Utrecht, The Netherlands - Today, Kinepolis Jaarbeurs, the biggest cinema of Utrecht and its surroundings, will be officially inaugurated by Eddy Duquenne and Joost Bert (CEOs of Kinepolis Group), Albert Arp (CEO of Jaarbeurs) and alderman of Utrecht, Kees Diepeveen. On 14 December 2016, Kinepolis Jaarbeurs had already opened the first six halls that were ready. The remaining 8 halls were opened to the public gradually over the past few weeks.
With 14 screens and 3,200 seats, Kinepolis Jaarbeurs is one of the biggest cinema complexes in the Netherlands. The biggest room has a capacity of 600 seats and a gigantic screen of 26 metres wide and 10.9 metres high. Furthermore, all rooms feature laser projection technology, offering crystal-clear picture quality. After Kinepolis Breda, Kinepolis Jaarbeurs is the second cinema in the Netherlands to be fully equipped with laser projection. For filmgoers who are looking for an even more intense movie experience, there are also two 'Laser ULTRA' rooms. 'Laser ULTRA' combines the best laser projection with spectacular, multidimensional Dolby Atmos sound. Since the partial opening to the public on 14 December, 70,000 film lovers already found their way to the cinema.
"I am proud that we are now also able to offer the unique Kinepolis experience here, in Utrecht: the best picture and sound, comfortable seats, customer-friendly service and a premium film for every audience", says Eddy Duquenne, CEO Kinepolis Group. "What's more, we're also inaugurating the head office of Kinepolis Netherlands today, as we will also be accommodating the offices of the national team here. In 2014 we entered the Dutch market for the first time and now have a team of 450 enthusiastic employees who are all dedicated to going the extra mile for our customers. That's a fantastic feeling."
Kinepolis Jaarbeurs is the third new-build project in the Netherlands, after Dordrecht and Breda, that Kinepolis has opened within the last year. A fourth new-build project in 's-Hertogenbosch was recently announced. This cinema, located in the Paleiskwartier, will open at the beginning of 2018.
Kinepolis entered the Dutch market in 2014 with the acquisition of the Wolff Bioscopen cinema group. In 2015, this was followed by the acquisition of Utopolis Nederland, with locations in Almere, Den Helder, Emmen, Oss and Zoetermeer. Kinepolis currently has over 15 cinema complexes in the Netherlands, totalling 104 screens and more than 20,000 seats.