VOX Cinemas Opens at Century Corner in Riyadh

VOX Century Corner is the exhibitor’s 10th location in Riyadh.

 

VOX Cinemas, the dedicated cinema arm of Majid Al Futtaim, opened its 16th location in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at Century Corner by Rakaa Holding on 1 October 2023.

 

Centrally located in the city on King Fahad Road, VOX Century Corner – Riyadh features a 10-screen cinema, including five Standard auditoriums, an IMAX® with Laser auditorium, a 10-seater Private Cinema, and three THEATRE auditoriums – a first-of-its-kind luxurious offering in the country providing a dining experience with gourmet food in an intimate setting.

 

VOX feature

 

 

With the opening of the latest location, VOX Cinemas now operates a total of 164 screens across 16 cinemas in six cities throughout the Kingdom.

 

Click here to book tickets at this new cinema, and reach out to our team to learn more about cinema advertising opportunities at VOX Century Corner – Riyadh.

 

 

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Eid al-Fitr 2023 Cinema Campaigns

Check out the ads that featured in cinema during the Eid al-Fitr 2023 long weekend!

 

The region witnessed an upswing in activity during the Eid al-Fitr long weekend, marking one of the most bustling periods of the year thus far, with residents gathering at malls and entertainment venues to partake in the festivities.

With the release of several blockbusters during the extended weekend, cinemas were buzzing with patrons eager to watch their favorite titles in the company of their loved ones. This presented brands with a unique opportunity to engage a captive audience and leave a lasting impression through both on-screen and off-screen advertising initiatives.

From product promotions to messages of unity and support, here are the ads that lit up the big screen during Eid al-Fitr 2023:

 

WWE 2K23 – FTM John Wick: Chapter 4

Duration: 30 Secs
Country: KSA

Please Note: In compliance with the country’s regulations, a revised and concise version of the WWE 2K23 advertisement screened in KSA.

 

Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre

Duration: 30 Secs
Country: UAE

 

Al-Futtaim Automall

Duration: 40 Secs.
Country: UAE

 

Prime Healthcare Group– FTM Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan

Duration: 15 Secs
Country: UAE

 

Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival

Agency: 30 Secs x 2
Country: UAE

 

Cultural Development Fund

Duration: 30 Secs
Country: KSA

 

Dallah Home Care

Duration: 20 Secs
Country: KSA

 

Diriyah Gate Development Authority

Duration: 30 Secs
Country: KSA

 

Galaxy Jewels

Duration: 20 Secs
Country: KSA

 

Al Theeb Specialist Centre

Agency: 15 Secs
Country: KSA

 

Boubyan Bank

Duration: 1.10 secs & 1.08 Secs
Country: Kuwait

 

Kaya Skin Clinic – FTM Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan

Duration: 15 Secs
Country: UAE

 

McDonald’s

Duration: 30 Secs
Country: Kuwait

 

Talabat

Duration: 15 Secs
Country: Kuwait

 

Elabd Foods

Duration: 15 Secs
Country: Egypt

 

Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation

Duration: 15 Secs
Country: Egypt

 

Private Natural Cotton

Duration: 30 Secs
Country: Egypt

 

American University of Bahrain

Agency: 45 Secs
Country: Bahrain

 

Information & eGovernment Authority Bahrain

Duration: 2 x 50 Secs
Country: Bahrain

 

Escape Code

Duration: 1.06 Secs
Country: Bahrain

 

In addition to the on screen ad, ElAbd  booked two sampling activities at Mall of Egypt and City Center Almaza for a period of two weekends.

ELAbd Egypt Sample

 

Think cinema for ‘attention-grabbing’ advertising! Contact us for cinema advertising opportunities alongside special events and celebrations.

 

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Motivate Val Morgan | Yearly Wrap-Up | 2022

The cinema industry successfully ushered global audiences back into theatre in 2022 largely owing to the steadier flow of blockbusters in comparison to 2021, with Top Gun: Maverick, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and Avatar: The Way of Water leading the long list of successful titles this year.

 

While 2021 was a dress rehearsal for the future of cinemas, 2022 has proved that cinema is back for real. This was especially evident in Saudi Arabia, when the country overtook Italy in annual box office revenue (in US$ terms), highlighting the prominence of cinema in the region.

Box office in 2022 had its first test with Scream which grossed nearly US$1M in the UAE alone and marked the successful return of the horror genre in the region since the pandemic. This was followed by the chartbuster performance of Matt Reeve’s The Batman, which earned a combined US$12M in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, and Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which earned US$6.7M in the UAE.

