VOX Cinemas Opens at Jeddah Park in Saudi Arabia

The opening of Jeddah Park marks VOX Cinemas’ third cinema in Jeddah and 17th location in KSA

 

VOX Cinemas, the dedicated cinema arm of Majid Al Futtaim, opened its 17th location in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Park Mall on June 4, 2024.

Centrally located in Jeddah Park, Aziziyah – a one-stop destination for retail and entertainment – the 13-screen multiplex features two GOLD screens, one IMAX® with Laser screen, and a Private Cinema.

The latest cinema is fully designed for movie lovers, with premium reclining seating that provides unparalleled comfort, so audiences can kick back, relax, and enjoy the magic of movies. The location also features the latest in cutting-edge technology, providing stunning visuals and crystal-clear audio for a truly immersive experience.

 

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Anmar AlQurashi, Managing Director – Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, Majid Al Futtaim Entertainment said, “The opening of Jeddah Park underscores our commitment to provide audiences with a premium cinematic experience that combines the latest technology with the comfort and luxury our guests have come to expect. We believe that the state-of-the-art multiplex will not only provide a social hub for film enthusiasts but also enrich the cultural fabric of the local community.”

The opening of Jeddah Park marks VOX Cinemas’ third cinema in Jeddah, alongside Red Sea Mall and Town Square, and comes just six months after it launched VOX Cinemas Century Corner in Riyadh.

VOX Cinemas now operates a total of 175 screens across 17 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 Jeddah Park – Jeddah.

 

 

Source: VOX Press Release

 

 

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VOX Cinemas Announces Upgraded THEATRE Experience at Mall of the Emirates

The newly renovated THEATRE experience at MOE is part of the exhibitor’s enhancement plans for its flagship destinations across the region

 

VOX Cinemas, the dedicated cinema arm of Majid Al Futtaim, has unveiled a significant upgrade to its THEATRE experience at the Mall of the Emirates, furthering its commitment to providing patrons with premium cinema experiences.

 

This enhancement encompasses the four THEATRE screens within the 24-screen cinema at the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai – the largest cinema location operated by VOX in the UAE.

 

Guests at THEATRE can now enjoy access to the exclusive redesigned Private Lounge featuring a billiards table, shuffleboard, and stylish seating options, as well as décor inspired by the world of cinema, including film memorabilia and walls adorned with digital posters from iconic movies, providing a perfect space for socializing or enjoying a meal before or after the show.

 

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The revamped THEATRE also boasts a complete transformation of the auditoriums, featuring enhanced seating with additional legroom, privacy screens between neighboring seats, and heated recliners. Each seat is equipped with a wireless charger, a swivel table, and personal lighting, ensuring maximum comfort and convenience. Patrons can choose from a variety of seating options to suit their needs – including single seats, double seating for couples, and group seating for four.

 

VOX Cinemas has also curated a gourmet menu developed by in-house chefs, specifically for the THEATRE experience. This menu offers a diverse selection of culinary creations and handcrafted mocktails which guests can enjoy in the exclusive private lounge before the film or from the comfort of their seats in the auditorium using the on-demand waiter service.

 

Beyond the upgraded amenities, VOX Cinemas has prioritized a top-tier audio-visual experience. The auditoriums feature state-of-the-art 4K Laser Projectors and Dolby Atmos sound systems, providing exceptional visual clarity and immersive surround sound – ensuring a fully immersive audiovisual experience.

 

The revamped THEATRE experience at Mall of the Emirates is now open. Contact us to showcase your brand alongside blockbusters on THEATRE by VOX screens, reaching an affluent audience.

 

 

Images: VOX Cinemas

 

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Eid al-Fitr 2024 Cinema Campaigns

Check out the ads that featured in cinema during the Eid al-Fitr 2024 long weekend!

 

The spirit of Eid al-Fitr once again filled the region, transforming the long weekend into a vibrant celebration. Families and friends flocked to shopping malls and entertainment hubs, eager to connect and revel in the festivities.

