If you frequently hop from cinema site to cinema site looking for what to watch, this app is for you. Kolanuts is the name of an app that aggregates data from Nigerian cinemas – what’s showing, what it’s about, where it’s showing, and what time it’s showing – with an added feature that shows ratings from IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.
Containing data from cinemas in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, Kolanuts categorises details by movie and cinema. This means you can pick a movie and decide what cinema and what time to watch it, or you can pick a cinema and decide what movie to watch and what time to watch it. So you don’t have to keep shuffling between cinema sites to make your plans, seeing as that information is available in one place.
You can also localise the content that appears on your feed – cinemas that aren’t in your location won’t appear. You won’t be seeing Abuja cinemas if you set your location to Lagos, and so on. Locations can be changed in the settings page, though, so you can change that if you switch cities or something.
Honestly, this is not the first cinema info aggregator I’m coming across, but Kolanuts does have a pretty smooth UI. I’d like to say an interesting way to add to the whole cinema aggregator conversation would be a feature that allows users book or purchase movie tickets from within the app, but it’s not as if Nigerian cinemas themselves have been able to pull this off successfully.