Kinepolis Group gets green light for new megaplex in Utrecht Jaarbeurs

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Kinepolis was given the green light today for the construction and operation of a new cinema complex in Utrecht Jaarbeurs. Planning permission had been obtained from the municipality of Utrecht, and was today ratified by the Netherlands Council of State.  The megaplex cinema in Utrecht will house 14 theatres and provide seating for 3,300 cinema-goers. As such, it will be one of the largest cinema complexes in the Netherlands. Kinepolis is aiming to attract more than 1.25 million visitors a year to its Utrecht Jaarbeurs cinema. 

"We're delighted with the ruling and we're looking forward to offering the people of Utrecht the ultimate movie experience," says CEO Eddy Duquenne.

Mid 2014, Kinepolis bought the Wolff group cinema chain, thus acquiring 9 existing cinemas in the Netherlands. The acquisition agreement included two new construction projects, including the megaplex in Utrecht Jaarbeurs and a new cinema complex in Dordrecht.  Work already started in Dordrecht earlier this year. Kinepolis will also build a new cinema in Breda. The construction of this complex will be started soon.

About Kinepolis

Kinepolis Group NV was formed in 1997 as a result of the merger of two family-run cinema groups and was listed on the stock exchange in 1998. Kinepolis offers an innovative cinema concept which serves as a pioneering model within the industry. In addition to its cinema business, the Group is also active in film distribution, event organization, screen publicity and property management.

In Europe, Kinepolis Group NV has 55 cinemas spread across Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Poland. Since the acquisition of Canadian movie theatre group Landmark Cinemas and American movie theatre group MJR, Kinepolis also operates 46 cinemas in Canada and 10 in the US.

In total, Kinepolis Group currently operates 111 cinemas worldwide, with a total of 1,079 screens and almost 200,000 seats. Kinepolis employs 4,600 people, all committed to giving millions of visitors an unforgettable movie experience.

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