Big Cinemas opens Chicago multiplex

Indian exhibitor continues U.S. expansion

LONDON — Big Cinemas, the exhibition division of Indian media conglom Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group’s Adlabs Film, is opening its first branded multiplex in the U.S.

The Big Cinemas-Golf Glen will be located in Niles, Ill., and will feature five screens and one premium lounge.

The theater will be digitally connected to Adlabs India, allowing the digital transfer of prints via fiber optic cables and rendering obsolete the need to physically transport film prints from one venue to another.

“The Chicago launch is in keeping with our vision to establish a strong foothold for Big Cinemas worldwide in markets that have an appetite for Indian cinema,” said Anil Arjun, chief exec of Adlabs Films.

Big Cinemas already has a strong presence in the U.S., operating 170 screens, which contribute 25% of the box office for Hindi films and more than 65% for Tamil and Telugu films released in the U.S.

The Chicago site will show a mix of Hollywood, Indian, Polish and Korean films, and will have stadium seating to enable live telecasts of sporting events.