History of the Group
The Kinepolis Group has its roots in the 1960s, when the late Albert Bert and his sister-in-law Rose Claeys-Vereecke added a second screen to the Majestic cinema in Harelbeke, making it the first multiplex in Belgium. In 1988 the two families introduced another innovation, the world’s first megaplex, the 25-screen Kinepolis Brussels.
In 1997 the Bert group and the Claeys group merged to Kinepolis Group, a strong company with a single vision and a wealth of experience in the cinema industry.
Through flotation on the stock exchange in 1998 and international expansion beginning in the second half of the 1990s Kinepolis Group became one of Europe’s leading cinema operators, driven by the same instinct to innovate and put customers first that the founders showed in the early days. In terms of technology, this led to the digitalization of cinema and the development of 3D cinema. In terms of content, the program was revamped to include an alternative mix of sports, cultural and social events alongside the traditional movie fare.
Kinepolis now has 49 multiplexes and a workforce of 2,300 people, and welcomes around 23.8 million visitors annually. Eddy Duquenne and Joost Bert, the son of co-founder Albert Bert, have led the group since 2008.