Cinépolis, the largest cinema exhibitor in Latin America and fourth largest exhibition circuit in the world, has announced the locations of six new movie theaters in Saudi Arabia.
The company will launch six new movies complexes with 63 screens across the kingdom over the next two years.
The first is slated to open in Lulu Mall, Dammam, at the end of this year, with four scheduled for 2020 and the sixth for 2021. These will be located in Al Hokair Time in Jazan, Obhour Mall in Jeddah, Cordoba Mall in Riyadh, Najran City Center and Al Massarh Mall.
Cinépolis International received Saudi’s fourth cinema licence in August last year under the entity Luxury Entertainment, which has partnered with Al Hokair Group and Al Tayer Group.
Cinépolis said it will introduce theatre concepts such as luxury, premium, macro XE, 4D emotion and kid-approved Cinépolis junior auditoriums in the kingdom.
The first of its kind in the kingdom, the junior theatre features a jungle gym with slide and ball pit, as well as a bean-bag seating.
Luxury auditoriums will include 180 degrees leather reclining seats with personal amenities, Maitre d’ call buttons, personal bag storage and adjustable tables, while macro XE auditoriums will have screens that are triple the size of the ordinary cinema screens.
The cinemas will offer F&B options such as buttered popcorn and nachos, as well as paninis, flatbread pizza, crêpes and speciality smoothies. They will also feature the speciality coffee shop, ‘Coffee Tree’.
Saudi’s overall entertainment industry is expected to contribute $24bn to the local economy and create 30,000 permanent jobs by 2030.