CJ Cinema Property Update – Tuesday 10 January 2017

By and Patrick von Sychowski | January 9, 2017 10:14 pm PDT

USA: Cinépolis goes VIP in NE, Carmike in Anderson Towne, Morehead Foundry down with hipsters, CinéBistro hiring in Baltimore; India: Cinépolis in Hyderabad; Gulf: Novo’s laser Imax in Qater, Reel and City Walk become Roxy in Dubai; France: Paris’ Etoile Cinémas is arthouse of tomorrow, quality three-screener in Castelnaudary; UK: Curzon Colchester in September; Philippines: SMLEI’s first concept cinema in Manila’s Mall of Asia. Renovation/Re-opening: Les 3 Luxembourg’s in Paris, Scotland’s Screen Machine. Closing: Cinema City out of Budapest’s MOM Park, Mainz’s Residenz closes, demolition starts at Newcastle’s Odeon.

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USA (NJ) – Cinépolis is expanding its high-end concept to the Northeast US with the re-fitting and re-opening of the Cinépolis Parsippany theater (formerly Bow Tie Cinema) as a ‘Cinépolis Luxury Cinema’ late next year.

The theater’s transformation will create a destination unto itself with a new lobby area, designed for mingling with friends and loved ones; enhanced concessions with twists on theater favorites; renovated auditoriums complete with fully reclining leather seats; and in-theater dining service with stealth-like waiters delivering gourmet meals and full bar options via the touch of a button.

Cinépolis has previously focused its luxury theatres on in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, California. Press Release – 4 January 2017

Carmike Cinema Ovation Anderson Towne (image: Facebook)

Carmike Cinema Ovation Anderson Towne (image: Facebook)

USA (OH) – Carmike Cinema opened its latest multiplex last Thursday at the Anderson Towne Center. “Carmikes Ovation Cinema Grill has a restaurant, bar, luxury seating and state-of-the-art dimension sound and screen effects.” No word on whether it will be re-brandded AMC. WCPO – 5 January 2017

Gluten=free films showing in Greensboro Triad's Morehead Foundry. (photo: WFMY News2)

Gluten=free films showing in Greensboro Triad’s Morehead Foundry. (photo: WFMY News2)

USA (NC) – Downtown Greensboro’s first multiplex opened last November and is proving a big draw. The Morehead Foundry is situated in the hip Triad converted industrial warehouse that features restaurants with locally sourced food and a “bread-less bakery” and coffee shop. Sounds like a hipster paradise. WFMY News2 – 4 January 2017

USA (MD) – CinéBistro is hiring 100 staff ahead of its opening later this quarter in Baltimore. The dinner-and-movie cinema operator will launch in The Rotunda in the city’s Hampden neighbourhood. Daily Record (subscription) – 5 January 2017

Cinepolis India

India – Cinépolis has opened a new six screen multiplex in Mantra Mall at Attapur in Hyderabad.  This marks the third complex for Cinépolis in Hyderabad including a five screen multiplex in Manjeera Trinity Mall and a five screen multiplex in CCPL Mall, bringing the exhibitors total number of screens in the city to 16.  The new cinema has a seating capacity of 1,260 and is forecast to schedule 30 screenings per day.  Its amenities include digital projection on all screens (naturally), RealD 3D and a selection of gourmet food at an in-house coffee shop. India.com – 27 December 2016

Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, CEO, Novo Cinemas

Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, CEO, Novo Cinemas. (photo: Novo Cinemas)

Qatar – Just before Christmas Novo Cinemas launched the largest laser-projected Imax screen in the Gulf and Middle East region in its new multiplex at the Mall of Qatar (MoQ). The flagship Novo Cinemas MOQ is 19 screens including the following premium offerings:

  • The largest IMAX laser in the Middle East and North Africa Region
  • 7 VIP screens including introduction of IMAX Signature (VIP seating area)
  • Dedicated Kids screen
  • 2 Dolby Atmos VIP screens
  • First MX4D to be introduced in Qatar
  • 8 lane bowling alley
  • Sushi Bar

Novo Cinemas recently partnered domestic flag carrier Qatar Airways for its seven-star VIP cinema experience. Press Release – 18 December 2016

Roxy Editor's Suite. (image: theroxycinemas.com website)

Roxy Editor’s Suite. (image: theroxycinemas.com website)

U.A.E. (Dubai) – Reel Cinema at JBR and City Walk have both become Roxy Cinemas. A third Roxy Cinema will open soon at Boxpark. “While the fancier experiences at JBR and City Walk used to be called Premiere and Platinum, they’re now called the Editor’s Suite (which has spacious seats) and the Director’s Lounge (which is the equivalent of Platinum, reclining seats and all).” Reel Cinemas are owned by Emaar (Dubai Mall and Dubai Marina Mall) while Roxy Cinemas are owned by Meraas (City Walk and JBR). WhatsOn Dubai – 5 January 2015