With more than 14 highly anticipated movies from various genres and languages being released, movie theaters resonated with laughter and excitement as audiences rushed to see the latest releases on the big screen. This festive atmosphere provided a perfect platform for brands to capture hearts and minds through cinema advertising.

From riveting ads by fast food chains, automobile companies, and airlines, here are the commercials that lit up the big screen during Eid al-Fitr 2024:

 

McDonald’s – FTM Dune: Part Two

Country: Qatar
Operator(s): Select VOX locations

 

BYD – FTM Dune: Part Two

Country: KSA
Operator(s): Select VOX & AMC locations

 

Almarai – FTM Kung Fu Panda 4

Country: KSA
Operator(s): Select VOX, Muvi, AMC & Reel locations

 

Birmingham University Dubai – Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

Country: UAE
Operator(s): Select VOX locations

 

Lulu

Country: UAE
Operator(s): Select Royal, CinemaCity, Cinépolis, Oscar, Reel & VOX locations

 

WWE 2K24

Country: KSA
Operator(s): Select AMC & Muvi locations

 

Abdul Samad Qurashi

Country: KSA
Operator(s): Select AMC, Muvi & VOX locations

 

Dallah Hospitals

Country: KSA
Operator(s): Select AMC, Muvi & VOX locations

 

Disabled Children’s Association (DCA)

Country: KSA
Operator(s): Select AMC, Muvi, Reel & VOX locations

 

Green Farms

Country: KSA
Operator(s): Select AMC, Muvi & VOX locations

 

National Transformation Program (NTP)

Country: KSA (Saudi Arabia)
Operator(s): Select AMC, Muvi & VOX locations

 

Gulf Air

Country: Bahrain
Operator(s): Select VOX locations

 

Oman Post / Asyad Express

Country: Oman
Operator(s): Select Cinepolis & VOX locations

 

Royal Opera House

Country: Oman
Operator(s): Select VOX locations

 

Burger King

Country: Egypt
Operator(s): VOX locations

 

Garnier

Country: Egypt
Operator(s): VOX locations

Hardees

Country: Egypt
Operator(s): VOX locations

 

Misr Life Insurance

Country: Egypt
Operator(s): VOX locations

 

Noon

Country: Egypt
Operator(s): VOX locations

CBK

Country: Kuwait
Operator(s): VOX Cinemas

 

Kuwait Finance House (KFH)

Country: Kuwait
Operator(s): VOX Cinemas

 

Porsche

Country: Kuwait
Operator(s): VOX Cinemas

 

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

 

 

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META Cinema Forum Promises to Grow the Region’s Cinema Share

META Cinema Forum brings together cinema stakeholders from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and CIS countries, committing to elevate the cinematic experience in emerging markets.

 

The sixth edition of the highly successful META Cinema Forum took place between November 7-8, 2023, at the Grand Hyatt in Dubai under the theme ‘Growing the Region’s Cinema Share,’ exemplifying a dedicated commitment to fostering growth and innovation within the industry.

The event, attended by over 500 delegates, visitors, buyers, sellers, and other industry stakeholders, featured engaging discussions, presentations, and workshops addressing the industry’s challenges, solutions, and current market dynamics. Key topics covered included Regional Content Production and International Collaboration, Cinemas of the Future, as well as a comprehensive exploration of emerging cinema trends and technologies, incorporating vital cinema statistics and case studies delving into Rewarding Patrons and Effective Pricing Strategies.

A myriad of stands, presenting the latest products, services, and technologies from a carefully curated selection of industry suppliers, technology providers, and stakeholders, were also showcased at the event.

The forum also attracted the biggest cinema operators in the region as partners in success, with VOX Cinemas, the forum’s strategic partner, alongside AMC KSA, Cinepolis, Muvi, and other cinema operators presenting their future expansion plans.

A notable feature of this year’s edition was the spotlight on Women in Film and TV (WIFT). The event showcased a round table discussion titled ‘Beyond the Glitz,’ featuring prominent female panelists such as Nancy Paton, Founder of Desert Rose Films and President of WIFTGCC, Charlotte Louise Sutcliffe, Entertainment Lawyer and Associate at CWB, and Head of Events at WIFTGCC, Ozge Conduroglu, Acquisition & Distribution Lead at The Plot Pictures MENA, and Ashleigh Potts, Marketing Director at Studio Distribution, Majid Al Futtaim LLC.

