Kinepolis

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Kinepolis Group NV/SA
Public
Traded as EuronextKIN
Industry Cinema, film distribution
Founded 1997
Headquarters Ghent, Belgium
Key people
Eddy Duquenne, Joost Bert, Philip Ghekiere (Chairman)
Number of employees
2,100
Website www.kinepolis.com

The Kinepolis Group is a Belgian cinema chain formed in 1997 as a result of the merger of two family cinema groups, Bert and Claeys, and has been listed on the stock exchange since 1998. The Kinepolis Group has a chain of 49 cinemas spread across Belgium, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Poland.

The first megaplex cinema in the world is considered to be Kinepolis Brussels located near the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium, which opened in 1988 with 25 screens.[1] Kinepolis Madrid in Spain is the largest cinema in the world, with 25 screens and a seating capacity of 9,200.

In 2006, the Claeys family withdrew from the venture, selling most of its 25% stake of shares in the company[2] and transferring daily management to Joost Bert, who, since 2008, shares the position of CEO with Eddy Duquenne.[3]

In September 2017, Kinepolis announced its acquisition of the Canadian cinema chain Landmark Cinemas for CDN$123 million.[4]

Core businesses[edit]

The Kinepolis Group consists of seven core businesses; box office, in-theater sales (ITS), business-to-business (B2B), film distribution, screen advertising, real estate, and digital cinema services.[5]

List of theatres per country[edit]

Theatres in operation[edit]

Theatre Opening Number of screens Number of seats Smallest screen Largest screen Remarks
Belgium Kinepolis Antwerpen 1993 24 7 368 182 694 Was Metropolis
Belgium Kinepolis Bruges 2006 8 1 535 96 397
Belgium Kinepolis Brussels 1988 25 6 737 100 628
Belgium Kinepolis Ghent 1981 12 3 407 57 598 Was Decascoop
Belgium Kinepolis Hasselt 1996 13 3 025 118 434
Belgium Kinepolis Imagibraine (Braine-l'Alleud) 1998 10 2 368 118 418
Belgium Kinepolis Kortrijk 1997 10 2 511 118 385
Belgium Kinepolis Leuven 1997 7 1 870 159 446 Was Supercity Leuven
Belgium Kinepolis Liège 1997 16 5 010 209 699
Belgium Kinepolis Ostend 2007 8 1 752 85 512
Belgium Palace Liège 1911 5 1 010 112 450
Belgium UGC Toison d'Or Brussels 2014 11 Operated by UGC
France Forum Centre Nîmes 4 464 61 183
France Kinepolis Lomme (Lille) 1996 23 7 286 120 708
France Kinepolis Mulhouse 1999 14 4 612 209 735
France Kinepolis Nancy 2005 10 2 842 142 500
France Kinepolis Nîmes 2000 12 2 876 75 519
France Kinepolis Saint-Julien-lès-Metz 1995 14 4 014 120 417
France Kinepolis Thionville 1999 10 2 930 127 498
France Kinepolis Longwy 7 1 301 120 323 Was Utopolis Longwy - taken over in 2015
France Kinepolis Bourgoin-Jaillieu 12 1 978 79 381 Taken over in 2015 - was Megaroyal Bourgoin-jaillieu
France Kinepolis Rouen 14 2 539 77 408 Taken over in 2015 from UGC
France Kinepolis Toulouse 2016 8 1 164 99 277
Luxembourg Kinepolis Kirchberg 1996 10 2 505 Utopolis-group taken over in 2015
Luxembourg Kinepolis Belval 7 1 506 120 550
Luxembourg Ciné Utopia 1983 5 720
Spain Kinépolis Alicante Plaza Mar 2 16 2 800 122 311 Taken over from Abaco Cinebox in 2014
Spain Kinépolis Granada 2004 15 4 600 207 414
Spain Kinépolis Madrid Ciudad de la Imagen 25 9 200 211 996
Spain Kinépolis Madrid Diversia 12 2 879 74 560 Taken over from Abaco Cinebox in 2014
Spain Kinépolis Valencia 2001 24 8 000 214 706
Spain Kinépolis Nevada (Granada) 2016 8 1 669 139 266
Netherlands Cinerama Filmtheater (Rotterdam) 7 1 060 103 289 Wolff-group taken over in 2014
Netherlands Kinepolis Jaarbeurs (Utrecht) 2017 14 3 166 102 619
Netherlands Wolff Cineast, Centrum (Enschede) 3 439
Netherlands Kinepolis Enschede 10 2 750 165 426
Netherlands Kinepolis Dordrecht 2016 6 1 180 115 285
Netherlands Wolff City (Utrecht) 1936 3 508
Netherlands Kinepolis Groningen 10 1 888 74 379
Netherlands Kinepolis Huizen 4 783
Netherlands Kinepolis Nieuwegein 1985 3 588
Netherlands Kinepolis Breda 2016 10 1 700 106 326
Netherlands Kinepolis Almere 2004 8 2 244 Utopolis-group Taken over in 2015
Netherlands Kinepolis Den Helder 2003 6 776
Netherlands Kinepolis Emmen 2005 7 1 249
Netherlands Kinepolis Oss 1978 5 768
Netherlands Kinepolis Zoetermeer 1998 8 1 254
Switzerland Kinepolis Schaffhausen 2000 8 1 540 92 447
Poland Kinepolis Poznań 18 6 660 Operated by ITIT-group
Totals 49 Theatres 528 Screens 123 675 Seats

Theatres under construction[edit]

Theatre Opening Number of screens Number of seats Smallest screen Largest screen Remark
Netherlands Kinepolis s'Hertogenbosch 2018 7 1 500 Opening 2018
France Kinepolis Brétigny-sur-Orge 2017 10 1 530 Opening 2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ Acland, Charles R. (2003). Screen Traffic: Movies, Multiplexes, and Global Culture. p. 136. ISBN 978-0822331636.
  2. ^ "Kinepolis families head for divorce". Expatica.com. Retrieved 2018-04-30. 
  3. ^ "History of the Group | Kinepolis Group". corporate.kinepolis.com. Retrieved 2018-04-30. 
  4. ^ "Landmark Cinemas chain sold to Belgian firm for $123M". Canadian Press. 2017-09-18. Retrieved 2017-10-09. 
  5. ^ "Kinepolis core business". www.kinepolis.com. Retrieved 8 November 2012.