The Arcadia Stezzano cinema has opened as part of the expansion of the Le Due Torri Shopping Center outside Milan, Italy. An investment by Piero Fumagalli, it is the first new cinema inaugurated by an Italian independent exhibitor since the global pandemic began.
The theatre opened last week with the premiere of Gabriele Mainetti’s Freaks Out, courtesy of Goon Films, Lucky Red, Rai Cinema and 01 Distribution. The film has been called the most significant high-budget production investment in recent Italian film history. Screened at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, the film was acclaimed by international critics and audiences.
The theatre features two premium large format auditoriums with Dolby Atmos immersive sound played on a Meyer Sound system. All seven auditoriums have Christie 4L laser projection and Harkness screens. All seven auditoriums also have custom designed CineArredo recliner seats.
The launch comes at a time when the Italian film market is starting to recover after the onset of the pandemic and represents an injection of confidence in the entire exhibition industry.
Fumagalli says, “We are happy and proud of the new opening of Arcadia Stezzano inside Le Due Torri Shopping Center, a cinema we’ve designed together with architect Benjamin Feldtkeller. Continuing Arcadia’s commitment in the technical excellence, this new location will offer the best cinema projection and sound technology available, ensuring the highest technical levels already appreciated by the audience of the Lombardy provinces and beyond and prosecuting the collaboration with leading companies recognized worldwide, such as Meyer Sound, Christie, and Dolby, which have always supported Arcadia.
“The state-of-the-art image and sound technology will guarantee to Arcadia Stezzano audiences to live the best big screen experiences, enjoy unique emotions and unforgettable memories as the greatest filmmakers intend.”
Fumagalli’s Arcadia Cinema in Melzo won the International Cinema Technology Association’s Best Screen in Europe Award at CineEurope in Barcelona in 2017.