Vicha Poolvaraluck
ParvitPhotographie
Thailand
2018

Major Cineplex

Vicha
Poolvaraluck

Chairman / CEO

Poolvaraluck’s family-owned studios and single-screen cinemas, but when he took over the business in 1992, he ditched the old theaters and opened the country’s first multiplex. Adding bowling alleys, karaoke parlors and retail to create a veritable entertainment center was a winning formula. Wily and tough, he bought out Thailand’s second largest theater operator, EGV, and his Major Cineplex now accounts for over 65 percent of the country’s box office. The company is now racing to expand into Southeast Asia’s under-developed cinema markets in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. With those audiences flocking to Thai movies, it is no coincidence that Major is increasing production, on its own and in a recent partnership with South Korea’s CJ Entertainment.

Career

  • CJ E&M Pictures
  • McThai
  • California Fitness Center

Education

  • Alliant International University (CA, USA)
  • Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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