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Batlle tapped for honors

Cinema Expo names exec, UCI/Cinesa exhib of the year

Jose Batlle, senior veep of Continental Europe for United Cinemas Intl. (UCI), and his company UCI/Cinesa have been named as Cinema Expo’s 2004 “Exhibitor of the Year.” Group show director for the convention Mitch Neuhauser made the announcement Wednesday.

Batlle, who began his tenure at Cinesa in 1986, was the first exhib to bring multiplexes and freshly made theater popcorn to Spain. Cinesa UCI Spain now operates 197 screens in the country. Batlle has also overseen the building and expansion of multiplexes in Brazil, Italy, Portugal, Germany and Austria.

He will receive his kudos at the Coca-Cola Awards Ceremony on June 24 at the Amsterdam RAI Intl. Exhibition and Congress Centre. The Cinema Expo convention runs from June 21 through June 24.