DCS Events has announced that the 2019 Emerging Cinema Markets conference will return to Istanbul this November. Special focus will be given this year to Turkey, Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia and other emerging countries. There will also be an update on the Gulf Cooperation Council cinema industry hosted by The Big Picture Cinema Consultants. Keynote speakers and the full schedule will be announced over the coming months.
The MENA Cinema Forum, the region's largest event of its kind, will return to Dubai from October 22-24, promising more than 60 speakers and 800 experts in the field of cinema production, exhibition and distribution from 50 countries, it will be spread over two levels at Conrad Dubai.
Cinépolis, the largest cinema exhibitor in Latin America and fourth largest cinema exhibitor in the world, has selected Volfoni as its new 3D provider for their new cinema complexes in Bahrain, Oman, and Argentina.
Systems integrator CinemaNext has reached an agreement with Saudi fashion retail giant Fawaz Alhokair Group for the installation of its first multiplex in Saudi Arabia under the new cinema brand Muvi. Scheduled to open in May at the popular Mall of Arabia in Jeddah, CinemaNext will equip the 15-screen multiplex (2,063 seats) with 4K laser projectors and state-of-the-art surround sound.
The Light Cinemas, in partnership with The Big Picture Cinema Consultancy, has been awarded an operating license in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The company has unveiled the new cinema brand in the Kingdom, Muvi, which has fifteen sites already at a combination of design, planning and consultancy stages.
Mexican movie chain Cinépolis plans to expand across the Arab Gulf States this year, with new cinemas set to open in the United Arab Emirate, Saudi Arabia and Oman. The publication TradeArabia first reported the deal.
French company CGR Cinemas and Vox Cinemas are partnering to bring a new premium screen concept to the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Vox Cinemas’ parent company is Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the region. Their new format is called ICE Theatre, for immersive cinema experience.
Dar Al Arkan has signed an agreement with Majid Al Futtaim to open a new 15-screen multiplex at Dar Al Arkan’s Al Qasr Mall in Riyadh. The multiplex is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019 and will include Vox Cinemas’ signature Kids and Max experiences.
Vox Cinemas, one of the Middle East’s most innovative cinema exhibitors, is installing a range of Unique X technology including RosettaBridge TMS, RosettaNet eTMS, BaseKey KDM Manager and Cielo network monitoring.
IMAX and CJ CGV today announced a sales agreement for four new IMAX theatres to be added to existing and new multiplexes in Turkey. The theatres will be operated by CJ CGV subsidiary, Mars Entertainment Group, operator of the largest cinema circuit in Turkey. The agreement brings to 133 the exhibitor’s total IMAX commitment with theatres in South Korea, China, Vietnam and Turkey.