Let’s leave the emergency in Pakistan for the time being. There is more to Pakistan than extremism and all that crap.

I have watched The Bourne Ultimatum and Harry Potter 5 in the newly built cinema called Cinepax. It’s not exactly in Islamabad but cinemas like this are soon to be built on the Islamabad Club road.

It’s definitely a worth watching experience seeing a movie in this cinema. Not only because it is very aesthetically
built but because of … err… clean washrooms.

I am a very huge fan of good bathrooms and toilets. I have traveled extensively in all provinces of Pakistan(-Balochistan, I have my guilt of not being there). One of the unanimous things that I have observed is that
we need to make new and good washrooms and we need to educate people to use washrooms properly and leanly.

It’s not really a joke. And this, unfortunately holds more in Urban areas than the rural areas( no, I am not talking about Serenas, Marriotts, PCs et al).

Enough of all that, I am attaching some photos from there. Do visit the cinema for movies, there is Mc. Donalds and Papasallis near so you can have a good meal after the movies. For schedule send CPX to 6622 from your cell phone. (SMS charges Rs. 5/- per message)

Never mind the quality.










12 Comments so far

  1. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 4:44 pm

    Seems like you’ve spent most of the time in *i hate this cough* washrooms :P

    They’ve movie screens there too?

  2. Talha (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

    A, I thought we had this deal of not humiliating captains.

    At least till the time we remain captains ourselves :D!

  3. ubd (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 6:57 pm

    Are u coming from delhi after attending Toilet conference held in Delhi

  4. mahmood (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 10:03 pm

    I just realized that they have installed stand up urinals. People should realize that they cant do taharat after using them.

    Anyways good building.

  5. JayJay (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 3:38 am

    Talha – Excellent stuff. Clean toilets are surely a factor to attract people — not everyone can hold it off for three hours while watching a movie. I hope toilets and washrooms are kept to the present standards for years to come.

    Mahmood – I would not go to the cinema (or at least pee there) if I have concerns about taharat and astanja on my mind. Watch pirated stuff from the comfort of you home. I prefer stand-up urinals — there is no other type, or is it?

  6. Phil (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 4:26 am

    Where the sense of nationalism is a far cry from anything but. I see this dream of mine and yours taking some time to come. But I do wish it is here, and we build and use restrooms like human beings.

    Talha, don’t tell us that you wanted to take a dump watching the movie :P Was it that bad? Just kidding.

  7. syra (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 9:12 am

    good to know

  8. Serepticus (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 9:22 am

    They need to upgrade their pop-corn and nachos! PRONTO! Not very satisfying I should say. Think of something beyond saltish pop corn like sweet/butter coated etc ??
    Also, no restrictions on use of cell phones while the movie is running. I did not see any adverts in the start stating that cell phones should be switched off and didn’t see a staff member prompt any one to stop yapping on the phone during the flick (which has happened quite a few times)! I mean if you are so vigilant so as to search people’s pockets for ciggies and not allow them inside then why so lenient on the cell phones?
    Several other issues too that need to be looked in to but over all it’s a good place to crash at from time to time. Let’s just hope that it keeps its standards up coz that’s where we lag!

    and yes… the loo was impressive! :p

  9. Arif Baigmohamed (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 1:58 pm

    Hi Guys,
    My name is Arif and I’m the CEO of the company that built the complex at Jinnah Park. I’m obviously glad you like our bathrooms- though I hope you appreciate the other offerings too. We are working on our concessions too- next week the local popcorn will be upgraded to US popcorn and it’ll be a substantial quality improvement. We’re trying to solve the cellphone problem- unfortunately we need PTA approval for jammers. In the meantime I’ve just asked our marketing group to put together a short clip asking people to turn off their phones.

    We value your comments and input.



  10. TDH (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 2:12 pm

    In US they are trying to get rid of jammers and here you are trying to bring them back.

    Seriously, I wouldn’t ever visit this place if I get to be in PK. :/

    Asking them to turn off cellphones is polite. You did your part and have the right to kick them then. Jamming it, so that in case an emergency happens and nobody could contact, is ruthless.

  11. Serepticus (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

    Thanks Arif for the prompt response. Might I suggest the administration tries to ‘cultivate’ a culture of ‘cell phone etiquettes’ instead of implementing jammers. People can always have their phones on vibrate/silent and politely move towards the door to take the call instead of not being able to take a call at all in case there might be an emergency.
    Great news about the pop corn though and I hope we get to have showcases for the latest movies in pindi/isb too just like they happen in Lahore/Karachi.
    Over all, Cinepax is like free and fresh air :) Good luck with further expansions.

  12. Ramla A. (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

    Our elders, and now ever Tom Peters – author of IN SEARCH OF EXCELLENCE – say that if you want to know a person’s attention to detail (an organization’s focus on service – TP), observe their bathrooms. If an organizations provide spacious, and clean bathrooms, then it cares.

    So Cinepax passes on this count!

    Their choice of movies, Bourne/ HP – is also cool. Hopefully we can franchise more top-rated international movies. Always a pleasure to NOT see them pirated first.

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