Summer blockbusters highly contributed to the recovery of the global box office in 2022, with Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick grossing a combined US$21.2M in the UAE and Saudi Arabia and over US$1.5 billion globally. Jurassic World: Dominion and Minions: The Rise of Gru also performed well, grossing over US$1.7M and US$1.64M in UAE and Saudi Arabia, respectively.

August to October was a challenging phase for cinemas in the region due to a weaker movie release schedule owing to pandemic-related delays. The year however ended on a high note with the release of James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water, which earned close to US$10M in the UAE in its opening weeks. Arabic titles such as Bahebek, 3amohom, and Men Agl Zeko also topped the 2022 charts across GCC.

Here’s our 2022 wrap-up featuring the top movie releases in the eight countries we cover, the most watched genres across the region, the top 15 cinema ads booked through us that lit up the big screen, and last but not least, the new cinema locations added to our circuit and our milestones:

 

Top Five Movies – By Country

 

UAE

  1. Top Gun: Maverick
  2. Doctor Strange: in the Multiverse of Madness
  3. Avatar: The Way of Water
  4. Minions 2: The Rise of Gru
  5. Thor: Love and Thunder

 

Saudi Arabia

  1. Top Gun: Maverick
  2. Bahebek (Egyptian)
  3. 3amohom (Egyptian)
  4. Men Agl Zeko (Arabic)
  5. The Batman

 

Egypt

  1. Kera We El Gin (Egyptian)
  2. Wahed Tany (Arabic)
  3. 3amohom (Egyptian)
  4. Bahebek (Egyptian)
  5. Al Gareema (Arabic)

 

Oman

  1. Top Gun: Maverick
  2. Bahebek (Egyptian)
  3. Minions 2: The Rise of Gru
  4. Avatar: The Way of Water
  5. Jurassic World Dominion

 

Kuwait

  1. Top Gun: Maverick
  2. Minions 2: The Rise of Gru
  3. Bahebek (Egyptian)
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  5. 3amohom (Egyptian)

 

Bahrain

  1. Top Gun: Maverick
  2. Bahebek (Egyptian)
  3. Minions 2: The Rise of Gru
  4. Black Adam
  5. The Batman

 

Qatar

  1. Top Gun: Maverick
  2. Minions 2: The Rise of Gru
  3. Jurassic World Dominion
  4. Bahebek (Egyptian)
  5. Black Adam

 

Lebanon 

  1. Bahebek (Egyptian)
  2. Al Hayba (Arabic)
  3. Taraf Talet (Lebanese)
  4. Top Gun: Maverick
  5. Doctor Strange: in the Multiverse of Madness

 

Most Watched Genres – Regional

 

Wrap Genres 2022

 

Top 15 Cinema Ads

 

The 15 blockbuster ads (in no particular order) – booked through Motivate Val Morgan, that lit up the big screen in 2022 (also featured in Campaign Middle East):

 

Brand: Mercedes-Benz Burmester
Title: Innovations by Mercedes-Benz: Dolby Atmos
Media Agency: OMD

 

 

Brand: NEOM
Title: Trojena – Journey To New Heights
Media Agency: Starcom

 

 

Brand: Emirates
Title: Gerry the Goose Flies Better
Media Agency: UM MENA

 

 

Brand: Rolex
Title: Rolex & Cinema – The Path
Media Agency: Mindshare

 

 

Brand: Sephora
Title: Amna Al Qubaisi – Emirati F3 Driver – Redefining Beauty with Sephora
Media Agency: Spark Foundry – Publicis Media

 

 

Brand: Malabar Gold
Title: Brides of India

 

 

Brand: Hermès
Title: Terre d’Hermès
Media Agency: Havas Media

 

 

Brand: Thailand Tourism
Title: Amazing Thailand
Media Agency: Media Republic

 

 

Brand: Hayatna
Title: Grow Your World With Hayatna
Media Agency: Hearts & Science

 

 

Brand: Riyadh Book Fair
Media AgencyBlue Horizon

 

 

Brand: Infiniti QX60
Title: Take the Wheel
Media Agency: OMD

 

 

Brand: Jindal Shadeed
Media AgencyUnited Media Services

 

 

Brand: Theeb

 

 

Brand: Yas Island
Title: Yas Yas Baby
Media Agency: Initiative Media

 

 

Brand: Al Nahdi Pharmacies

 

 

Cinema Circuit Growth

 

2022 saw our cinema circuit expand with several new locations:

 

MVMCCG

 

  1. Muvi Cinemas (KSA): The View, Atelier La Vie, Mujan Park, Al-Yasmin Mall, Tala Mall (Boutique), Boulevard Riyadh and Park Avenue
  2. AMC Cinemas (KSA) – Garden, Tabuk Boulevard and The Walk
  3. Cinépolis Cinemas (KSA) – Al Hokair Time, Al Massarah
  4. Cinépolis Cinemas (Bahrain) – Amwaj Islands
  5. Reel Cinemas (KSA) – The Granada Mall

 

Milestone

 

Our dedicated cinema buying platformCinePlan and CineMeasure, was launched, which enables data-driven, audience-based buying across our network of cinemas in the Middle East. The platform was also recognized as one of Campaign Middle East’s Top 10 Media Milestones of 2022.

