have 20 cinemas opened by early 2021, and they are now halfway through that ambitious programme.

The complex offers a range of cinema formats to choose between, including ScreenX, ONYX, Dolby Cinema, Muvi Suits 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.