Pokhara is known for many things – paragliding, trekking, its beautiful lake, the friendly Nepalise people that inhabit the little city and, as we recently found out, one of the loveliest little movie theatres in the world.
For 365 Nepalese rupees each (approximately USD3.40) you’ll get a ticket to the movie of the night, a comfy seat, freshly popped popcorn (a movie-going essential!) and the use of blankets and cushions to help you get comfy. Pizza and a variety of drinks are also available for purchase should you choose and if you want to stay on, happy hour extends after the movie.
The garden opens at 6pm, with the movie starting at 7.30 and it’s suggested you arrive any time from 6pm till 7pm to ensure you get a good seat – if you expect the movie to be particularly popular or it’s raining and you want to ensure a seat undercover, head along earlier rather than later and enjoy soaking up the atmosphere before the movie starts.
The night we visited, the movie was Cinema Paradiso, an Italian drama from back in 1988. It wasn’t a movie that either of us would have ever chosen to watch ourselves (and truthfully, would probably have kept flicking past it had it clicked over on the television) but it was fantastic!
Whatever the weather in Pokhara, Movie Garden is open. The night we were there it was pouring with rain and lightening was going off all over the place – the following picture was actually taken in the pitch black of night but lightening lit up the photo.
Each night a different movie is shown, so if you’re spending a few nights in town, it’s definitely worth checking out what’s on offer each night and planning accordingly.
Also, in support of the local community, each Saturday night is ‘kids movie’ night where children are allowed in free. Dan, the owner of Movie Garden suggested anyone working with local kids (or who had their own) can bring them along to enjoy a night out which is such a lovely idea.
If you find yourself in Pokhara, Nepal, be sure to allow yourself a night or two to pop along to Movie Garden – it’s a fantastic and unique night out in this lovely wee town.
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