 

 

Blockbusters to Look Forward to in 2023

 

Get ready for an exciting year at the movies in 2023! Here are the top 20 movies to look forward to over the year ahead:

  1. Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania – February
  2. Creed III – March
  3. 65 – March
  4. Shazam! Fury of the Gods – March
  5. John Wick: Chapter 4 – March
  6. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves – March
  7. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – May
  8. Fast X – May
  9. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse – June
  10. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts – June
  11. The Flash – June
  12. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny – June
  13. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part One – July
  14. Oppenheimer – July
  15. The Marvels – July
  16. Barbie – July
  17. Dune: Part Two – November
  18. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes – November
  19. Wonka – December
  20. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom – December

For more on the movies coming out in 2023, be sure to check out our sizzle reel

 

 

FIFA | Integrated Cinema Campaign | UAE & KSA

FIFA booked an integrated cinema campaign through Universal Media (UM) Qatar to promote the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022™ at select locations of VOX, Reel, Muvi, AMC cinemas in UAE and Saudi Arabia.

 

The on-screen campaign included a 30 sec. commercial booked for a period of 4 weeks – 27 October 2022 to 23 November 2022, at select locations of:

UAE – VOX and Reel

KSA – VOX, AMC and Muvi

 

The commercial follows La’eeb (the official mascot of the FIFA World Cup 2022) as he auditions to fulfill his destiny as the tournament’s mascot. La’eeb encourages everyone to believe in themselves and spread the joy of football to everyone, through the catch phrase ‘Now is All’.

 

 

The off-screen component of the cinema campaign included the distribution of 50,000 FIFA branded popcorn tubs featuring La’eeb, to moviegoers at select VOX locations in UAE and KSA starting 10 November 2022.

 

FIFA Cinema Campaign

 

Contact us for more information on branding options and integrated cinema advertising opportunities across the Middle East!

 

 

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AMC Cinemas Opens at Garden Mall in Hail Saudi Arabia

AMC Garden 5 – Hail offers luxury auditoriums, best-in-class projection, sound and seating, and is the latest effort by AMC in an ongoing program to provide state-of-the-art cinemas across KSA.

 

AMC Cinemas has opened its eleventh location at Garden Mall in Hail, KSA. The 5-screen cinema with a total of 549 seats, which includes a PRIME at AMC screen, is another impressive step in the rapid evolution of the cinema experience in Saudi Arabia.

 

AMC Garden 5 Auditorium

 

Following the launch of AMC Garden 5, the cinema exhibitor aims to reach a large number of movie lovers around Saudi Arabia, a goal which is in line with the government’s plan to diversify entertainment content as well as providing new experiences to a range of audiences in several cities and governorates across the Kingdom.

 

AMC presently operates 71 screens across 11 locations in 7 cities of Saudi Arabia.

 

Motivate Val Morgan congratulates AMC Cinemas on the opening of AMC Garden 5, and warmly welcomes this location to our cinema circuit in KSA.

 

Source: AMC Cinemas

 

 

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VOX Cinemas Partner with Red Sea International Film Festival

VOX Cinemas will be the RSIFF’s exclusive cinema partner for the second consecutive year. 

 

The Red Sea International Film Festival announces VOX Cinemas as the festival’s exclusive cinema partner for the second consecutive year. The strategic partnership underpins VOX Cinemas’ commitment to contribute to the prosperous future of the Kingdom and develop a sustainable film industry across the region.

 

VOX Cinemas will operate seven theaters at Red Sea Mall in Jeddah, which will screen a diverse slate of more than 120 films comprising international and local features during the ten-day festival. The state-of-the-art cinema boasts cutting-edge audio-visual technology, ensuring that festivalgoers will enjoy a truly immersive experience.

 

Mohammed Al Turki, CEO of the Red Sea International Film Festival added, “We are proud to partner with VOX Cinemas again this year in our efforts to bring the best the Saudi and Arab film industry has to offer to the big screen. The Red Sea International Film Festival provides an important platform for budding film creatives to showcase their potential and achievements in front of their peers, industry professionals, and the global audience. With VOX Cinemas as our Festival partner, we strive to inspire young Saudis and Arabs to pursue their passion in film to contribute to elevating the Kingdom’s cinematic offering to new heights, and we thank VOX Cinemas for furthering our vision through this collaboration”.

