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Albert Bert

Co-chair of Kinepolis Group

Albert Bert, co-chair of Kinepolis Group who is credited with creating the world’s first duplex and multiplex, died suddenly May 21 in Belgium; cause was likely a heart attack. He was 74.

Bert began his career in theater management when he took over the Cinema Majestick in Harelbeke, Belgium, from his father in the 1960s. In 1970, Bert expanded the house into two theaters, creating the first duplex. The Bert family, along with partners the Claeys, continued to build larger multiplexes throughout the country and then throughout Europe.

In 1997, the two families merged to form the Kinepolis Group. That year, Bert assumed post of co-chariman of the board and received awards from Cinema Expo in Amsterdam, Knack and French business school Insead.

He is survived by wife Suzanne Bert-Vereecke and his four children.

A memorial will be held Saturday at 11am in St. Maartens Church in Kortijk, Belgium.

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