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Germany’s second-largest movie theater chain Kieft & Kieft Filmtheater announced Tuesday plans to build 12 multiplexes in Germany over the next several years.

Australian theater chain Greater Union has held a 50% stake in Kieft & Kieft since January. Greater Union will use Germany as a platform for European expansion.

UNITED KINGDOM

Dance phenom Michael Flatley of “Riverdance” fame is staging a one-off spectacle in London’s Hyde Park as the final performance of his starring role in “Lord of the Dance.”

The July 25 event, called “Feet of Flames,” will be filmed for worldwide broadcast and then distributed on video by Vision Video in Britain and Polygram Intl. elsewhere.

CZECH REPUBLIC

Canada’s Rhombus Media walked off with the gold at the Golden Prague festival of music and dance TV programs.

The top prize went to the Canadians’ ‘The War Symphonies: Shostakovich Against Stalin.’ Second prize, the Czech Crystal award, was shared by Television Suisse Romande, for ‘Contrecoup,’ and Britain’s Channel 4 Television, for ‘The Winter’s Journey.”

ITALY

Ernesto Di Sarro has been elected president of ANEC, Italy’s national association of film exhibitors. Di Sarro replaces Carlo Bernaschi, who has headed ANEC since 1993.

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