Paris' Etoile Voltaire will open in 2018/19. (image: Olivier Palatre architects)

Paris’ Etoile Voltaire will open in 2018/19. (image: Olivier Palatre architects)

France – Paris’ XIth arrondissement will see a former substation converted to a 500-seat arthouse cinema in late 2018 or early 2019. Etoile Cinémas was selected to turn the 1908 Voltaire substation building into a five-screen arthouse cinema with rooftop terrace where star chef Thierry Marx will offer a “training restaurant” for 100 apprentices. The €8 million – €9 million Etoile Voltaire will also house France’s Society of Film Producers (SRF). Le Parisiene – 3 January 2017

France – Plans have been approved to build a three-screen cinema in Castelnaudary. Sagec SES has been selected as the builder for the project, which will create a cinema with three screens (with an option for a fourth) and 451 seats – 240, 135 and 76 seats each. Opening is planned for the end of 2018. No operator has been selected, but will have to commit to quality programming. The city at one time had three cinemas, the last of which closed in 2009. Voix du Midi (FR) – 6 January 2017

Curzon Colchester - coming in September. (image: artist's impression)

Curzon Colchester – coming in September. (image: artist’s impression)

UK – The Curzon cinema in Colchester could open this September. The three-screen cinema in Queen Street will seat just over 300 people, as well as having two Curzon-run bars – one on the rooftop and one on the ground floor. There will also be two separate restaurants alongside the cinema. This is Curzon’s first cinema in the east of England. Gazette News – 9 January 2017

Phillipines – SM Lifestyle and Entertainment (SMLEI) has launched its first concept cinema in Manila’s Mall of Asia. Cinema 7 and Cinema 8 of SM Mall of Asia features a big lounge area complete with dining seats, as well as disability access. Next year it will also launch a special Children’s Cinema, as well as an “interactive cinema”. The operator is also planning on renovating 100 of its cinemas this coming year. Manila Bulletin – 7 January 2017

Renovation / Re-opening

Paris' Les 3 Luxembourg cinema. (photo: Les 3 Luxembourg)

Paris’ Les 3 Luxembourg cinema. (photo: Les 3 Luxembourg)

France – The Les 3 Luxembourg cinema in Paris is re-opening on 1 February, having been closed since 26 June 2016. The cinema was taken over in 2012 by Charlotte Prunier, director and programmer, who has injected new life in the arthouse cinema. The small cinema’s three auditoriums (101, 99 and 112 seats) have been refurbished, plus the “outside the walls” screen at Studio Luxembourg Accattone (73 seats). The cinema is home to many of Paris’ cinema clubs. Le Figaro (FR) – 6 January 2017

The Screen Machine - bringin' cinema te ye! (photo: The Herald)

The Screen Machine – bringin’ cinema te ya! (photo: The Herald)

UK (Scotland) – The Screen Machine mobile cinema that brings films to the remotest villages and islands of Scotland has travelled the equivalent of eight times around the world – so it is due for a major refit. “Without this £100,000 plus refit, it would become subject to an increasing number of breakdowns, and would be unlikely to be able to continue full operation for more than another year or two at best.” It has been running 48 weeks per year since 2005. The Herald – 9 January 2016


Heading for the exit? Cinema City in Budapest MOM Park mall. (photo: BBJ)

Heading for the exit? Cinema City in Budapest MOM Park mall. (photo: BBJ)

Hungary – It looks like Cinema City is out as operator of the multiplex in Budapest’s MOM Park shopping mall. Negotiations have been ongoing about continuing the contract but a statement seen by Budapest Business Journal from comms agency HPS Experience on behalf of MOM Park says the multiplex will only be operated by Cinema City until January 23, “when operations will be taken over by an international company new to the country.” Intriguing. Cinema City’s contract with  nearby Mammut mall expired in October and was not renewed. BBJ – 3 January 2017

The Residenz Kino in Mainz is now closed. (photo: SWR)

The Residenz Kino in Mainz is now closed. (photo: SWR)

Germany – Mainz’s oldest cinema is closing. The Residenz was once the number one cinema in the Rheinhessen area, but the two-screen cinema closed this past Sunday (8 January). 12 employees become unemployed and several apartments, shops and cafes in the building will be closed, as it is due to be demolished. SWR (DE) – 6 January 2017

Odeon Newcastle, set to be demolished. (photo: ITV Tyne Tee)

Odeon Newcastle, now being demolished. (photo: ITV Tyne Tee)

UK – Demolition work has begun on Newcastle’s Odeon cinema. Initial work will include removal of asbestos. The building has stood empty for 14 years. Now it will give way to a retail hub. Chronicle Live – 3 January 2017

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