Nollywood stars will grace the opening of Lilongwe’s first cinema where their latest movie will be premiered.
M Cinema opens its doors on April 26 with the aim of providing entertainment to Malawians.
Situated at the Lilongwe City Mall, M Cinema is majorly owned by Manowood Limited, which provides full entertainment like movie shows, distribution of movies and mobile exhibitions among others.
Manowood is owned by Nollywood Cinema which has been in the industry for over 20 years.
“We have invested K117 million in the project with structural work getting around K47 million. We are opening to the public on April 26 and the main movie will be Off The Hook starring Jackie Appiah, Prince David Osei and Alex Usifo. They will all come with other actors of the movie for the premier.
“Aki and Pawpaw will be coming after the Jackie Appiah and crew. It is going to be a quarterly event of bringing Nollywood stars to Malawi. Then it will be Mercy Johnson or Tonto Dikeh. The idea is to bring people’s favourite stars right at their door step,” said the company’s manager Kingsley Otiono.
The cinema, it will have three halls with 50 seats each which will allow them to show three different movies at a time.
“We are fully prepared in terms of technical equipment. Three expatriates will be handling the technical side of the cinema while training locals at the same time. The cinema is digital and soon will be showing movies in 3D.
“We have movies that nobody has so while we acknowledge the fact that we have competition in the name of DStv, we will be the first to show them in Malawi. We will be showing movies that are not at the market meaning we have exclusive rights to show them to people for a given period,” explained Nollywood Cinema Manager Mercy Madasu.
Despite the cinema being mainly run by Nigerians, it will be showing different kinds of movies from locals, Bollywood, Hollywood, Nollywood and Ghana.
Aside the movies, M Cinema, which is also in Nigeria, Ghana and Zimbabwe, will also do trainings on movie production.
The cinema will open every day with patrons enjoying movies for free on Mondays. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.