When you are here staying on the island, you will ask, “What’s on at the cinema on Cozumel”? The scene is far more than an activity for many and beyond an obsession for some. It’s a space where reality melts away or gets replaced by someone else’s problems, at least for two hours in the dark. Whether you’re into movies because your friends are forcing you–or because this is the blockbuster you have been waiting for–there’s something for everyone. Movie-going in Mexico is as popular as ever, despite the country being among those where there is the most video piracy. Big box-office movies bring hordes to the theaters, and decent seats at the most convenient times are scarce for the first week after their release. Make sure you show up at least 45 minutes early for hot tickets, or you’ll get stuck sitting up front.
Cozumel has two cinemas on the island, Cinepolis Cozumel (next to the Chedraui supermarket) and Cinemex (in the Punta Langosta shopping center). These theaters has a lush interiors and snazzy mezzanines, and even the bathrooms offer a touch of class. The tourists will also love that it’s right across the street from the waterfront, which will inspire them to remind you of when Cozumel only saw one cruise ship a week. Cinepolis Cozumel has a website you can use to purchase tickets (in Mexican pesos) and get info about upcoming movies. It’s in Spanish, but there’s an option to select “English” which will show you the title and the running time of the movie.
We are lucky to see first-run movies for approximately $4 USD. If you can view your movies before 5 pm, you will never run into crowds, but if you wait till 7 pm, you may have trouble finding a seat. The cinema is seven theaters complete with stadium-style seating (nothing kills a movie like the shadowed bust of the six-foot three-inch theatergoer in front of you). Be sure to check out their popcorn selection: their classic is a salty, buttery bag of perfection, plus they’ve got caramel corn and slushies for a taste of something sweet. Another plus: pristine bathrooms! The reasonable prices and air conditioning allow astonished tourists a pleasant afternoon or evening experience away from the beaches and restaurants. As we are big film fans, this is something we do at least once every two weeks. Cinepolis Cinema has comfortable seats that recline with most of the movies in English and are sub-titled for the locals. The biggest drawback is that it’s hard to find a babysitter for a young one when the movies are in full swing.
Cinepolis Cozumel is at Av. Rafael E. Melgar 1001, San Miguel, Cozumel, Q. Roo, Mexico. The Cinema is open from 10 am to midnight daily. The Cinema has frequent showings of the latest Hollywood blockbusters, independent and art films, classics, and cult movies.