PVR Cinemas is one of India’s leading multiplex chains, and I’m glad to say that there’s finally a Windows Phone version of their app available. The multiplex chain had earlier released iOS and Android apps way back in September 2011 when Windows Phone devices were only beginning to hit the market. While the Windows Phone app may be a little late, it certainly seems worth the wait. It doesn’t seem to be optimised for Windows Phone 8 and its quick resume functionality, but still runs well on the Lumia 920.
The application is a free download from the Windows Phone Marketplace, comes in at about 5 MB and is compatible with devices running Windows Phone 7.5 and up . It is has a pleasing UI that is not only very smooth, but also elegant. The app is fully featured and you can sort by movies or by cinema.
Once inside, you can view a brief synopsis of the movie or even a trailer. Best of all, if you do not want to make the payment online you can use the ‘pay later’ option to choose your seats, book your tickets and collect them later from the cinema directly.
- Check show times for movies running in your vicinity
- Choose seats of your choice & book movie tickets by paying through your credit card in a secured environment. This app also allows you to hold your tickets and pay later at the box office.
- Check out a movie synopsis, watch high-quality trailers & view movie posters
- Locate a PVR near you
- Get information on latest and upcoming releases
- Keep a track of your booking history
- Receive discount offers & deals
- Prebook your tickets even before the movie is released.
- Add cinemas, movies & movie genres to favorites.
- Get Notified on New Releases and offers.
- Order Food n Beverages along with tickets.
- More payment options e.g. Kotak m coupon & gift cards.
- 3D Secure credit card Payments.
- Share your Booking details on Facebook.
- Add booking to Calendar for alerts.
The lack of a PVR Cinemas app was perhaps the last straw holding Windows Phone back from proving to be a draw for the movie buff. Book My Show (needs an update for WP8) has had an app available for a while now, and together with timesPyont (local showtimes) and IMDB, the four of these apps could prove to be a compelling proposition for the cinema goer.