EXCLUSIVE: CJ Interviews Paul Donovan, former CEO of Odeon & UCI

Having turned around the fortunes of Odeon & UCI, the company’s CEO Paul Donovan stunned the cinema industry by announcing that he was stepping down shortly after the exhibitors’ sale to Wanda-owned AMC. After a period of well-deserved holiday, decompression and…

CJ Cinema News Digest – Tuesday 3 January 2017

Polish films big in UK, Pathé seating backlash, Mexican cinema up, PVR goes UPI, mandatory Punjabi films, Carnival in Odisha, Pakistani entertainment tax, Korea highlights popcorn sugar, Pepsi fined in India, Kinepolis’ Malayam black list, “Rogue One” sleep in and Brit builds 34-seat ABC cinema in back-yard….

CJ Cinema Property Update – Wednesday 21 December 2016

JAPAN: Cocomaru Theatre & Cafe; UK: Tramshed BA seats, Everyman Chelmsford, Stafford 3-screen for sale, Picturehouse Ealing work starts, Odeon Norwich; USA: Elizabethtown (KY) Crowne Point Theatre; GERMANY: UCI Nordhorn, CineStar Freising; FRANCE: Pathe Paris Vill’Up, Nice’s Hotel Riviera; POLAND: OH Kino; ROMANIA: Happycinema; SERBIA & KOSOVO: Cinemaxx two cinemas; RE-OPENINGS: Paderborn (DE) Cineplex is now Pollux, Gaumont Plaze in Flint (UK); CLOSINGS: Dortmund’s oldest cinema, Fukuoka Imax and ABC in Bournemouth. …

CJ Cinema News Digest – Tuesday 29 November 2016

PVR share dealings questioned, Inox turns ATM, Odeon Xmas opening, Wehrenberg to keep name, 900 films in UK cinemas 2016, Merlin nabs Wellesley, Wanda not playing Golden Horse winner, Alex Sheldon goes Curzon, Nottingham’s Vintage Pop-Up Cinema, Kiwi Night Owl Cinema, Cineplex re-seating, 4DX in France, Best Cinema ads of all time. …

Testing Odeon’s Facebook Messenger Chatbot

Odeon has with the help of Gruvi launched a chatbot for finding films and booking cinema tickets. The platform shows great promise, though bots inevitably have limitations….

CJ Cinema Digest – Friday 18 November 2016

AMC’s Carmike and Odeon-UCI buys approved, Anschutz sells, deadly Peru cinema fire, Korea safety report, Imax to show Marvel TV, Philips’ Xenon business sold, Kino.de app reviewed, Regal L.A Live: Brco all-laser, NYC Clearview to become luxury Cinemex, Cinépolis tests your cinema knowledge….

CJ Cinema Digest – Friday 14 October 2016

Imax Manchester VR centre, Carnival goes Unlimited, Inox growth, Ymagis Perform2020, US 2016 BO up, Cinema of the Future report, Lotte customer satisfaction award, CGV network failure, Hackney Picturehouse strike, UK’s cheapest cinema, From-Live-to-Digital report, Comédie-Française goes live, Indian outdoor screenings, Dutch cinema ad spend jump, Indonesia’s Whisper Cinema, iPic opens in Brooklyn, Munich cinema saved and Berlin’s 11 best cinemas to lounge in. …

CJ Analysis: Taking Stock of AMC’s Acquisition of Carmike

On July 15th Carmike Cinemas Inc. delayed a vote on whether to accept an acquisition offer from AMC Entertainment Holdings of USD $1.1 billion. The original shareholder vote was to take place on June 30th but was rescheduled for the…

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