×

Indian Multiplexes Add Modernity to Expansion Drive

Chains add IMAX, Atmos features, Inox replaces Fame brand.

HONG KONG — A trio of unconnected developments this week point to a modernization and further development of India’s still small multiplex cinema sector.

  • Cinepolis, the Mexican cinema chain, is to open its first IMAX theater in India, the company announced. The giant screen will be part of the 14-screen Viviana multiplex being built in the outer Mumbai suburb of Thane. The announcement takes to 15 the number of IMAX theaters open or under contract to open in India.
  • Dolby Laboratories and Indian digital cinema integrator Real Image Media Technologies unveiled a deal on Monday for real Image to buy a minimum of 50 Dolby Atmos processors. The Atmos system creates an immersive sound experience and was introduced in early 2012. It has been installed by several Indian chains including PVR, Inox and Mayajaal. Real Image says it will use the Atmos systems throughout its facilities and among clients in the Indian subcontinent. It will also install over 200 Dolby Atmos Cinema Processor CP850 units in client chains, allowing cinemas to be Atmos compatible.
  • Inox Leisure has begun rebranding the Fame Cinemas chain it acquired some two years ago. The Fame website has been closed and Inox will begin the relabeling process in Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata. Some 88 screens at 24 Fame properties will be added to the Inox brand for a combined group with 284 screens in 73 locations.

    Inox acquired the privately owned circuit after a prolonged shareholder and courtroom battle with Reliance Big Cinemas. The purchase – temporarily – made Inox the biggest chain in India, though it has since been overtaken by PVR.

    “All Fame theatres now have the latest projection technology and are 3D-enabled,” said Inox Leisure CEO Alok Tandon. Tandon also said that the company is busy building further capacity. “We expect to add 45-47 screens across cities like Jaipur, Kolkata, Vizag, Lucknow, Gurgaon and Greater Noida,” he said.

  • More Biz

    • BMI Promotes David Levin to Senior

      BMI Promotes David Levin to Senior VP of Digital Licensing

      BMI today announced that David Levin has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Licensing, effective immediately. In his newly expanded role, Levin is responsible for all of BMI’s domestic licensing and revenue generation, encompassing radio, television, digital media, cable, satellite and general licensing.  Levin, who will oversee teams in New York and Nashville, reports [...]

    • Warner Music Group Logo

      Warner Music Acquires Musical Theater Indie First Night Records

      Warner Music Group has acquired First Night Record, an independent record label for West End and Broadway musical theatre cast recordings. The company will be overseen by WMG’s Arts Music Division, led by President Kevin Gore. First Night co-founder John Craig will join the Arts Music team under a multi-year consulting agreement to identify and record musical theatre productions in [...]

    • Woodstock 50 to Hold Open House

      Woodstock 50 to Hold Open House for Local Residents Before Permit Review Tuesday

      If nothing else, the producers of Woodstock 50 are persistent. After two permit applications to hold the troubled festival at the Vernon Downs racetrack in Upstate New York were rejected by the town of Vernon codes office, the producers and venue owner Jeffrey Gural today invited the local community “to embrace the Festival’s spirit of [...]

    • ILM Star Wars The Force Awakens

      ILM to Open Latest Effects Facility in Sydney, Australia

      Sydney, Australia, is to be home to Industrial Light & Magic’s fifth production hub. The Disney-owned special effects company currently has facilities in San Francisco, Vancouver, London and Singapore. The decision to open the Sydney outpost was announced Monday local time by executive creative director and head of ILM Rob Bredow, ILM executive Luke Hetherington, [...]

    • Jesters: The Game Changers

      Spackman Buys Korean Film Producer Simplex

      Spackman Entertainment is to buy Simplex Films, the Korean early-stage production company behind the upcoming period comedy movie “Jesters: The Game Changers.” Spackman, an investment group with a clutch of Korean film and production businesses, has agreed a $2.43 million (S$3.3 million) all-share purchase price for Simplex. It says the acquisition will expand its film [...]

    • Chloe Dan 20th Century Fox TV

      20th Century Fox TV Drama Head Chloe Dan to Step Down

      Chloe Dan, the senior vice president of drama development for 20th Century Fox Television, is leaving her position at the studio, Variety has confirmed. Dan assumed her current role with 20th TV in 2017 and first joined the studio in 2014. Among the shows she worked on during her time at the studio are “This Is [...]

    • inspire-kanica-suy

      Kanica Suy Joins Inspire Entertainment

      Kanica Suy has joined Inspire Entertainment as a talent manager. Suy joins the company with a select group of clients from her Cultivate Entertainment banner that includes Dayo Okeniyi, Bella Dayne, Claudia Doumit and Mika Abdalla. At Inspire Entertainment, Suy will work closely as a team member with managers Jason Spire, and Danny Mancini, on [...]

    More From Our Brands

    Access exclusive content