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

Kinepolis Group is a Belgian cinema chain which was formed in 1997 as a result of the merger of two family cinema groups and was listed on the stock exchange in 1998. Kinepolis offers an innovative cinema concept which serves as a groundbreaking model within the industry. Kinepolis Group has a chain of 35 cinemas spread across Belgium, France, Spain, 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] With 24 screens and a seating capacity of 9000 seats, Kinepolis Antwerp is the second largest cinema in the world.

Previously Kinepolis was owned and run by two families named Bert and Claeys. The latter have withdrawn from the company, leaving Joost Bert as co-CEO, together with Eddy Duquenne (equally co-CEO). This change was in effect from January 1, 2008.

Core business[edit]

Kinepolis core business covers a range from box office, in-theater sales (ITS), business-to-business (B2B), film distribution, screen advertising to real estate.[2]

List of theatres per country[edit]

Theatres in exploitation[edit]

Theatre Opening Number of screens Number of seats Smallest screen Largest screen Remarks
Belgium Kinepolis Antwerpen 1993 24 7 426 182 696 Was Metropolis
Belgium Kinepolis Brughes 2006 8 1 565 96 369
Belgium Kinepolis Brussels 1988 24 6 375 100 628
Belgium Kinepolis Ghent 1981 12 3 456 57 600 Was Decascoop
Belgium Kinepolis Hasselt 1996 13 3 109 120 437
Belgium Kinepolis Imagibraine (Braine-l'Alleud) 1998 10 2 450 120 420
Belgium Kinepolis Kortrijk 1997 10 2 582 120 387
Belgium Kinepolis Leuven 1997 7 1 870 159 446 Was Supercity Leuven
Belgium Kinepolis Liège 1997 16 5 102 211 701
Belgium Kinepolis Ostend 2007 8 1 752 85 512
Belgium Palace Liège 5 1 010 112 450
Belgium UGC Toison d'Or Brussels 2014 11 Exploited 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
Luxemburg Utopolis Kirchberg 1996 10 2 693 Utopolis-group taken over in 2015
Luxemburg Utopolis Belval 7 1 506 120 550
Luxemburg 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
Netherlands Cinerama Filmtheater (Rotterdam) 7 1 060 103 289 Wolff-group taken over in 2014
Netherlands Wolff Catharijne (Utrecht) 4 776
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 Wolff Huizen 4 783
Netherlands Wolff Nieuwegein 1985 3 588
Netherlands Utopolis Almere 2004 8 2 244 Utopolis-group Taken over in 2015
Netherlands Utopolis Den Helder 2003 6 776
Netherlands Utopolis Emmen 2005 7 1 249
Netherlands Utopolis Oss 1978 5 768
Netherlands Utopolis Zoetermeer 1998 8 1 254
Switzerland Kinepolis Schaffhausen 2000 8 1 540 92 447
Poland Kinepolis Poznań 18 6 660 Exploited by ITIT-groep
Totals 46 Theatres 491 Screens 117 813 Seats

Theatres under construction[edit]

Theatre Opening Number of screens Number of seats Smallest screen Largest screen Remarks
Netherlands Kinepolis Breda 2016 10 1 727 Opening summer 2016
Netherlands Kinepolis Utrecht 2017 14 3 300 651 Opening 2017
France Kinepolis Brétigny-sur-Orge 2017 10 1 530 Opening 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ Acland, Charles R. (2003). Screen Traffic: Movies, Multiplexes, and Global Culture. p. 136. ISBN 978-0822331636.
  2. ^ "Kinepolis core business". www.kinepolis.com. Retrieved 8 November 2012.