AMC Lags Behind in Saudi Arabia’s Surprisingly Competitive Cinema Market

Four years since the kingdom lifted a ban on theaters, local rivals have moved ahead of the U.S. giant. The Saudi Kingdom market is proving difficult for the world’s largest cinema chain, which was expected to dominate a region with no other major global players. AMC’s experience illustrates how Saudi Arabia remains a difficult place for Western companies to do business, even despite the country’s efforts to woo international business with legal and social changes. AMC said it would open up to 20 theaters by the end of last year,…

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Netflix Reopening The Bay Theater In Caruso’s Palisades Village

Netflix and Caruso are re-opening the legendary Bay Theater in Palisades Village, which was closed during the pandemic. The previous lease holder was Cinépolis, which revived the venue back in 2018. The theater adds another footprint in an awards voter neighborhood for streamer Netflix; which also operates the Paris in NYC and teamed with the American Cinematheque in Hollywood to reopen the historic Egyptian Theater next year. “The Bay is one of those rare places that’s modern but also feels like a throwback experience of your local main street cinema,” said Scott Stuber, head of…

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CGI of Curzon Hawley Wharf

Unexpected cinema “renaissance” for London

London is getting four – yes, four – new cinemas this year The future is suddenly looking a whole lot brighter for London’s cinemas than it might have appeared a few months ago. With new openings planned, including three Curzons, a Picturehouse and a long-awaited cinema in Acton, it’s bigger too. First up is the three-screen Curzon Hoxton, which opened last week after Covid-related delays. A Gaumont Cinema until the ’50s, its Pitfield Street premises have gone back to its picturehouse roots. ‘It’s been eight years in the making and…

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