First Saudi independent cinema set to open in Jeddah

Developed in collaboration with RSIFF, it features a 168-seat main theatre, a 30-seat community screening room, a multimedia library and an educational exhibition space. JEDDAH: Art Jameel has announced that the first Saudi independent cinema will open on Dec. 6, coinciding with the second Red Sea International Film Festival. It said Hayy Cinema, in Jeddah’s Hayy Jameel, aims to expand the cinema experience by serving as a meeting point to watch, discover, research and learn about films, and exchange knowledge. Developed in collaboration with RSIFF, it features a 168-seat main…

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Work to start on Halton Leisure Centre as price jumps to £31m

With an eye towards a January 2025 opening, main contractor Wates Construction is set to begin enabling works for the facility in December. When complete, the 50,000 sq ft Halton Leisure Centre will have a 100-station gym, sports hall, squash court, health consultation rooms, café, and a six-lane swimming pool. The Ellis Williams-designed centre would have parking for more than 150 cars, including five electric vehicle charging points and the capacity to add up to 15 more. Plans for the Halton Leisure Centre were approved in November 2020, but construction was…

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‘Glass Onion’ Box Office: How the ‘Knives Out’ Sequel Left Tens of Millions on the Table

Rian Johnson’s film could have grossed $40 million to $50 million at the Thanksgiving box office had Netflix given it a traditional theatrical release, versus having it go out in roughly 700 theaters. Talk about a whodunit. Rian Johnson’s sequel Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery was the most popular new film opening at the otherwise troubled Thanksgiving box office — at least for adults — but Netflix brass would only allow the sequel to be booked in fewer than 700 North American theaters for one week. (Ted Sarandos has made it clear he’s…

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