Additionally, the forum celebrated rising female Emirati filmmakers Zainab Shaheen, Maitha Al Awadi, Eman Al Sayed, and Sarraa Al Shehhi. The spotlight also shone on Nayla Al Khaja, the first Emirati film director, who received recognition at the WIFT MENA AWARDS during the event.

 

META Highlights

 

Leila Masinaei, Managing Partner, Great Mind Events Management, remarked, “The success of the 6th META Cinema Forum reflects our unwavering commitment to advancing the cinematic landscape in emerging markets. This year’s event has reinforced our belief in the power of collaboration, innovation, and shared experiences within the industry. We are excited about the future possibilities and the role META Cinema Forum will continue to play in shaping the cinema sector in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the CIS region.”

The two-day cinema conference also featured special screenings, including the latest Marvel movie ‘The Marvels’.

The highlight of the event was The META Cinema Awards and Gala Reception—a night of celebration recognizing outstanding achievements in the cinema industry. Nathan Gilligan, Senior Operations Manager at Comscore, and Nena Loncar, Client Insights Manager at Comscore, presented the awards. Recipients of this year’s META Cinema Awards include:”

Motivate Val Morgan was one of the media partners for the META Cinema Forum and a supporting partner for Meta Cinema Forum 2023.

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.

 

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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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Late-Year Scares: Upcoming Horror Flicks in 2023

The horror genre staged a triumphant comeback following the pandemic, led by the 2021 release of A Quiet Place: Part II, which garnered a staggering US$297.4M worldwide (with over US$2.5M from UAE alone). Beyond renewing confidence in the cinematic medium, this extraordinary achievement prompted film studios to reevaluate their horror movie release strategies.

This momentum carried into 2022, as notable titles like Scream V, Smile, and Nope achieved remarkable success, captivating audiences on both the global and regional box office fronts.

2023, marked by the successful release of a series of horror films such as M3gan, Evil Dead Rise, and The Boogeyman. Alongside these, new releases such as Insidious: The Red Door, Cobweb, and Talk to Me are delighting in prosperous theatrical runs in.

However, the tale doesn’t conclude here! The horror landscape of 2023 is by no means finished, as the most exciting moments are still ahead, especially with Halloween looming on the horizon. From the highly awaited reboot of the classic psychological horror masterpiece, The Exorcist: Believer, to the spine-chilling tenth installment of the renowned SAW franchise, here’s a look at the horror movies set to grace the remainder of 2023:

 

The Nun 2 – 07 September 2023

 

A Haunting In Venice – 14 September 2023

 

SAW X – 05 October 2023

 

The Exorcist: Believer – 13 October 2023

 

Five Nights at Freddy’s – 26 October 2023

 

Thanksgiving – Expected 17 November 2023

The movie follows a serial killer in Massachusetts who attempts to make a carving board out of unsuspecting victims. The film continues the Grindhouse universe, and just like Machete and Hobo with a Shotgun, it is based on one of the fake trailers in the Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino collaboration from 2007.

 

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Salem’s Lot—TBA 2023

Based on Stephen King’s novel, the movie follows a writer who goes to a small town, only to find out that it’s being overrun by vampires. The movie stars Pilou Asbæk in the role of Richard Straker, Lewis Pullman as Ben Mears, Spencer Treat Clark as Mike Ryerson, and Nicholas Crovetti as Danny Glick.

 

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Dark Harvest—TBA 2023

Based on Norman Partridge’s eponymous novel, Dark Harvest concerns a specter named Sawtooth Jack who goes up against violent gangs of boys hoping to take down the supernatural creature once and for all. The horror movie boasts a stellar cast, with the likes of Elizabeth Reaser, Jeremy Davies, Luke Kirby, and Ezra Buzzington.

 

Upcoming Horror Movie Dark Harvest

 

With these exceptional upcoming titles, audiences can look forward to more thrilling and chilling experiences as the genre continues to evolve and captivate viewers worldwide.

