Cinemas in Shenzhen

Cinemas in Shenzhen

What’s playing at the moment?? Where can I go to see a movie?? When does that awesome new superhero movie get released in China?? SOMEONE, PLEASE HELPPPP MEEEEEEE!!!!

If that’s you on a Saturday afternoon, fear no longer with the arrival of this foolproof guide to movie going in Shenzhen. Although the amount of movies screened yearly in mainland China is still very limited compared to most countries, more and more cinemas are opening each year in large cities in Shenzhen. As such, it’s now fully possible to catch a good movie here in your free time, as we prove with this definitive list of the city’s best theatres.

As well as websites and addresses, short reviews have also been included, summarising the pros and cons of each location for expats living in the city. Although all local websites are in Chinese, they can be approximately translated using ordinary web browsers such as Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.

In addition, those who travel across the border regularly to Hong Kong will have total freedom with their film choices, including all the latest Hollywood films on their international release dates.  As such, a brief list of Hong Kong cinema websites has also been provided, all of which are in English and refreshingly easy to navigate.

Happy movie going!


Coastal City Cinema




8635 9166


深圳市, 南山区,  文心五路33号,  海岸城购物中心, 三楼(Chinese)

3rd Floor, Coastal City, 33 Wenxin Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen (English)


By far the best theatre for expats based in Shekou or Nanshan, Coastal City Cinema impresses thanks to its glitzy décor, vast number of screens, and the diverse array of restaurants and attractions in the surrounding mall.

Its location’s highly convenient as well, as it’s only 15-20 minutes away from Sea World by taxi, but is also situated right next to the highway leading towards the central districts of Futian and Luohu.

MCL Cinema (Garden City)




2685 8870


深圳,南山区, 南海大道, 花园城中心, 五楼 (Chinese)

5th Floor, Garden City Centre, Nanhai Boulevard, Nanshan District, Shenzhen


Although its’ screens are limited, Garden City’s friendly atmosphere and even closer proximity to Shekou – 5 mins from Sea World by taxi – make it a solid alternative to Coastal City for the area’s expats.

Broadway Cinema (Coco Park)




2531 3556


深圳市,福田区,福华三路,COCOPARK购物公园,2楼 (Chinese)

2nd Floor, Coco Park, Fuhua 3rd Road, Futian District, Shenzhen (English)


Like Coastal City, Broadway Cinema benefits from a hyper-modern design, spacious screens, and a bustling shopping complex directly outside it. Located in the heart of Futian, it’s obviously a prime choice for those living within or close to the district.

Golden Harvest Theatre (The MIXc)




8266 8182


深圳,罗湖区,1881 宝安南路,华润中心,万象成, 中座,三楼  (Chinese)

3rd Floor, Middle Building, MixC Shopping Mall, Huarun Centre, 1881 Baoan South Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen (English)


Shenzhen’s most upmarket cinema, the MixC is currently the largest cinema complex in Guangdong, featuring over 12 cinema halls equipped with state of the art digital projectors and surround sound audio systems.

Bigger doesn’t always equal better though, as the cinema’s increased price and relatively obscure location ultimately make it less of an attractive option for residents living outside of Luohu in districts such as Futian and Nanshan.

MCL Cinema (Hi Citygate Mall)




2685 8870


深圳市, 罗湖区, 太宁路, 喜荟城购物中心, 二楼 (Chinese)

2nd Floor, Hi Citygate Mall, Tai Ning Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen (English)


Located within walking distance of Hua Qiang Bei, the city’s famous IT district, the cinema in Hi Citygate mall is easy to find for newcomers and conveniently placed in one of Shenzhen’s most bustling shopping malls.  As such, it’s the cinema of choice for those seeking a night out in Luohu District.

Hong Kong

AMC Theatres (Chain)


Broadway Circuit (Chain)


Golden Harvest HK (Chain)


The Grand Cinema


UA Cinemas (Chain)


5 Comments for “Cinemas in Shenzhen”

  1. The alternatives in business real estate are certainly not getting any better as owners don’t want to let go of their gems.

  2. Are films dubbed in Mandarin/Cantonese, or shown with the original English audio track with subtitles?

  3. Awsome Damian.

    One reminder to the expats. Chnese people will use their cell phones in the cinema. i know its annoying, but apart of life here sadly.

    • Hahaha, too true. add laughing during relly dramatic scenes to the list as well!
      I see you’re one of the paper’s top contributors – what business are you in?

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