Here’s How You Can Plan Barbie x Oppenheimer Marathon on First Day of Release in Pokhara

The biggest movie event of the year is almost here, y’all. One of the mightiest clashes in the history of cinemas is taking place on July 21st when two of the most hyped movies are getting released together. It’s rare for both the films to do equally well when the release dates are same — but in this case, it looks like they are both gonna do quite well — seeing the interest of the people for both of these extremely opposite kinda films.

Christopher Nolan alone is a name that can bring the audiences to the theatres; and this time, he has got a star studded cast including Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., Forencce Pugh, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Jack Quaid and Rami Malek, among others. Dang!! Like seriously, what the hell!! Yeah, I know what you might be thinking, Barbie’s got no chance, eh? That’s where you are wrong, buddy. Barbie, too, is a flick that is loaded with some biggies including Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Will Ferrell, Emma Mackey, Simu Liu and Michael Cera — and this fantasy movie is directed by Greta Gerwig.

So difficult to pick, right? Well, you don’t have to. How about watching them both right on the first day, back to back? Totally possible!

The hype is real in Nepal, too. I do feel like the hype is on Oppenheimer’s side a little more than Barbie but can’t underestimate the latter too.

If you’re in the Kathmandu valley, there are several options so you can easily do the marathon. Advantage of the big city life, I guess.

It’s for the folks in smaller towns like me that will have to find out the show times and then really, like really plan — with just one or max two theaters playing the movies. For instance, only one theatre in Pokhara has published the showtimes for Oppenheimer so far on the first day of release, that is Friday, July 21. While Pokhara Cineplex has put out the showtimes for both Barbie and Oppenheimer; Midtown Cinemas has published it only for Barbie as of now.

As per the schedule so far, Cineplex will have two shows of Barbie at 9 AM and 07:15 PM on Friday. Oppenheimer, on the other hand, will have double the number of shows — starting from 8:30 AM, followed by 12:00 noon and 3:30 PM; and the last one at 7:00 PM. Midtown has so far three shows of Barbie scheduled at 11:45 AM, 04:15 PM and 09:00 PM. The runtime of Oppenheimer is 3 hours and Barbie runs for almost two hours. Of course, doing a morning and then a night show is for weak people; real cinema lovers will see two consecutive shows. Am I right, or am I right?

So, let’s do some math now.

If you catch the first show (8:30 AM) of Oppenheimer at Cineplex, you will make it for the 11:45 AM show of Barbie at Midtown just on time. You just have to really rush off as soon as you finish your first film. Tight but doable.

Second scenario is a comfortable one; if you catch the 12:00 noon show of Oppenheimer at Cineplex, you will get some khaja time after it’s over; and then you can easily catch the 04:15 PM screening of Barbie at Midtown. Sweet deal, aye?

The third option is the most convenient one with the 3:30 PM schedule of Oppenheimer at Cineplex, followed by the 7:15 PM show of Barbie at the same theater. You can even catch the 8 PM show at Midtown, if you want.

Other option might be the 9 AM show of Barbie and then 12 noon show of Oppenheimer — both at Cineplex. That’s great too.

There, you can choose from multiple options. Just look at all the showtimes and go for the ones that best suit your schedule. Have fun, y’all.


Neeraj Pun (NEO)

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