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European fund to support “cinemas as innovation hubs”

The European Commission has launched ‘Cinemas as innovation hubs’ which will allocate a total of €2 million to projects that test new initiatives in regard to rethinking the cinema experience. The European Commission has launched a new call for proposals titled ‘Cinemas as innovation hubs’ which will allocate a total of €2 million to projects that test new initiatives in regard to rethinking the cinema experience. The funding has been designed to empower cinemas to innovate and play a more important role in their local communities. This preparatory action or…

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Christof Papousek CFO and Co-Shareholder of the Austrian Cineplexx Cinema Group and Member of the ACROSS Advisory Board, Credit: Cineplexx

Cineplexx CFO: cinemas drive shopping centre success

“Multiple trips to cinemas help familiarise people with the malls into which they are integrated.” By Christof Papousek, Cineplexx Generally speaking, leisure activities are of considerable importance to people, depending on society and orientation. A municipal indoor swimming pool or an artificial ice skating rink in winter, temporary amusement parks (fairs), as well as typical sports facilities, such as soccer fields, are very important to people. These leisure facilities are not only used for entertainment, but they also serve as essential meeting and communication points. In this context, of course,…

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Opinion: why cinema remains an important part of the community

Rob Arthur has worked as a Senior Consultant at The Big Picture since 2014, having worked in the UK and International Cinema sector for 27 years with companies such as Vue Entertainment, Curzon Cinemas, Apollo Cinemas, Warner Village and Warner Bros. Recently he was appointed as an Advisor to the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development as well as co-founding the Emerging Cinema Markets Conference based in Istanbul, Turkey. Here, he reminds us why cinema remains an important part of the community… Residents of City Centre’s across Western Europe (and…

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