 

 

Source: Screen Rant, Collider, VOX Cinemas

 

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Eid-Al-Adha | Cinema ads | 2023

The region embraced the joy of Eid Al-Adha with an extended 6-day break, with cinema offering an abundance of blockbuster entrainment options to elevate the festivities for residents who opted to stay back and indulge in activities at malls and entertainment venues.
From thrilling adventures such as Indiana Jones & The Dial of Destiny and Elemental to action-packed spectacles such as Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, The Flash, along with other exciting releases such as TAG and more, the big screen served as a dynamic platform for brands to engage with captive audiences.

Here are the ads that lit up the big screen during Eid-Al-Adha 2023:

 

Gazebo – FTM Indiana Jones & The Dial of Destiny

Country: UAE
Operators: Select VOX Screens at Mall of the Emirates

 

Dallah Hospital 

Country: KSA
Operators: Select AMC, Muvi, Reel & VOX Locations

 

Oriental Weavers

Agency: Initiative Cairo
Country: Egypt
Operators: Select VOX Locations

  

Vodafone

Agency: UM Qatar
Country: Qatar
Operators: Select VOX Locations

 

Gravity

Country: Bahrain
Operators: Select VOX Locations

 

Kuwait Finance House

Agency: Mindshare Kuwait
Country: Kuwait
Operators: VOX Cinemas

 

Think cinema for ‘attention-grabbing’ advertising!

Contact us for cinema advertising opportunities alongside upcoming summer blockbusters.

 

 

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Jazeera Airways | Integrated Cinema Campaign | Kuwait

Jazeera Airways recently booked an integrated cinema campaign through Zenith Media, to promote their summer offers, coinciding with the release of the action blockbuster Fast X at VOX Cinemas – The Avenues in Kuwait.

 

The on screen component of the campaign included a 30 sec. ad following Fast X, while the off-screen execution witnessed Jazeera Airways taking over the ‘Hero Screen’ (above the candy bar) from 23 May to 05 June 2023.

 

 

 

Jazeera Airways

 

Leverage the power of an integrated cinema campaign to increase brand visibility through a combination of on and off screen advertising.

 

Contact us for more information on integrated cinema advertising opportunities across the Middle East.

 

 

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Kibsons International | Cinema Sampling | 2023

Kibsons International recently booked a sampling activity at select cinema locations across Abu Dhabi between 19-21 May 2023.

 

The sampling activity was booked to coincide with the release of the action blockbuster, Fast X, which collected over US$3.3 million in its opening weekend in the UAE, and $319 million globally.

 

The sampling was Kibsons’ second cinema campaign of this year, following the successful integrated campaign in January.

 

Kibsons Sampling

 

The latest campaign entailed the distribution of branded boxes containing a selection of fresh fruits, snacks, and a discount voucher for patrons to collect at the entrance and exit of the cinema auditoriums at the respective locations.

 

Contact us to learn more on how off screen cinema advertising can help move your brand closer to its target audience.

 

 

Source: Box Office Mojo.

 

 

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MVM-VOX | Private Screening | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3

Motivate Val Morgan, in partnership with VOX Cinemas recently hosted an exclusive private screening of Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 at Mall of the Emirates.

 

The event, attended by over 150 agency and direct clients, offered attendees an immersive cinematic experience in the Dolby Atmos auditorium, and a specially curated ad showcase playlist and preshow.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 at VOX Cinemas

 

Avinash Udeshi, COO of Motivate Val Morgan, opened the event with a speech, providing  valuable insights into the cinema industry’s resurgence since the pandemic. Ten lucky invitees discovered complimentary luxury movie passes concealed under their seats, while kids in attendance were presented with complimentary movie passes to watch a movie of their preference.

 

Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to VOX Cinemas for their invaluable support in organizing and executing this screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. We also extend our gratitude to all the guests in attendance for making this event a truly memorable experience.

 

Stay tuned for future ‘Private Screenings’ in the UAE and in our other markets.

 

Contact us for cinema advertising opportunities.