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When the lights go off, the show goes on…

by Tania Griffin
A few people on red chairs in the cinema watching a movie

Stage 3 till 4 p.m.; stage 6 from 8 p.m.; stage 4 tomorrow at 2 a.m… For most of us, trying to keep tabs on the latest – and constantly shifting – loadshedding schedule seems like a job best suited to Napoleon waging war, or by making a Wish upon a star.

But what’s not complicated is deciding how to keep the kids, and yourselves, entertained during those endless two-hour blackout blocks. Ster-Kinekor has the answer – and the power!

Back-up generators and UPS (uninterrupted power supply) units have been installed in almost 75% of the leading cinema chain’s complexes across the country, giving audiences an uninterrupted movie experience from the opening frame to the end credits. As a result, a movie ticket is just the ticket you need to be transported into a world of fantasy, action, adventure, laughter or romance – and to get a break from life’s daily powerless frustrations.

“With 32 of our 43 cinema complexes now fitted with generators, we ensure the show goes on, even when the lights go off. The movie will keep playing on the big screen, and it’s the perfect answer to loadshedding,” says Lynne Wylie, chief marketing officer of Ster-Kinekor.

“With a feast of blockbuster titles releasing on our screens over the next few weeks, as we gear up for the much-anticipated festive season, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

“And, of course, with our IMAX cinemas, you have the opportunity to watch some of the biggest titles on the biggest screens in the country,” she adds.

Filmed specifically using IMAX cameras for a fully immersive cinema experience, some of the big titles that are being released in IMAX in time for the festive holiday period include a magical movie for the whole family, Wonka, with the much-anticipated Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom opening on 22 December in time for the Christmas Day long weekend.

Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé, which opened in cinemas globally on 1 December, can be enjoyed in Ster-Kinekor’s luxurious Cine Prestige cinemas nationally.

The following cinema complexes have been powered up with generators:


  • Mall of the North (Polokwane)


  • Gateway
  • Watercrest


  • Ilanga (Mbombela)

North West

  • Matlosana (Klerksdorp)
  • MooiRivier (Potchefstroom)


  • Carnival City
  • Centurion
  • Cradlestone
  • Cresta
  • Eastgate
  • East Rand Mall
  • Fourways
  • Greenstone
  • Mall of Africa
  • Maponya (Soweto)
  • Rosebank Nouveau
  • Sandton
  • Southgate
  • Sterland (Pretoria)
  • The Grove (Pretoria)
  • The Zone @Rosebank
  • Vaal Mall (Vanderbijlpark)
  • Wonderpark (Pretoria)

Eastern Cape

  • Baywest (Gqeberha)

Western Cape

  • Blue Route
  • Capegate
  • Cavendish
  • Garden Route Mall (George)
  • Somerset (Somerset West)
  • Tygervalley
  • V&A Waterfront

“Now that loadshedding is sorted, all that remains is for you to book your tickets, choose your favourite drink and popcorn combo, and settle back in one of our super-comfortable cinemas: maybe it’s an IMAX seat, a luxurious Cine Prestige lounger, a feel-all-the-action D-Box chair or a colourful kids’ seat. As you are transported into another world for a few hours, the uninterrupted action unfolding on the big screen will deliver the rest,” says Wylie.

While the show goes on inside the cinemas, movie-goers can now also enjoy free Wi-Fi in the cinema foyer at select Ster-Kinekor cinemas. Your SK Club membership number is your access to the Wi-Fi. If you are not yet a member, register here for free to enjoy the free Wi-Fi, plus all the other fantastic benefits that SK Club offers, including half-price Tuesdays and a free movie ticket for your birthday.

For an uninterrupted, big-screen cinema experience, book your tickets for your favourite movie on the website, or download the SK App (Google Play, App Store) on your smartphone. 

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