 

Commenting on the partnership, Ignace Lahoud, Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Leisure, Entertainment & Cinemas said, “Storytelling is rooted in Arabic culture, and VOX Cinemas is dedicated to cultivating a new wave of talent and empowering them to use the language of film to tell their stories. As the region’s largest exhibitor, we have a great opportunity to leverage our scale and showcase the depth and breadth of local creativity on the big screen. We have been a proud Festival partner of the Red Sea International Film Festival since its inception, and we look forward to joining forces once again, given our shared commitment to expand the reach of Arabic culture and heritage to global audiences.”

 

The partnership between The Red Sea International Film Festival and VOX Cinemas, a pioneering cinema exhibitor in the MENA region, brings together two cinematic trailblazers to take festival attendees on a show-stopping journey. The film-going experience has become an established part of Saudi Arabia’s entertainment offerings, as a result of the rapid expansion of VOX Cinemas across the Kingdom in recent years.

 

The Red Sea IFF celebrates excellence in film, a sentiment shared by VOX Cinemas in their commitment to realize the objectives of Vision 2030 by making cinema easily accessible to communities of film enthusiasts across the Kingdom. During the ten-day Festival starting 1st December 2022, VOX Cinemas will be the exclusive cinema exhibitor for the screenings of the festival at Red Sea Mall, bringing the best in cinema to film lovers.

 

For more information click here

For festival passes click here

 

Source: Red Sea International Film Festival press release

VOX Cinemas Announces Collaboration with Celebrity Saudi Chef Mona Mosly

A specially curated menu by Saudi chef Mona Mosly was launched by VOX cinemas on Saudi National Day.

 

VOX Cinemas has announced a culinary collaboration with Chef Mona Mosly which will see the female Saudi Chef elevate the in-cinema dining experience with a specially curated menu.

Moviegoers in Saudi Arabia can now enjoy more than 20 signature dishes at GOLD, VOX Cinemas’ luxury cinema concept, and Candy Bar.

Chef Mona Mosly is one of the region’s most recognisable celebrity chefs due to her role as host and judge on five series of the TV phenomenon Top Chef Middle East. She has extensive experience in culinary art, having trained professionally in Switzerland before attending the world-renowned Le Cordon Bleu in London and subsequently honing her craft at esteemed restaurants across the Middle East.

Known for her catchphrase, ‘From My Heart to Yours’, Chef Mona injects passion into every dish and her exclusive menu for VOX Cinemas aims to evoke memories through flavour while featuring her creative take on classic dishes. Highlights on the menu, which has been specially tailored for the cinematic experience, include Saudi Fish & Chips, Mona Shawarma, Khubz Mhalla and Rose Kakadeh.

 

GOLD Menu by Chef Mona Mosly

 

Mohamed Al Hashemi, Country Head at Majid Al Futtaim Leisure, Entertainment, Cinemas and Lifestyle in Saudi Arabia said: “The Saudi labour market has made unprecedented progress in recent years, with more Saudi women entering the workforce and establishing a strong footprint across various industries. In line with Vision 2030 and the Kingdom’s National Transformation Programme, Majid Al Futtaim is committed to hiring inclusively to ensure exceptional employment opportunities.”

“Given her culinary prowess and unique talent, VOX Cinemas is excited to collaborate with Chef Mona Mosly and unveil her as the new face of our in-cinema dining experience. We believe that F&B is an integral part of going to the movies and this collaboration demonstrates our customer-centricity and dedication to providing an unrivalled cinematic experience. This is just the first step in what we believe will be a long and successful partnership and our ultimate goal is to expand this offering to our cinemas across the region” he added.

Chef Mona Mosly said, “VOX Cinemas has set the standard in cinema dining in the GCC and I’m extremely proud to partner with them given our shared dedication to innovation and excellence as well as the outreach to the Arab world that VOX has to offer. I am confident that this collaboration is a recipe for success and look forward to bringing dishes from my heart to yours at VOX Cinemas in Saudi.”

VOX Cinemas’ signature concept GOLD caters to movie lovers who want to indulge in gourmet food. Guests have the option of dining in an exclusive private lounge area or having their food delivered straight to their seats through the in-theatre waiter service. Redefining the luxury cinema experience, the GOLD auditorium features reclining leather seats, plush blankets, and pillows as well as cutting-edge audiovisual technology in a stylish and intimate setting.

Chef Mona is the latest high-profile chef to collaborate with VOX Cinemas. Most recently Michelin-starred chef Akira Back curated a menu for VOX CinemasTHEATRE across UAE, Kuwait, and Qatar.

Chef Mona Mosly’s menu will be available exclusively at VOX Cinemas The Kingdom Centre, and The Esplanade in Riyadh before being rolled out to additional locations including Sahara Mall, Riyadh, and Red Sea Mall, Jeddah.

For more information visit VOX Cinemas

 

Source: VOX Cinemas (Press Release)

 

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Muvi Cinemas Opens at Park Avenue in Riyadh

Muvi Park Avenue – Riyadh is the latest addition to the operator’s extensive cinema network in the kingdom.

 

Saudi homegrown cinema brand Muvi Cinemas opened its twenty-first location at Park Avenue Mall, Riyadh on 28 April 2022.

The 10 screens cinema with a total of 1,277 seats also features a ScreenX and an Xperience screen, and it is the eighth cinema by the operator in Riyadh city.

 

 

The cinema is part of the newly opened outdoor mall in the city – Park Avenue, which offers a variety of entertainment and shopping options, restaurants, cafes and children’s amusement parks for the entire family to enjoy and experience.

Muvi Cinemas presently operates 205 screens across 21 locations in 9 cities of Saudi Arabia.

Contact a member of our sales team for cinema advertising opportunities at Muvi – Park Avenue – Riyadh.

 

Source: Muvi Cinemas

 

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Cinépolis Cinemas Launches Al Hokair Time in Jizan, Saudi Arabia

Cinépolis Cinemas – Al Hokair Time in Jizan is the third location by the exhibitor in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 

Cinépolis Cinemas opened its third location in KSA – Al Hokair Time, in Jizan on 7 March 2022.

 

The 8-screen cinema includes a Macro XE auditorium – triple the size of an ordinary cinema that comes complete with laser technology and Dolby Atmos surround sound to create a powerful audio experience, and Junior auditorium which features a colourful jungle gym – complete with slide and ball pit, as well as fun bean-bag seating.

 

Cinépolis Cinemas is globally known for its legendary popcorn, and in the KSA, they have elevated their F&B offering by introducing a full-fledged menu ranging from the traditional bites such as popcorn chicken, to local favorites such as dynamite shrimp.

 

 

Located on the ground floor of the popular Al Shati strip mall, Cinépolis – Al Hokair Time offers patron convenient and direct access from the parking lot to the cinema.

 

Alejandro Aguilera, CEO of Cinépolis Cinemas says: “As a brand that is present in over 18 countries, our goal was to bring our global expertise to the Saudi market. We are introducing a new type of cinema that focuses on service and customer experience. Simply put, Cinépolis Cinemas is a cinema for everyone.”

 

Cinépolis Cinemas presently operates 23 screens at 3 locations across 3 cities in Saudi Arabia.

 

Contact us to advertise your brand across the Cinépolis cinema circuit.

 

Source: Cinépolis press release.

 

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Muvi Cinemas Opens at Boulevard Riyadh City in KSA

Muvi Boulevard Riyadh City is the largest cinema in Saudi Arabia, and the biggest in the world by seating capacity.

 

Saudi homegrown cinema brand Muvi Cinemas opened the Kingdom’s largest cinema at Boulevard Riyadh City on 02 March, 2022.

The cinema boasts a total of 25 screens and features a variety of unique concepts.

For VIP experiences, the cinema offers four luxury Muvi Suites and four Muvi Boutique auditoriums – theatres with a theme of a city or popular place such as London, Beverly Hills and Hollywood.

Two Muvi Junior screens are available for children aged three to twelve years with a party room attached to celebrate special occasions.

Muvi Boulevard Riyadh City is also home to a 4DX and Xperience screen powered by CGS for an immersive cinema experience.

 

Boulevard Riyadh City in KSA

 

The official launch of Muvi Cinemas’ newest and largest venue was held in conjunction with the grand premiere of ‘The Batman’. Sultan Al Hokair, founder and Chief Executive Officer at Muvi Cinemas, said, “The launch of our newest Muvi Cinema at Riyadh Boulevard City was a great moment for both the Muvi brand and film lovers alike. As the largest movie theatre in Saudi Arabia, our customers will experience best-in-class entertainment while enjoying the latest cinematic technologies.”

The opening ceremony of the cinema and screening of ‘The Batman’ were attended by a distinguished list of guests and industry officials.

Muvi Cinemas presently operates 195 screens across 20 locations in 9 cities of Saudi Arabia.

Contact a member of our sales team for cinema advertising opportunities at Muvi – Boulevard Riyadh City.

 

Source: Muvi Cinemas

 

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